“Traveling” During Covid-19: A Worldly Guide to Boston Takeout
by Olivia Chamberlain
Takeout. It’s possibly the best option Covid-19 has presented us with: the ability to get food from our favorite restaurants and eat them at home with family or, in our case, within our dorms. Since coming to Boston, I’ve been exploring different cuisines through takeout, whether it be by Grubhub or picking it up myself. Like many others, I haven’t been able to travel out of the country in a long time. One thing that I have learned, as a result of being quarantined in the U.S., has been how to explore different cultures through food. Here are five restaurants with the option of takeout that will transport you around the world.
If you’re looking to be whisked away to beautiful Italy, look no further than Serafina on Newbury Street. With the owners describing their menu as an “inspired take on traditional cuisine,” Serafina offers college students the opportunity to order a wide variety of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. The authentic brick oven-fired pizza is perfect for those who want to taste a slice of Italy without leaving Boston! Serafina also offers the option of gluten-free dough for both pizza and pasta in case you have a gluten intolerance or allergy. From street food to fine Italian dining, Serafina takes the cake.
Before coming to Boston, I had never tried Thai food before. But after ordering the chicken pad thai from Thai Place in Allston, I’m officially hooked. From dumplings to chicken satay, Thai Place has it all. Offering a variety of noodles, soup, and rice dishes, students are provided with a comforting but exploratory experience. In addition, Thai Place is (thankfully) allergy friendly, as someone who is super allergic to tree nuts! Whether it be Bangkok or Phuket, Thai Place can take you there.
Are you dreaming of sandy beaches and sunny skies? Mexican food reminds me of California— my home state—and I’ve been desperately searching for a place that has good tacos, tortas, and guacamole in Boston. If you’re the same, then check out Naco Taco! With a location on MIT’s campus just across the Charles and a taco truck open on Newbury Street, Naco Taco is accessible and delicious!
Anyone craving Mediterranean food? Greek food is definitely one of my favorites! Despite never having been, I see myself singing “Mamma Mia!” by ABBA on the beaches of Greece every time I visit GreCo! GreCo offers a way to try authentic Greek food that lets Grecians remember their childhoods. With gyros, salads, and classic Greek-style donuts, GreCo on Newbury Street is definitely affordable and a good quick bite.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the Japanese food here on campus, but are you looking for a place with both sushi and ramen? If you are, Sushi Kappo is definitely for you. While they specialize in sushi (and they definitely have a variety), Sushi Kappo also offers delicious ramen dishes and sushi burritos! Just behind Fenway, Sushi Kappo is known for their speedy service and high-quality ingredients.
While I’m sure most Terriers wish they could travel the world right now (myself included), I hope we remember that there are always imaginative and safe ways to make it feel like you’re exploring abroad! Take the T or walk with some friends if you want to check out any of these spots—I know I will!