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The attraction might be the happy cow on the door or the old fashion teacup table inside, but what most likely draws the long lines towards J. P. Licks are flavors like Kahlua, crème brûlée, cappuccino crunch, maple butter walnut and fresh peach. You can sample over a dozen homemade frozen yogurts, ice cream pies, cakes and pastries at this Beacon Hill shop. The inventive flavors will add new life to your humble sundae, milkshake or smoothie. Look no further for a quick caffeine fix, J.P. Licks even roasts their own coffee, offering a espresso bar. To top it off, everything on offer at J.P. Licks is kosher!
Renowned Boston chef Jasper White has brought his tantalizing creations to the masses. The result is this restaurant called Jasper White's Summer Shack that captures a bit of that old New England clam shack ambiance. Diners eat at communal picnic tables and savor everything from traditional clam rolls to pan-roasted lobster. However a must-try here is the restaurant's special Summer Shack Clambake, a delightful mix of mussels, lobster, clams, corn and potato. The noise level can be high and the waits long, so book well in advance. The restaurant has a full service bar offering happy hours.
Atlantic Fish Company on Boylston Street has earned first place at the city's annual Chowderfest. The atmosphere is casual and the bar is lively. Once little more than a hole-in-the wall, it is now an upscale space with warm wood trim and intimate booths. Choose from a variety of seafood entrees that are fresh and well-prepared. Fried clams, an overflowing lobster roll and blackened salmon are the seafood favorites at the Atlantic Fish Company. Chicken and steak are also available for the land lovers, however vegetarian options are sparse.
Located in Beacon Hill, the Paramount is a typical diner that serves lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is casual without a lot of fancy décor. For the dinner crowd, things get a little dressier as table cloths and candlelight give the place a more intimate atmosphere. The food served here could be described as typical American with pastas, stir-fries, ribs, burgers, sandwiches and omelets among the offerings. Comfort food like meatloaf and grilled cheese are also menu standards. The Spinach Ricotta Ravioli entrée is a favorite. Alcohol is served.
Tourists still flock to Bull & Finch Pub, a.k.a. Cheers Boston, the inspiration for the Cheers television series which ran for 11 years and won a number of awards. Avid fans should be forewarned, however; the exterior is very familiar, but the inside is nothing like the TV version. Drinks and food are served here, but its icon status is the main draw. It is considered by many to be one of the top tourist attractions in Boston!
Dating back to 1780, the Warren Tavern located near the Freedom Trail, has plenty history of its own. It was opened by Captain Eliphelet Newell, who it is said, took part in the Boston Tea Party. Famous visitors included Paul Revere and George Washington. Today, it has lace-curtain windows and low, wood-beamed ceilings that create an intimate feel. Try the Tavern Special - chicken breast and shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, prosciutto ham and provolone cheese in a garlic white wine sauce.