SweetGreen

One of my favorite places for a quick lunch in Boston is SweetGreen, located on Boylston St.  The chain was started by Georgetown alums  and has recently added Massachusetts locations.  The chain is basically the equivalent of a Chipotle, but they have a salad bar instead of a burrito bar.

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They offer an array of fresh produce and many different salad combinations.  You can choose one of their salads off of a menu or construct your own.  Every season they also highlight specials that are different from their standard offerings.  I always order the kale caesar and have added sweet potato or squash as an extra ingredient.  It comes to a total of $8.50 as a pretty big portion and you are given a slice of bread on the side.  The caesar starts off with kale for greens, sliced cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan, and the star of the show… parmesan crisps.  They are parmesan frito, which is cheese broiled until it forms a cracker like texture, and they add a nice salty bite and crunch to the salad.  One of my friends is obsessed with the parmesan crisps and rightfully claims they make the salad!

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I recommend trying everything because all of the salads are delicious, even if I find it hard to stray from my kale caesar 🙂 Also, if there is a long line don’t fret because the workers move quickly and it never takes long.  Definitely try Sweet Greens for their hip atmosphere and fresh tasty salads!

http://sweetgreen.com

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Johnny’s Luncheonette

Every weekend, groups of people can be seen lining the streets surrounding Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton Center.  Serving breakfast all day, and some lunch and dinner offerings, Johnny’s is a regular stop for brunch.  They have service down to a science and work hard to feed as many hungry customers as possible.  My group of five only had to wait for around thirty minutes on a Sunday around eleven because they have good turnover.

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I ordered an omelette with cheddar and spinach and a side of sweet potato fries.  It was the epitome of comfort food and perfect for a lazy fall day.  The omelette was cooked well, edges crispy from being browned with butter in a skillet.  But, the star of the show were the sweet potato fries.  Brought with a mustard dipping sauce they were sweet companions to the savory omelette and are a must order!  My meal totaled $10.50, but would have been much cheaper since the omelette toppings and fries were add ons.  Johnny’s is a great local joint, but don’t visit with too big of a group.  Make sure to keep it under 6 people!

http://www.johnnysluncheonette.com

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White Mountain Creamery

Across from the beautiful Boston College Campus lies a small ice cream store, White Mountain Creamery.  Open until 12 AM it serves as a late night eatery for many college students, myself included.  They make their ice cream in house and the owner has a wonderful presence by cheerfully greeting his customers.  Every day they have a list of traditional flavors and then a list of specials.  As a regular, I have to suggest the hot fudge.  White Mountain’s does not congeal when it hits the cold ice cream.  Instead it maintains a smooth consistency and it is amazing!!!

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Yesterday I decided to treat myself and ordered a small sundae.  Pumpkin ice cream topped with hot fudge, peanut butter topping (which was delicious as well), and peanut butter cups.  Don’t question the combination it works.  The pumpkin is a seasonal flavor so make sure to try it soon!  The peanut butter topping was not cloyingly thick and was not too sweet either, so it worked well with the hot fudge.  And alas, the peanut butter cups.  White Mountain cuts Reese’s into quarters providing massive pieces for the biggest chocolate peanut butter fans; I’m included in this round up of course!  This all came to a grand total of $6.30 BUT it was worth it and if you don’t go as crazy as me your ice cream will cost much less.  Definitely head over to White Mountain, no matter if it is cold outside, the hot fudge and peanut butter will warm you up.

http://www.whitemtncreamery.com