It may look like an old-fashioned butcher shop, but this upscale Back Bay spot offers every modern variation on the burger you could dream up – and all between great buns. Read more.
Chef Carolyn Johnson offers dishes such as foie gras torchon with Concord grapes and a corn madeleine and scallops with Macomber turnips, mushrooms, and beurre rouge are inventive without being showy. Read more.
Small plates of duck sausage and foie gras mousse, goat’s milk ricotta, and grilled calamari, along with pasta dishes and entrees, are sure to make it the toast of the town. Read more.
You’ll find raw bar and barbecue in the eclectic mix, which also includes the likes of Gouda fries, persimmon-beet salad, green curry duck, and baked shells and cheese. Read more.
This stellar artisanal food store from the team behind Local 149 brings a bit of finery to South Boston. Read more.
Two restaurants in one, both tailor-made for Tech Square: an all-day bakery-cafe attached to a sparse, industrial dining room with two wood-fired ovens. Read more.
Members of the East Coast Grill diaspora are making succulent dry-rub pork ribs, sweet-potato salad, bacony collards, buttermilk-fried onion rings, fried pickles, and hunks of sweet corn bread. Read more.
The real draw here is the impossibly delicious, extremely addictive Korean-style fried chicken, with skin as crisp as rice paper. Read more.
Bondir emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients; nothing new about that. And yet the dishes on the constantly changing menu don’t resemble anyone else’s. Read more.
Sit on an expansive banquette, under a giant hanging shade, against intense brick-red walls, and dine on traditional Turkish cuisine at this Cambridge spot. Read more.
Catalyst reminds us why traditional cooking methods have been around so long. Read more.
Ceia features a casual but stylish setting and food of the European coast (the name, pronounced “SAY-yuh,” means “supper” in Portuguese). Read more.
Christina's Cafe offers home-style fare, such as fried haloumi cheese and eggplant stuffed with onions, mushrooms, and tomato, and topped with feta. Read more.
The most impressive item is the simplest: flour tortillas, made in-house using the owner's father’s recipe. Also try Shrimp al chipotle, flour tortillas, carne asada al carbon. Read more.
Feast your eyes on the open kitchen, where slowly browning chickens circle the rotisserie spit and chefs hand-carve thick slices of porchetta and roast beef for sandwiches. Read more.
Drinks are the focus at The Hawthorne. Bites such as deviled eggs with crisp prosciutto and grilled cheese are available, but they play second fiddle to perfectly made Aviations and Hanky Pankies. Read more.
This vast, shiny flagship on Boston’s waterfront is a three-story salute to a local institution. Read more.
Southie has its own version of the British gastropub with the opening of Local 149. A massive bar anchors the room, while banquettes and cafe tables make it comfortable for families. Read more.
Inspired by Meryl Streep’s bakery-owning character in It’s Complicated, former interior designer Sella Abalian looked to traditional French macarons to fuel a career change. Read more.
Sisters who ran a small place in Morocco are cooking with various visiting family members in this bare-bones outfit in a former pizza place in Malden. Read more.
Decorated with Buddhas and populated by scantily clad cocktail waitresses, Red Lantern has a night-life vibe. But tasty snacks, sushi, and steaks make it more than just a scene. Read more.
It’s stylish, with plenty of flat-screen televisions, nights featuring live music, and a menu designed by chef Marc Orfaly (Pigalle, Marco). Read more.
Roxy’s impressed on the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race and now hawks creative combinations like Vermont cheddar and roasted butternut squash around the city. Read more.
When this charcuterie funhouse opened over the summer, it gave South End and Back Bay residents a spacious and much-needed beer garden. Read more.
Seven Star specializes in xiao chi, or “small bites” Taiwanese-style won tons, braised pork belly buns, sticky-sweet ribs in an orange-soy glaze. Read more.
A food-truck standout, Staff Meal is the brainchild of former fine-dining chefs. The experience shows. Just check out sandwiches of such foodstuffs as foie gras and pigs’ ears. Read more.
Strip-T's isn’t much to look at, but the food is exceptional: wings with Moxie glaze, haddock in beer batter with homemade fries, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Read more.
If brunch is what you’re looking for, stop by Sugar, where decadent French toast stuffed with brie and fig jam or “choose your own adventure” omelets get the day started off right. Read more.
Tiffani Faison’s new Boston project serves barbecue on metal trays and beverages in Mason jars. Top Chef alum offers up pulled pork, brisket, beans, coleslaw, and more with the music blasting. Read more.
In the midst of this year’s tequila and tacos boom, the upscale Tico, from Michael Schlow of Radius, Via Matta, and Alta Strada, offered an instant party. Read more.
Jody Adams changed the game on Boston’s waterfront with the casual, globally influenced Trade, which gives downtowners an affordable range of dishes served all day. Read more.