Being that I was born here in this fine commonwealth known as the Bay State, I am genetically predisposed to love Dunkin Donuts. And I do. We've had our disagreements and occasional breaks from each other--mostly circa 1999 when I worked there and constantly smelled like French Vanilla coffee--but I will always carry a somewhat-dimly-lit torch for good old Dunks.
That being stated, college turned me into a coffee snob. And while I do love that giant, green, money-hungry chain found on every Boston and NYC corner, I found another love when I lived in the North End. A more personal, interesting, delicious little coffee shop.
Boston Common Coffee Company, formerly known As Beanstock Coffee, now has three great locations-- The North End on Salem St, Downtown on Washington St, and the Financial Dist on High St. I find myself at the High Street location most for its proximity to my office, but I have found all three offer great service and the same -fantastic- menu.
Aside from bagels and muffins and the usual coffee shop bites, Boston Common has a lengthy lunch menu including paninis, wraps, salads and quiches. Their baked goods, like the Conga bar, are absolutely addictive and should probably be avoided.
And of course, the most important of all--
Their coffee is consistently fresh and delicious. Their lattes are great, too, and made with a little more love than the button-pressing Baristas across the street.
All in all, if you're getting a coffee and find yourself at the Intersection of Green and Pink-and-Orange...
Maybe for once go LOCAL instead :-)
Pros: Awesome food, great coffee
Cons: Sometimes a bit slow for food service