Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2005

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2005 Best Bartender

A bartender’s primary pursuits are a flawless cocktail mixed with speed and accuracy, and sensational service graciously delivered. Jennings has mastered both. Part bartender, part professor, he’ll happily take a...

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2005 Best Pastry Chef

It was the delightful French pixie Amélie who set us on a quest for the perfect, crackable crème brûlée. And it’s another sylph, Pigalle pastry chef Stacy Klein (how does...

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2005 Best Sommelier

A good sommelier knows wine. A great sommelier enlightens all the rest of us. That’s what makes No. 9 Park’s Cat Silirie the best in town. Each evening her servers...

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2005 Best Chef, General Excellence

The story of this Southie native turned nationally recognized chef is well known, but Lynch’s seven years of consistently excellent food and service have proven she’s no flash in the...

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2005 Best Chef, Up and Coming

You’ve never crave artichoke-goat cheese lollipops until you tasted Pino Maffeo’s daring cuisine at Restaurant L. Like other mad gastro-wizards, Maffeo employs a host of high-tech gadgets (including a centrifuge)...

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2005 Best Brazilian Restaurant

Muqueca’s namesake offering—a traditional seafood stew—provides delicious proof that there’s a lot more to Brazilian food than fried yucca and grilled meat (although that’s available here, too). Served piping hot...

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2005 Best Greek Restaurant

It’s rare that we actually enjoy waiting for our entrées to arrive. But at Mezé we could hang around all night, happily feasting on tasty mezethakia (small plates) like spanakopita,...

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2005 Best Indian Restaurant

In a city boasting dozens of quality Indian restaurants, Tamarind Bay stands apart. Here, there’s no heaviness to the rich curries and grilled meats. Instead, the flavors are delicate and...

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2005 Best French Restaurant, West

Michael Leviton never buries his ingredients in ego, as some other chefs occasionally do. He always steers clear of fabulizing food. At Lumière, the appetizers, entrées—buttery sautéed haddock, for example—and desserts...

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2005 Best Italian Restaurant

Perhaps it’s the ultimate enoteca or beautifully designed space. Maybe it’s the comprehensive menu of antipasti, pastas, and entrées, or the carefully selected all-Italian wine list. Nah. We think that...

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2005 Best Irish Restaurant

“Pub food” used to be a euphemism for bad food. But over the past decade, old-country publicans have transformed their bars into trendy “gastro-pubs.” Matt Murphy’s in Brookline Village is...

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2005 Best Mexican Restaurant

Delicious proof that true Mexican cuisine rarely involves either the words “chimichanga” or “Tabasco,” Olé’s menu is weighted toward seafood with authentic and traditional dishes full of superior ingredients. Don’t...

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2005 Best Tea

The city’s recent tidal wave of boba teas, loose-leaf blends, and trendy teahouses has been difficult to wade through, but the calming sanctuary inside Jamaica Plain’s Cha Fahn feels like...

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2005 Best Thai Restaurant

Order pad thai, if you must. But what makes Khao Sarn worthy are its specialties from the northern reaches of Thailand—miang kum, for example, is a do-it-yourself dish that lets...

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2005 Best Chowder, Clam

Experimentation may be the spice of fine dining, but chowder demands tradition. To heretics inclined to load their chowder with corn, carrots, or—God forbid—Baileys Irish Cream, we say: Move west....

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2005 Best Sushi, West

Faithful followers suggest that perennial Best of Boston winner Oishii serves the best sushi in New England. Rare (and delectably dangerous) options such as blowfish hold court with traditional rolls...

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2005 Best Pizza, Traditional

Long before the neighborhood became known for high-end loft conversions and favorable price-per-square-foot ratios, Santarpio’s was making superlative pizza in East Boston. Now in its fourth generation in the pie-slinging...

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2005 Best Pizza, Gourmet

With toppings this terrific, it’s hard to limit yourself to just one slice. The Slightly Pesto—white pizza splashed with pesto, garlic, and diced tomatoes—is our fave, but thin, chewy crusts...

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2005 Best Bread Bakery

We love the hint of sweetness in the fig-and-anise loaf at Sel de la Terre, and covet the bakery’s chewy sourdough. But one bite of the buttery brioche at this...

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2005 Best Bakery, South

As if life on picturesque Duxbury Harbor wasn’t sweet enough, French Memories steps in with a cadre of top-notch carbs to up the ante. On hand are tiny petits fours...

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2005 Best Seafood Restaurant

You won’t find a single fried clam on the menu at Uni, Ken Oringer’s tiny sashimi bar. Instead, head chef Youji Iwakura serves delicacies like octopus (with yellow pepper juice,...

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2005 Best Steakhouse, West

Another city-chic restaurant in Chestnut Hill? Yawn. Or so we thought, until we stepped into filmmaker Kathy Sidell Trustman’s sexy, refined dining room. Chef Jeffrey Fournier focuses on steak, with...

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2005 Best Ice Cream

Yeah, yeah, we all scream for ice cream, but we go nuts over the creativity and whimsy of Christina’s. Owner Ray Ford draws inspiration from exotic spices, fruits, even vegetables,...

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2005 Best Wine List, Affordable

Raise your glass to wine director Erik Johnson. An unapologetic Francophile with a giddy crush on Burgundy, Johnson has forsworn his first (and oh-so-pricey) love to find us delicious bargains...

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2005 Best Burger

Ordering a Sully’s cheeseburger presents a delectable choice: Will it be cheddar, Swiss, or smoked Gouda? Boursin or bleu? These are just a few of the more than two dozen...

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2005 Best Steakhouse

Before you spend $35 on a steak, ask a few questions. That’s part of the fun at Abe & Louie’s, where the waiters sing the praises of dry aging and...

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2005 Best Ice Cream, Berkshires

This sensational ice cream is a true guilty pleasure. Sold at area stores, the tasty treats come in gourmet flavors including black raspberry, ginger, coffee, and spiced pumpkin. The colorfully...

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2005 Best Sushi

Think of it as a love letter to raw fish. Traditionalists will savor the thick, buttery cuts of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. The more adventurous will relish the yellowtail roll,...

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2005 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

It doesn’t get sweeter than Four Seas, where flavor favorites include lemon crisp and peach, and homemade toppings range from Melba sauce to crème de menthe. Best of all: You...

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2005 Best Bakery for Sweets

You see the customers patiently waiting outside this off-the-beaten-path Brookline bakery on rainy weekend mornings, and you think, Surely the baguettes can’t bethatgood. They are, actually, but here’s betting it’s...

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2005 Best Burrito

Many local burritos suffer from soggy tortillas, poor cheese distribution, and subpar meats and vegetables. But Tacos Lupita near Porter Square serves its burritos literally bursting with lemon-marinated steak, pinto...

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2005 Best Ice Cream, Nantucket

A poll of professional 10- to 13-year-old ice cream aficionados proved that this no-frills Steamship Wharf spot is practically an institution. The Juice Bar’s rich and creamy scoops are served...

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2005 Best Breakfast, West

Granola-crusted French toast. Pastrami scramble. Turkey-apple sausages. Despite its greasy-spoon name, Johnny’s Luncheonette serves up a proper gourmet breakfast that you can order all day long. And you thought breakfast...

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2005 Best Brunch

You can concoct your own cocktail at the bloody mary bar, but why bother when these master mixologists can whip up delicacies like the oyster shooter—a tender bivalve nestled in...

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2005 Best Group Dining

For 11 years Rialto has delivered Mediterranean food as awe-inspiring as the Venetian bridge for which it’s named. But chef Jody Adams’s dazzling cuisine isn’t the only thing that draws...

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2005 Best Waiter

An excellent waiter is one you hardly notice as he deftly reads the mood of the table, answering questions, offering suggestions, and slipping silently into the background. But we certainly...

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2005 Best Cheese Shop

Hunks and chunks, slivers and slices, discs and wheels… Formaggio stocks more than 200 cheeses from around the world, stacked on its shelves or aging in its cheese cave. Simply...

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2005 Best Wine Shop

If you love French wines, you’ll love Gordon’s. Wine director David Raines spends three months a year scouting the best from Burgundy, Alsace, and the Rhone—although he also showcases Italian...

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