Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 1996

Chefs

1996 Best Chef

Can you get great food in a clothing store? At Louis, the answer is yes, thanks to the elegant simplicity of Michael Schlow’s cooking. Also don’t miss the superb desserts...

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Chefs

1996 Best Chef, Hotel

More than 300 wine festival diners and he has yet to duplicate a menu. The chef not only foraged the wild mushrooms on your plate, but the sumac in the...

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1996 Best Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food doesn’t get any better than the Crispy Eels with Sweet Sauce, Vegetarian Goose, Crispy Scallops with Black Pepper Sauce, and General Gao’s Sphrimp, washed down with a cold...

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1996 Best Thai Restaurant

This sophisticated new eatery across from Copley Square serves traditional Thai dishes with an exotic flair. Dishes such as Pad Thai, Satay Tom Yum, and a warm Gado Gado salad...

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1996 Best Market, Italian

We frequent this store for its fine selection of olive oils and great deals on arborio rice. The homemade prepared foods and sandwiches are always worth sampling, and this is...

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Food

1996 Best Salumeria

For unusual, hard-to-find, cream-of-the-crop imported Italian food products (bresaola, balsamic vinegar, farro) at the best prices and with old-fashioned service, this is the place to shop. Ask for Erminio or...

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Food

1996 Best Burger, Beef Patties

Perfectly spiced, finely ground beef is wrapped in a flaky pastry, then sandwiched in a soft, flat coco bread roll, garnished with melted Velveeta. At $2.25 each, they’re a cheap...

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Food

1996 Best Lobster

Probably the largest collection of lobsters under one roof—kept in seawater, which gives them a better flavor...

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Food

1996 Best Sandwich, Creative

Truly our town’s most creative sandwiches, designed by area chefs. A sampling: the Chan Chan, a flour tortilla wrapped around duck confit and julienned vegetables designed by David Chan of...

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Food

1996 Best Cake, Whipped-Cream

They have a way with cream here, in pastries and cakes. Best of all is the signature Peach’s & Cream Cake: layers of light, moist golden cake, delectable pastry cream,...

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1996 Best Gelato

This is the real thing: granita e gelato genuino Italiano, and available from early morning until the wee hours. It’s smooth and flavorful—we like Amaretto, espresso, and pistachio. Savor it...

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Food

1996 Best Seafood, Fried Fish

It ain’t fancy, but the fish is fresh, sweet and tender; the platter—clams, scallops, fish, and shrimp—is a bargain at $10.75. In the dead of winter, it’s the closest thing...

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Food

1996 Best Chocolate, Truffles

Beautiful truffles created by pastry chef extraordinaire Rick Katz. Flavors include breathtaking coffee-mint with fresh mint leaves, delicate chocolate caramel, and divine ginger white chocolate. Note: not available in the...

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Food

1996 Best Meat, Roast Duck

The meat is moist, the skin crispy, and the flavor so fine. The Chinese roast duck, seasoned with star anise and other spices, is finger-licking good...

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Food

1996 Best Bread

This is bread we dream of, we crave, we travel miles to buy. The Francese bread is amazing, in rolls or loaves. Beautiful focaccia, superb multigrain bread, and delicious cold...

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Food

1996 Best Cigars

Not only a well-stocked humidor, but a superb selection of single-malt Scotch, brandy, vintage Port, and single-barrel Bourbons. Gotta light?

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1996 Best Muffin, Blueberry

This is the standard to which all other blueberry muffins should aspire: denser than cake, but still light and flavorful, and filled with fresh blueberries. They’re a great way to...

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Food

1996 Best Juice

What the folks at South End Naturals can do with a juicer and a blender should satisfy everyone from garlic, beet, and what-grass junkies to folks who just want something...

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Food

1996 Best Cookie, Chocolate Chip

Bucking the megacookie trend, these bite-size morsels are perfect—buttery, slightly chewy, crisp edges, with just enough chips. Buy the by the dozen, and they disappear...

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1996 Best Pasta, Cut-to-Order

The pasta is terrific, made with pure ingredients like whole eggs and extra fancy durum flour, rolled (not extruded), then cut into angel hair, linguine, fettuccine, or tagliatelle. We like...

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Food

1996 Best Pie, Apple

The crust is thicker than usual—almost cobbler-like—flaky and delicious, holding loads of fresh apples; this pie is terrific. We like it Irish-style, without cinnamon. It’s also a bargain, at $6...

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Food

1996 Best Pasta, Ravioli

The standard cheese, spinach, and fresh basil ravioli are all excellent. But we favor those special flavors like porcini mushroom and artichoke-mascarpone...

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Food

1996 Best Soup

At least four different seasonal soups made form scratch every day, as well as chili, chowder, triple—strength chicken vegetable soup, and a range of appealing salads make this a popular...

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Food

1996 Best Dessert, Concept

He wants the Boston Cream Pie, she likes the Lemon Custard cake, their dinner guests are partial to mousse cakes and fruit tarts. How to make everybody happy? Order little...

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Food

1996 Best Pizza

This pizza is just right: thin toothsome crust, flavorful sauce, perfect amount of mozzarella. A true classic that can’t be beat...

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1996 Best Pastry, Cuban

There are trays of exotic sweets here, including our favorite, the guayaba empanada—a cream-cheese pastry filled with tangy homemade guava puree. We also like the rice pudding, perfect and creamy,...

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1996 Best Biscuits

Salt & Pepper bakes buttermilk biscuits every morning, using the authentic Texas recipe of owner Robin Peevey’s grandmother. These breakfast treats are moister than scones and tastier than muffins, and...

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1996 Best Ice Cream, Boston

The ice cream created by the original ice cream genius, Steve Herrell. He’s still got it, as each delectable flavor from maple cream to malted vanilla to ultrarich chocolate pudding,...

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Food

1996 Best Ice Cream

Ice cream in a bowling alley? It works because the ice cream is delicious—creamy, with lots of wild flavors like Amaretto Swirl and Irish Coffee Madness. The candlepin bowling is...

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Food

1996 Best Pastry, Danish

The secret ingredient in Carberry’s Danish pastries: almond paste, kneaded into the buttery, flaky dough. They are oversize and come in several flavors, such as sour cherry, cheese, raspberry, and...

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Food

1996 Best Bread, Pita Products

The pita bread is great and made on the premises. It comes in all sorts of flavors and sizes. We also recommend the kaak, soft bagel-shaped rolls flavored with an...

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Food

1996 Best Ice Cream, North Shoe

The key lime pie, complete with a ripple of graham-cracker crust, is remarkable. So is Coco Jamocha Chip, coffee-mocha ice cream spiked with rum and sprinkled with toasted coconut and...

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Food

1996 Best Bread, Selection

This wholesale bread bakery supplies area hotels and markets with unusual, delectable breads. Flavors change with the seasons: lavender and chive in the summer, cranberry-line-pine nut in the fall. We...

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Food

1996 Best Ice Cream, South Shore

The summertime venture of this family candy business is creamy and extra rich. The chocolate chip is the best anywhere. Chewy Turtle Soup is coffee ice cream studded with Hilliard’s...

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1996 Best Pretzels, Soft

These large, freshly baked pretzels are terrific from the source, though we seem them in pushcarts around town as well. They come in several flavors, but we like salted sesame...

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1996 Best Breadsticks

The extra-long grissini are twisted with Parmesan, sesame seeds, and cracked black pepper for bursts of crunch flavor. They are addictively great...

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1996 Best Ice Cream, Metro West

Maybe it’s the White Chocolate Blizzard, the heady Rum Raisin, or the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. No, it’s the Mud-Slide Chip—ice cream for grownups, with Kahlua, bailey’s, and vodka. We keep...

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General Restaurants

1996 Best North Shore Restaurant

New chef Alisa Levy (from Biba) only adds to the pizzazz of Greater Boston’s most atmospherically enchanting eatery. Maitre d’/owner Michael Frechet’s diabolically delicious Twisted Suzie cocktails (individually concocted to...

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General Restaurants

1996 Best Winery

Cranberries, for sure. Apples? Most certainly. But who would have thought a state with such a sun-challenged climate could produce a credible array of wines? Westport’s offerings are not only...

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General Restaurants

1996 Best Bistro, Suburban

We’ve always loved the frites—especially the sweet potato wedges with the peanut dipping sauce—but the new Belgian spin on the menu—plus the all-you-can-eat mussels on Monday nights makes this several...

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Neighborhood Restaurants

1996 Best Takeout

Lunch or dinner to go is always tops here. Great salads (terrific balsamic vinaigrette for greens), pastas, sandwiches, and excellent meatloaf. Finish the meal with orange-walnut-pepper biscotti or turtle squares...

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Shops

1996 Best Farm Stand, Metro West

The best source for asparagus. You-pick options include strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins. The baked goods alone are worth driving for, especially the strawberry-rhubarb crisp...

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1996 Best Farm Stand, North Shore

The antique stone barn displays all kinds of produce, but apples are the specialty here—more than a dozen varieties. They appear whole, in tasty pies, doughnuts, pressed into cider; the...

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Shops

1996 Best Market, Hispanic

The place to go for any Hispanic products, from the Caribbean to South America, Central America, and Spain. Baked goods, legumes, exotic meats, spices, and clearly labeled fresh produce can...

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Shops

1996 Best Produce, Shop

Don’t ask for prices at Tony’s—just choose from the tempting produce—everything from lemons to melons to fiddlehead ferns, in season. The low overhead in this no-frills shop will be reflected...

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Shops

1996 Best Cheese Shop

Nothing beats the taste of homemade fresh mozzarella with the best of summer’s tomatoes. The firmer scamorze is perfect on pizza, and the homemade ricotta is superb with anything from...

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1996 Best Produce

Beautiful produce with an emphasis on Caribbean items. We like chewing on the fresh sugar cane and sipping fresh coconut juice straight from huge green coconuts...

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Shops

1996 Best Candy, Store

This store is packed with tempting goodies—specialty chocolates from local candy makers, imported Italian sweets, bags of familiar and exotic dried fruits and nuts, holiday novelties, candied mint and roses,...

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