Edible Food Finds: Bites of Boston Food Tours’ Allston Arts + Eats Tour
What was supposed to be a one-time tour for ArtWeek Boston in 2016 became a regular gig for Alyssa Schoenfeld, founder of Bites of Boston Food Tours. Her Allston Arts & Eats tour gives participants a window to the cultural mix that is Allston today, where students hang out and cuisines intersect. Capturing this lively vibe on several building facades is the artwork of Gregg Bernstein, who works with local high school students to design and paint murals. Allston Arts & Eats brings a new dimension to the public art experience by offering food stops along the way.
Visitors stop at nine works of art and five eateries during the two-and-a-half-hour walking excursion. Some of the restaurants featured on the tour are pictured in the murals and provide real examples of how fusion cuisine and New Age approaches are converging in Allston.
Representing strong Korean and Latino influences in the area, there’s a stop at Coreanos, a restaurant offering both traditional Korean and Korean-Mexican fusion dishes. Tteokbokki is a dish of soft rice cakes, vegetables and fish cakes cooked in sweet red chili sauce. The Kimchi Quesadilla with Bulgogi Beef is a flour tortilla with bulgogi beef, pan-fried kimchi, cheese and assorted sauces. New Age options on the tour include FoMu’s coconut milk ice creams and a range of vegan dishes at Whole Heart Provisions. This seasonal tour is popular with students and parents with open minds and adventurous palates. Bites of Boston Food Tours will open its 2019 season at the end of April, running tours Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm.
This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue.