Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2002

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2002 Best Bartender

At first glance, Cargill has the right résumé: He started at Cheers. Of course, he was only parking cars. Now behind the bar at a more upscale and off-the-beaten-path location,...

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2002 Best Pastry Chef

There’s something you should know about Maureen Kilpatrick: Her baked Alaska is such a dreamy, caramelized puff of fluffy, warm meringue with coconut ice cream, and a delicate macaroon, doused...

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2002 Best Sommelier

The perfect complement to the elegance of a meal at L’Espalier? An equally elegant bottle of wine, recommended by vivacious sommelier Veronica Picon-Gross. With detailed knowledge of the more than...

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2002 Best Chef, Up and Coming

When blu opened at Sports Club/LA last winter, many eyed the restaurant with suspicion. Would the brightly colored, Cali-inspired glass-walled dining room work in Boston? Would the menu be filled...

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2002 Best Thai Restaurant

The city’s most delicious proof that life exists beyond pad Thai is found within these neon-lit walls. Authentic and exceptionally fresh dishes dominate chef-owner Tony Suktheva’s Thai menu (ask for...

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2002 Best Brazilian Restaurant

From the outside, Café Brazil doesn’t look like much. But the warm welcome from the straight-from-São Paulo staff matches the spicy, authentic dishes served inside. The fish dishes, in particular,...

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2002 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sentimental favorite Redbones has been challenged over the last few years by a whole herd of new barbecue joints. But there’s no beating the heaping portions of Memphis-, Texas-, Arkansas-,...

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2002 Best Tea

Given this town’s historically intense dedication to tea, you’d expect us to claim at least one intensely dedicated tea outpost. Well, we have two—each a Tealuxe branch. This subtly retro...

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2002 Best Chinese Restaurant

Taiwan Café’s light-as-a-feather handmade pan-fried dumplings, delicious tilapia braised with scallions and spicy bean curd, or garlicky sautéed watercress are a welcome change from the heavy-handed dishes found at many...

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2002 Best Indian Restaurant

This dimly lit, family-run eatery is a winning culinary combination for discriminating taste buds. The diverse and imaginative menu goes well beyond your typical curry-and-rice staples. Mouthwatering dishes range from...

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2002 Best Italian Restaurant

Tucked away on a second floor above Hanover Street, this tiny slice of Sicily is proof there’s more to an authentic North End restaurant than red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. An elegant experience...

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2002 Best Steakhouse

Great steaks are only the tip of the iceberg at Grill 23. Sure, executive chef Jay Murray has a knack for cooking red meat, but the other dishes on the...

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2002 Best Wine List, Affordable

While most restaurants mark up their wine selections to more than double the price of a bottle, White Star Tavern owner Frank Bell keeps his bottles priced at no more...

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2002 Best Sushi

In a town with a few serious contenders, Fugakyu is the closest East Coasters can come to West Coast-level sushi bliss. Bypass the always-epic wait for a table (and, we...

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2002 Best Bakery for Sweets

Who would expect to find the recherché charm of an exquisite Champs-Elysées café in Chelsea? Anyone who knows Truly Jörg’s—the tiny European-style patisserie crammed with utter delicacies—that’s who. Co-owner Jörg...

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2002 Best Bar Food, Gourmet

From the day it opened, the West Side was a draw for Cantabrigians looking for a perfectly made cocktail and a darkly lit booth. But when chef Alex Jenkins arrived...

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2002 Best Frappe

The talented staffers at Herrell’s are more than just ice cream scoopers: They’re modern-day alchemists. That’s because, among local ice cream shops, Herrell’s is the benchmark for that wonderfully caloric...

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2002 Best Burger, Gourmet

Like early 19th-century vintage and all the glamor it entails, the Bristol Lounge is back. Actually, like the classic pearls and impeccably cut suits you’ll find around its tables, the...

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2002 Best Burrito

Henry Ford may have invented the assembly line, but Anna’s Taqueria has perfected it. The queue at any of its four locations is usually out the door but moves quickly,...

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2002 Best Pizza, Designer

This pizza is not unlike many of the customers of the female persuasion who dine in the café at Louis Boston itself: high-maintenance, but, frankly, divine. To put a finer...

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2002 Best Chocolatier

Witness the alchemy firsthand: Confections at Serenade, Brookline Village’s intimate chocolatier, are prepared before customers’ eyes using smooth, buttery Callebaut direct from Belgium. It’s a show that has lured in...

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2002 Best Sandwich, Gourmet

College dudes and little old ladies alike line up for Joanne Chang’s masterpieces, but one creation stands crust and center above the rest: her sandwiches. Bite into a brie, arugula,...

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2002 Best Sandwich, Takeout

A sandwich is only as good as the bread that holds it together, and this mini-chain (the other location is in Concord) takes the prize for bread that’s a perfect...

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2002 Best Chowder

For a city with perhaps the nation’s highest expectations for clam chowder, Boston offers a pitiful few truly good renditions. Most versions have degenerated into blandness, with a texture that’s...

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2002 Best Pizza, Traditional

Forget the perfunctory décor and out-of-the-way address, Santarpio’s pies are the zenith of ‘za, delivered dangerously hot from the depths of a loud and steamy backroom. Some say the secret...

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2002 Best Bread Bakery

Bread may be the staff of life or just the stuff of a good sandwich. Either way, it’s best when kept simple, hearty, and wholesome. Hi-Rise scores on all three...

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2002 Best Wine List, Upscale

Oenophiles searching for a wine list that both delights and challenges need look no further than the fringes of Boston Common. No. 9 Park wine director Cat Silirie has organized...

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2002 Best Ice Cream

You know the contenders as well as we do, and the good-natured competition they generate is making area ice cream better by the minute. Case in point: Christina’s, which is...

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2002 Best Burger, Affordable

Yet another example of why bigger isn’t always better. Don’t get us wrong: This burger is big. But it isn’t so monstrous that you have to strategize a way to...

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2002 Best Power Lunch

On any given afternoon, this sophisticated circular dining room is a discreet midday Who’s Who of dealmakers and deal breakers. But it’s not all business. Boston’s power elite flock to...

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2002 Best Breakfast

On weekends, Johnny’s teems with families. But step in for any pre-workday fuel-up and you’ll encounter an entirely different feel. The retro red vinyl booths and bright checkerboard floor are...

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2002 Best Brunch

The French are hardly known for their brunches, but don’t tell that to the staff of the South End’s flagship contemporary Parisian bistro. Besides, after devouring a pressed duck, Gruyère,...

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2002 Best Diner

This old-school diner a short stroll from Davis Square features solid renditions of the usual short-order, comfort-food staples—meatloaf burgers, club sandwiches, and the like—and a nicely stocked bar offering comforting...

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2002 Best Coffee Shop

A Somerville fixture from the days when Davis was still square, this terminally bohemian café is beloved by an increasingly yuppified local populace that prefers pastries and strong java served...

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2002 Best Cheese Shop

Formaggio is the cheese shop that puts all others to shame. Whether it’s a rustic sheep’s milk cheese from Vermont or a bleu de Termignon made only by an old...

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2002 Best Fish Market

It’s not much to look at from the outside, and the décor inside isn’t much of a confidence builder, either. But who cares? The giant 500-gallon tanks hold oceans of...

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2002 Best Wine Shop

You’ve planned the menu and invited the guests. Now you need the perfect wine to make the dinner party a success. Look no further: Bauer Wines & Spirits buyer Howie...

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2002 Best Candy, Store

Party accessories may be this Coolidge Corner’s true raison d’être, but the candy selection alone is worth a celebration. Bins of chocolate-covered Jordan almonds, Haribo gummy bears and sour fruits,...

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