Boston’s Fenway neighborhood has been doing some soul searching recently. Every few weeks, there’s a new bar, restaurant, or high-rise residence, making it increasingly difficult to figure out who’s winning the battle to define the neighborhood’s identity. Is it the Red Sox fans who flood the ballpark come Opening Day? Or, is it the city’s foodies who make their way down Boylston in pursuit of Tiffani Faison’s nostalgia-inducing fried chicken (at Sweet Cheeks Q) or some seriously indulgent noodles (at Tiger Mama)?
Much like the vibe of her adjacent restaurants, Tiffani herself is warm, approachable, and humble about her own talent, despite being named a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: Northeast this year and having been a finalist on Top Chef’s first season. Her guide to Boston’s culinary and cultural offerings reflects an unabashed appreciation for the city’s roots.