Boston, MA 02118
Myers + Chang, a funky, pan Asian diner in the South End, is the joint effort of baker and pastry chef extraordinaire Joanne Chang and restaurateur Christopher Myers. The Washington Street eatery serves a menu of loosely interpreted Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese specialties. Using fresh, beautiful, local-when-possible ingredients and lighter sauces, Chang and her team offer both fun and innovative takes on classic dishes and new dishes that stay true to the flavors of the region.
The frequently-packed dining room, where the floor-to-ceiling windows are adorned with bright red dragon decals, draws crowds for dinner, weekday lunch and a dim sum brunch on the weekend. Seats on the small patio get snapped up quickly once it's warm enough as do the seats at the counter overlooking the kitchen.
An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking.
She started as garde-manger cook at Boston's renowned Biba restaurant, worked for a year assisting the owner/head-baker of Bentonwood Bakery in Newton, and in 1995 was hired as Pastry Chef at Rialto restaurant in Cambridge. Chang moved to New York City in 1997 to work in the cake department of the critically acclaimed Payard Patisserie and Bistro.
Returning to Boston a year later with dreams of opening up her own pastry shop, she brought her French and American training to Mistral where she was the Pastry Chef until summer of 2000. In 2000, she opened Flour, a bakery and café, in Boston's South End. Flour features breakfast pastries, breads, cakes, cookies, and tarts as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads.
In 2007 she opened a second branch of Flour in the Fort Point Channel area. She and her husband Christopher Myers opened Myers + Chang in the South End neighborhood in the fall of 2007. In June of 2010 she opened a third branch of Flour in Central Square in Cambridge.
An avid runner, she has competed in every Boston Marathon from 1991 - 2006. She is the author of Flour, Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery+Cafe.