Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 1995

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1995 Best Caterer

Great food and extraordinary attention to creating a party’s ambience (brightly colored linens, gorgeous flower arrangements) make Calla Lily a winner. Sample the food in advance at the Calla Lily...

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1995 Best New Chef

Schlow put the newly renovated restaurant at Louis, Boston on the culinary map just a few weeks after his arrival from New York. A protege of Manhattan restaurateur Pino Luongo,...

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1995 Best Thai Restaurant

The atmosphere isn’t much, but the food is. Ask for the brown menu—reserved for Thai diners—and order the Steamed Mussels, the Tod Mun fish pancakes and the Green Papaya Salad...

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1995 Best Barbecue Restaurant

We keep coming back for the North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, the Texas Sliced Brisket, terrific Baked Beans, incendiary Inner Beauty Hot Sauce, the insouciant menu descriptions, and the painting...

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1995 Best Japanese Restaurant

A solid sushi bar, with seasonal specialties like soft-shell crab, and traditional Korean dishes like bulgoki, cooked at your table and served with eight separate side dishes, including three kimchis....

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1995 Best Italian Restaurant

Crosstown rivals in the North End have yet to equal the confident simplicity of veteran chef Venito Paoli’s cuisine. Paoli turns out matchless risotti, superb seafood, and Boston’s best Bolognese...

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1995 Best Mexican Restaurant

Owner “Pepe” Gutierrez recreates the dishes of his native Guadalajara. Superb sopes, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and moles. No margaritas, but plenty of Mexican beers to keep you cool...

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1995 Best Pizza, Classic

Who knows pizza better than teenagers? We sent four teenagers who had trained on a field trip to Italy to sample pies in the North End and East Boston. Their...

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1995 Best Frozen Yogurt, Nonfat

Christina’s specializes in made-to-order nonfat frozen yogurt. Pick your flavoring—chocolate, coffee, strawberry, banana, or boysenberry—and they’ll blend it into a superb vanilla base. Best are the fruits, made with real...

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1995 Best Steakhouse

Red meat, red wine, and red leather combine with white-glove-style service and white-linen tablecloths to create a heaven for beef eaters and a haven for cigar smokers...

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1995 Best Tapas

Where you’ll find one of the hottest bar scenes in town and Steve Johnson, one of the hottest new chefs. The extensive tapas menu shows influences from around the world....

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1995 Best Ice Cream, Suburban

Sure, the ice cream is terrific, but half the fun at this popular stand is the accompanying entertainment: a batting cage, a driving range, a mini golf course, and a...

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1995 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Although the restaurant has added chicken and seafood to the menu in recent years to avoid the Chapter 11 fate o so many other strictly vegetarian outfits, this place excels...

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1995 Best Eclair

All the elements of Wheatberries’ eclairs are right: the cream-puff base is crisp and airy, the custard filling rich and creamy. A topping of pure chocolate ganache is the perfect...

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1995 Best Ice Cream, Sundaes

Fulfill your most outrageous ice-cream fantasies by choosing from a five-page ice-cream menu, or create your own combinations from more than two dozen hot and cold sauces (including five different...

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1995 Best Chocolatier

This confectioner, which started as the tiny store along Route 127, is the source for delicious chocolates, made on the premises. The barks are great, the jellies fruity, the fudge...

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1995 Best Pasta

On the day of Christmas Eve the line stretches out the door for Michael and Robert DePasquale’s ravioli—and every other customer is from the North End...

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1995 Best Doughnuts

The second generation of Ziggy’s family is now carrying on his tradition of making hand-cut doughnuts that are simply terrific, whether they be classic cakes, yeast-raised, plain, honey-dipped, or jelly....

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1995 Best Scones

Five to seven varieties, with names like Blueberry Pear, Cranberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter, Lemon Poppyseed, and Whole Wheat Apple...

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1995 Best Meat, Corned Beef

Lean, flavorful, with barely a hint of saltiness, this firm’s corned beef is good enough to tempt a vegetarian. You can get it here—at the warehouse where it’s made—or in...

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1995 Best Bagel

At last, a treat we can enjoy without guilt. Finagle bagels have very little fat and most varieties have no cholesterol, and they are still fabulous. Of course, they’re even...

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1995 Best Pizza, Brick Oven

If you’re ready to venture beyond traditional-red-sauce-and-mozzarella pizzas, Figs stands ready to offer some of the most innovative pies around. Try the famous Fig and Prosciutto, or the Portobello, with...

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1995 Best Brownie

Serious chocoholics, take note: one of these confections can make your day. Wonderfully chocolaty, moist and chewy, they’re nirvana for brownie lovers. Also available at Starbucks and Coffee Connection shops...

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1995 Best Cigars

A Harvard Square institution since 1883, these tobacconists offer aficionados up to 100 different cigars, including Paul Garmirian, Dunhill, Davidoff, Ashton, and (when available) La Gloria Cubana...

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1995 Best Challah

It’s not just for Sabbath anymore. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, the bakers at Cake Art turned their fabulous challah into a variety of other goodies like...

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1995 Best Buttercrunch

Berta, aka Mrs. London to her fans, makes perfect buttercrunch in five fantastic flavors. Her latest, Coffee Lover’s Crunch—Kahlua-spiked toffee, coated with espresso-infused chocolate—makes us swoon...

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1995 Best Juice

If you haven’t heard of Nantucket Nectars, go to your local deli. Purists may not care for the fact that they are made with pure cane sugar, but Tom and...

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1995 Best Cake

This Takes the Cake specializes in cakes that are as delicious as they are beautiful. Try the classic combination of moist golden cake with chocolate butter-cream frosting—made with real butter....

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1995 Best Sandwich, Meat

Artu’s sandwiches are big, bold, and meaty. The roast lamb is overflowing with succulent, thinly slices meat, enough for two meals. The fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and prosciutto is an...

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1995 Best Olives

A great source for all things Middle Eastern, but an especially excellent place for olives, with 15 varieties, from oil-cured to Kalamata. And a regular paradise of pickles, including classic...

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1995 Best Cookie, Chocolate

When a chocolate craving hits, there are few things in life more satisfying than one of Rosie’s cookies. Sophisticated enough to feel adult; fudgy enough to make our inner child...

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1995 Best Pie, Boston Cream

This classic not-really-a-pie has three parts: cake, custard, and chocolate frosting. Bentonwood’s version is unconventional—individual, cupcake-size BCPs, a circle of cake topped with a creamy custard, all hidden underneath a...

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1995 Best Cup of Coffee

When Starbucks bought the Coffee Connection, corporate honchos assured area fans that the local favorite would continue to roast its own coffee. A year later, you can no longer get...

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1995 Best Ice Cream

Super homemade ice cream in flavors like Peanut Surprise (chocolate with a swirl of peanut butter), plus 10 lanes of candlepin bowling. Can you think of a better way to...

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1995 Best Brunch

Live gospel music in a mini-museum of folk art, and a Southern-style buffet that includes eggs, fried catfish, breakfast meats, biscuits, fruit salad, and bread pudding. It’s a revival meeting...

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1995 Best Wine List

Twenty-six pages and 900 bottles, many of which are unavailable at retail outlets. Sixteen champagnes. Classic California cabernets. ’89 and ’90 Opus. ’70, ’75, and ’82 Bordeaux. Six vintages of...

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1995 Best Bistro

When Cossack soldiers, roaming the streets of occupied Paris in 1815, wanted drinks in a hurry, they’d snap, “Bistro, bistro!” (quick, quick). Given the circumstances, you can be sure the...

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1995 Best High Tea

Finger sandwiches, Scottish cones, Viennese pastries, English tea breads, pots of preserves, genuine tea caddies, and service stops at 4:30 p.m. on the dot. Hotel GM Robin Brown’s standards are...

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1995 Best Coffee, Roaster

Jim Cleaves, Java Sun’s head roaster, says the secret to his beans’ flavor is microroasting—that is, roasting in small batches for better quality control and freshness. The proof is in...

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1995 Best Spices

More than 200 spices and dried herbs from staples like cinnamon and oregano to such hard-to-find spices as garam masala and chicory root, sold in bulk so you can measure...

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1995 Best Cheese Shop

Hundreds of intriguing wheels, slabs, and wedges of cheese from around the world, including more than 40 kinds of goat cheese and a great selection of American-made varieties, make this...

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1995 Best Butcher

Although this 76-year-old market’s specialty is lamb, its poultry and cuts of beef, pork, and veal are also top-notch. A third of the business is marinated meats, and the lamb...

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1995 Best Fish Market

The many Japanese customers attest to the sushi-quality freshness of the fish. An excellent selection of sardines, tuna, mahi-mahi, squid, swordfish, salmon, haddock, halibut, monkfish, octopus, striped bass, snapper, jack,...

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1995 Best Wine Shop

Thousands (yes, thousands!) of bottles to choose from and several hundred beers. If you’re stuck for a selection or need advice, look for wine buyer Tom Schmeisser. He’s one of...

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1995 Best Produce

A vast array of produce, not only incredibly fresh but also reasonably priced, draws weekend crowds to this market. Check out the shop’s excellent selection of fresh herbs, New England...

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