Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2009

Bars

2009 Best Dive Bar

If you require more than two ingredients in your cocktail (ice and booze), the Silhouette is likely not for you. True to dive décor, the walls are cheaply paneled and...

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2009 Best Irish Pub

Around these parts, the authentic Irish pub is an expectation, not a novelty. Which means there’s a full-on scrum of contenders in this category—the Sligo, the Behan, Foley’s—with none stooping...

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Bars

2009 Best Sushi Bar

O Ya may have the most incomparable raw-fish dinner in town, but the reality of its special-occasion status is that we tend to reserve it for exactly that: a special...

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Cuisine Type

2009 Best Indian Restaurant

There’s plenty of tasty Indian food around town—witness the lines of hungry grad students at Cambridge’s Punjabi Dhaba, for one. But Harvard Square’s Tamarind Bay Bistro (along with its newer...

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2009 Best Thai Restaurant

Notwithstanding the beef tendon fire pot at Montien (still the hottest soup around, in both senses of the word), this unassuming Allston 12-seater is your first-class ticket to Bangkok. The...

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Food

2009 Best Bread Bakery

Flour, water, yeast, salt. Four lowlier ingredients are hard to imagine—as are the heights to which they can rise in the hands of master bakers like Clear Flour’s husband-and-wife owners,...

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Food

2009 Best Ice Cream

This sweet spot’s rotating cast of ultracreamy flavors ranges from worldly (burnt caramel, bananas foster) to otherworldly (mango chili, sage) and everything in between, providing thrills for ice cream traditionalists...

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Food

2009 Best Steakhouse

It’s the oldest story in the book: Man tours steakhouses, steakhouses run gamut, man eliminates fading relics, lesser chains, and ‘modern’ meateries where the flourishes outshine the beef. And by...

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Food

2009 Best Steakhouse

It’s the oldest story in the book: Man tours steakhouses, steakhouses run gamut, man eliminates fading relics, lesser chains, and ‘modern’ meateries where the flourishes outshine the beef. And by...

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Food

2009 Best Bakery for Sweets

Trailing orange blossom syrup and rose petal sugar, Ana Sortun’s year-old bakery-café comes on like a Salome of sweets, beguiling the cupcake-and-cookie crowd with such Middle Eastern-inspired delicacies as Egyptian...

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General Restaurants

2009 Best Breakfast

Having eaten our way across the MetroWest in a futile search for a challenger, there’s little left to say except, once again, here’s Johnny’s. This four-time Best Of winner extends...

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Shops

2009 Best Kitchen Supplies

Not much changed when KitchenArts picked up and moved a block down Newbury this spring: Getting into the tiny space is still a squeeze, and getting out without buying anything...

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2009 Best Coffee Shop

By virtue of its excellence-obsessed baristas and premium roasters (Terroir, Barismo), our city is pouring itself a righteous coffee reputation that gives new meaning to the nickname ‘Beantown.’ Coffee nerds...

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Shops

2009 Best Butcher

Boston has become a bona fide haven for conscientious carnivores, what with Whole Foods boasting displays packed with New England meats and Lionette’s Market touting pork from central Massachusetts and...

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Shops

2009 Best Butcher

Boston has become a bona fide haven for conscientious carnivores, what with Whole Foods boasting displays packed with New England meats and Lionette’s Market touting pork from central Massachusetts and...

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Shops

2009 Best Fish Market

When trying to lay your hands on the freshest catch in Boston, you could get up at 4 a.m., pull on rubber boots, and clump along to the fish pier...

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Shops

2009 Best Gourmet Shop, North

Shubie’s gets the nod this year for upping the ante in the cheese department, where scores of familiar and rarely seen varieties pack the cases: Cowgirl Creamery’s Mount Tam, Jasper...

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2009 Best Gourmet Shop, South

We’re all for keeping weird and wonderful stuff in the fridge (as long as it didn’t, you know, grow there). That’s why we love making the trek way down south...

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