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Phantom Gourmet’s Best Places to Find Obsession-Worthy Eats

From handcrafted bagels and slow-cooked ramen, we've got you covered.

Fresh cream puffs from Beard Papa's in Boston.

(Photo: Photo courtesy of Beard Papa's)

There are some dishes you just taste once and remember forever. These are eight of the Phantom’s greatest food obsessions.

7ate9 Bakery

199C Highland Ave., Somerville, Mass.

It’s all cheesecake all the time at 7ate9 Bakery. For a pint-size treat, make sure to try the addictive cheesecake popsicles, which come in flavors like classic, chocolate, vanilla and mocha.

Bagelsaurus

1796 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass.

This cute, artisan bagel shop serves piping hot bagels pulled from the oven moments before they hit your mouth. Each one is made by hand and cooked in small batches in flavors like cinnamon raisin, sesame, everything and pretzel.

Beard Papa’s

Allston and Boston, Mass.

An international sensation that started in Osaka, Japan, these cream puffs can now be found in Allston and Boston’s Chinatown. They’re made on-site and filled to order with flavors like smooth Madagascar vanilla bean, Japanese green tea and dulce de leche.

Egg Roll Lady & Fish Shack

609 West Boylston St., Worcester, Mass.

All the egg rolls here are handmade by the “egg roll lady” herself and stuffed with a blend of pork and veggies. They’re delicious dipped in duck sauce and even better wrapped in lettuce.

Maguire’s Bar and Grill

503 Foundry St., North Easton, Mass.

Maguire’s honey hot chicken tenders are impossible to stop eating. They’re crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle, and coated with a flavorful blend of housemade Buffalo sauce boosted by a little bit of local honey.

Q’s Nuts

349 Highland Ave., Somerville, Mass.

Q’s Nuts in Somerville is a quirky, family-run snack store that customers are just nuts about. Almonds, cashews, peanuts and pecans are roasted in intriguing flavors like bananas Foster, cayenne mango, Key lime ginger and sea salt with herbs.

Stone & Skillet

Medford, Mass.

This small bakery makes mouthwatering, hand-crafted English muffins that can be found in grocery stores all over the region. The artisan treats are cooked on a flattop for a perfect golden crust on the outside, with a soft, chewy center.

Totto Ramen

Allston and Somerville, Mass.

People come to Totto Ramen for the authentic Japanese noodle soup made with a slow-simmered, chicken-based broth. But it’s the mega ramen that’s obsession-worthy: It’s overloaded with extra pork, lots of veggies and oodles of slurpable noodles.

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