20 Popular Boston Market Menu Items, Ranked From Worst To Best

Some days, you want to go out to eat and explore the best food your city has to offer. Other days, you just want to stay home and enjoy a home-cooked meal. But what if you can't seem to muster the energy to get into the kitchen and start whipping up a feast? We've all been there, and it can lead to some pretty sad meals. Instead of eating a frozen pizza yet again, you may want to explore all that Boston Market has to offer. This fast casual chain offers menu items that can easily make a whole meal for your family. Whether you go for the rotisserie chicken or you're more of a meatloaf person, the possibilities are endless.

But if you're not too familiar with Boston Market, you may not know what you're getting yourself into. How do you know which menu items are worth trying and which are worth ignoring completely? It's not always obvious. That's why we've done some digging — we want to point you in the direction of the best and worst Boston Market menu items. Let's take a closer look at what the chain offers and what you should — and should not — order.

20. Sweet Potato Casserole

There are a few things we believe in no matter what: love, peace, freedom ... and the fact that sweet potato casserole as a whole is a terrible dish. Just because you like sweet potatoes doesn't mean you're going to like the casserole. Most of the time, it's way, way too sweet, and it's treated like a dessert more than it is a side dish. And unfortunately, the sweet potato casserole at Boston Market is no exception.

The sweet potatoes themselves aren't bad, but for us, it all ends with the marshmallows. These pillows of pure sugar shouldn't be let anywhere near a sweet potato, if you ask us. Then, the other additions of molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar streusel seal the deal on determining that this is the worst dish on the menu.

Of course, if you happen to like sweet potato casserole, you may not find it all that disappointing. But for the rest of us who prefer to keep our main courses and our desserts separate, the Boston Market sweet potato casserole is definitely a no-go.

19. Fresh Steamed Vegetables

We love eating healthy, so we appreciate when a restaurant offers plenty of healthy options so you're not just automatically ordering the fries every time. But just because you're eating veggies doesn't mean that they have to be totally bland and boring. That's just what you're going to get at Boston Market, though. The fresh steamed vegetables there offer a healthy option but not much in the way of flavor. The zucchini, carrots, and broccoli are all fresh, but the olive oil, salt, and pepper they're dressed with certainly aren't anything mind-blowing.

If you're trying to get some extra veggies into your diet, sure, this may be a good purchase. But if you're looking for the very best flavors that Boston Market has to offer, it's clear that you're not going to get that from the fresh steamed vegetables. View these as a necessary side dish to order so you can indulge in more of the cornbread without feeling too heavy or full.

18. Salted Caramel Lava Cake

Does the salted caramel lava cake at Boston Market sound delicious? Definitely. Caramel is great on its own, but when you add salt to the mix, it's clear that you're going to get something special. Place that caramel into a warm cake, and it seems like great things are bound to happen. But when we first took a bite of this cake, we realized very quickly that it was almost aggressively sweet. While all of that salt should have balanced out the flavors a bit more, that unfortunately didn't happen at all.

This cake is made for two people to share, but it's still pretty big, and considering that it's so sweet, it's difficult to finish all of it. For those who have a super active sweet tooth, this may be the way to go dessert-wise. But if you're not trying to eat your way into a sugar coma, you may want to explore some of the other dessert options available.

17. Creamed Spinach

Eating your greens is an important part of staying healthy. And to do that, we love salads and smoothies. But who ever said that dousing your spinach in dairy products was the way to go? Because that's just what you're going to get from the creamed spinach at Boston Market. This dish feels like it came on a time machine from an era past at a time when spinach was deemed undesirable. To make it more edible, covering it in cream was the way to go. But these days, it seems like most consumers would prefer their veggies in a slightly fresher format.

Overall, this dish isn't terrible — it actually tastes kind of decent, if a bit bland. But if you're looking for a reasonable veggie side dish to serve to your family, it just seems like this isn't the way to go if you want something that's actually going to make you feel healthy. We could take the creamed spinach or leave it, but considering all the veggies on the menu that actually taste good, it makes sense to pass if you're not ordering everything on the menu.

16. Meatloaf Sandwich

Do you ever crave meatloaf so much you wish you could have it for lunch? Those are the vibes Boston Market's meatloaf sandwich is giving off. It's a combo that doesn't seem to make must sense, but the masterminds behind the Boston Market kitchen decided to go for it anyway. Our main complaint here comes down to the meatloaf itself. Like most meatloaf, it's exceptionally dry. While you find many of the meat options at Boston Market are super juicy and flavorful, that's just not what you're getting in this case.

On its own, the meatloaf isn't all that bad, especially if you smother it with sauces. But when placed into a sandwich, the dryness of the meat and the dryness of the bread come together to create a rather unpleasant experience. You'll be reaching for your drink after every single bite just to make sure you can get everything down.

For dyed-in-the-wool meatloaf lovers, this Boston Market selection may not be the worst idea you've ever had. But if you don't love the dry ground beef dish on its own, you're unlikely to enjoy this sandwich that amplifies some of its worse qualities.

15. Apple Pie

We all love a good slice of apple pie. It's one of those desserts that's hard not to love. You have the gooey apple filling, the warming cinnamon and sugar, and a delicious flaky crust holding it all together. Sounds like a dream come true. But not every slice of apple pie you get is created equally, and if you ask us, the apple pie at Boston Market is just so-so. There's not really anything wrong with it, per se, other than the fact that it feels so mass-produced. The apples don't taste fresh, and the crust gets soggy really quickly. There's just none of that homemade feeling you get when you usually bite into a freshly baked apple pie.

This isn't the worst dessert on Boston Market's menu, so you shouldn't hesitate to order it if that's what you really want. Just know that some of the other available desserts are top-notch, so you may be missing out if you choose the apple pie over them. Then again, who said you couldn't order both?

14. Roasted Turkey Breast

It seems like turkey is sometimes unfairly relegated to Thanksgiving only, which shouldn't be the case. This is a meat you can enjoy any time of the year, and we should start acting like it. Luckily, Boston Market embraces that ethos through and through. But that doesn't mean that the roasted turkey breast should be the first menu item that comes to mind when you visit the restaurant.

This meat selection is just okay. The turkey is pretty dry, but we're not going to hold that against Boston Market because it's true for almost all turkey. You'll get thin slices of the meat, so it's not too hard to bite into, but it ultimately leaves you with a bit of a drying feeling on your tongue. If you pair this with the right side dishes, it's not a problem, but the turkey breast really isn't anything special on its own.

If you're going to get turkey from Boston Market, you may want to reconsider this order and look at the rotisserie turkey pot pie instead. Because its sitting in a sauce, it's a lot less dry and more flavorful. The roasted turkey breast isn't a bad option — it's just not our favorite.

13. Cilantro Lime Rice

We get that Chipotle has had a lot of success with their famous cilantro lime rice, but that doesn't mean that every fast casual company on the planet has to offer the same thing. In fact, it seems a little strange to us that Boston market carries cilantro lime rice — it doesn't really go with anything else that's served at the restaurant. Nonetheless, you can add some of this flavorful rice to your order if that's what you're going for with your meal.

They definitely did not skimp out on the cilantro or the lime flavoring here, so you know you're not going to get a serving of super-bland rice. If we were evaluating the rice on its own, in fact, it would be a lot higher on this list. But the fact that you're supposed to pair it with the other offerings on the menu make us less favorable toward this side. The cilantro lime rice should be reserved for your favorite Tex-Mex fast food joint — not a rotisserie chicken joint.

12. Chicken Salad Sandwich

Boston Market definitely seems more like a dinner spot than a lunch restaurant. After all, you're probably not going to order half of a chicken in the middle of the day right before you have to go to a big meeting. If you do happen to be at a Boston Market for lunch, though, grabbing a chicken salad sandwich isn't a bad idea. The best part of this sandwich is the chicken itself. Since you're getting that delicious rotisserie chicken in every bite, you know it's going to be good. And they definitely give you more than enough of it on your sandwich — they're not trying to short you in the least.

However, the chicken salad as a whole could be more flavorful. We wish there were more crunch and more spices in the salad itself, and the toppings (including, inexplicably, cheddar cheese) aren't that interesting either. It's fine if you're just looking for something to grab and go on a busy day of work, but we certainly wouldn't go out of our way just to order this sandwich.

11. Mashed Potatoes

Where would we be in life without mashed potatoes? Some may hate on its lack of texture and the fact that it could kind of be considered baby food, but we're absolutely here for it. Take one of our favorite carbs and add cream, butter, and some gravy on top, and it's hard to see how you could go wrong. And we're definitely not disappointed with Boston Market's mashed potatoes. Do they taste homemade? No. If you like your mashed potatoes with some chunks left in them, this recipe might be a little bit too whipped for you.

However, when you add on the gravy that will come with your order, you'll see that it's a solid side dish. It may not be the most exciting thing on the menu, but because it's a staple, we think it's something you should add to your order if you're trying to build a complete meal. Because what would a complete meal be without plenty of potatoes?

10. Southwest Cobb Salad

Boston Market doesn't really seem like a place you would order a salad, but if you do happen to want to get your greens in, it's actually not a bad spot to do so. Our suggestion? The Southwest Cobb salad. It's packed with plenty of different veggies, so you won't have to settle for a one-note flavor palette. It all starts with the bed of romaine lettuce. On top of that, you'll get generous servings of pico de gallo, corn relish, and red onion. All of those fresh flavors come together really well.

But it doesn't end there. The signature piece, of course, is the rotisserie chicken. It's cooked so it's nice and moist, and when added to the salad, it adds the perfect contrast with the fresh veggies. For even more flavor, they add some bacon to boot. And to top it all off, you'll be blessed with a decent-sized serving of avocado, which adds some fat and creaminess in all the best ways.

Are there better salads out there? Yes. But we're impressed with how fresh Boston Market's Southwest Cobb salad, so we would definitely order it again.

9. Chicken Carver Sandwich

If you want to enjoy the best meat that Boston Market has to offer but you want it on a sandwich instead of a platter, we have just the thing for you: the chicken carver sandwich. With the chicken salad sandwich, all of that delicious chicken is hidden under tons of other flavors. But when you go with this option, you know that every bite is going to focus on the moist, flavorful chicken above all else. Plus, you get a really generous serving of meat in this sandwich, so you can rest assured that it's going to fill you up — even if you decided to skip breakfast.

It has the same toppings as the chicken salad — cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and herbed mayo — but all of those toppings go way better with the plain chicken. It's nothing too out of the ordinary, but it tastes great. If you're looking for a reliable sandwich that's going to taste great and fill you up while allowing you to relish in the joy that is Boston Market's chicken, you know just what to order.

8. Ribs

Before this moment, you may have thought of Boston Market as a place to grab rotisserie meats and not ribs. But we're here to inform you that if you're looking for ribs and you just happen to be at Boston Market, you're in the right place. Of course, these aren't likely to be the best ribs you've ever tasted in your life — it's just not the restaurant's specialty. At the same time, though, they're definitely very flavorful and super, super tender. They basically fall off the bone, so you don't have to worry about gnawing at them just to get the meat off.

They're also brushed with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, which adds an extra element of flavor. If you can put aside the condiment's association with Mark Zuckerberg and just focus on the taste, you'll realize that it adds a lot to an already flavorful meat.

Are you going to go out of your way to sample the ribs at Boston Market? Not likely. But if you're already there, you shouldn't hesitate to give them a try.

7. Chocolate Cake

Wondering what the best dessert at Boston Market is? Well, if you ask us, it all comes down to the chocolate cake. This cake is shockingly moist, and since it comes in such a large serving, that's a good thing — you don't want it to feel too heavy before you're even halfway done. Of course, the icing is sweet (like any icing on any cake you've ever had), but despite the rich chocolate flavor, it's not too sweet to be enjoyable, even if you want to finish the whole thing.

The crowning jewel on this slice of cake, though, is the chocolate chunks. They don't add much in the way of flavor since the entire cake is chocolate-flavored, but they do add a much-needed textural contrast that makes every slice just a bit more interesting. In fact, it all comes together so well that this cake almost tastes like it's homemade. Don't worry about whipping up dessert after you're finished with dinner — Boston Market has you covered on that front as well.

6. Garlic Dill New Potatoes

The mashed potatoes at Boston Market are a solid option, but we totally get that not everyone wants such a mushy starch on their plate. If you still want a generous serving of carbs but you're looking for something a bit more interesting texturally, then you have to reach for the garlic dill new potatoes. They're firm though they have some bite to them, and they're seasoned exceptionally well.

The garlic is likely the first thing you'll taste. We're happy to say that Boston Market wasn't shy in this regard — you're definitely not going to think of this side dish as bland. Really, they could have stopped there, as garlic is good enough for just about everyone. But they wanted to go the extra mile, so they added some dill as well. The freshness of the dill makes the whole dish feel lighter and, therefore, more bingeable. Grab an order of these potatoes, and you're pretty much guaranteed to be full and satisfied by your Boston Market meal ... even if you made the mistake of ordering the sweet potato casserole as well.

5. Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

We all need to eat something comforting now and then, which is why we love a good bowl of soup. The only problem is that it always seems like you need soup when you feel the least capable of making it. Therefore, we feel lucky that it's easy to head to Boston Market at any time to pick up some of their rotisserie chicken noodle soup. Just like with every chicken dish on the menu at this place, the chicken itself is out of this world. Juicy, tender, and moist, every bite of chicken you get in your soup will put a smile on your face.

A soup is about more than protein, though, and Boston Market makes sure to pack this one with plenty of other nourishing ingredients, like carrots and celery. Our favorite part, though, has to be the dumpling-style noodles. They're thick and chewy and basically everything you want in a good noodle. Take a bite of one of them and the chicken together, and you'll get to experience a match made in culinary heaven. Perhaps the secret to why the soup is so good — it's one of two Boston Market foods based on a family recipe (the other being the oatmeal cookie which is sadly no longer available).  

4. Rotisserie Prime Rib

Okay, okay. We know what you're thinking. Prime rib? At Boston Market? It may seem out of the realm of believability that a fast casual restaurant would have amazing prime rib, but we promise that the stuff at Boston Market is actually really, really good. It's cooked to perfection so you have that nice, juicy pink center you want in a prime rib. The edges are nice and crispy too, so it's easy to enjoy the textural contrast.

When you order the rotisserie prime rib, you also get to add two side dishes to your order, and you'll get cornbread as well. All of that comes together to create a fantastic meal at a price you can't beat for prime rib. It may seem out of place on the Boston Market menu, but that doesn't mean you should write the prime rib off — it's one of our absolute favorites.

3. Cornbread

Speaking of the cornbread at Boston Market, you should find a location right now so you can try this one, solitary menu item. That's just how good this cornbread is. In fact, we would venture to say that it almost tastes like it's homemade. It's nice and rich, but it still has a fluffiness to it that keeps it from being quite so dense and heavy. And while it's definitely something you would pair with savory foods, it has a sweetness to it that contrasts nicely with everything else on your plate. Despite the New England-centric name of the restaurant, this cornbread tastes like it's straight out of the Deep South.

The golden, crispy crust encases the bread perfectly, but the inside is perfectly fluffy and moist. Basically, it's everything you could ever want in a piece of cornbread and more. Do not forget to add some of this stuff to your next Boston Market order.

2. Half Chicken

If you know anything about Boston Market, you know that the roast chicken is where it's at. If you want to enjoy this chicken to its fullest potential, you should definitely order the half chicken. It sounds like a lot of food, and it definitely is. But if you're super hungry or just really, really determined, it's something you may be able to finish on your own. Even if you don't, though, it's easy to share or to save for later. And who doesn't love ordering two meals in one? It's the best way to get even more bang for your buck when you're eating out.

The skin on this chicken is cooked to perfection. It's slathered in flavorful spices and crisped perfectly so you get a bit of crunch with every single bite. The flesh of the meat is ideal too — it's perfectly juicy to contrast the lovely texture of the skin. Choose some sides to go with your half chicken, and you've got a spread to rival most other fast casual meals you've eaten.

1. Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie

Finally, we've arrived at the best of the best, the most delicious (in our opinion) menu item that Boston Market has to offer: the rotisserie chicken pot pie. Really, any pot pie is good. But when you add in rotisserie chicken, it's clearly going to be even more delicious. That's just what's happening in Boston Market's take on the classic dish. Moist chicken and tender veggies mix and meld together under a roof of flaky, crispy crust. Be careful when you open it up — it's hot. Our favorite part is when the crust gets bathed in the juices from the rest of the pie ... how are you not drooling yet?

While this dish may not be the purest presentation of the delicious rotisserie chicken you'll find at Boston Market, all the different components coming together in one dish makes it something special. Think of it as the ultimate fast casual feast for a cold winter day (or really any day).