Punjab (Arlington) -- really delicious Indian food. They have a site with a nice map of Indian cuisine. It is located at 473 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington, (781) 643-0943. There is also a food store.
Blue Ribbon Barbecue (Arlington) -- got to have 'cue. It is rated as the top place for ribs in the Boston area. You can buy the tender, slow-cooked, pit-smoked meats (which include pulled pork, burnt ends, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and hot sausage) three ways: sandwich, platter, and "bulk." Blue Ribbon is located at 908 Massachusetts Ave. 781 648 7427. There is also a branch at 1375 Washington St, West Newton, 617 332 2583.
Figs (Charlestown) for upscale pizza. The 10Best site writes, “Try fig and prosciutto, spicy shrimp, white clam, or fried calamari, which just hint at the possibilities. Other menu items, such as pastas and paninis, are available in addition to the wood-fired pies. Wrap up a trip to Figs with a large helping of tiramisu.” It is run by Todd English of the more famous (and expensive) Olives down the street. Figs is located at 67 Main St, Charlestown • 617-242-2229.
Warren Tavern (Charlestown) - burger and beer in historic setting. George Washington ate here and Paul Revere considered it a favorite. Their site tells us that, “The Warren Tavern was probably the first building erected in Charlestown after the British razed the town during the Battle of Bunker Hill on 1775. It was founded by Captain Eliphelet Newell in 1780. Newell had been believed to have been a participant at the famous Boston Tea Party.” It is known more for the setting than the food but it provides good bar food. The Warren Tavern is located at 2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, 617-241-8142.
Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery (Somerville) for breakfast. It is Portugese and amazing. A Boston Phoenix review raves about their experience and writes, “A plate of buttery eggs, spiced hashed browns, and mildly biting linguiça ($6.99) was perfectly simple and simply perfect.” It is located at 25 Bow Street, in Somerville, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (617) 628-2151.
Sorelle's in Charlestown for coffee and delicious baked goods. I had a great sandwich here after a visit to the Watlingtons. The Boston Globe writes, “There are marble countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, banquettes in black leather, and the sounds of Tony Bennett in the background. The menu is heavy on fresh salmon, tuna, roasted turkey, and lobster. At an espresso bar on one end of the long counter, coffee is pressed into sleek white demitasse after sleek white demitasse…The winning sandwich -- roasted eggplant, zucchini, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella on French bread with herb vinaigrette -- was one of six combinations made on a big sandwich press.” This is also the sandwich I had. It is located at 100 City Square, Charlestown; 617-242-5980.
Blue Ginger – I added this place in the Western suburbs to get a little geographic balance. It is located in Wellesley and has received great reviews. Zagat’s says, “Rising above the fusion fray, chef-owner Ming Tsai sets the standard for East-meets-West cuisine with a transcendent menu that more than lives up to the buzz.” I have been there once and see why. The chef-owner has two cook books, “Blue Ginger” and “Simply Ming: East Techniques for East-Meet-West Meals.” It is located at 583 Washington Street, Wellesley, 781-283-5790.
Woodman’s – I also added the place where the fried clam was invented. It still serves the best fried clams and onion rings I have tasted. Over 85 years ago, Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman invented the fried clam and the place has been providing them ever since. It is located at Route 133, Main St. Essex, MA on the North Shore of Boston (978) 768-6057 (800) 649-1773 and the clams come from the same town.