For a moment, this Charlestown address had a bit of an identity crisis: Two years ago, restaurant owner Samar Naamad revamped his North African eatery, the seemingly successful Tangierino, as a Moroccan-French hybrid. It felt muddled. Crystal-clear, though, is the success of its transformation to Madera 83, a full conversion to Spanish small plates. The croquetas, albondigas and other taberna-apropos fare are a fantastic change of pace, making us forget the old memories to build new ones.
83 Main St., Boston • (617) 242-6009
2016 Winner: Tiger Mama
Tiger Mama went into a tricky Fenway location that had hosted a couple of regrettable flops...
- 1363 Boylston St., Boston
- (617) 425-6262
2017 Winner: Eataly
While Boston has never been a city to fawn over imported star chefs (Jean-Georges, we hardly knew ye), Mario Batali has fared quite well...
- 800 Boylston St., Boston
- (617) 807-7300