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Exploring Boston Restaurants

Trust20 Contributors

January 18, 2021

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The restaurant industry has continuously executed a series of fast pivots since March 2020 and the landscape continues to look uncertain as we press on into 2021. The innovations that restaurant operators have created and the health and safety solutions they have implemented all come together to attain the goal of safely putting good food in front of their diners. Diners should always check out Boston's COVID-19 restrictions prior to making plans to dine on-premise.

The Boston food scene, like all of the New England region, is known for an emphasis on seafood and dairy products. That doesn't mean that you won't find your fix for Italian or Mediterranean food - the diversity of options in Massachusetts has you covered no matter what you're looking to dine on for your next meal.

When picking a restaurant, particularly when exploring a new spot, remember to Be a 5-Star Diner and certainly do not forget to wear your mask.


MIDA Boston is a South End neighborhood restaurant, inspired by the simplicity of classic Italian culinary traditions. They believe in in being generous and thoughtful in how they prepare food and engage with the community. MIDA is currently offering delivery, takeout, or patio dining. They have also been running a "Community through Hospitality" initiative to raise funds to purchase PPE for the children and families most in need in Boston.

Our Recommendation: Start with a Bresoala Plate, order up the Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe, and finish with their Citrus Almond Cake.


Enjoy Mediterranean food that is described by GreCo's tagline as "truly Greek." They make it simple - start with a classic gyro and then you get to choose your fillings and sauces. They offer fresh, farm-raised ingredients and source from local farms. You can feel confident dining with GreCo - their health and safety methods have been independently verified by an expert and they are a Trust20 Certified Restaurant!

Our Recommendation: Build Your Own! The customizations available are on point and you can choose from a pita, plate, or salad.

Want to know what it means for a restaurant to be Trust20 Certified? Are you interested in restaurant training or food handler training? Check our our Certification and Training pages!

Myers + Chang

Self-described as “Asian-ish,” Myers + Chang is are a neighborhood restaurant doing their own thing with great ingredients and a lovely gathering of people. Chef Joanne Chang and Co-Owner Christopher Myers are dedicated to creating excellent Asian-inspired dishes based on Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean flavors in a warm, relaxed, and uplifting environment.

Our Recommendation: If you're dining in, order the Wild Boar Dan Dan Noodles topped with Black Garlic Chorizo Crumble. If you're carrying out, snag the Edamame + Wasabi Dumpling Kit from the "Take and Make" menu.


In Boston's Union Square, Tanám is a worker-owned restaurant created to be a food and artspace. They feature narrative cuisine, using food and art to tell stories that don't often get told, shared by the people who live those stories. Tanám also serves Filipino bar food and cocktails. They prioritizes goals of sustainability and labor justice and source locally whenever possible. You can order for pick-up or delivery as they are not taking reservations at this time.

Our Recommendation: Their Kamayan Box for two is an experience you need in your life. Pair it with one of their Cocktail To Go Kits or a bottle of wine from their curated selection.


Rooted in Peruvian and Andean culture, Celeste centers their business on the concept of a shared experience. The food is made with care, and ancient recipes from Peru passed from generation to generation, that showcase the richness of a culture through food. They serve late-afternoon aperitivos, dinner with daily specials, and a late-nite menu, as well as a full-bar focused on pisco, mezcal and local craft beers. This joint project between friends celebrates provocative design, art and music - and of course good food.

Our Recommendation: Get the Tacu Tacu a lo Macho (Seafood Bean + Rice Risotto Peruvian Style). The dish features mussels, shrimp and squid served with bean and rice risotto, prepared with panca (Peruvian pepper) and seafood-based stock.

Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood

This is restaurant was inspired by the casual roast beef and seafood joints throughout Massachusetts. The team behind 80 Thoreau and Mooncusser Fish House opened Cusser's in 2018 in the heart of Back Bay and they will cure your roast beef or lobster roll cravings. Their craft cocktails pair perfectly with any of your menu selections as well!

Our Recommendation: You need the Hot Lobster Roll because the Red Wine Butter will change your life.

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