Whether you venture to trendy Davis Square in Somerville, traverse the South End, or stick to the heart of downtown Boston, there's never a shortage of tantilizing eateries. And thanks to the culinary masterminds behind these Boston restaurants, by the time you're within 20 feet of their alluring aromas, (even if you weren't hungry at the start of your walk) those hunger pangs begin to hit hard.

But with so many options, it might be a little difficult to make that final decision on which Boston restaurant you will succumb to...Which is why I've tried to make the choice a bit easier. I've rounded up 43 spots that, as a true Bostonian, you should check off your list, at least once. This by no means that there aren't hundreds of other worthy contenders in the Boston food scene; but hey, you gotta start somewhere.

via @itsamecj

Neptune Oyster Bar // 63 Salem St

Type: Seafood


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Tiger Mama // 1363 Boylston St

Type: Southeast Asian Cuisine


via @fernwehfoodway

Highland Kitchen // 150 Highland Ave

Type: American Comfort Food


via @cashminhy

Yume Wo Kutare // 1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Type: Ramen


via @downeastcider

Brewer's Fork // 7 Moulton Street, Charlestown

Type: Pizzeria/Beer Garden

via @officialfoodgroup

Sam LaGrassa’s // 44 Province St

Type: Sandwiches


via @kelsey.petrie

Mistral // 223 Columbus Ave

Type: French Cuisine


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Tasting Counter // 14 Tyler St, Somerville

Type: New American Fine Dining


via @sydneysiwinski

The Gallows // 1395 Washington St

Type: New American Cuisine


via @cathclowe

Clover Food Lab // 1326 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Type: Vegetarian


via @trinastarlite

Trina's Starlite Lounge // 3 Beacon St, Somerville

Type: Southern Comfort Cuisine


via @mizmaggieb

Juliet // 257 Washington St, Somerville

Type: Euro-style Cafe


via @muffinjessica

Craigie on Main // 853 Main St, Cambridge

Type: French New American Cuisine


via @kananzz

Sweet Cheeks Q // 1381 Boylston St

Type: BBQ


via @eaterboston

Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe // 86 Bedford St

Type: Chinese Cuisine


via @coppaboston

Coppa // 253 Shawmut Ave

Type: Italian Cuisine


via @rtrulb

Mike and Patty's // 12 Church St

Type: Sandwiches


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Journeyman // 9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville

Type: New American Cuisine


via @centrestreetcafejp

Centre Street Cafe // 669A Centre St

Type: Italian Cuisine


via @saveurmag

Row 34 // 383 Congress St

Type: Seafood


via @bastedmind

Myers + Chang // 1145 Washington St

Type: Asian Cuisine

via @fwscout

Mei Mei // 506 Park Drive

Type: Asian Cuisine


via @dannydoit

KO Pies // 87 A St, South Boston

Type: Australian Meat Pies


via @minny_127

Boston Sail Loft // 80 Atlantic Ave

Type: Seafood


via @icobar

Santarpio's Pizza // 111 Chelsea St

Type: Pizzeria


via @foodismyhomeboy

Shawarma Falafel // 26 Province Street

Type: Lebanese Cuisine


via @bostonpotter

Oleana // 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge

Type: Mediterranean Cuisine


via @legalseafoods

Legal Sea Food // 20 University Rd, Cambridge

Type: Seafood


via @spenten

R.F. O'Sullivan's // 282 Beacon St, Somerville

Type: Pub Food (Burgers)


via @doingthatwrong

Galleria Umberto // 289 Hanover St

Type: Pizzeria


via @mattihenefield

Angela's Cafe // 131 Lexington St, East Boston

Type: Mexican Cuisine


via @dumplingdiva

Stephanie's on Newbury // 190 Newbury St

Type: New American Cuisine


via @mscelfo

Alden & Harlow // 40 Brattle St, Cambridge

Type: New American Cuisine


via @eaterboston

Cutty's // 284 Washington St, Brookline

Type: Sandwich


via @baddiedae

North Street Grille // 229 North St

Type: American Cuisine


via @carlosconsunji

Atlantic Fish Company // 761 Boylston St

Type: Seafood


via @karmicwellness

Sorellina // 1 Huntington Ave

Type: Italian Cuisine


via @mirouskokovic

Sofra Bakery and Cafe // 1 Belmont St, Cambridge

Type: Middle Eastern Cuisine


via @tictac_toh

Island Creek Oyster Bar // 500 Commonwealth Ave

Type: Seafood


via @hilaryhycheung

Aquitaine Boston // 569 Tremont St

Type: French Cuisine


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Giacomo's // 355 Hanover St

Type: Italian Cuisine


via @tiffsfoodjourney

Toro // 1704 Washington St

Type: Spanish Cuisine


via @eastcoastfeastcoast

The Paramount // 44 Charles St

Type: Casual American

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