Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2008

Chefs

2008 Best Pastry Chef

The best desserts mix strong technique with a blithe spirit of invention. Kilpatrick reigns on both fronts, yielding delicacies like nougat glacé with poached nectarine, pistachio milk granité, and candied...

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2008 Best Sommelier

Paying zero attention to point ratings, Les Zygomates’ wine wiz fills the extensive list and hosts tastings of wines that range from grocery-aisle discoveries to rare and exotic imports...

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2008 Best Caterer

Turning out memorable meals in private homes—which often means tight quarters and picky palates—is a task that could sap any chef’s muse. No surprise the catering arm of the vaunted...

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2008 Best Chef, Up and Coming

At 34, and with apprenticeships at some of the world’s most revered Michelin-starred restaurants under his belt, Wiechmann is hardly a newbie. Yet he brings an upstart’s ambition to his...

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2008 Best Vegetarian

The extensive vegetarian and vegan offerings here one-up the fakin’ bacon and sham ham that dominate most meat-shunning spots. At the OtherSide, tempeh can replace chicken in anything, tofu stands...

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2008 Best Chinese Restaurant

Canny gastronomes make it a habit to trail MIT’s international students to the area’s top home-style Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American spots. So when we heard that Mary Chung...

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2008 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

This spanking-clean Chinatown eatery makes neophytes feel welcome without sacrificing neighborhood authenticity. Even better, the food leaves us so invigorated that we’d swear it has health-boosting effects—xinh xinh means ‘young...

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2008 Best Greek Restaurant

Around here, Greek restaurants are a homey bunch, mostly serving comfort grub along the gyro-souvlaki-moussaka continuum. For sheer tastiness, we salute the Boretos brothers, who turn out delicious classics (don’t...

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2008 Best Indian Restaurant

Eschewing the batch-cooking method used by similar eateries, the Harvard Square hideaway has earned its stripes with made-to-order freshness. Vegetables that might be bland in the hands of lesser chefs...

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Food

2008 Best Onion Rings

Known for creative southwestern cuisine, Masa rockets into the O-ring stratosphere with its sweet-battered, plump Vidalia onion slices dusted with dried chilies...

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Food

2008 Best Bakery for Sweets

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar...

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2008 Best Burrito

Forget La Verdad. Forget Anna’s. Forget that tiny café whosit in Eastie that the Chowhound faithful have anointed the Mexican-food messiah. The city’s burrito comes from a no-frills storefront in...

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Shops

2008 Best Kitchen Supplies

Caught between bare-bones restaurant-supply stores and overstyled kitchen emporiums, home cooks in search of a good sharp knife and a turkey baster are left with meager options. They’d do well...

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2008 Best Ice Cream

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not...

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Food

2008 Best Burrito

Forget La Verdad. Forget Anna’s. Forget that tiny café whosit in Eastie that the Chowhound faithful have anointed the Mexican-food messiah. The city’s best burrito comes from a no-frills storefront...

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2008 Best Deli

Yarmulke-bedecked customers attest to the kosher bona fides at this Brookline mainstay, where the takeout case is long and complete, the sandwiches are overstuffed with choice cuts, and the pickles—well,...

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2008 Best Burger

As a country, we take our hamburgers seriously; they are, after all, our native food. Luckily, the fine citizens at Mr. Bartley’s offer more than 20 top-notch variations, each reasonably...

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2008 Best Smoothie

You feel healthier just reading the menu at this colorful Davis Square corner spot, which boasts healing elixirs like Cold Fighter and Bee Strong, squeezed-to-order fruit and veggie juices, and...

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2008 Best Bread Bakery

Seeing as how first impressions are everything, a restaurant’s bread-basket is serious business. Boston’s finest eateries, including T. W. Food and Troquet, order their loaves from Sel de la Terre...

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Food

2008 Best Wine List, Affordable

Despite the walls covered in vintage wine labels and street signs from French wine strongholds, Silvertone feels more like a chummy pub than a posh wine bar. And yet its...

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Food

2008 Best Bread Bakery

Seeing as how first impressions are everything, a restaurant’s bread-basket is serious business. Boston’s finest eateries, including T. W. Food and Troquet, order their loaves from Sel de la Terre...

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2008 Best Wine List, Affordable

Despite the walls covered in vintage wine labels and street signs from French wine strongholds, Silvertone feels more like a chummy pub than a posh wine bar. And yet its...

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2008 Best Sandwich

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent...

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2008 Best Chicken

Radiating southern comfort, the Dorchester storefront plates a crackling-good quarter-chicken that pairs a complex, herb-heavy batter with juicy dark meat...

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2008 Best Sandwich

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent...

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2008 Best Seafood Restaurant

Maybe it’s the two dozen varieties of oysters talking, but we’ve fallen hard for B&G. Barbara Lynch’s imaginative takes on the standards—a lobster roll lined with bacon, Portuguese clam stew...

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2008 Best Steakhouse

The better story would have been that finally, in this, the year of the cow, one among the city’s numerous new upscale meateries had managed to dethrone our 14-time of...

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2008 Best Doughnuts

Considering how Rachael Ray was caught drinking the wrong coffee off-camera, we’re thinking her handlers should keep her away from Verna’s and its totally yum-o cake doughnuts...

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2008 Best Hot Dog

Though they must dine amid the swirling dust and big-rig exhaust of Newmarket Square, frankfurter fiends would endure far worse in the name of Speed’s mighty all-beef dog, which gets...

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2008 Best Comfort Food, South

The dish is hot crab-and-cheese dip, and it goes a little something like this: chunks of tender, sweet blue crab tossed with heavy cream and supersharp cheddar, then wood-fired to...

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2008 Best Clams

This North End gem trumps even North Shore clam shacks with its pristine, local whole-bellies; nonpareil crunch, courtesy of expert batter-frying; and exceptional tartar sauce...

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2008 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

The extensive vegetarian and vegan offerings here one-up the fakin’ bacon and sham ham that dominate most meat-shunning spots. At the OtherSide, tempeh can replace chicken in anything, tofu stands...

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2008 Best Fries

You used to have to buy a steak to taste these world-class fries. But even now that the Franklin offers them as a side, we’d still pay a premium for...

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2008 Best Bakery for Sweets

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar...

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General Restaurants

2008 Best Service

The fourth member of our party was late. Family-emergency late. Should’ve-canceled late. An hour into our reservation, we approached GM (and co-owner) Kerri Foley: We didn’t know how much longer...

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General Restaurants

2008 Best Brasserie

The zinc bar and weathered-subway-tile walls are as authentic as the French fare that attracts neighborhood residents and suburbanite foodies, though any of them yearning for haute cuisine might be...

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2008 Best Calamari

Getting the coating to proper crispiness without rubberizing teh squid puts the B-Side lounge in an elite fraternity. The superlative fiery-sweet dipping sauce puts it over the top...

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Shops

2008 Best Wine Shop

Here in the Hub, oenophiles generally have two types of stores from which to choose. There’s the overly curated boutique, where every bottle warrants its own spotlight and price hike....

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2008 Best Gourmet Shop, West

No ‘oaky’ chardonnays and ‘plummy’ merlots here. The quaff hounds at this third-generation business call on a broader viticultural vocabulary in helping a customer discover the perfect bottle: ‘Thought-provoking.’ ‘Animalistic.’...

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2008 Best Gourmet Shop, South

Lisa Lammé knows from hot. When she shuttered her famed Faneuil Hall hot sauce shop, Le Saucier, years ago, she moved on to perk up suburban palates with Gypsy Kitchen,...

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