The Best Food and Drink in Massachusetts

It’s worth the trip to try these — but whatever you do while you’re there, don’t mention the Yankees
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Massachusetts is the most populous state in New England — and over 80 percent of that massive population hails from the Greater Boston area. It’s no surprise that the food scene in Boston (and its surrounding cities) is so stellar. We’ve rounded up the best of the state’s eats as part of our first annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.

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The city of Boston is home to over 30 colleges and universities, making it an attractive location to open a restaurant or bar. It’s also no surprise that the best dive bar in Massachusetts is in Boston — we’re willing to bet it’s packed with students looking for a cheap beer almost every weekend. If you don’t love dive bars, there’s a vibrant night life that’s on the classier side, as well. Whether you’re going to a bah in Hah-vard yard or an Irish pub in Southie, there’s a crowd and a good time guaranteed. The seafood scene in Massachusetts is well-known for its incredible shellfish and (of course) clam chowder.

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Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and farmers markets to its best dive bar and craft brewery in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’ve compiled these into individual slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state, and you can find our Massachusetts slideshow here.