Often relegated to bit parts in appetizer sections, salads enjoy a starring role at Stephi’s. This third outpost of the Stephanie’s on Newbury empire has clearly hit its sweet spot with enormous, attractive, protein-laden entrees, like a pile of mandolined crunchy vegetables topped with grilled shrimp. They’re a boon for locals looking for a healthy but satisfying dinner, perhaps after a session at the nearby Handle Bar or South Boston Yoga. It’s a wonder more restaurants don’t follow suit.
Stephi’s in Southie
130 Dorchester Ave., Boston • (617) 345-5495
2018 Winner: Forage
- 5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge
- (617) 576-5444