Restaurants

16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

The West End is chock-full of Irish pubs and sports bars, with buffalo wings and burgers to satiate post-Celtics game appetites. Yet the West End has begun to diversify in recent years, with new openings from local restaurant groups and hospitality vets who have strayed from the tried-and-true formula. From sports bars to sit-downs, here are 16 hot spots to try.


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Why are so many popular Boston restaurants closing? - Metro Boston

Why are so many popular Boston restaurants closing? - Metro Boston

It’s not news that the restaurant industry is tough. But it’s hard not to consider the high profile closures of Boston restaurants over the last 12 months—Townsman, Les Sablons, L’Espalier, Erbaluce and Cultivar, just to name a few—and see a trend. I spoke to local industry figures to see if recent closures were business as usual or out of the ordinary, and what restaurants could do to stay afloat. 

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Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings may be as close as we get to a universally beloved food. Whether they’re filled with pork and pan-fried or full of vegetables and steamed, these stuffed starch packets are what comfort food dreams are made of. From Chinatown to Brookline, Greater Boston has no shortage of places to get your fill.

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Maccabee Bar - DigBoston

Maccabee Bar - DigBoston

Better Sorts Social Club, which opened in the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in October, has had only two months to be itself. But the downtown bar is already becoming something different, albeit for five nights: from Dec 4 to Dec 8, it will become “Maccabee Bar,” a Hanukkah-themed pop-up.

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22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

Clam chowder can sometimes feel more like a regional stereotype than an actual food consumed by locals, so there’s no shortage of disappointing swill aimed at Freedom Trail trekkers. But anyone tempted to turn their back on clam-based broth for good does so at their own peril: Boston is filled with tempting cups and bowls of the classic soup — if you know where to look. 

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19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

Given its location in the heart of a rapidly changing city, it feels like a small miracle that Boston’s Chinatown has remained independent, authentic, and blissfully chain-free (mostly). From no-frills mom-and-pops to slick outposts of the growing Shojo empire, here are 19 spots that will satisfy your comfort-food cravings, test your taste buds, and maybe even remind you of home.

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Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Mar-gar-it-a: Not so long ago, uttering those four syllables would earn you a neon-hued libation served in a fish bowl with enough sugar to fill a Pixy Stix. Somehow, the tequila-based classic that became synonymous with bad decisions and even worse Tex-Mex has been redeemed—and Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar is leading the local charge.

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Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

The unmarked second-story bar above Central Kitchen feels like a microcosm of Central Square itself. It’s tough to figure out whether Brick & Mortar is a funky dive packed wall-to-wall with Budweiser-gripping college kids, or a serious cocktail lounge where startup staffers congregate for high-end drinks.

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The Bar Room at No. 9 Park - The Food Lens

The Bar Room at No. 9 Park - The Food Lens

Twenty years of service has earned No. 9 Park a well-deserved reputation as Beacon Hill’s definitive fine-dining experience. And while we’d never discourage anyone from experiencing a tasting menu in the townhouse-turned-restaurant’s elegant dining room, its bar scene alone warrants a visit

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18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

As far as quintessential Boston experiences go, biting into a lobster roll ranks up there with watching the Pops on the Fourth of July. We may never reach a consensus on what constitutes the perfect roll — lettuce or no lettuce remains a hot-button issue, let alone cold-mayo versus hot with butter — but those debates are a testament to the special place lobster rolls hold in our hearts. From the oldest of the old guard to the young guns pushing the envelope, here are 18 worthy venues for getting your lobster roll fix.

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Crudo - The Food Lens

Crudo - The Food Lens

We’ve got nothing against clam chowder. But when Boston seafood is at its best, we're inclined to eschew cooking and dousing in cream; sometimes fish needs little more than a bit of oil and citrus. When our crudo craving peaks, these are the spots we turn to.

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ArtScience Culture Lab & Cafe - The Food Lens

ArtScience Culture Lab & Cafe - The Food Lens

Cocktails are contagious at ArtScience. Its bar, sleek and as white as the corridor of a futuristic spaceship, offers a front-row view of everyone else’s drink. A fantastical concoction, served in a bowl or garnished with foam-filled eggshells, emerges. Oohs and aahs commence, smartphones are pulled out, and soon you find yourself ordering it, too.

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Chinatown - The Food Lens

Chinatown - The Food Lens

Boston’s Chinatown is as centrally located as it gets, yet the enclave has enough character—and authentic eateries—to make it feel a world away. From cult dumpling shops to late-night noodle stops, Chinatown provides rich discoveries for the culinarily inclined.

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Wine Bars - The Food Lens

Wine Bars - The Food Lens

Cheese, charcuterie, a long countertop, and lively conversation with friends and strangers: The common element that rounds it all out is wine. Boston has no shortage of fine wine bars, and these are just a few of our favorites.

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