Restaurants

South Boston - The Food Lens

South Boston - The Food Lens

In the last decade, few neighborhoods have changed as drastically as Southie—and much of that change has been delicious. From an award-winning enoteca to a bustling taco-and-margarita joint to a classic destination where the donuts and pizza are turned out all night long, there’s never been so many reasons to eat out in South Boston.

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Trina's Starlite Lounge - The Food Lens

Trina's Starlite Lounge - The Food Lens

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug.

It’s a thought that occurs every time we enter Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a delightfully weird proto-dive perched on a corner of Inman Square. From vintage signs advertising the cola and cigarettes of yesteryear to a reconstructed retro kitchen, the decor evokes a 1950s America that’s a little less Norman Rockwell and a bit more David Lynch.

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Resy's Guide to Summer in Nantucket - Resy

Resy's Guide to Summer in Nantucket - Resy

Summertime in ACK means beautiful beaches, rosé-filled afternoons, and some of the best dining this side of the Atlantic. Whether you’re looking for freshly caught seafood, house-made pastas or a no-expenses-spared steak dinner, you’ll be well-served by this lineup of the Grey Lady’s best dining destinations.

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Boston Resy Hitlist July- Resy

Boston Resy Hitlist July- Resy

Summer has hit its stride, and some of Boston’s most long-awaited openings are here. On this month’s Resy Hit List, old favorites continue to gather accolades, the team behind Juliet has crossed the river to open their first restaurant in Boston, and Time Out Market has materialized in Fenway with over a dozen local vendors to choose from.

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Gracie's Ice Cream - The Food Lens

Gracie's Ice Cream - The Food Lens

Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square boasts a beguiling array of imaginary ingredients. From “rainbow extract” and “unicorn whispers” to “essence of thunder” and “hugs,” they’re spelled out along the tongue-in-cheek mural that wraps around the tiny shop’s counter space.

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Honeycomb Creamery - The Food Lens

Honeycomb Creamery - The Food Lens

Although words like “craft” and “small batch” have become buzzy, we can’t help but use them to describe Cambridge’s Honeycomb Creamery. That’s because this place is the real deal: The ice cream is made with high-butterfat Jersey cow’s milk from Hadley, Mass., purchased raw and pasteurized in-house.

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Boston's Modern Italian Renaissance - Resy

Boston's Modern Italian Renaissance - Resy

Italian cooking is nothing new in Boston. But the last few years have seen a quiet revolution unfold as independent chefs have opened Italian restaurants that bring unrepresented regional styles into the city, or break the red-sauce mold entirely. Behold, the spots to enjoy Boston’s Italian renaissance to its fullest.

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The Resy Hit List June - Resy

The Resy Hit List June - Resy

With patio season now underway, recent national acclaim for a South Boston favorite, and the emergence of fresh Cuban flavors in Cambridge, Boston is poised for a strong summer. Between new favorites and rising stars ready for their second look, it’s time to explore the city with the Resy Hit List as your guide. Right this way. 

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Kendall Square - The Food Lens

Kendall Square - The Food Lens

Kendall Square is famous for its tech scene, but we’re far more interested in the type of innovation you can eat. From a stellar take on French Canadian fare to wood-fired pizza perfection, this neighborhood at Cambridge’s eastern tip won’t disappoint.

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Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Amid the sanitary glass constructions that line a recently transformed stretch of the South End’s Harrison Avenue, a wooden door with a lion-shaped knocker sticks out from the squeaky-clean mean. If this were 2009, you might need a password to get in. But it’s 2019 and you’re about to enter Lion’s Tail, a bar that manages to capture all that was good about the Great Cocktail Revival while avoiding its excesses.

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The Publick House - The Food Lens

The Publick House - The Food Lens

Beer bars have gotten a bit of a bad rap of late. There seems to be a widening gulf between bars where people drink beer to relax and have fun, and bars where people drink beer to take notes and wax poetic on the difference between East Coast and West Coast IPAs (presumably while stroking an unkempt beard).

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Yume Ga Arukara

Yume Ga Arukara

“If my kids ask me ‘Why do you work every day?’ I want to tell them ‘Because I have dreams.’”

That message, scrawled messily in big blue letters against a white wall, may be the only element of Yume Ga Arukara not specifically tied to the preparation and consumption of udon noodles. But it speaks volumes about the spirit that goes into making each bowl.

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Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline may not be anyone’s idea of a food mecca at first glance—but those who pass it off as another Boston suburb do so at their own peril. That’s because it’s home to some of our favorite neighborhood destinations, from line-drawing independent bakeries and sandwich shops to tiny spots bursting with fierce flavor.

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A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

Finding a plant-based meal in Boston hasn’t always been easy. But that has changed recently, as a new generation of meat-free options has sprung up to complement long-standing vegetarian and vegan favorites. That’s great news for a lot of us, whether you’ve decided to go sans-meat yourself or are just looking to do 2019 on a new foot. Here are 16 places to start.

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Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston has outgrown its reputation as a student-packed 'hood filled with greasy slice joints and fast food. Well, the students are still there-but they now have access to innovative fast-casual spots, excellent ethnic fare, and plenty of independent restaurants and bars that won't break the bank.

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