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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



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

2015 Best Pastry Chef

Rachel Sundet, State Park


One of our favorite pastimes has been a movie at the Kendall chased by a chilled espresso martini and one of Rachel Sundet’s home-style desserts at Hungry Mother’s bar. Sadly,…Read More

2015 Best Empire Builder

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese


After competing on the 2011 season of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, brothers James and Mike DiSabatino parlayed their signature brand of mayo-slathered grilled cheese into two…Read More

2015 Best Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center


Bursting with lush, varied greenery year round, this family-owned store is welcoming even to novice gardeners. A vast assortment of plants, from tiny succulents fit for city studios to large…Read More

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Kelly Gardner, Moxie Salon


Kelly Gardner has an eye for contrast, tone, and depth, with a particular fluency in the art of foiling—super up-close and personal with the root, mind you. Trend-seekers, fret not:…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Allston

Deep Ellum


Crowds head to Deep Ellum for its excellent craft-beer selection and numerous whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes, best imbibed on the back deck come summertime…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, South End

Wink & Nod


An alluring speakeasy vibe makes this underground haunt feel VIP. The lengthy cocktail menu offers creative twists on classic libations—a gimlet made with grapefruit cordial; a Long Island iced tea…Read More

2015 Best Record Store

Deep Thoughts JP

Jamaica Plain

This shop is welcoming enough to embrace all varieties of weirdo, informed enough to impress every type of nerd, and just strange enough to ward off the squares. With a…Read More

2015 Best Women's Boutique, North

French + Italian


North Shore fashion can veer toward the overly beachy (tunics are not dresses!), but Aimee Lombardi hits all the right notes at her sweet Marblehead spot. Unhurried service and a…Read More

2015 Best Resort Hotel, Nantucket

The Cottages & Lofts at Boat Basin


Nantucket Island Resorts’ 24 cottages and five lofts around the island’s harbor wharves offer pied-à-terre living with the luxury and convenience of a fully staffed hotel. Private entrances lead to…Read More

2015 Best Burger



This Watertown hang’s Moxie-slicked chicken wings, fried-cauliflower-stuffed sub, and romaine salad crowned with oxtail and a poached egg get their share of accolades. But don’t overlook Paul and Tim Maslow’s…Read More

2015 Best Ramen



Mark O’Leary put ramen on the city’s radar at O Ya and Guchi’s Midnight Ramen. Now he makes a lunch-only shoyu variety at Shōjō, where he fills each bowl with…Read More

2015 Best Tacos

Lone Star Taco Bar


The magic here is in the tortillas—hand-pressed in the kitchen to provide a sturdy foundation for toppings like smoky barbacoa and rich Dallas spicy beef. (For an afternoon hangover, there’s…Read More

2015 Best Gifts



You can’t help but smile at the fetching, affordable curios at this Somerville shop: stylish tumblers and flasks for beer lovers, Ex-Libris journals made from recycled books for stationery geeks,…Read More

2015 Best Pedicure

Aer NailBar


It’s a relief to find a nail salon run by a family that cares about its customers and its employees. At this cheery all-white storefront, you’ll find autoclaved tools, bath…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Hyde Park

Rincón Caribeño


Come hungry: The portions here are enormous, and you’ll want to order plenty of side dishes (hello, fried plantains). The food is as tasty as it is abundant—standouts include goat…Read More

2015 Best Comedy Club

The Wilbur Theatre


Big enough to command a prime Theater District spot but cozy enough to feel like an intimate club, the Wilbur has blossomed into Boston’s premier place for biggish-name comedy. Recent…Read More

2015 Best Trivia Night

The Big Quiz Thing at Oberon


Bar trivia is a tricky business, but the Big Quiz Thing has the formula down. The free monthly event at Oberon offers kitschy graphics, quirky categories, and appropriately mind-lubricating beverages….Read More

2015 Best Menswear, South



Each year we wonder, “Can any other men’s clothing spot on the South Shore beat Natale’s?” Each year, the answer is no. The walls of suits, slacks, and sport jackets…Read More

2015 Best Coffee Shop

Thinking Cup


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

2015 Best Beer, Shop

Craft Beer Cellar Belmont


Suzanne Schalow and Kate Baker inherently understand their beer-geek brethren, offering the widest possible selection in a format that encourages experimentation. Why not grab a mixed six-pack of Belgian Trappist…Read More

2015 Best Bread Bakery

Blue Frog Bakery

Jamaica Plain

Having trouble finding this grain fiend’s mecca? Just look for the giant blue frog above the door, and you’ll know you’ve arrived. While best known for its bread pudding, the…Read More

2015 Best Men's Clothing, Fine

J. Press


In a world where trends change daily, this preppy haberdashery recalls the proper Harvard Square of yore. Looking to impress in the boardroom? Try the U.S.-made “Super 120S Wool” charcoal…Read More

2015 Best Florist

Table & Tulip


Owner Andrea Halliday and her team create pieces ranging from fragrant, fresh strung garlands to mossy terrariums with carefully perched succulents. Simple and modern or baroque and traditional, Table &…Read More

2015 Best Brunch, Kids

The Kirkland Tap and Trotter


This mellow gastropub goes beyond carnival fare with nourishing plates like house-made spaghetti with meat sauce, or fish and chips, all accompanied by fresh, organic veggies. The space is so…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Charles River Canoe & Kayak at Kendall Square


Ditch the Google Glass and don a life jacket: In nice weather, there’s no better way to spend your lunch hour than paddleboarding ($18) or kayaking ($15) up the Charles…Read More

2015 Best Art Gallery

Gallery Kayafas


Owner Arlette Kayafas’s gallery represents a broad cross-section of Boston art. There are works from established local icons—Jules Aarons’s photos of the old West End, First Night founder Clara Wainwright’s…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Stationery

Smudge Ink


Your invitation sets the tone of the wedding—no pressure at all, right? Enter Smudge Ink, which has its own on-site letterpress to ensure complete control over quality and design. Work…Read More

2015 Best Resort Hotel, Cape Cod

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club


Here it’s all about hospitality, from thoughtful kids’ offerings like mini beach chairs and cabanas to a program that tracks repeat guests’ preferences. Want a rare book delivered to your…Read More

2015 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

John da Silva, Spoke


Da Silva’s elegant, innovative small plates—Jonah crab salad on cornmeal pancakes; spring-onion spaetzle dabbed with creamy Cloumage; duck meatballs with smoky ajo blanco sauce—would impress anywhere. That they’re coming from…Read More

2015 Best Incubator

CommonWealth Kitchen


Formerly known as CropCircle Kitchen, this culinary incubator has been a haven for upstart jam-makers and chocolate connoisseurs looking for a shared space to turn their craft into a business….Read More

2015 Best Audio, High-End

Audio Concepts


At Audio Concepts, it’s all about celebrating the sound, not the equipment. The most successful projects fully integrate all systems—wires, speakers, and gear—within walls, cabinets, and even behind artwork. Ultimately,…Read More

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Rachel Graham, the Loft Salon


Trained by color superstar Michael Albor, Rachel Graham has earned her stripes through intensive off-site workshops and time spent crafting the proper hues for Boston’s graying glitterati. She understands the…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Allston

Ritual Arts


This small metaphysical supply store brims with incense, Buddha statuettes, and jewelry. But don’t let the ritual bent scare you off—it’s browser-friendly and filled with positive vibes. Maybe it’s all…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, South End

Patch NYC


Designers Don Carney and John Ross thoughtfully fuse modern and vintage home accents and fashion accessories—which translates to Fornasetti candles, cheeky silkscreen pillows, and everything in between…Read More

2015 Best Renovation

Harvard Art Museums


Last year, Harvard showed us that melding three museums—the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler—into a five-level palace of scholarly eye candy is doable indeed. After a six-year…Read More

2015 Best Fitness Facility, West

Equinox Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill

We get it: Membership at Equinox Chestnut Hill is pricey. But once you consider the 37,000-square-foot gym’s unparalleled offerings—including some 100 classes per week in five dedicated studios—the $165 monthly…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Proprietors Bar & Table


Sourced primarily from small, local farms, the globally inspired, mostly shareable plates here delight with unexpected pairings, such as tuna crudo served with black bean crema, pickled green mango, and…Read More

2015 Best Beer Program

Row 34


Steely Chablis and minerally Muscadet are natural seafood pairings. But at Row 34, wine takes a back seat to beer director Megan Parker-Gray’s phenomenal suds selection. Her rotating cast of…Read More

2015 Best Sandwich, Roast Beef

Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions


Hold the James River barbecue sauce, American cheese, and extra mayo. Accented by horseradish crema, fontina, and onion marmalade, Moody’s slow-cooked-beef sando may not be traditional, but it sure is…Read More

2015 Best Tasting Menu



“We ask that the entire party order the same menu” is the familiar refrain at restaurants with tasting menus. Not so at this ambitious Back Bay restaurant, where diners at…Read More

2015 Best Jeans



It’s rare to find a designer denim shop that serves both men and women. It’s rarer still to find a designer denim shop where the staff isn’t terminally snooty or…Read More

2015 Best Makeup Artist, Special-Occasion

Tavi de la Rosa

Rare is the makeup artist who can shake you out of your routine with a single application of blush and eyeshadow. Tavi de la Rosa, who mans the Sisley counter…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Hyde Park

The Fairmount Grille


With its dark-wood interior and gleaming black bar, the Fairmount Grille is a sophisticated place to imbibe. There’s a patio out back that’s open in the summer, plus live jazz…Read More

2015 Best Dance Party

The Wave at Middlesex Lounge


Independent promotions company CLLCTV Boston is combatting the Hub’s puritanical closing hours by starting the party earlier. Once a month on Sunday afternoon—a time typically reserved for wallowing in Saturday’s…Read More

2015 Best Bridesmaids Dresses

L’élite Bridal & Bridesmaids


This petite third-floor boutique offers a who’s who of designers (Amsale, Watters, and Monique Lhuillier) that are sure to please your discerning ladies. Some lines even allow for mix-and-match necklines,…Read More

2015 Best Museum, South

Fuller Craft Museum


Don’t let the name fool you: This Brockton institution isn’t a musty warehouse of old quilts and wooden shoes. It’s instead a showcase for contemporary handmade objets d’art, a place…Read More

2015 Best Manicure



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