So who are we, and how do we know about all these Boston and New England restaurants? Well, we are lifelong Bostonians who, growing up, used to go to offbeat restaurants such as the late, great, Shakey's in Nashua, NH, and the warm and cozy Old Mill restaurant in Westminster, MA. We are lovers of food (as you can probably tell), but, more than that, we also are always on the hunt for that restaurant that no one knows about.
Our site has been steadily increasing in popularity since its inception in early 2004, which was spurred on by some early reviews of dining and drinking spots across the Northeast, including such varied places as The Tavern in Eagle Bay, The Alamo in Milford, MA, the Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille in Chester, CT, Darby's Restaurant and Pub in Belfast, ME, King Phillip Restaurant in Phillipston, MA, Leo's Ristorante in Bristol, RI, Union Station Brewery in Providence, RI, Restaurant Mexico Garibaldi in Providence, RI, Blackie's in Cheshire, CT, Al's Hot Dog Stand in Naugatuck, CT, Grandma's Kitchen in Whitefield, NH, and a number of other "oldies but goodies" reviews from way back. Late in 2004, we received our first big boost, with the founder of the site being invited to spend an hour talking about Boston's Hidden Restaurants on the Jordan Rich show on WBZ 1030. The following year, Boston's Hidden Restaurants was featured on the 5:30 news on Channel 5 in Boston. Then in early 2007, the site's news blog (Boston Restaurant Talk) was added as a feature to AOL's Boston dining page (where it remains today). In late 2007, the blog was featured on the front page of the Boston Globe's online edition. In early 2008, Boston Magazine started referring to our site for updates on the Boston restaurant scene. In 2009 and 2010, our news blog's articles were posted on UPI's and USA Today's websites. In 2011, pages from both the site and the blog were featured in Grub Street (New York Magazine's blog), and the Klout site stated that we were the second most influential person/business in Boston, while in 2012 the writer of this site began a feature on hidden restaurants in the online edition of Boston Magazine. 2013 to 2016 and was followed up by a regular column in Dig Boston. These have also been the years of social media, with the website closing in on 250,000 followers as of late in 2018, while we have also been on a number of segments on WBZ's Connoisseur's Corner with Jordan Rich starting in 2016 and running into 2019 while also being on WMFO and Indie617 on a regular basis. So what is in store for the rest of 2019 and beyond? We shall soon find out!
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you have questions about Boston's Hidden Restaurants? If so, check out our FAQs page to find answers to some of the most popular questions that people ask us.
While we would like to think that we know every great hidden restaurant around Boston and New England, we admit that this is not the case. If you have a special restaurant that is off the beaten track and you would like to share it with us, please don't hesitate to contact us. Hopefully we will get to try the restaurant ourselves and add it to the Web site.
By the way, we also have a couple of "sister" sites, including Boston Restaurant Talk, a news-based blog focused mainly on the Boston restaurant scene, and a travel site called Travel Guide of America that includes many photos of places around the country.
Well, that's about it for now. Enjoy the site, have fun reading about all the restaurants mentioned, and again, thanks for checking out Boston's Hidden Restaurants!