Nobody calls it “Beantown.”
Unless you’re reading a New York tabloid sports section on the T, odds are that you’ll find little reference to the nickname “Beantown” here. While baked beans were a staple here during Colonial days, today it’s not exactly the regional culinary delight that you may have been led to believe. Lobster and seafood are really too regional to be considered “Boston’s official dish.” Truth is, there really is no one dish that defines Boston like the cheesesteak in Philadelphia. The Boston Cream Pie? Perhaps. But “Pie-town” doesn’t exactly have a ring to it. Just don’t call it “Beantown,” or it will be a sure sign that you’re not from here.