Field Guide: A taste of Mattapan

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Today, we're heading to Mattapan, looking for food. This culinary quest is part of WBUR's Field Guide to Boston — a station-wide effort to help you connect with the city's communities.

WBUR arts reporter and Mattapan native Arielle Gray joins us as a local guide on this episode of The Common, and takes us to three of her can't-miss spots for top-tier food in the neighborhood.

Here are Ari's recommendations:

Ali's Roti Restaurant | Trinidadian cuisine

1188 Blue Hill Ave.

"Ali's is that spot that I feel like has been there forever. If you live in Mattapan and you want trendy food, this is the place to go to — it's always been that spot, ever since I was a kid. I can't really think of another place nearby that has the reputation that Ali's has."

A dish to try: Roti — a piece of bread where you put all the toppings in the middle and fold it up. Darryl and Ari had one with chickpea, potato and pumpkin.

Café Juice Up | Smoothies

1290 Blue Hill Ave.

"This is a one of a kind place. If I want a smoothie or something fresh, there's really nowhere else to go, so it's the best and one of the only options in the area."

Drinks to try: Darryl had a Power Up Smoothie with kale, spinach, banana, soursop, tamarind and ginger. Ari tried the Sea Moss Goodness with sea moss and a pineapple base.

Le Foyer Bakery | Haitian patties

132 Babson St.

"It's just one of those neighborhood staples that everybody knows about and frequents. I don't know anybody who lives in Mattapan who hasn't been to Le Foyer at one point or another."

A dish to try: Haitian patties — small hand pies stuffed with chicken, beef or fish. Darryl had the chicken patty and Ari tried one with beef stuffing.


Darryl C. Murphy Host
Darryl C. Murphy is the host of WBUR's daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."


Katelyn Harrop Podcast Producer
Katelyn Harrop is a podcast producer for WBUR's daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."



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