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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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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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 Chef, Outstanding

When Tim Maslow arrived in Boston from New York a few years ago to overhaul his father’s Watertown café, he made waves with his brash flavors and witty presentations—so much...

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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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Cuisine Type

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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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 Sandwich, 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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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 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 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 Pizza

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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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 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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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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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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