Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 1978

Food

1978 Best Cheesecake

Andy Seplow, part-time owner of a limited catering service called L’Alliance Pate, makes a firm, toothsome cheesecake based on cream cheese, sour cream, and ground almonds. It’s available regularly at...

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1978 Best Burger

Lean prime ground sirloin stuffed with your choice of cheddar, Swiss, American, Boursin, or blue cheese and tomato, pepper, onion, mushroom, bacon, or spinach. Served on an onion roll with...

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1978 Best Drink, Nonalcoholic

Blended mango, milk, and honey, with cinnamon or nutmeg to taste. But let your imagination soar: you can combine any of the available fresh fruits with milk, yogurt, or ice...

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1978 Best Sandwich

Crusty French bread is soaked in dry white wine, covered with slabs of Swiss and Gruyere, and baked; it sizzles to your table with a fried egg aboard...

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1978 Best Bagel

We deferred to our readers here. “Softer than Eagerman’s,” one wrote on her ballot. “So fresh out of the oven they’ll burn your hands,” said another. “I’d kill for an...

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1978 Best Hot Dog, Packaged

The franks Jack imports from the Samuels Company of Philadelphia are all beef, kosher, expertly seasoned, and they won’t give you cancer either—no nitrites or nitrates added...

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1978 Best House Wine

Bartender Peter Marshall’s private recipe makes use of jalapeno pepper juice, grenadine, chili powder and other spices, fruit juices, and, of course, wine. A potent complement to the Mexican food...

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1978 Best Steak

Corn-fed beef is shipped regularly from Colorado to the restaurant’s butcher in Beverly. No bum steers here...

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1978 Best Peanut Butter

New England grocery stores are finally getting the idea: it is possible to market natural peanut butter (unhydrogenated, unsweetened, unpreserved) at an ordinary, everyday, non-health-food price. (Purists, beware: salt has...

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1978 Best Salad, House

Our food critic called the leafy creations of Cafe Cybele in the South Market Building “tidy little masterpieces”: varied veggies in a sublime vinaigrette bound with egg and cream...

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1978 Best Seafood Restaurant

An Iberian stew of mussels, lobster, shrimp, clams, and scallops in a deliciously complicated soup containing brandy and pulverized almonds. This is a very fine kettle of fish...

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1978 Best Chili

Cheap, loaded with meat, accompanied by a large basket of tortilla chips, and enlivened with just the right amount of pepper: plenty...

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1978 Best Pizza

Just on the other side of the Callahan Tunnel. A tasty thin crust supports the exquisite goo (the tomato sauce is distinctively sweet). Livingston Taylor’s wife’s favorite comes with onion,...

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1978 Best Airline Food

On those rare occasions when the line isn’t on strike, the Boston-Minneapolis run may feature shrimp salad, filet mignon, and a complimentary split of Mateus...

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General Restaurants

1978 Best Breakfast

Pink tablecloths, flowers, fresh-squeezed orange juice, berries and melon out of season, homemade muffins, and exquisite Danish pastries make this the most civilized breakfast spot anywhere...

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General Restaurants

1978 Best Brunch

Besides the usual, this elegant establishment offers finnan haddie, pate, hearts of palm, lamb chops, veal Marsala, croissants, and live jazz harp music—all for $8.50. The two seatings, at 11:30...

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1978 Best Delicatessen

Avoid the sprawling pseudo-Semitic emporia and head for this modest lunch counter. It has homemade cheese blintzes, noodle pudding, potato pancakes, delicious specials—brisket, kishke, corned beef, stuffed cabbage, and beef...

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1978 Best Cheese Shop

Besides the standard selection of Bries and cream havartis, Tom and Roger offer their personal choices of the best that is available in any season, hard-to-find cheeses like epoisses and...

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1978 Best Wine Shop

Proprietors Jim and Lucy Hangstefer scour the vineyards of Europe and California for bargains on high-quality wines, most retailing in the two- to six-dollar range. Madeleine Kamman shops here...

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