From farm-to-table options to scrumptious comfort food, these are some of the best women-owned restaurants in town!
It’s International Women’s Day! And while there are plenty of ways to celebrate and support the awesome women of The Hub, one of the easiest ways is to enjoy a scrumptious meal from one of Boston’s many women-owned restaurants. Without further ado, here are 6 wonderful women-owned restaurants to try out in the city right now.
1. Sweet Cheeks Q, Fenway
If Southern-style BBQ is what you’re after, we highly suggest checking out Sweet Cheeks Q. Owned by Top Chef’s alumni Tiffani Faison, this Boylston St restaurant serves delectable family-style BBQ platters of tender, buttery-soft meats and hearty biscuits. And you cannot forget to try their lemon pie and carrot cake in a jar for dessert! Plus, its laidback setting will have you feeling right at home.
Find it at 1381 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.
2. Woods Hill Pier 4, Seaport
Owned by nationally acclaimed filmmaker, Kristin Canty, Woods Hill Pier 4, focuses on delivering upscale, sustainable meals made only with fresh ingredients from Canty’s farm, Woods Hill in New Hampshire. Like her other two restaurants, Woods Hill Table and Adelita in Concord, MA, this Seaport restaurant celebrates “the ancestral diet through sustainably sourced local ingredients and utilizing ‘the whole animal’ approach.”
Plus, if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience Woods Hill Pier 4 has set up some gorgeous igloos perfect for outdoor dining by the water!
Find it at 300 Pier Four Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210
3. Talulla, Cambridge
Co-owned by Chef Danielle Ayer and her husband Chef Conor Dennehy, Tallula offers an à la carte menu of incredible seasonal dishes inspired by the couple’s family story and experiences. At the moment, on Tallula’s menu, you’ll find scrumptious dishes like saffron and lobster linguine, miso-glazed cod made served with carrots and ginger, and spiced apple cake for dessert served with maple Anglaise and apple cider sorbet. For the winter, Ayer and Dennehy have also set up some adorable greenhouses that are the perfect setting for a romantic dinner outdoors.
Find it at 377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138.
4. The Mac Bar, Downtown Crossing
This ghost kitchen spearheaded by Chef Sarah Wade operates from inside Wade’s restaurant, Stillwater, in Downtown Crossing. And if you’re looking for a bit of food to comfort the soul, Mac Bar is the perfect spot in which to build the mac n’ cheese bowl of your dreams. Just choose your base (they have a classic mac option, Frank’s Red Hot Mac or Cholula Mac) and add your choice of topping; options include fried chicken, smoked bacon, smoked bacon, mushrooms, spinach, all the cheese you can dream of, and more. Plus, if you’re in need of even more comfort food, Wade will not disappoint. Just check out her menu at Stillwater!
Find it inside Stillwater Boston at 120 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111.
5. Fox & The Knife, South Boston
At Chef Karen Akunowiczs’ spot in South Boston, Fox & The Knife, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of incredible Italian dishes inspired by her time in Modena, Italy. The James Beard award-winning chef and Top Chef alumni’s restaurant, offers food reminiscent of Italian classics, like antipasti, freshly baked focaccia, and homemade pasta with Akunowiczs’ modern touch.
Find it at 28 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127.
6. Scampo, North End
Located inside the Liberty Hotel, Lydia Shire’s Scampo is another great option if you’re looking to enjoy some of the best Italian food in town. At Shire’s Italian restaurant, guests can enjoy the award-winning chef’s take on a unique variety of dishes including seafood, fresh pastas, and meat dishes, as well as an extensive mozzarella bar and handmade bread.
Find it inside the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114.
7. Vester, Kendall Square and Southie
The cafe Boston needed for a long time! Vester is a female and minority-owned cafe located in Kendall Square and Southie! They serve breakfast and Scandi-inspired Norwegian smørrebrød- a traditional open-faced sandwich. Try the drool-worthy ricotta lingonberry for a sweet option or the beet+salmon one for a refreshed classic!
And don’t leave without one of Vester’s layered drinks like their Strawberry Cloud matcha! The drinks are as pretty as they are delicious!
Find Vester at 73 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142 in Kendall Square, 101 Rogers Street in Cambridge, and 105 W First St in Southie