By Celia Nissen
If you've been brainstorming places to take a date, I bet East Boston hasn't come to mind. But if you're looking for some delicious food, a great view of the city, and, most importantly, some exploration in a new place, the area's a great bet for a fun time.
Once you hop off the Blue Line at Maverick, don’t be afraid to explore a little! You might fine some unexpected surprises in "Eastie," as it's affectionately known.
Dough East Boston (20 Maverick St.). Although it might be tempting to wait in the long line for a meal at Rino's Place, you can also get your Italian fix at Dough. Their menu choices may be rather non-traditional, but don't let that scare you off. Try the Vermonter sandwich (turkey, Gouda, bacon, apple, red onion, and sun-dried tomato mayo) or the "Hi, I'm Lyla" pizza (pesto, artichokes, goat cheese, roasted reds, and olives). Their prices are pretty manageable, too; nearly everything's under $10.
Atlantic Works (80 Border St.). Head over to this art gallery and explore local artists' work. The space was created as an alternative to high-rent Boston galleries and houses 29 members of the East Boston Artists Group (EBAG). On the third Thursday of the month, patrons can visit with a featured artist; their Facebook page has more details. The gallery also features beautiful views of the Boston Harbor.
East Boston Greenway. Eastie is known for its park system, so even though the weather's getting colder, take the time to walk around; use the open space map to help find a park, community garden, or bike path. The Greenway offers great views of Boston and a unique place to stroll with your date. Since it's getting chilly, bring some hot chocolate to warm up a bit!
Spinelli's (282 Bennington St.). Walk up the Greenway to this gem, and end your night with a bit of decadence. You'll find a pastry case holding many Italian specialities and desserts, such as cinnamon raisin bread, red velvet cake, cannoli, German chocolate cake, tiramisu, lemon squares, oreo cakes, chocolate mousse cake, cupcakes...you get the point. You can also grab frozen pasta dishes to take home, if you're planning on a long night ahead.
Use this Google Map for reference, and enjoy!
Check out the rest of TNGG Boston's suggestions for awesome cheap Boston dates!
Photo by Ed Yourdon (Flickr)
About Celia -- Originally from Cow Hampshire, I'm now a city girl. I'm graduating from Emerson in December 2011 and am crossing my fingers for a job in advertising. I like to eat, buy things that are blue, ogle over dogs and children, be in the sun, drink wine and tweet (@celianissen).
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