Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2007

Bars

2007 Best Bar Menu

Always up for a challenge, chef Marc Orfaly is taking on the notion that bar food has to be cheap and greasy with a Malaysian-themed menu culled from his recent...

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Chefs

2007 Best Chef

At Lynch’s three stellar and very different restaurants, the spectrum of dishes—from No. 9’s Pekin duck with grapefruit and pistachio to the Butcher Shop’s deluxe hot dog—reveals a skill range...

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Chefs

2007 Best Bartender

Settle into Eastern Standard’s plush, cozy bar and let Cannon welcome you with an easy grin and quick, imaginative recommendations: an old-school cocktail he’s revived (such as his signature Jack...

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Chefs

2007 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Sometimes it just takes a little tweak to make food memorable. That roasted beet salad that’s on menus everywhere? At Ten Tables, Punch adds a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil....

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2007 Best Pastry Chef

At Oleana, no one orders the warm chocolate cake or the crème brûlee. That’s because, we’re pleased to relay, there isn’t any. Kilpatrick pays dessert the respect it deserves, melding...

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Chefs

2007 Best Sommelier

Loomis is the anti-sommelier (a fact that may or may not be rooted in his past as a punk rocker). He’s not patronizing, despite knowing all the details on 600...

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2007 Best Greek Restaurant

Nowadays a lot of trendy kitchens are “interpreting” Greek classics. Hole-in-the-wall Desfina, by contrast, cooks up classics that taste just as they would at an Athens taverna. The pikilia, an...

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2007 Best Indian Restaurant

While lachha paratha, kadahi paneer, and the other spice-redolent dishes at this 17-year-old Back Bay outpost may be a challenge to pronounce, none are a struggle to polish off. Saffron...

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2007 Best Brazilian Restaurant

It’s easy—and frankly quite enjoyable—to overstuff yourself at this all-you-can-eat churrascaria. Enthusiastic protein purveyors circle the dining rooms brandishing skewers with steak, kielbasa, smoky linguiça, and tender pork with crackly...

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2007 Best Tea, House

If the array of refined Asian-inspired nibbles doesn’t clue you in, the owners of this four-year-old restaurant will take pains to make clear that Cha Fahn is about much more...

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2007 Best Thai Restaurant

A confession: We’re still working our way through Dok Bua’s marathon menu. (This is partly because we’re compelled to order the sublime mango curry and the miang cum appetizer—betel nut...

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2007 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Texas smoke versus Memphis rub, vinegar tang versus peppery heat—barbecue debates will likely rage until kingdom come (and straight on into the sweet hereafter). This year our returning champion silenced...

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Food

2007 Best Pizza

Hidden away in the Fenway, Woody’s comes as close to a genuine Cheers experience as you’ll get. Everyone’s a regular—the chewy wood-fired crusts and notably reasonable prices make sure of...

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2007 Best Pub Grub

A great pub is measured not only by its pints, but also by the quality of the food it offers to absorb all that booze. Bukowksi’s, for its part, offers...

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Food

2007 Best Ice Cream

Bostonians, you may have heard, eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in America. That makes us a tough bunch to wow—which is exactly what Christina’s does with...

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Food

2007 Best Street Food

Some less enlightened staffers here at Boston magazine argued against this pick, citing its limited availability (Formaggio fires up its sidewalk grill once a week, and for only half the...

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2007 Best Sushi, West

Oga’s is the kind of place that breeds fanatics: Die-hards go once a week, sometimes more. If the joint doesn’t look like much at first, one bite of the spicy...

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2007 Best Burger

It’s the simplest tasks that often get botched worst—hence the surfeit of humble hamburgers served up dry, tough, and tasteless. The cooks at R. F. O’Sullivan are the most reliable...

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2007 Best Wine List, Affordable

Though no slouch when it comes to premium wines (offering showstoppers that top three figures), Les Zyg hasn’t forgotten the budget tippler: On any night you can uncork a low-profile...

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2007 Best Sushi, North

Those who make frequent worshipful visits to this midsize sushi joint know it doesn’t take much to coax chef-owner Junji Aoki out of his seemingly forbidding silence behind the bar....

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2007 Best Sandwich

Putting potato chips in a sandwich, we’d heard of. But until the All Star Sandwich Bar came along and demonstrated what it means to really experiment with the medium, we...

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Food

2007 Best Sushi, Cape Cod

Sushi aficionados know they’ve stumbled onto authenticity when there’s a certain something missing. Namely, silverware. There’s not a fork in sight at Inaho, where owners Yuji and Alda Watanabe have...

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Food

2007 Best Steakhouse

Sure, sometimes a single, tiny scallop garnished with edible flowers is enough to get the job done. For the rest of the time, there’s Grill 23. This traditional haunt of...

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Food

2007 Best Salad Bar

You want to be healthy, honest you do. But it’s hard when you can’t be sure just how long that mesclun has been sitting in the salad bar. The greens,...

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2007 Best Beans, Baked

This venerable Yankee-cooking holdout serves Beantown’s finest: Tender and hearty, with a surprising molasses kick, they’re perfect ballast for braving a wicked nor’easter, or just the out-of-towners at Quincy Market...

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2007 Best Sushi

As sushi has gone mainstream, it’s become increasingly run-of-the-mill: rolls, rolls, and more rolls, with too much rice and tasteless (and, frequently, cooked) fish. O Ya doesn’t even offer rolls,...

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2007 Best Fusion Restaurant, Cape Cod

Two years after Joe and Beverly Dunn left Washington, DC, for the Cape to open the Island Merchant, they’ve already expanded to accommodate its loyal following. The restaurant’s festive island...

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2007 Best Boston Cream Pie

Invented at the Omni Parker House back in the days when men wore top hats and no one had heard of hydrogenated fats, this custard-filled, chocolate-topped sponge cake is the...

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2007 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Pay no attention to the crazy name, the mind-bending spellings, or the restaurant’s less-than-luxurious digs in the heart of Allston: The vegan menu at T. J. Scallywaggle’s more than compensates....

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Food

2007 Best Ice Cream, Berkshires

Despite its metropolitan moniker, this year-round treat shop brims with local flavor. The homemade ice cream is churned out in myriad varieties, including velvety black raspberry, cake batter, and mint...

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Shops

2007 Best Kitchen Supplies

It must be tempting for a purveyor of kitchen goods to dazzle browsers with gizmos. KitchenArts doesn’t need to. True, it has some trendy doodads (equipment for making those exotic...

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Food

2007 Best Hot Dog, Fenway Frank

Street meat is a gambler’s pleasure—you never really know what you’re getting. Better to load up on the $1 franks at this Kenmore dive. Bonus: The excellent draft beers don’t...

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Food

2007 Best Bakery for Sweets

In Dante’s Inferno, Canto 6 describes the circle of hell reserved for the gluttonous. In J.P., it’s a cheery bakery that lures patrons with dark chocolate cookies studded with tart...

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2007 Best Ice Cream, Cape Cod

Sundae School started as a mom-and-pop operation—and a reason for founders Paul and Andrea Endres, then living in Milton, to spend their summers on the Cape. Three decades and three...

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2007 Best Bread Bakery

No time to backpack the Continent? Load up on Clear Flour’s peerless European-style breads, such as Italian fougasse and burly German rye, and you may just find use for that...

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2007 Best Lobster

Waterfront mainstay the Barking Crab boils up the freshest lobster in town, and the summery presentation—paper plates, plastic buckets—only adds to the illusion of a languid lunch on the beach...

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2007 Best Frappe

Although the menu uses the heathen term “milk shake,” Herrell’s is a master of the frappe (double-thick, or topped with an extra scoop) in gourmet flavors such as Dutch orange...

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2007 Best Seafood Restaurant

If hyperfresh seafood is the sole requirement, Legal and McCormick can deliver the same still-quivering quality for a few clams less. It takes a hypertalented chef like B&G’s Barbara Lynch,...

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2007 Best Chowder, Clam

A pure, fine broth; a smoky backbone of bacon; and plump whole mollusks elevate this above the gluey sludge commonly doled out to tourists. No bells and whistles, just the...

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2007 Best Ice Cream, Nantucket

We’ll spare all you dogged ice cream testers the brain freeze and bellyache, the stained clothes and the extra pounds: On Nantucket, the only ice cream of consequence is at...

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Food

2007 Best Tacos

Like avid birders, food fanatics will journey to any spot, no matter how remote, in search of the rarest prizes. In the hinterlands of Somerville, in the shadow of I-93...

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2007 Best Pizza, West

Of course, the better story would have been some cheese sliceslinging hole in the wall beating out the gourmet spots as our pizza parlor champ. Maybe next year. For now,...

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General Restaurants

2007 Best Tasting Menu

A tasting menu should be a culinary adventure, not an overpriced prix fixe. At Salts, chef Gabriel Bremer delivers five tantalizing dishes, from Jerusalem artichoke soup with morels and goat...

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General Restaurants

2007 Best Breakfast

Past reviewers have taken pains to note the name (or actually zaftig, without the s) is Yiddish for “pleasingly plump.” No doubt that’s how they, like countless other satisfied customers,...

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2007 Best Group Dining

Step one (sufficiently difficult): Coordinate 15 schedules to pick a date for your birthday/ anniversary/coming-out party. Step two (near impossible): Find a place that will seat everyone. The private dining...

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Shops

2007 Best Butcher

Julia Child loved Savenor’s because it offered the finest cuts and good advice on what to do with them. The same holds true today, whether you seek lamb, prime beef,...

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2007 Best Fish Market

New Deal is a sure bet for dazzling, sashimi-grade specimens and a changing presentation of fresh catches such as Alaskan black cod and green sea urchin. The owners will offer...

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2007 Best Produce Shop

Gourmet purveyors offering just five perfect pears tagged at $5 apiece are all well and good, but we prefer this veggie Valhalla, where fresh fennel and pluots are piled alongside...

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Shops

2007 Best Wine Shop

This standout vino peddler has always put up a broad range of bottles and good advice. But the wine jukebox—a nifty contraption that doles out samples for free—at its Brookline...

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2007 Best Coffee Shop

It’s not hard to miss Uptown Espresso, tucked into the first floor of a townhouse in the South End—although once you know it’s there, it’s virtually impossible to walk past....

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2007 Best Cheese Shop

More than 20 years on, Formaggio and its encyclopedic staff continue to prove that the variety of cheese is endless. Choose among exotic options from Greece, Spain, and Holland, as...

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