Restaurants

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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Eastie's Elite - The Food Lens

Eastie's Elite - The Food Lens

“Where’s East Boston?” It’s a question we hear entirely too much, considering this neighborhood—wedged between Boston Harbor and Logan International—hosts some of the city’s most diverse, delicious, and affordable eating.

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