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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



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

2015 Best Lobster Roll

James Hook + Co.


There’s only one decision you need to make at this waterfront institution: regular roll ($16) or large ($19)? After that, pull up a chair and tuck into the sturdy bun…Read More

2015 Best Booze Festival

Beer Summit

The Beer Summit’s ubiquitous pretzel necklaces, old-school cover bands, and mix of beer fans young and old make us nostalgic for the days when Boston was a beer-festival pioneer. The…Read More

2015 Best Sports Bar

Phoenix Landing


This Central Square pub’s many TVs play the Sox, the Bruins, and NFL games, depending on the time of year. But its true draw is football—the non-American kind, that is….Read More

2015 Best Casual Restaurant, North

C. K. Pearl


Patrick Shea, son of the couple behind Essex icon Shea’s Riverside, has New England seafood in his blood. So much so, in fact, that he decided to open his own…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Roxbury



The walls here are painted in bright tropical colors with cocktails to match, like the fruity blended daiquiris, sangria pitchers, and creamy “Cafe Con Leche” (Patron XO Café, Bailey’s, and…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Prospect Hill Park


George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag here in 1776. Now marked by a castle monument, the city still raises the flag here every New Year’s Day. When the weather…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 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 Party Planner, Kids

Elisabeth Accardi, Upon a Star Events

With the friendliest vibe in the business, Accardi pinpoints your vision (and budget), creating kid-friendly bashes with unforgettable touches—ice-blue marshmallow fondue, retro toy stations, DIY designer-bag crafts. Employing former babysitters…Read More

2015 Best Literary Series

Boston Book Festival

Who said the Internet would bring the death of print? Clearly no one at the 2014 Boston Book Festival, where traditional media and information-age innovation collided. While crowds converged on…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 Band

Speedy Ortiz

The commonwealth’s next great rock  ’n’ roll band? That’d be Speedy Ortiz, a quartet secretly amped on pop but swinging its guitars with a raw, righteous roar. The new Speedy…Read More

2015 Best Korean Restaurant



When it comes to Korean cuisine, it’s all about texture—the springy bite of puffy, cheese-smothered ddeokbokki rice cakes; the crisp bottom layer of rice on a hot stone bowl of…Read More

2015 Best Wine Bar



With a wine list offering vinos from smaller producers and a menu call-out to the undervalued wonders of sherry and vermouth, Spoke is a bottlehead’s dream. Casual drinkers will appreciate…Read More

2015 Best Brunch, Cape Cod



There’s finally authentic Mexican on the Upper Cape thanks to this bustling spot in Falmouth Center, which skips the gimmicks and gloppy cheese in favor of fresh, local seafood and…Read More

2015 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug


What’s your scent? Woodsy? Spicy? Floral? Citrusy? Let the fragrance specialists at this 70-year-old institution help you discover your olfactory predilections as you sample their collection of 1,000-plus perfumes and…Read More

2015 Best Women's Clothing, Fine

Dew Luxe

South Boston

An Hermès scarf for $350? A Burberry trench for $500? This isn’t the end-of-season sale at Barneys, just the everyday deals found at Michaela Bavis’s twee luxury consignment shop in…Read More

2015 Best Designer, Jewelry

Nervous System


We’re writers, not scientists, so we barely understand the programming behind Nervous System’s computer-generated jewelry lines (“kinematics” is a line of energy bars, right?). But we do know that Somerville…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, East Boston

Ecco Boston


The lengthy list of craft beers is appreciated, but it’s the potent cocktails, featuring house-made bitters and infused spirits, that stand out here. With a late-night menu including double-fried chicken…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 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 Mexican Restaurant

Tu Y Yo


For years, Tu Y Yo has been a well-kept secret among in-the-know Somervillians. Now word is out that the restaurant serves the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in town. Not…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 Neighborhood Diversion, South End

Mills Gallery


Open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the Mills Gallery is the perfect excuse to extend a cocktail-hour date, and a great way to check out local artists after dark…Read More

2015 Best Juice Bar



The menu at Pressed was partially created by acclaimed New York-based chef Joya Carlton, known as a wizard of vegan cuisine. The mostly locally sourced and organic offerings—made entirely…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 Hair Colorist, Red

Grace McGinley, Marc Harris


Grace McGinley’s talents are rare indeed—so rare that those blessed with scarlet locks seek out her prowess with the fussiest of hues. McGinley splits her time between the two Boston…Read More

2015 Best Japanese Restaurant



Ken Oringer’s swanky sushi den is known for its artistic, stop-you-in-your-tracks renditions of raw fish, but there’s so much more to love. During dinner service, sansho-pepper-dusted karaage fried chicken, petite…Read More

2015 Best Chef, Outstanding

Tim Wiechmann, Bronwyn, T.W. Food


Under the watchful eye of Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food has hummed along for years as a warm Cambridge bistro serving seriously progressive food. Wiechmann’s skill in marrying German fare…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 Bedding

Michelle Willey


There’s a small but mighty linen selection at this South End boutique, and the style is laid-back. Breathable cottons and linens by Libeco and Matouk soften wonderfully over time; pair…Read More

2015 Best Hybrid

Café ArtScience


The past couple of years have been big for hybrids—see the grocer-meets-restaurant Commonwealth, the sandwich-shop-meets-restaurant Tavern Road, and the coffee-shop-meets-bar Ames Street Deli. But none match Café ArtScience’s scope and…Read More

2015 Best Swimming Lessons, Kids

Little Flippers Swim School


Devoted to children’s lessons, this pool is kept at 89 degrees. Equally warm instructors tempt kids underwater with an arsenal of colorful foam toys and treasure tokens they can trade…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 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 Personal Shopper

Alisa Neely, Style Scout

You’ve kept the same old clothes in your wardrobe for years while blowing money on discount finds that don’t quite fit or flatter. Take a time-out and call Alisa Neely….Read More

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 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 Dive Bar

The Cantab Lounge


Proper dive bars may be a dying breed, particularly in developing neighborhoods like Central Square, but amid all the ATMs, one redoubt of a bygone era holds fast. While other…Read More

2015 Best Skin-care Products



This pore house founded by Babson College grad Tara Foley has dominated the healthy skin-care market of late—and with good reason. It features environmentally friendly products from more than 30…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, East Boston

Sterlingwear of Boston


Known for its military-grade pea coats (with fashionable accents like paisley lining and leather trim), Sterlingwear also proffers breezy clothing and accessories out of its East Boston shop—all American-made, of…Read More

2015 Best Museum, West

Rose Art Museum


Six years ago, Brandeis University feared the recession would shutter its art museum. Thankfully, a public outcry and powerful art collectors reversed that plan, and the school hired a new…Read More

2015 Best Facialist

Jennifer Catrambone, Prettyology


If the best way to judge a good aesthetician is by her skin, Jennifer Catrambone wins this award easily—her face is clear and radiant. Her spa-side manner is equally as…Read More

2015 Best Breakfast



Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of Mediterranean-inspired delights, including the luscious…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 Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen


If your idea of heaven smells like stinky blues and buttery Comté, welcome to paradise. True nerds du fromage shouldn’t miss Formaggio’s classes (some of which are held in its…Read More

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