10 Local Restaurants We Love

This curated top 10 list features our favorite restaurants located within a 15-minute drive from both of our Boston vacation rentals. The restaurants are arranged geographically from north to south. Please note that the sequence does not reflect our preference or ranking; each restaurant holds a special place in our hearts and offers a unique dining experience.

1. T'ahpas 529

T'ahpas 529, located on Franklin Street in Melrose, is a culinary haven for those seeking an authentic Spanish experience. The restaurant's name itself is a play on the word 'tapas', and it truly delivers on its promise of offering a diverse range of small plates. From the traditional Pintxos, a popular snack from northern Spain, to both cold (Tapas Frías) and hot (Tapas Calientes) appetizers, the menu is a delightful journey through Spanish flavors. Not to be missed are their signature dishes such as the Patatas Bravas, Churros, and the savory Churrasquito. For those with a larger appetite, T'ahpas 529 also offers a selection of large plates that showcase the best of Spanish culture. The ambiance is complemented by a bar setting, making it perfect for both casual dinners and celebratory occasions. With a 4.0 rating on Yelp and over 300 reviews, it's evident that T'ahpas 529 has carved a niche for itself in the hearts of its patrons.T’ahpas 529 is a lively modern Spanish restaurant with unique specialties from around the globe. We love their patatas bravas, jamon, and paella.

  • Address: 529 Franklin St, Melrose, MA 02176
  • $$ | Spanish

2. Giacomo’s

You don’t have to go to the North End for some great Italian dinner! We highly recommend making a reservation. Fried Calamari, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Frutti Di Mare are the most popular dishes. The Boston Globe aptly describes Giacomo's as a place "where the conversation flows with the wine." Whether you're looking for a cozy spot for date night or a bustling venue for family gatherings, Giacomo's in Melrose is the place to be.

  • Address: 454 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
  • $$$ | Italian
Giacomo's in Melrose

    3. Ming’s Seafood

      Ming’s Seafood Restaurant is our favorite dim sum place near our Boston area vacation rentals. They offer classic and dim sum dishes such as Pork & Shrimp Dumplings “Siu Mai” and Pan Fried Radish Cake. If you go there for dinner, please try the Salt and Pepper Pork Chop, which is Glendon’s favorite! For dim sum, show up before 10:30am on the weekend, or expect to wait :)

      • Address: 19 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
      • $$ | Chinese
      Dim Sum

      4. Pho Bistro

      Craving for some pho or spring rolls? Pho Bistro is conveniently located in Malden Center and the service is quick. We never had to wait, even on the weekends.

      • Address: 8 Pleasant St, Malden 02148
      • $ | Vietnamese

      5. Mystic Station

      With a stellar 4.4-star rating on Yelp, it's evident that Mystic Station has mastered the art of modern American food. Their menu is a testament to this, featuring crowd favorites like the spicy Buffalo Chicken, succulent Steak Tips, and the mouthwatering Pulled Pork Sandwich. But it's not just about the food. The ambiance is equally captivating, with a lively cocktail bar that promises a good time. And when the sun's out, their patio is the perfect spot to enjoy some sunshine and sipping. Whether you're in for trivia nights, musical bingo, or just a hearty meal, Mystic Station ensures an experience that's both memorable and satisfying.

      • Address: 139 Pleasant St, Malden 02148
      • $$ | American

      6. Crying Thaiger

      Crying Thaiger is one of the best Thai restaurants in the area. We often get their Pad See Ew with fried chicken and Penang Curry with Short Ribs. They also offer vegetarian and vegan options including vegan duck!

      • Address: 114 Ferry St, Malden, MA 02148
      • $$ | Thai

      7. Zuzu Momo

      Have you had Nepalese cuisine before? This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has the best momos (similar to Chinese dumplings) and goat curry near our vacation rentals.

      • Address: 291 Main St, Everett, MA 02149
      • $$ | Nepalese

      8. Oliveira's Steak Bar & Grill

      Oliveira's in Everett is one of the best and affordable Brazilian steakhouse in the area. There are two options: all you can eat or by weight. Unless you can eat more than a couple pounds of meat, we would recommend going for the second option.

      • Address: 114 Ferry St, Malden, MA 02148
      • $$ | Brazilian
      Brazilian steakhouse

      9. Red 8

      Red 8 is Encore Boston Harbor’s signature Asian restaurant for casual and celebratory dining experiences. We recommend their Peking Duck, Beef Chow Fun, Sauteed Pee Leaves and more.

      • Address: 1 Broadway Everett, MA 02149
      • $$$ | Chinese

      10. Rare Steakhouse

      Rare Steakhouse has been recognized by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the top steakhouses in Boston. The menu is a testament to its commitment to quality, featuring exclusive Japanese cuts from Kobe and Kagoshima, American wagyu, and steaks aged in a custom-built dry aging cabinet. But it's not just about the steaks; the restaurant also offers a curated 700-label wine list, focusing on renowned winemakers from California and France. We love their tomahawk steak, and we specifically request bone-in.

      • Address: 1 Broadway Everett, MA 02149
      • $$$$ | American
      Tomahawk Steak