It’s been about 4 1/2 years since I moved to Boston from Chicago and so far I’m lovin’ life on the East Coast. I remember my move like it was yesterday; pure anxiety and excitement all at once. Almost 5 years later and there are some things I just can’t seem to replace … great Chicagp-style Pizza and Mexican food. Now I know it’s not fair to those in Boston trying to compete with Chicago-style pizza and the endless hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints Chicago holds, but Boston definitely has its contenders. Today I’m going to share a couple of my new and not-so-new finds!
Although I haven’t discovered the deep-dish of Boston, I did discover the Chipotle of pizza in Davis Square! Oath Pizza is a fast-casual, local craft pizza place that offers a unique twist on the classic thin-crust pizza. Each pizza is handmade to order and unlike your typical pizza joint, it only takes 90 seconds to cook! My initial fear was that I’d receive a soggy pizza with so little time spent in the oven … I could not have been more wrong! Oath mastered the thin crust with its very own recipe that combines pure grain flour and olive oil to deliver something oh-so-magical. As much as I wanted to start from scratch, I was feeling lazy and picked a couple signature half-pizzas – the Dougie, Luau, and Porky Fig. OATH EM GEE to the max! Unique flavors matched with fresh ingredients made for the perfect pizza. Although all delicious, my favorite was surprisingly the Dougie; never had roasted potato on a pizza before! If you’re a real foodie like me and have room for dessert, check out the Triple Chocolate Cookie Pizza … yeah I said it. Now something that really caught my attention was the durability of the crust. With most pizza slices, the crust gets a bit soggy and begins to bend; not this crust! From start to finish Oath’s crust held up, literally, and each bite was as crispy as the first. As mentioned, it is near impossible to compete with Chicago-style pizza but Oath definitely delivers a pizza worth raving about. Stop by if you’re in the Davis Square area and let me know your favorite pizza flavor combos!
Alrighty, this next one I’ve been visiting for years and I can’t get enough! Anna’s Taqueria is another fast-casual local chain, serving up delicious Mexican food with authentic flavors. Similar to Oath, you can customize your order or choose from a selection of signature menu items. My favorites? The Al Pastor Tacos (pork cooked with fresh pineapple and red onion, are you drooling yet?) and the Super Burrito with Carnitas or Chicken Ranchero. Heads up, the Chicken Ranchero is spicy so be prepared with some sour cream if heat isn’t your thing 😛 These items are perfection on their own, but you can upgrade the experience with an Agua Fresca (a refreshing watermelon drink made in-house) and a side of fresh guacamole with chips. As you learned from my guacamole post, I am a guacamole snob and Anna’s is one of few places who standup to the test 😀 Although they have several locations, my go-to spot is in Davis Square; this location has a special place in my Mexican-food-loving heart since it’s the first one I visited. This year is Anna’s 20 year anniversary so if you’re in the Boston area, pop-in to celebrate and treat yo’ self to some delicious Mexican food. Whether you’re an Anna’s alum or new to the scene, I want to hear about your favorites and how you customized your experience!
Boston may never be home to the Chicago-style food that I am used to, but I am thankful to have places like Oath and Anna’s Taqueria that keep my Chicago taste buds satisfied while I long for the real thing. If you haven’t had the luxury of trying either, I challenge you to do so and report back immediately!