Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2004

Chefs

2004 Best Pastry Chef

Some desserts are among life’s sweetest rewards precisely because they aren’t too sweet. Kristen D. Murray understands this. Consider her walnut pain perdu, a soft and almost custardy bread laden...

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2004 Best Sommelier

Whatever you do, don’t call Cat Silirie a sommelier. That title conjures up a tastevin-toting snob stealing sips of your wine. Silirie is too modest—and tasteful—to affect such hauteur, preferring...

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Chefs

2004 Best Chef, General Excellence

Being a great chef isn’t just about respecting good ingredients or cooking with passion. It’s also about being a good manager and building relationships with the guests you serve. Michael...

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2004 Best Chef, Up and Coming

After years of working with some of this city’s best (Gordon Hamersley, Michael Schlow, Seth Woods), it’s Frasca’s turn to soar at Spire, the restaurant at the Nine Zero hotel....

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2004 Best Bartender

Quick with the drink recommendation and the flourished bottle, Shawn Ahern is a professional in a trade too full of aspirant talk-show hosts. He pours a finely tuned martini and...

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2004 Best Irish Restaurant

We’re constantly amazed at the lack of authentic Irish cuisine in this most Irish of cities—and constantly grateful for the fare at this Brookline expat oasis. We’re talking steaming fish...

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2004 Best Greek Restaurant

For a taste of Greece that goes beyond gyros and souvlaki, hike over to the Charlestown restaurant that brings new elegance to local Greek dining. Mezé’s vertically stacked horiatiki, for...

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2004 Best Italian Restaurant

Beautiful people and authentic Italian food—a combination for the ages, and a constant at Teatro. Here, generous portions of rustic Northern Italian fare are lavished on a well-heeled clientele beneath...

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2004 Best Mexican Restaurant

With so many tacky taquerias representing what in reality is an extremely graceful cuisine, it’s little wonder Americans rarely give Mexican food the credit it deserves. Which is where Casa...

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2004 Best Thai Restaurant

In a town with no shortage of commendable Thai restaurants, everyone has a favorite. But House of Siam wins us over with both big-picture style and thoughtful details. The duck...

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2004 Best Italian Restaurant, South

Packed every weekend with straight-from-the-beach diners, this casual 14-booth Italian-Mediterranean outpost is as much about laid-back socializing as its menu is about great flavor. Locals lounge against the white lattice...

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Food

2004 Best Seafood Restaurant

A Maine native, chef Jeremy Sewall has spent more than enough time on the New England coast to develop a healthy respect for fish and shellfish—and just enough time in...

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Food

2004 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Cape Cod sometimes feels as though it’s sinking under the weight of its many ice cream shops, but Sundae School rises above with handmade, creamy flavors in such addictive permutations...

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2004 Best Ice Cream

There are plenty of Boston ice cream shops worthy of caloric indulgence, but none as enticing as this one. The selection may not be the biggest in town, but it’s...

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2004 Best Burger

Narrow, dark, and dingy, Tim’s is hardly where you’d expect to come across one of this city’s gastronomic standouts. But the kitchen here grills up the biggest, tastiest burgers you...

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2004 Best Sushi, West

Bragging rights for best sushi in the western suburbs (or all of the greater Boston area, for that matter) may just have to be laid permanently at this tiny spot....

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2004 Best Steakhouse

There aren’t a lot of culinary bells and whistles on the menu at Abe & Louie’s, which is just fine. This is, after all, a steakhouse. And on that front,...

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2004 Best Sushi

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the same standard sushi, meal in and meal out: tuna maki, salmon sushi, tuna sushi, salmon maki. We’re tired of it, too, which...

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Food

2004 Best Bakery for Sweets

Most bakeries aim for French authenticity, but few this side of the Atlantic succeed as completely as Café Vanille. Choosing between the flaky, airy, and flawlessly textured chocolate croissants and...

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2004 Best Burrito

Pictures of Mexican wrestlers, Day of the Dead skeletons, and photos of Pancho Villa bolster the authenticity of this Mexican outpost in the Fenway. Unlike at other assembly-line burrito joints,...

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2004 Best Chowder, Clam

Chowder, that most traditional of New England foods, could never be invented today. Leaving aside the Manhattanite abomination, a good chowder, with its base of salt pork and heavy cream,...

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2004 Best Pizza, Traditional

Let the gourmets pile on their trendy precious toppings; the best serious classic pizza is the kind that gets the basics right. This barely decorated brick storefront in Jamaica Plain...

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2004 Best Pizza, Gourmet

The super-thin crust that flies out of Emma’s kitchen is addictive in its own right. Add to that such innovative combinations as Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, and rosemary sauce, or...

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2004 Best Bread Bakery

The golden glow, faintly sweet aroma, and heavenly texture of the freshly baked loaves at this cute shop in a still-grungy stretch of J.P. could make even the most ardent...

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General Restaurants

2004 Best Brunch

What better way to spend a morning than in your pajamas sipping coffee with your neighbors? Tremont 647’s Saturday and Sunday pajama brunch combines comfort food and a cozy space...

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General Restaurants

2004 Best Power Lunch

Barbara Lynch’s famous prune-stuffed gnocchi with seared foie gras is generally evening fare, but the city’s power corps increasingly finds its way to her door for lunch. State House politicians...

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General Restaurants

2004 Best Waiter

Memorable, first-rate wine and dining service isn’t just about memorizing the rules of etiquette, but also reading the mood and needs of the table you’re serving. David Gethman at Radius...

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Shops

2004 Best Cheese Shop

When it’s world-class cheese you crave, head straight to the River Street branch of this ubiquitous natural-foods chain for the most consistently ripe, reasonably priced fromage around. The store stocks...

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2004 Best Wine Shop

Brix is so different in look and concept from its competitors, people often mistake it for an expensive boutique. Don’t be fooled: Co-owners Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally have created...

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