Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2013

Bars

2013 Best Bar Menu

Chef Barbara Lynch uses the bar menu at her swanky Beacon Hill flagship to experiment with more gently priced (but no less divine) fare—prime steak tartare, truffled potato gnocchi, and...

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Chefs

2013 Best Bartender

In just a year, Treadway has taken this already exciting snack-and-cocktail spot and upped the ante even further with his unique mix of seasonally driven classics (like our favorite drink...

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Chefs

2013 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Kish’s friendly yet badass demeanor (not to mention model good looks) earned her a legion of fans the nation over when she won Top Chef Seattle this year. But it’s...

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Chefs

2013 Best Sommelier

We first fell in love with Paopao when she was the bubbly sommelier at Oleana, in Cambridge—and then, as is often the case with talented hospitality folks, she split for...

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2013 Best Thai Restaurant

The best way to order at this tiny Brighton eatery is off the handwritten chalkboard in the back, which showcases northern Thai specialties such as Chiang Mai curried noodles and...

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2013 Best Chinese Restaurant

Long before every trendy restaurant was putting pork-stuffed bao on the bar menu, this Allston stalwart was serving up a (perfectly) traditional version of the Taiwanese specialty: a fluffy steamed...

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2013 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

The winding menu of succulent roast quail, fragrant la lot sausages, crispy-pork-and-shrimp-stuffed banh xeo crepes, and bright goi salads can be overwhelming at first. One solution? Spring for the Bo...

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2013 Best Japanese Restaurant

Most Japanese restaurants around here are either sushi specialists or theatrical hibachi houses. Shiki, a subterranean spot tucked away on a Coolidge Corner side street, is the outlier. Offering a...

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2013 Best Greek Restaurant

A Greek restaurant can be measured by the quality of its tzatziki alone, and at this Brighton spot, it’s first-rate: flavorful, not too yogurty, and delivered in huge portions. The...

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Food

2013 Best Fries

First, Idaho russets are aged for at least a month before the peeling, cutting, and rinsing commences. Next comes a low-temperature dunk in the fryolator. Finally, the Belgian-style frites are...

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Food

2013 Best Sandwich

After 40 years of Best of Boston, it takes a lot to shock us. But if you told us that we would eat a sandwich that doesn’t even have meat—Cutty’s...

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Food

2013 Best Bakery for Sweets

This tiny Brookline shop has made its name—quite literally—on its nubby olive rolls, grainy loaves, and airy brioche. But when we line up on weekends, it’s for something a bit...

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2013 Best Deli

Sure, it’s a bit dingy on the inside. And yes, we find it strange that the specialty sandwiches are named after conservative talk-radio hosts. But corned beef does not compete...

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2013 Best Raw Bar

It must be nice to be a pearl: just hang around inside an oyster for a while, getting shellacked until round and shiny. We feel similarly after a couple of...

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2013 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

A vegetarian diet doesn’t have to mean plain kale and quinoa. This Chinatown spot serves up convincing Thai dishes made without any animal products—really. The extensive vegan menu features the...

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2013 Best Cannoli

These Italian masterpieces are filled to order, with a light, crunchy pastry shell that perfectly balances the smooth ricotta (ask for powdered sugar on top if you like things on...

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2013 Best Doughnut

This newcomer—which shares space with Cafe Tango, in Somerville—goes way beyond boring crullers and plain old glazed, offering a roster of flavors like chocolate chipotle, brown butter-hazelnut crunch, and orange-ginger...

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2013 Best Tacos

The hardest decision you’ll have to make here? Which of the spicy, flavorful salsas offered tableside will best accessorize the fall-apart cubes of beef tongue, succulent carne asada, or (on...

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Food

2013 Best Dumplings

You won’t find xiao long bao (here, known as “mini juicy buns”) with a better proportion of molten broth, ground pork filling, and thin dough wrapper anywhere else in town....

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General Restaurants

2013 Best Brunch

Tony Maws has made a name for himself with the meaty inventiveness of his dinner menu, and his brunch menu reflects that same ethos. Oft-changing dishes include rabbit ragout layered...

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2013 Best Breakfast

We’ll let you in on a little secret: The very same corned-beef hash and eggs, banana-stuffed French toast, and thick potato pancakes that breakfast lovers line the sidewalk for on...

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2013 Best Food Truck

Bon Me’s legions of fans religiously check Twitter to find out which corner Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong’s pâte-slathered sandwiches, cool soba noodles, and overstuffed lemongrass-chicken rice bowls will be...

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2013 Best Service

Rare is the restaurant that offers a $285 tasting menu and plays Vanilla Ice in the dining room. But the unobtrusive environs here—paired with the bites of exquisite sashimi, of...

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Shops

2013 Best Wine Shop

Few wine shops are as easy (or as fun) to explore as Ball Square. There are the weekly Friday-night tastings, the nearby cheese counter for perfect fromage pairings, and the...

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2013 Best Beer, Shop

Beer nerds and brewmasters, unite! This suburban shop, which lines its shelves with everything from Rock Art Jasmine pale ale (Vermont) to Hofbräu Dunkel (Germany), is the place for suds...

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2013 Best Produce Shop

Chris Kurth and Ana Sortun’s 50-acre Sudbury farm supplies some of the area’s top restaurants with fresh produce—and, through their brick-and-mortar shop in the South End, many local home kitchens...

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2013 Best Gourmet Shop

What separates a smaller shop like American Provisions from a typical grocery store is its personality, from the handwritten signs suggesting wines to match each cheese to the handcarved bottle...

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