From its original South End beachhead to locations in Brookline Village and Harvard Square, Andres Branger’s South American charmer continues to beguile with small plates, the hearty corn flatbreads that are arepas, grilled meats and fish, and complex, delectable stews, all served with laid-back sophistication to loyal—and appreciative— locals. Between its popularity and n0-reservation policy, be prepared for a wait at peak times; you will be glad you endured it.
477 Shawmut Ave., Boston • (617) 369-7075
22 Harvard St., Brookline • (617) 232-9505
56 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge • (617) 354-6900
2016 Winner: Viva Mi Arepa
Near the Dedham line in West Roxbury, this family-run restaurant offers an affordable entry point to the hearty joys of Venezuelan cuisine...
- 5197 Washington St., Boston
- (617) 323-7844
2018 Winner: Tertulias
- 28 Porter St., Boston
- (617) 561-0707