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Patrick Ahearn Architect


Patrick Ahearn’s decades-spanning work has made him the go-to guy for those seeking a Camelot-style coastal retreat. And this year, he scored the buzzy assignment of creating HGTV’s annual Dream…Read More

2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith


More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers….Read More

2015 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster


When chef Michael Serpa left Neptune Oyster to open his own restaurant, we wondered: What would happen to the overflowing lobster roll? Or the crisp “Piggyback” oysters, piled high on…Read More

2015 Best Blowout



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2015 Best Brunch

Tres Gatos

Jamaica Plain

The brunch at this record shop/tapas bar caters to savory seekers—and hangover chasers. Here the “put an egg on it” philosophy reigns supreme, evidenced by dinner-menu staples like the lamb…Read More

2015 Best Steak Tips

Tip Tap Room


Yes, we visited the legendary NewBridge Café, and, yes, the tips lived up to the hype. But bite for bite, the Tip Tap Room took the crown, with perfectly charred,…Read More

2015 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Life Alive


A new Boston staffer—a meat-loving New York transplant—recently ran into the office, excited after “discovering” Life Alive. It was then that we realized how lucky we are to have had…Read More

2015 Best Designer, Bag

Artemis Design Co.

There are “it” bags, and then there are timeless investment pieces that pack an aesthetic punch. South End designer Milicent Armstrong, an intrepid wanderer, specializes in the latter. She launched…Read More

2015 Best Indoor Cycling Studio



B/Spoke, with its intense 45-minute classes, arm workouts, and free shoe rentals, gets top honors in a competitive category. The downtown location is a hit with commuters and city dwellers…Read More

2015 Best Theater, Fringe

Company One Theatre


Let’s get one thing straight: Fringe isn’t synonymous with small. In fact, the fringe companies in town are all about big ideas, big risks, and big heart, none more so…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Caterer



Mediterranean, Asian, classic American—this Union Square caterer will happily hop from cuisine to cuisine for your wedding spread, incorporating vegan and gluten-free menus with ease. Chefs Dennis Tourse and Jamie…Read More

2015 Best New Restaurant, South

Galley Kitchen & Bar


When the Galley opened last year in Scituate Harbor, it bridged the gap between townie bars and white-tablecloth bistros. Locals have responded in droves, packing the stylishly weathered wooden tables…Read More

2015 Best Day Spa

Bella Sante


This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Spirits

Ball Square Fine Wines


Perusing spirits buyer Nate Kruback’s well-curated selection of craft gins, small-batch bourbons, and world-class liqueurs is almost as fun as drinking them. He stocks unparalleled local spirits, amaros, and Japanese…Read More

2015 Best Late-Night Dining

Fairsted Kitchen


After 11 p.m., breading and deep-frying tend to compensate for a lack of creativity on most menus. Not so at Fairsted, where themed late-night fare rotates every month. In February…Read More

2015 Best Shopkeeper, The Soothsayer

Paul Niski, Good


Niski—with his calming aura and purring voice—is the rare store owner, along with partner Kate Brizius, who isn’t about the sale; instead, he aims to make his Beacon Hill gift…Read More

2015 Best Housecleaner

Natural Cleaning Service

We dislike the cloying odor of synthetic perfumes. But finding a cleaning service willing to vigorously attack the cat hair, bathtub scum, and shelf dust without resorting to chemical warfare…Read More

2015 Best Museum, Family-Friendly

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum


At this 30-acre outdoor sculpture garden, kids can touch, and, in some cases, interact with the mega-scaled artwork, such as Paul Matissse’s Musical Fence, a low wall of aluminum pipes…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Roxbury

Mabruuk Fashions


For fabulous, bling-encrusted hijabs, as well as pashmina shawls and maxi dresses in gorgeous textiles, Mabruuk is the place to go. Owner Hassan Issak goes on regular buying trips to…Read More

2015 Best Classical Musical Ensemble

A Far Cry

Dreams and Prayers, A Far Cry’s self-released, Grammy-nominated album with clarinetist David Krakauer, isn’t just one of this year’s best classical recordings, but also one of the best narratives, too….Read More

2015 Best Fitness Facility, North

Fuel Training Studio


The offerings at boutique fitness studios typically fall into the “either/or” category: either cycling or barre; either high-intensity training or boxing. But at Fuel in Newburyport, you can have it…Read More

2015 Best Boutique, Martha's Vineyard

Pandora’s Box


For the sweetest shopping on the Vineyard, head up-island to the fishing village of Menemsha, where a row of funky storefronts line the road to the area’s best sunset view….Read More

2015 Best Chocolate


EH wins on the merits of its “Big Tasty” box alone, featuring gussied-up versions of classics like Almond Joys and Three Musketeers, as well as new creations (caramelized white-chocolate bars…Read More

2015 Best Romantic Restaurant

Centre Street Café

Jamaica Plain

This newly revamped neighborhood café is effortlessly sexy—no mood lighting or drippy molten chocolate cake. Instead, it offers cozy seating (especially at the prime table by the exposed kitchen) mixed…Read More

2015 Best Appliances, Large

Yale Appliance & Lighting


At this Dorchester megaplex, you’ll find everything you need to create a functional home: fridges, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and vacuums from prime brands like Bosch, Sub-Zero, and Wolf. But what…Read More

2015 Best Eyebrow Shaping

Lauren Genatossio, Sarra

South Boston

Lauren Genatossio knew exactly how to bring our brows to a fuller, more natural place, meticulously tweezing each individual hair to sculpt our arches to perfection. We left with homework…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Charlestown

Brewer’s Fork


With 30 ever-changing draft lines, as well as an ample bottle list, wine offerings from smaller producers, and an impressive roster of ciders, this new neighborhood spot already feels like…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Union Square

Bull McCabe’s


Every neighborhood needs a corner pub like Bull McCabe’s, with a healthy selection of beers, whiskeys, and its own fine craft libations to wash down staples like clam rolls. There’s…Read More

2015 Best Irish Pub

The Druid


Within the enormous spectrum of Irish-ish spots in Boston, what ultimately sets the Druid apart is its unwavering commitment to the basics (a perfectly poured Guinness, traditional live music sessions,…Read More

2015 Best Casual Restaurant, West

Sweet Basil


It’s the scent that hits you first: sweet, pungent garlic, mixed with basil and white wine as it hits the pan. After that, it’s the service—warm and friendly, as if…Read More

2015 Best Jeans



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2015 Best Caribbean Restaurant

Singh’s Roti Shop


Drawing influences from Indian and Caribbean cuisines, this Trinidadian shop’s roti wraps—pizza-size flatbreads griddled to order, then stuffed with meat (curried goat!), vegetables (sautéed cabbage, potato), and a house-made spicy…Read More

2015 Best Greek Restaurant

Greek Corner


The full-wall fresco of the Mediterranean in the spacious dining room is the ideal backdrop for a warm bowl of lemony avgolemono soup, charcoal-grilled souvlaki, and hearty moussaka. Suffering from…Read More

2015 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Hong


This Dorchester destination offers up traditional home-style dishes for those daring to venture beyond bowls of pho or bánh mì. Hungry? Pair ca kho to (caramelized clay-pot fish) with an…Read More

2015 Best Designer, Clothing

Petite Mort Fur

Um, excuse us, but bespoke fur accessories fashioned from roadkill? Pamela Paquin changed us from skeptics to apostles with her stunning gauntlet gloves, leg warmers, hats, and neck muffs made…Read More

2015 Best Personal Training Studio

Parker Cote Elite Fitness


Fitness model Parker Cote has graced dozens of magazine covers, each showcasing his remarkable physique. At his new studio, a 1,600-square-foot space brimming with luxury amenities (a spa-quality restroom and…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Jamaica Plain

Thursdays on the Lawn, Loring-Greenough House


Everyone from the neighborhood gathers to feast at this weekly outdoor picnic featuring a farmers’ market, food trucks such as Clover, roving musicians, and occasional outdoor movies after dark. All…Read More

2015 Best Geek Gathering

MIT Mystery Hunt


Each January, aspiring brain-benders descend on MIT for a multiday, many-puzzle affair in which they’re charged with cracking cryptograms, summoning trivia nuggets, and making sense out of seemingly random objects—all…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Coordinator

AE Events

South Boston

Planning a wedding is like putting together a 1,000-piece puzzle, and the six-person team at AE Events is skilled at making it all fit. Want a seven-course Tuscan feast with…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Steel & Rye


All of Milton (and a good chunk of Boston) flock to chef Chris Parsons’s sprawling fiefdom in a former car showroom and ambulance garage. They come for creative craft cocktails…Read More

2015 Best Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s


If the line seems daunting at lunchtime, don’t worry—it’ll be just minutes until you reach the front, where the warm, sliced-to-order corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef will be piled…Read More

2015 Best Mediterranean Restaurant



This loud, colorful Somerville meze bar is anything but traditional—here, the creamy hummus recalls a seven-layer dip, while juicy lamb köfte gets tucked into cute sliders. These Mediterranean-Americana hybrids are…Read More

2015 Best Shopkeeper, The Nurturer

Lana Barakat, December Thieves


At her SoWa and Charles Street boutiques, Barakat cultivates independent artisans with unique backstories and connects them with customers on her social-media pages. It feels like one big happy family,…Read More

2015 Best Private Chef

Janice Carte, Tiny Spoon Chef


After stints at Oleana and No. 9 Park, Janice Carte launched Tiny Spoon Chef almost two years ago, and now she’s in high demand. Carte mixes her Mediterranean culinary knowledge…Read More

2015 Best Hike, Family-Friendly

Dungeon Rock, Lynn Woods Reservation

If your kids are balking at the prospect of a walk, tempt them with a trek to this spooky site. A gentle one-mile round-trip walk takes you to a 174-foot…Read More

2015 Best Bar with Games

Knight Moves Café


Not technically a bar (it’s BYOB), New England’s only board-game café offers gamers the opportunity to hang out in a comfier version of their living room while kicking their friends’…Read More

2015 Best Menswear, North

Farley’s of Newburyport


Sharply dressed men from Andover to Newburyport loosened their ties in dismay when John Farley Clothiers announced it would close last summer after nearly two decades in business. Thankfully, former…Read More

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