Kaitlin Madden

Correspondent

  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kaitlin Madden is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who covers Boston. Madden is a magazine editor by day and likes to spend her free time doing the same thing she does at work: writing. Her work has appeared on Refinery29, CNN, MSN, AOL and Mediabistro, and in Michigan Avenue, Chicago Social, New England Home, Design Bureau, Gannett Newspapers and more. She also writes a blog called Lux & Concord. After living in New York City and Chicago, she is now a born-again Bostonian.

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    What are the best fine-dining restaurants in Boston?

    There are a few uncontested cornerstones of Boston's fine dining scene. The places you go when you've got something to celebrate.

    1. Menton. The most upscale of the Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Menton, recently nabbed Top Chef winner Kristen Kish as it's head chef. 'Nuff said. The restaurant is prix fixe-only, offering a four course option, as well as the more extensive chef's tasting menu.

    2. L'Espalier is another Boston institution. The French restaurant, helmed by chef Frank McClelland, is the only AAA Five Diamond-award winning restaurant in the city. While L'Espalier is prix-fixe only during dinner hours, those who want to sample the cuisine without the hefty price tag can opt for the a la carte menu served during lunch, or sit in the salon for a selection of small plates and cheeses.

    3. O Ya is one of the true gems of the Boston fine dining scene. The Tim Cushman- run restaurant, which has been recognized by James Beard, Frank Bruni, Zagat and more, is the hands down winner for the best Japanese cuisine in Boston (if not in the country).
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    What are the best places for brunch in Boston?

    Whether you prefer brunch to be a social affair, or you're more of the role-out-of-bed-and-go type, come Sunday morning, Boston's restaurants have something for you.
    One of the most popular places for brunch in the city is Stephanie's on Newbury. It’s perennially packed, especially in the summer, when the sidewalk patio is open. For those who like to people watch over their eggs, though, Stephanie's can't be beat.

    Right around the corner, on Boylston Street, you'll find a row of bars-turned-brunch spots that are decidedly more laid back. Pour House, Dillon’s,  or Whiskey’s are all solid, inexpensive bets.

    Looking for a greasy spoon? Mike’s City Diner, on Tremont Street in the South End, can’t be beat. Know before you go:  Mike’s is cash-only.
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    What are the best sports bars in Boston?

    If there's one thing Boston has no shortage of, sports bars is that thing. They're practically as revered in this town as the teams fans gather there to cheer for. Here's a quick rundown of some of the icons and new favorites:

    1. Game On. The bar is IN Fenway Park, so it's a must-visit for Red Sox fans.

    2. The Greatest Bar. This one is across from the TD Garden, and, despite the fact that it's four floors, it's not unusual to find it jam-packed with Bruins and Celtics fans on game nights.

    3. Jerry Remy's Seaport. This bar is a crowd-pleaser. It's got walls of televisions for diehard sports fans, plus a wall of windows, a beautiful outdoor deck and a new venue and décor give it more in the way of atmosphere than the typical sports bar.
  • On June 28, 2013
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    What are the most romantic restaurants in Boston?

    For the most romantic restaurants in Boston, just head to the North End. The historic streets of the city's "Little Italy" are packed with intimate, low-lit, cozy restaurants that offer some of the best Italian food anywhere.

    A few to try: L’Osteria, Mamma Maria, Trattoria Di Monica and Pomodoro.

    Finish off the evening with a stroll to a nearby cafe or bakery (wherever you dine in the North End, you won't be far from a strong espresso or a crispy cannoli). Though places like Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry are some of the neighborhood’s most famous, they’re often crowded and loud. For a romantic evening, try a smaller shop like Caffe Vittoria or Bread + Butter.
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    What are the best day trips near Boston?

    Without a doubt, one of the greatest things about Boston is its proximity to so many other great places. Within a few hours' drive of the city you can find gorgeous beaches, world-class ski resorts, dozens of historic landmarks and postcard-worthy towns. Here are a few day trips to consider:

    -Plymouth Rock. One of Massachusetts' most-popular tourist destinations is a must-see for any history buff. Plus, the Mayflower happened to land in a pretty idyllic spot. Plymouth, Massachusetts, about an hour south of Boston, is a beautiful coastal town full of restaurants, shops and beaches.

    -Salem. Another historically and culturally significant town just north of Boston, home to The House of Seven Gables, The Peabody Essex Museum, and all sorts of attractions related to the infamous Salem witch trials that happened there in 1600s.

    -Portsmouth. Just an hour north of Boston is the seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Take a walking tour, or spend the day exploring the quaint shops, inventive  restaurants and antiques stores and art galleries that line the streets.
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    What are the best coffee shops in Boston?

    Though you can throw a rock and hit a Starbucks from most spots in the city, Boston is also home to plenty of unique, independent coffee shops that are guaranteed to serve up a delicious brew. A few to try:

    -Boston Common Coffee Company has three locations in the city, in the North End, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District. All offer locally roasted coffee, items from their in-house bakery (which sometimes include vegan doughnuts), lots of seating and the hallmark of any good coffee shop: free wifi.

    -Blue State Coffee, on Commonwealth Avenue, is as virtuous as coffee gets: It's small batch, fairly traded, organic, and transported in the most sustainable ways possible. It's also really, really good.

    -If you're looking for a strong espresso or a frothy cappuccino, the North End is chock-full of small Italian bakeries and cafes that make great ones...and offer any number of pastries to dip in it.
  • On June 21, 2013
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    What is the one must-do activity when visiting Boston?

    As "touristy" as this sounds, I'm a firm believe that the best way to get to know a city quickly is by taking a guided tour. New York and London have double-decker bus tours, in Chicago you can take in the architecture by boat, and in Boston we've got the best of both worlds: The Duck Tour.

    The "amphibious" vehicle will take you to around Boston by both land and river. You'll start the tour by seeing some of the city's top sights from the street, driving past landmarks like the TD Banknorth Garden and the historic Capitol Building on Beacon Hill. Then, the tour plunges into the Charles River, for a scenic view of both Boston and Cambridge.

    If you've got extra time on your trip, go back and visit the places that pique your interest!
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