Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 1979

Chefs

1979 Best Bartender

Front Street’s bar (260 Berkeley St., Boston) is a quiet, secure haven, protected by Horgan. A five-year veteran of the bartending wars of Boston and Cape Cod, Horgan knows his...

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Food

1979 Best Health Food, Junk Food

Nectar Pies, the class version of Eskimo Pies, available for fifty-nine cents at health-food stores far and wide (try the General Nutrition Center, 361 Boylston St., Boston). Our favorite is...

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1979 Best Ice Cream

Herren of Steve’s Ice Cream has won this award. But Steve has sold Steve’s to Joey Crugnale, who owns Joey’s. And Joey is putting a bit more effort into Joey’s...

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Food

1979 Best Pizza, Shallow Dish

Tops for the second year in a row. Delicious sausage and a shorter line than Regina’s. These pies (along with the airport noise) are Eastie’s major exports...

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1979 Best Cheese Plate

Hungarian cheese spread from Nibbles, the gourmet take-out shop at 841 Beacon St., Newton Centre. You can pick it up at Bloomingdale’s too...

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Food

1979 Best Pizza, Deep Dish

Precooked crust, but great homemade sauce and surprising toppings (broccoli, walnuts). The first place in town to promote the calzone (meat and cheese turnover) trend. Unfortunately, all the atmosphere of...

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Food

1979 Best Soup

Garlic soup at the Continental Café (the Portuguese half), 445 Somerville St., Somerville. This pungent broth, supporting croutons and a perfectly poached egg, is strong enough to clear your sinuses...

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1979 Best Side Dish

All-natural whole-wheat pasta with pesto (basil, Parmesan cheese, and nuts), or raclette (melted cheese over potatoes, with pickles) at the Health Gourmet, 175 Massachusetts Ave., Boston...

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1979 Best Cake, Chocolate

Cake filled with the chocolate rum mousse. Absurdly rich, and inspired by the seventeenth-century Viennese violinist who broke all the ladies’ hearts. At least that’s chef Margo Milazzo’s story. And...

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Food

1979 Best Yogurt

From Canada, where the cows haven’t been bombarded by fallout yet. Smooth, sweet, delicious, this is the best for dessert. For breakfast, try Sundance...

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Food

1979 Best Chili

Frankly, this isn’t a chili town. But if you insist on the stuff, try Charley’s. It won’t kill you...

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General Restaurants

1979 Best View

The rendezvous of the city’s money men. From here, they can gaze pridefully on their greatest accomplishment—the eradication of the West End—and hopefully on their next greatest—the eradication of the...

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General Restaurants

1979 Best Buffet

Chowder, five salads, seven fish entrées, clams and oysters on the half shell, lobster, dessert—all for less than fifteen dollars. And after dinner, you might venture upstairs to the revolving...

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General Restaurants

1979 Best Breakfast

Muffins and homemade rolls cool aromatically in the window while the Manjourides family flops eggs and pancakes in individual pans on the stove top. This half-century-old Boston institution retains many...

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Shops

1979 Best Butcher

The John Dewar & Company operation has been in business only since October, but already its commercial clients include Front Street, the Hermitage, and Jason’s. The Dewar company also encourages...

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Shops

1979 Best Fish Market

Crone’s father began the J.A. Sanborn Company forty-nine years ago at 28 Merchants Row (next door to Quincy Market), and it’s still flourishing. “We go out of our way to...

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Shops

1979 Best Wine Shop

The best place in town for free advice with your wine, for specials, and case discounts (10 percent). John Gilbert (236 Boylston St.) might have a better selection of reds,...

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1979 Best Delicatessen

Hard to believe the best cup of coffee and best deli exist side by side in a converted parking garage across the river, but that’s the way it is. Great...

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