Best Restaurants & Food in Boston 2014

Bars

2014 Best Bar Menu

It’s hardly a secret that Jody Adams’s Cambridge institution has mastered high-end Italian fare. But the strength of the vast, separate bar menu—with bites like duck-pâté bruschetta and pan-roasted broccoli,...

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Bars

2014 Best Beer Bar

To the pubs with rows and rows of taps: Quantity alone doesn't cut it anymore. Lord Hobo, by contrast, has all the variety and thrills suds geeks crave. Even if...

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Bars

2014 Best Cocktail Bar

After six years spent whipping the city into a craft-cocktail frenzy with its pitch-perfect Manhattan variations and handcarved ice cubes, Barbara Lynch and John Gertsen's tippler's haven has, thankfully, loosened...

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Bars

2014 Best Dive Bar

Were it possible to manufacture the ideal dive bar, you'd first need to reverse-engineer a comfy, lived-in space complete with quirkly local characters, no-nonsense bartenders, a pool table, and cheap,...

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Bars

2014 Best Sports Bar

This Somerville mainstay feels as much like a clubhouse as a bar: Everyone knows everyone else, and regulars are quick to welcome newcomers into the fold. Weekly NBA Nerd Nights...

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Bars

2014 Best Wine Bar

Fledgling wine aficionados, take heed: Laid-back Davis Square newcomer Spoke gamely removes the terror from the terroir, with servers who gently hold your hand through the ordering process. Of course,...

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Bars

2014 Best Irish Pub

Discussions of Boston’s Irish pubs typically involve squirrely notions of authenticity. The problem is, no such thing exists, and most attempts ring about as true as some "Ireland-land" simulacrum at...

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2014 Best Brown Liqour Bar

Citizen Pub is still pouring the same vertiginously deep rosters of rye, bourbon, scotch and Irish whiskey with the same precise connoisseurship, ambassadorial exuberance, and jaunty Japanese ice spheres as...

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Chefs

2014 Best Bartender

When he helped open JM Curley in 2012, Kevin Mabry did for the basic G & T what the kitchen did for Curley’s legendary burger—that is, take something familiar and make it...

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Chefs

2014 Best Pastry Chef

We tend to approach modernist desserts with caution—though striking, can an elaborate plate of gel, fruit leather, and crumble actually taste good? In the hands of Harvest’s Brian Mercury, the...

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Chefs

2014 Best Sommelier

Not to diminish the importance of knowing your Rhône from your Rheingau, but technical expertise is but a fraction of the wine steward’s craft. What separates wonky savant from sommelier...

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Cuisine Type

2014 Best Korean Restaurant

Choosing Boston’s best "overall" Korean restaurant is a tricky proposition. The city’s long on specialists, but short on generalists able to muster worthy renditions of the hit parade. For example,...

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2014 Best Thai Restaurant

Upon entering this tiny Brighton storefront, you’ll want to turn to the wall on your right: It’s entirely covered with images of the dizzying array of Thai specialties on offer....

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Food

2014 Best Bread Bakery

The rustic mite loaves and prosciutto-and-Parmesan-studded ciabattas at this North End bakery, located down an alley off Hanover Street, are a reminder that bread-baking is not only a precise science,...

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Food

2014 Best Sticky Bun

In a messy taste test of buns from eight area bakeries, the addictive swirled pastry from Iggy’s—made from buttery, pecan-studded croissant dough and topped with semi caramelized wildflower honey—reigned ...

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Food

2014 Best Sushi

Time was, getting sushi in Boston was a black-and-white proposition: You either went for the simple and efficient or the luxurious and, ahem, pricey. Chef Seizi Imura’s unassuming Cambridge spot,...

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Food

2014 Best Pie

When it comes to pie, we like our hand-pressed crusts substantial and loaded to the brink with butter. So too does Petsi, and the Somerville and Cambridge shops augment their...

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Food

2014 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

We’d argue that the trend in vegetarian cuisine toward creating foodstuffs that " taste and look just like meat" is a misguided principle. What self-respecting herbivore wants to eat oil-laden faux...

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Food

2014 Best Fish and Chips

As higher-end restaurants and gastropubs continue to unveil their refined takes on this New England classic, we prefer to keep it simple. Primarily a counter with a few indoor and...

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Food

2014 Best Fried Clams

The perfect fried clam belly is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside, tender and saline on the inside, the whole thing offset by a dunk in piquant tartar...

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Food

2014 Best Sandwiches, Breakfast

Patience is a virtue at this tiny Bay Village eatery, where the waits are long but the breakfast sammies—from griddled eggs with avocado, bacon, and a spicy special sauce to...

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Food

2014 Best Chowder

For the finest chowder in town, you’ll have to turn to a steakhouse. Grill 23’s version stars quahogs, but takes the humble bivalve-and-potato soup into luxury territory thanks to butter-braised...

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Food

2014 Best Tacos

For a truly top-notch taco, you’ll have to head west—all the way to Waltham, that is, where this tiny taqueria stuffs its pliant corn tortillas with rich carnitas, tender braised...

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Food

2014 Best Pizzas

Thick and fluffy with just the right amount of crunch, Umberto’s Sicilian crust is the perfect vessel for a complete smothering of herbed tomato sauce and bubbly, browned cheese. Just...

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Food

2014 Best Hot Dog

What, you might ask, is the only thing better than a hot dog? A footlong. And what’s the only thing that can improve such perfection? The addition of a buttered,...

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Food

2014 Best Fries

What makes the difference in an endless field of tempting spuds? Quite simply, the stuff you’re dunking them into. And nobody dips like Saus, where there are a dozen or...

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General Restaurants

2014 Best Diner

After enduring Whitey’s old neighborhood badly rendered in countless movies and reality shows over the years, it’s comforting to find a place that is perfectly, authentically, and effortlessly Southie. This...

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General Restaurants

2014 Best Food Truck

This sneakily vegetarian chainlet may have brick-and-mortar locations everywhere from Brookline Village to Burlington, but it got its start as one of the first important food trucks in the Boston...

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Shops

2014 Best Kitchen Supplies

Aspiring home chefs should forgo the big-box stores and their cheap gadgetry for Local Root, where owner Jonathan Henke, of Didriks fame, brings his sophisticated eye to everything cookware, proffering...

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Shops

2014 Best Butcher

There are gems for meat eaters of every stripe at this Somerville shop: owner Michael Dulock’s expert cuts of New England—sourced, pasture-raised lamb, pork, and beef for steadfast locavores; a...

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Shops

2014 Best Beer Shop

Much to the delight of local hopheads, this shop—opened in Belmont four years ago by Cambridge Common alums Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker—is now spreading its sudsy gospel to new...

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2014 Best Fish Market

We like to think of this Brookline mainstay as the ultimate neighborhood monger, one that demonstrates its openness to the community through its displays: Pristine whole black bass, local squid,...

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2014 Best Gourmet Shop

Can a person live on pasta alone? At this Somerville specialty shop, you could certainly try—and last for months without ever repeating your order, thanks to a massive roster of...

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Shops

2014 Best Wine Shop

Streetcar might not be the biggest shop in Boston, but that actually works to your advantage: Owner Michael Dupuy selects every bottle from the finest, most conscientious producers, which translates...

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