Lydia, Steph, Katy, Meg, Ally and Abby — the Hungry Girls of Boston — fill their feed with the best tacos, donuts, bagels and burgers that they can find around Boston to share with their nearly 30,000 followers. On their account, you’ll find clever, unapologetic captions laced with giggle-inducing innuendos and over-the-top eats that make every post a masterpiece (think: gigantic portions of pasta, the cheesiest slices of pizza and burritos that look like they’re about to burst). In between stuffing their faces, they chatted about their go-to guide for where to find cocktails around Boston, which episode of Chef’s Table they love and why they only post iPhone photos.
Tell us a little about yourself. How’d you end up in Boston, and what inspired you to create your Instagram account?
The Hungry Girls actually started as the Hungry Girls of Amherst when we went to school at UMass Amherst about 5 years ago. We were sitting at brunch hungover (as usual) and were inspired to start a food account for fun just to share all the food we ate, which naturally was a lot between the six of us. Once we graduated and moved to Boston, we decided it was only right to change the handle to @hungrygirlsofboston and from there the account really took off.
Name the top five dishes on your Boston food bucket list.
Food on Our Bucket List:
- Citrus & Salt: Fried Chicken and Waffle Tacos
- Tony & Elaine’s: The Meatballs
- Boston Burger Company: 420 burger
- Yvonne’s: Grilled “Viper” Chops
- The Gallows: Out of Control Poutine
Our Boston Bucket List for Others:
- Trattoria Il Panino: Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina
- Koy: Lobster Roll
- Broadway: Mac and Cheese Pizza
- Myers + Chang: Mama Chang’s Pork and Chive Dumplings
- American Provisions: Italian Sandwich
What do you think the next big trend is for restaurants?
More restaurants are catering to millennials and photo-worthy experiences. It is not only about the food, people want a combination of great food and good content to share with their followers. More restaurants are popping up with photogenic food and decor!
Which chefs are your favorite to follow on Instagram and why?
@Hungryhungry_homo: Matty makes amazing donuts in really cool flavors. We get one every time we go in for brunch!
@Christinatosi: After the opening of Milk Bar in Cambridge, we looked up Christina Tosi and watched her episode of Chef’s Table. We love to follow her account and look at her creations!
Beyond chefs, what are your top three favorite food Instagram accounts to follow?
@nailthecocktail: Claudiane’s pictures are so aesthetically pleasing! This is our go to account for inspiration of where to grab drinks in Boston!
@Foodintheair: Great pictures of food and clever captions!
@devourpower: They post pictures of what we want to be eating all the time!
Describe Boston’s food scene in three words.
Casual. Diverse. Lively
Which restaurants haven’t you been to but you’re eager to try?
Fox & the Knife. We are big fans of Myers + Chang and learned that one of the old chefs was opening up this place in our neighborhood.
Tiger Mama. Looks like such a cool atmosphere and their drinks sound amazing!
The Daily Catch. We are big fans of seafood in the summer and we have seen a lot of really great pictures from here!
What’s your food photography philosophy, and can you share your top tips for taking awesome food photos?
Lighting, lighting and more lighting! We are pretty old school in that we exclusively use the iPhone flashlight and camera to capture all our photos! We have experimented with using a box light but it didn’t feel like us.
A Few Of Your Favorite Things
Favorite Brunch spot: Lincoln Tavern and Broadway in Southie
Favorite place for outdoor dining: Legal Harborside and City Tap House
Favorite BBQ joint: Sweet Cheeks
Favorite late-night: Kaze Shabu Shabu
Favorite neighborhood for food: North End for Italian and Southie for brunch
Favorite new restaurant: Bar Taco