Before the 1820s, the vast majority of Americans ate only at home. As the nation began to urbanize and industrialize, home and work became increasingly divided, resulting in new forms of commercial dining. In this fascinating book, Kelly Erby explores the evolution of such eating alternatives in Boston during the nineteenth century. Why Boston? Its more modest assortment of restaurants, its less impressive—but still significant—expansion in commerce and population, and its growing diversity made it more typical of the nation’s other urban centers than New York. Restaurants, clearly segmented along class, gender, race, ethnic, and other lines, helped Bostonians become more comfortable with deepening social stratification in their city and young republic even as the experience of eating out contributed to an emerging public consumer culture. Restaurant Republic sheds light on how commercial dining both reflected and helped shape growing fragmentation along lines of race, class, and gender—from the elite Tremont House, which served fashionable French cuisine, to such plebeian and ethnic venues as oyster saloons and Chinese chop suey houses. The epilogue takes us to the opening, in 1929 near Boston, of the nation’s first Howard Johnson’s and that restaurant’s establishment as a franchise in the next decade. The result is a compelling story that continues to shape America.
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The restaurants found in this guide are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (Cuisine Types). African, American, Argentine, Asian Fusion, Brazilian, British, Chinese, European, French, Greek, Himalayan/Nepalese, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mongolian, Moroccan, Pakistani, Persian/Iranian, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Spanish, Tex-Mex, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and many more options to visit and enjoy your stay.
Annotation Landmark Visitors Guides are acknowledged as among the most reliable travel books for sightseers. Information is detailed, concise and current -- just what you need as you travel around an unfamiliar destination. The informative text is peppered with colorful callouts that highlight places of particular interest -- perhaps a well-known birding spot or a delightful pub down a side road. Liberal use of excellent, full-color maps makes navigation easy, and colorful photos grace almost every page. Landmark Visitors Guides are great reference tools as you plan your trip, and a favorite travel companion while on the road. Area tours highlight in-town sights and attractions, including art galleries, museums, historic buildings and churches. They also lead you out into the countryside, with recommended stops en route. The comprehensive "Fact File" in back provides opening times, fees and contact information for all places mentioned in the text. Index.