Food & Drink

  • Restaurant of the Year


    Longtime Ana Sortun lieutenant Cassie Piuma took the refined, Turkish-centered, Mediterranean-spanning fine-dining finesse of Oleana and democratized it at this spacious spot near Prospect Hill…...

    Restaurant of the Year - Sarma Photo Credit: Diego Navarro
  • Bagels


    There’s a reason Bagelsaurus draws long lines…...

    Bagels - Bagelsaurus Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Banh Mi

    Pho Viet’s

    When seeking this essential Vietnamese street-food sandwich—baguette, fresh herbs, crunchy pickled daikon and carrots, Asian mayo and/or fish sauce-based dressing, fresh chilies and/or Sriracha and a protein of your choice—you’ll note that Dorchester has numerous quality purveyors…...

  • Barbecue

    Blue Ribbon BBQ

    City slickers agree: For down-home barbecue near Boston, Blue Ribbon serves the prize pig. And beef brisket…...

  • Bartender

    Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden II

    Seventeen years after the B-Side Lounge birthed the local craft cocktail revival, Boston is blessed with scores of skilled, scholarly, engaging bartenders making serious drinks…...

  • Biscuits

    Sweet Cheeks

    Sweet mercy. While some barbecue joints treat their Southern-inflected side dishes as afterthoughts, Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison has drawn national notice with her basket o’ biscuits: flaky, oversized accompaniments served with a creamy dollop of sweet honey butter…...

    Biscuits - Sweet Cheeks Photo Credit: Patrick Marasco
  • Bread

    Clear Flour Bread

    If there’s a problem at this brilliant bakery located on a quiet Brookline side street, it’s the surfeit of options…...

  • Breakfast

    South End Buttery

    This local bakery/cafe is a constant hive of activity, drawing daily crowds with its excellent coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches…...

  • Brunch

    The Sinclair

    Closure, noun: The satisfaction achieved by brunching at the same spot that gave you a hangover…...

  • Burger


    Nowadays, every new restaurant thumps its chest with a signature burger, each patty permutation wilder than the last…...

    Burger - Drink Photo Credit: Patrick Marasco
  • Chinese

    Best Little Restaurant

    Tucked into an easy-to-overlook Chinatown basement, Best Little serves traditional Cantonese and Teochew dishes at ridiculous bargain prices…...

  • Club Sandwich

    Henrietta’s Table

    It’s a lunchtime staple—but even done well, a club sandwich can be the menu’s beige paint: a nondescript background element amid more eye-catching offerings…...

    Club Sandwich - Henrietta’s Table Photo Credit: Heath Robbins Photography
  • Coffee Shop

    Barrington Coffee Roasting Company

    Once upon a time, simply saying “venti” was enough to make one feel oh-so-informed on coffee…...

  • Deli

    Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions

    Greater Boston finally got a deli that merits a trip, a Waltham storefront that makes its astonishing, globe-trotting assortment of charcuterie, salumi and sausages from local animals, serving them in a bright combination of densely packed retail wonderland and counter-service sandwich joint…...

  • Dessert

    Liquid Art House

    We eat art at this restaurant/gallery hybrid, where pastry chef Giselle Miller does amazing things with a plate as her canvas…...

    Dessert - Liquid Art House Photo Credit: Katie Noble
  • Dim Sum

    Winsor Dim Sum Cafe

    When most folks hear dim sum, they think of those frenetic, large-scale places where trolleys are wheeled about, and sitting in the wrong corner can mean long delays between the kitchen and your chopsticks…...

  • Diner

    Mike’s City Diner

    We’ve all met Mike’s. We’re usually in last night’s clothes, but there he is: a reliable reminder of the pre-preppy South End, bleeding local color while salving wounded weekend warriors with big, cheap spreads of great greasy-spoon grub and service that’s stern yet nurturing…...

  • Doughnuts

    Blackbird Doughnuts

    Between pop-ups and dedicated dessert purveyors, doughnuts are having a moment…...

  • Food Truck


    If you equate Middle Eastern cuisine with falafel and shawarma, get yourself some lunch from the Sheherazad truck…...

    Food Truck - Sheherazad Photo Credit: Nicole Popma
  • French


    In an era where food-truck fleets swell ranks while fine-dining establishments shutter, it’s nice to see some classics soldier on strong as ever…...

  • Gluten-Free

    Myers + Chang

    This casually hip South End pan-Asian eatery was doing gluten-free years before it was cool, back when only genuinely gluten-intolerant diners cared and scant few places could accommodate their deadly serious dietary restriction…...

  • Gyros


    This pair of busy, weekday lunch-only spots near Government Center offer a gyro sandwich that many Americans have never tasted, the most popular version in Greece: not the usual nasty factory-made ground-beef/lamb cone, but slabs of marinated pork stacked, grilled and sliced off a vertical rotisserie…...

  • Ice Cream

    Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

    New Englanders love their premium ice cream, consuming more per capita than any other Americans; many brilliant local parlors thrive by satisfying that jones…...

  • Indian


    The subcontinent’s steady influx of expats to Boston has greatly expanded the regional diversity of our Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan restaurants…...

  • Italian


    A stone’s throw from chain-ridden Park Square, chef Charles Draghi and partner/sommelier Joan Johnson serve traditional Northern Italian cuisine with rare wines to match, drawing a loyal crowd. A focus on pristine, sustainable seafood and meats, perfect local produce and house-grown herbs, and the rare-in-Boston culinary wonders of Draghi’s Piemontese ancestry make his daily-changing menu consistently rewarding…...

    Italian - Erbaluce Photo Credit: Katie Noble
  • Japanese

    O Ya

    Boston’s costliest restaurant trades not on a lavishly appointed room nor an army of cosseting servers, but the subtle, exquisite pleasures of modern Japanese sashimi, sushi and cooked dishes, showcasing exotic species from distant oceans…...

  • Mexican

    Angela’s Cafe

    On a quiet Eastie side street, septuagenarian grandmother Angela Atenco Lopez dresses chicken and pork with moles, adobos and pipians, the incredible complex sauces of her native Puebla…...

  • Neighborhoods: Allston

    The Glenville Stops

    Everyone knows Allston for its modest, student-friendly restaurants, but grown-ups seeking fine food and good service in a genteel setting get short shrift…...

    Neighborhoods: Allston - The Glenville Stops Photo Credit: Holly Rike
  • Neighborhoods: Back Bay


    Back Bay has many fancy, pricey restaurants suitable for romance and special occasions, but few are as lovely as this jewel in the crown of chef Chris Coomb…...

    Neighborhoods: Back Bay - Deuxave Photo Credit: Andy Ryan
  • Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill

    The Tip Tap Room

    Playful chef Brian Poe runs wild with wild game at his cool, quirky tavern on the back side of Beacon Hill, where young pros come for the 100-strong beer list…...

  • Neighborhoods: Brighton

    MDM Noodles

    The advent of Boston restaurants specializing in lesser-known regional Chinese cuisines is among our favorite recent dining trends…...

  • Neighborhoods: Brookline

    Fairsted Kitchen

    While we weren’t looking, Washington Square morphed into a genuine dining destination, exemplified by this inviting, unpretentious room…...

    Neighborhoods: Brookline - Fairsted Kitchen Photo Credit: Holly Rike
  • Neighborhoods: Central Square


    Taking over the space long occupied by the beloved Rendezvous, Viale faced the daunting challenge of winning over its predecessor’s crestfallen fans…...

  • Neighborhoods: Charlestown

    Brewer’s Fork

    We’re under the spell of Brewer’s Fork, named for the stirring paddle that early beer makers believed possessed magical, intoxicating powers…...

  • Neighborhoods: Chinatown


    We’ve long buzzed about Shojo’s craft cocktail program, but the recent arrival of chef Mark O’Leary has electrified its kitchen…...

    Neighborhoods: Chinatown - Shojo Photo Credit: Debra Li
  • Neighborhoods: Davis Square


    Outside, this 1941-built diner car looks unchanged. But the inside boasts a massive makeover (cherry-red leather booths pop against rough woods)…...

    Neighborhoods: Davis Square - Rosebud Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Neighborhoods: Dorchester

    Anh Hong

    As Boston’s largest yet most overlooked dining destination, Dorchester is at least recognized for having our best Vietnamese restaurants…...

  • Neighborhoods: Downtown Crossing

    jm Curley

    Like its mayoral namesake, Curley earned its legacy. A local pioneer of several now-familiar gastropub tropes, it serves serious food and beverage with a winning wink…...

  • Neighborhoods: East Boston

    Rincon Limeño

    Working-class Eastie deserves more respect than it gets, especially for its bounteous assortment of traditional Mexican, Central American and South American restaurants…...

  • Neighborhoods: East Cambridge

    Loyal Nine

    Despite their foraging, farm-to-table, seasonal ethic, our Colonial forebears almost certainly didn’t eat or drink as well as modern New Englanders…...

    Neighborhoods: East Cambridge - Loyal Nine Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Neighborhoods: East Somerville

    La Brasa

    From “burnt” veggie salad to steak, essentially everything is brushed by wood-fired flame at this pan-Latin eatery from former Sel de la Terre toque Daniel Bojorquez…...

  • Neighborhoods: Fenway/Kenmore

    Island Creek Oyster Bar

    The eponymous briny-buttery bivalves are now found on every raw-bar menu in the Hub that’s worth its weight in shellfish…...

  • Neighborhoods: Fort Point


    Debating pizza is a bloodsport, but we’ll stick our neck out: Todd Winer’s pies (the second certified Neapolitans in Massachusetts) are among Boston’s best…...

    Neighborhoods: Fort Point - Pastoral Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Neighborhoods: Harvard Square

    Alden & Harlow

    Last year’s Best New Restaurant continues to dazzle with chef/owner Michael Scelfo’s bold, imaginative, smoke-inflected cookery, not at all hurt by the Square’s best craft cocktail program…...

  • Neighborhoods: Inman Square


    OK, it’s a 10-minute walk from Inman proper, but so worth it. The delight starts from your first bites—an amuse-bouche compliments of the kitchen…...

  • Neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain

    Tres Gatos

    Caution: Impulse purchases ahead. They start with top-notch tapas, zesty but not inelegant plates served graciously in a living room-like setting…...

  • Neighborhoods: Kendall Square

    West Bridge

    Yes, the egg in a jar is now famous among local food lovers. (If you haven’t yet experienced that pomme puree-meets-crispy duck skin classic, for shame.)…...

  • Neighborhoods: Mission Hill

    Penguin Pizza

    Calling it “just a neighborhood pizza joint” is like calling a penguin “just a bird.” This Penguin proudly wears a tux, so to speak, serving pies laden with duck confit…...

    Neighborhoods: Mission Hill - Penguin Pizza Photo Credit: Holly Rike
  • Neighborhoods: Newton


    Sky-high costs continue to drive talented chefs to Boston’s suburbs. Newtonites are among the beneficiaries, as Sycamore offers something they once had to venture into the city for…...

  • Neighborhoods: North End

    Neptune Oyster

    Once again, the best restaurant in our most famous concentration of Italian and Italian-American eateries isn’t Italian, but a groundbreaking purveyor of exceptional New England raw bar…...

  • Neighborhoods: Porter Square


    This quiet, rustically attractive restaurant isn’t a canonical Italian trattoria: There’s no chalkboard menu, and the wine list is too expansive…...

  • Neighborhoods: Roslindale

    Sophia’s Grotto

    Down a brick-paved alley and secreted away in a small courtyard waits Sophia’s, eager to serve Rozzie residents (and in-the-know Italian lovers) homestyle cooking of the highest order…...

    Neighborhoods: Roslindale - Sophia’s Grotto Photo Credit: Nicole Popma
  • Neighborhoods: Roxbury


    In a full-service room decorated with the bright colors of sunset over a limpid Caribbean sea, this veteran Dudley Square charmer delivers finely wrought traditional Dominican fare…...

    Neighborhoods: Roxbury - Merengue Photo Credit: Imagix Studio
  • Neighborhoods: South Boston

    Moonshine 152

    Southie is finally putting the bad old days of middling pub menus, crummy pizza and bad Chinese-American fare in its rearview mirror…...

  • Neighborhoods: South End


    While the South End is recovering nicely from a recession-driven lull in its restaurant scene, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s small corner Italian joint continues to deliver great neighborhood value…...

  • Neighborhoods: Theater District


    This Mediterranean seafood restaurant might be the younger sibling of high-end heavy hitters like Mistral and Sorellina, but its sophistication belies its years…...

    Neighborhoods: Theater District - Ostra Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Neighborhoods: Union Square

    Casa B

    A gorgeous design by its architect owners has helped make Casa B an attractive choice for casual, romantic dinners…...

  • New Restaurant


    Homecoming king Matt Jennings shuttered Providence’s fabled Farmstead Inc. to open this newcomer in his native Hub, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back…...

  • Patio

    River Bar

    Great dining and drinking at the mall? You heard right…...

    Patio - River Bar Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno
  • Pies

    Petsi Pies

    Renee “Petsi” McLeod has been baking pies for adoring crowds for more than 20 years…...

  • Pizza

    A4 Pizza

    As you’d expect, the pies at this pizza-focused Somerville sib to Cambridge fave Area Four are killer, with a 12-year-old starter giving rise to dough that’s fermented for three days, finished in a custom wood-fired oven and heaped with toothsome toppings, like the soppressata, sausage and bacon of the aptly named Carnivore…...

  • Place to Go When Price Is No Object


    Dining at Menton is like reaching the summit of Mount Everest: a peak experience (highest-end of the high-end Barbara Lynch empire) with some harsh conditions (one wine-paired tasting menu sets you back $300)—but if you (and your wallet) can survive, it’s an unforgettable experience you’ll treasure forever…...

    Place to Go When Price Is No Object - Menton Photo Credit: Wayne Chinnock
  • Pop-Up


    Though it billed itself as a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge when opening, Wink & Nod has surprised and delighted us with its inventive culinary incubator program: Every six months, the kitchen hosts a different pop-up…...

    Pop-Up - Akinto Photo Credit: Joe Greene
  • Power Dining

    The Bristol

    Suggesting lunch here is an alpha move…...

  • Private Dining

    Le Salon du Mistral

    Devotees who flock to Mistral for grilled pizzas, refined French plates and knockout brunch (warm cinnamon buns, anyone?) may not realize that the bistro also boasts one of the prettiest private rooms in town…...

  • Ramen

    Yume Wo Katare

    Boston’s quality ramen options have expanded admirably in the past few years, but this tiny Porter Square storefront, with only 18 seats between its counter and two tables, has an inimitable charm…...

  • Sandwiches

    Ames Street Deli

    Ames Street Deli’s sammies are like next-generation tea sandwiches: petite and precise, imaginative and ultra-sophisticated, much like the food that husband-and-wife team Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudayarova are known for at their flagship, Journeyman…...

  • Seafood

    SELECT Oyster Bar

    Ahoy! Longtime Neptune Oyster chef Michael Serpa unanchored himself from the North End to launch his own restaurant, SELECT…...

  • Sommelier

    Todd Lipman of Bistro du Midi

    For the finest variety of varietals, we put full faith in the fabulous list curated by Lipman, who brings his talent and palate to chef Robert Sisca’s Public Garden-side Provençal palace…...

  • Soup Dumplings

    Dumpling Cafe

    Shanghainese soup dumplings, aka xiao long bao, are a food-geek holy grail: baggy, teardrop-shaped steamed dumplings of minced pork or…...

    Soup Dumplings - Dumpling Cafe Photo Credit: Nicole Popma
  • Spanish


    The South End’s oldest Spanish joint is painfully, raucously crowded from the moment it opens for dinner to nearly the end of service every night, with no reservations…...

  • Steakhouse

    Grill 23 & Bar

    There aren’t many ways to transcend the cliches of the luxury steakhouse, but this clubby, handsome, locally owned Back Bay institution does so with a better class of boutique prime beef…...

  • Sushi


    While foodie trends come and go (cronuts, we hardly knew ye), sushi never goes out of style…...

  • Tacos

    Dorado Tacos y Cemitas

    This sleek, affordable counter-service Mexican spot near JFK Crossing stands out for its fish tacos…...

    Tacos - Dorado Tacos y Cemitas Photo Credit: Holly Rike
  • Tasting Menu


    Control freaks may blanch at Boston’s growing number of prix fixe and tasting menu-only restaurants…...

  • Thai

    Cha Yen Thai Cookery

    The extravagant talent of chef/owner Manita Bunnagitkarn shines at this teensy, bargain-priced Coolidge Square storefront…...

  • Vegetarian/Vegan

    Life Alive

    OK, OK. With menu items like “The Goddess,” “The Swami” and “The Udon Miso Masterful,” this organic cafe won’t shatter any stereotypes about earthy-crunchy-touchy-feely types…...

  • West African


    Senegalese cuisine weaves native traditions with historical influences from North Africa, Portugal and the bygone French empire…...

  • Wings

    Buff’s Pub

    Bulk up on sauce-slathered bites of spicy greatness at this deceptively nondescript Newton sports bar, where the legendary heaps of chicken wings…...

    Wings - Buff’s Pub Photo Credit: Aley Lewis