Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 1981

Bars

1981 Best Martini

This is a perennial, and while you might be able to get more booze for your money elsewhere, you’ll not get the ambience, service, and joie de vivre that accompany...

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Bars

1981 Best Cocktail, Alternative

When the berries are in season, this is the finest drink Boston has to offer the sweet tooth. When they’re not, the cognac library here isn’t a bad alternative to...

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Chefs

1981 Best Bartender

Small’s territory is a little alcove set off from the street by modern art and a huge mirror. If you need a cheering up, ask him about the good old...

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Food

1981 Best Deli

Where else for pastrami? And to our way of thinking, when you’ve found the pastrami, you’ve found the best deli...

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Food

1981 Best Burgers

Edges out Bartley’s, another Harvard Square institution. The ambience leaves something to be desired, though...

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Food

1981 Best Pupu Platter

No hoity-toity Polynesian restaurant would hinge its reputation on the pupu platter. Fortunately for Polynesian-junk-food addicts, there’s the Aku Aku...

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Food

1981 Best Spicy Food

Choose among items on the Burmese menu, which reflects dishes from a country under the influence of Chinese, Thai and Indian cultures...

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Shops

1981 Best Candy

Hand-dipped chocolates, including a variety of chocolate truffles—orange, coffee, walnut, mint, and others. All superb...

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