It has been a while since I updated my local picks. The Improper Bostonian recently came out with theirs for 2007 so I will note where we agree. I will only include places where I have eaten with one exception that is noted. Before I start, here some of my past descriptions of the area’s restaurants: Boston Massachusetts Restaurants: A Local’s Favorites for 2007 and Cambridge, Massachusetts Restaurants: A Local’s Favorites.
New to this blog (many of these are not new to me but they are bakeries and shops that I did not cover before):
Toro – this was their best tapas choice – you sit in an open front and have traditional and creative tapas. I went when they first opened and look forward to a return. 1704 Washington Street, Boston, 617-536-4300
Flour – their best bakery for sticky buns – my wife often gets stuff for her staff meetings and brings home extras for which I am grateful. 1595 Washington Street, Boston 617-267-4300.
Iggy’s – their best bakery for bread – I have been a fan for years, starting when I lived near their place in Marblehead. Now you can get their bread in many groceries in Boston and Cambridge. They also have a place in Harvard Square near where I take art classes so I am constantly smelling their stuff and getting their coffee at breaks from painting. 10 Fawcett St. Cambridge, 617-491-7600
Finale – their best desert place – This is the place to get birthday cakes and deserts. 1 Columbus Ave. Boston 617-423-3184 – I go to the one in the Holyoke Center in Cambridge.
Henrietta’s Table – their best local ingredients and organic place – I often meet here for business lunches as I used to live around the corner. It is well done comfort food. The breakfasts are especially good if you want a big morning out. Charles Hotel Cambridge 617-661-5005
Pigalle – this was their best pre-theater choice - I was there for a friend’s 50th birthday party recently so it was a selected menu but the food and environment were great. I had the duck, a dish I rarely miss and this did not disappoint. 75 Charles St. Boston 617-423-4944
The Wine and Cheese Cask – their best wine and cheese shop - This place opened in the 70s and I knew some people who worked there then. They lived in an apartment over the place. After my apartment burned down I moved in for a few weeks. Almost every night the staff brought wine and cheese from the place and partied much of the night. It was fun but exhausting and I moved out after a few weeks when I got a new place. A few years ago I was back and talked with one of the staff about my experience. He said the tradition continues. He held out for year but had to leave to recover. What I like about the place is their advice. You name your price range and region or type of wine and they give you some good selections that they have usually tried or heard about first hand. They also publish an informative weekly newsletter. 407 Washington St. Somerville 617-623-8656
A few of the their places I have written about before include Dali, Oleana, Olive’s, Clio, Bristol Lounge, and Mistral
Places they missed (see other 2007 post for more details))
Zygomates – excellent traditional French bistro food with good live jazz. Ask to be in the room with music.
Davios – this high end Italian restaurant is the place for special occasions as they make you feel special. The antipasto is wonderful and the food is worth the prices. There is an excellent wine list with good advice from the wine steward.
Places already on my list to try:
Bob the Chef - their best comfort food - I have been wanting for some time to go this southern food place for their fried chicken and jazz. It also has many dishes form my hometown – New Orleans. 604 Columbus Ave. Boston 617-536-6204