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Boston is a seafood lover's paradise: steamers, oysters, lobster rolls, clam chowder, and every kind of fish imaginable are presented on plates all over the city. Historic Union Oyster House (Map 2) is Boston's oldest restaurant, and it has retained the antiquated décor; Neptune Oyster (Map 2) has a more contemporary vibe. For pomp and old school elegance, try Anthony's Pier 4 (Map 10) overlooking the harbor. The best lobster roll is at Jasper White's Summer Shack (Map 5, 22), and JP's Galway House (Map 14) makes a mean clam chowder. Inman Square's East Coast Grill & Raw Bar (Map 28) is a lively local spot with a well-stocked raw bar and glorious barbeque for those who prefer land over sea. If you want something different than the standard New England-style preparations, Peach Farm (Map 4) specializes in shrimp and scallops with a Chinese flair. Make the obligatory trip to Legal Sea Foods (Map 3, 6, 10, 20, 26) first because it's a Boston institution, and second for the sinfully good fried platters. Just be prepared to drop some dough.

The scent of garlic permeates the air in the North End, Boston's charming Italian quarter. While almost any restaurant on Hanover Street is bound to be authentic and delicious, there are a few standouts, like Maurizio's (Map 2), Lucca (Map 2), and Bricco (Map 2). Mamma Maria (Map 2) is a cozy spot ideal for romancing a significant other. Try Prezza (Map 2) for fancier fare. Outside of the North End, modern Italian restaurants like Sportello (Map 10) and Via Matta (Map 3) give the more traditional spots a run for their money. Anchovies (Map 6) is a Back Bay staple, while Brookliners frequent Pomodoro (Map 17) and La Morra (Map 17). L'Impasto (Map 22) holds down the fort for Cambridge.

There's a lot of diversity in Boston's pizza offerings for something that's basically made of three ingredients. Pizzeria Regina (Map 2) and the Upper Crust (Map 7, 19, 29) serve traditional sloppy, cheesy pies, and are the top two for most locals. Penguin Pizza (Map 15) draws in the college scene with a long beer list. Kendall Square favorite Emma's (Map 28) puts an upscale spin on pizza with gourmet toppings, and Cambridge's Stone Hearth (Map 23) caters to locavores with organic ingredients. While Bostonians tend to avoid anything hailing from NYC, New York Pizza (Map 3) is actually quite good. The uncommonly friendly staff at Leone's (Map 24) and Captain Nemo's (Map 14) make it worth a visit for a neighborly chat along with your slice.

East Asian
Chinatown is to Chinese what the North End is to Italian. If you're looking for full-on dim-sum craziness, try China Pearl (Map 4) or Hei La Moon (Map 4) for weekend brunch. If you want more sedate surroundings in Chinatown, try King Fung Garden (Map 4), Hong Kong Eatery (Map 4), or Peach Farm (Map 4). It's a tie for best Thai between Wonder Spice (Map 14) and Dok Bua (Map 17). Check out BonChon (Map 19, 20) for Korean fried chicken. Sushi joints abound in Brookline; Fugakyu (Map 17) and Genki Ya (Map 17) are a cut above. Try Elephant Walk (Map 16, 22) for Cambodian, and Pho Viet (Map 19) or Xinh Xinh (Map 4) for Vietnamese. When in doubt, Asian fusion restaurants like Myers + Chang (Map 7) and Thelonious Monkfish (Map 27) offer a little bit of everything.

South Asian

Indian restaurants can be found in almost every corner of the city, although many of the best are clustered in Cambridge, like Punjabi Dhaba (Map 28), Diva Indian Bistro (Map 22), Tamarind Bay (Map 20), and India Pavilion (Map 17). Helmand (Map 26) is a mainstay for Afghan. Back across the river, JP residents get their curry fix at Bukhara (Map 14). Mela (Map 7) in the South End is one of the more affordable options in the area, and even has a lunch buffet. The Back Bay has Kashmir (Map 5), a classy lunch spot with a patio prime for people watching, and Kenmore has India Quality Restaurant (Map 16), a small hole in the wall with astoundingly solid food.

Sometimes a bothersome urge to eat gets in the way of downing beers, and in these situations it's worthwhile to know that some bars serve a higher grade of grub than others. Blarney Stone (Map 32), Harry's (Map 19), and the Galway House (Map 14) dish up unpretentious dinner entrees on the cheap. Be warned that the barbecue chips at Trina's Starlite Lounge (Map 28) are dangerously addictive; same deal with the crab guacamole at Lolita (Map 6). Stats (Map 10), Miracle of Science (Map 27), and Silvertone Bar & Grill (Map 3) have lighter options, but to really fortify your stomach for some serious drinking (read: fried anything), try the Pour House (Map 5), The Lower Depths (Map 16), or Flash's (Map 6).

Bostonians are keener on upscale brunches than down home diners, but there are still a few places to get eggs and pancakes in the morning in all their greasy glory. Head to Mul's Diner (Map 10), South Street Diner (Map 4), or the Allston Diner (Map 19) for a low-key no-frills start to the day. Sound Bites (Map 23) is a half-step up from the average diner without being overly prissy -- heck, they serve hash. For out and out gluttony, try the funky '50s-esque Friendly Toast (Map 28) if you don't mind waiting in line with scores of hipsters. Allston's Tavern in the Square (Map 19) has an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet where college students congregate to nurse hangovers.

Looking to impress a date? Try Ten Tables (Map 14), Hungry I (Map 1), Meritage (Map 4), or Hamersley's Bistro (Map 7). Foodies that are interested in innovative cuisine will delight in the complex creations at O Ya (Map 32), Journeyman (Map 24), and Bondir (Map 28). Head to Hungry Mother (Map 28) or the South End Buttery (Map 7) for upscale comfort food. L'Espalier (Map 7), No. 9 Park (Map 3), and Mistral (Map 6) are seasoned establishments that have only gotten better with age. Craigie on Main (Map 27) and Henrietta's Table (Map 20) are both geared towards seasonal and local fare. The classic elegance of Eastern Standard (Map 16) is the restaurant equivalent of the little black dress.

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Posted By:  Jon Mael
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Five Guys
Have you ever been out in the city, desperate for some good eats, but have no idea what the trendy, or legendary spots are? If that's your Sunday, than national burger chain Five Guys is the best spot for you. Your burger is never frozen, it is only cooked after you order it, and toppings include everything from grilled onions to A-1. The double stacked Bacon Cheeseburger is orgasmic, as are the Cajun fries. Everything in this fast-rising chain is of the utmost quality, so much so that you forget that you're eating "fast" food about two bites in. Five Guys just recently made its way into Boston. There are now three restaurants nearby. Franchises costing $2 million each have been established on Summer Street, Huntington Avenue, and Braintree. While everyone wants to go to that one secret spot that's been frequented by locals since 1746, there's something to be said about knowing where a great chain is and keeping it in your back pocket just in case. Five Guys is the best burger chain around, and now that it's in Boston, we can finally get in on the action.

Posted By:  Joan Hill
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The Algiers Coffee House has been a main-stay in Cambridge for decades, and shows it's age, but in a very charming manner. Locals and students sit closely at Moroccan tables sipping tea by the pot, eating their truly yummy falafel platters, and enjoying unique salads in a funky, laid-back atmosphere. Service is friendly and unhurried. Entrees are $8-16 while desserts are $4-8. Try the fresh basbousa (semolina cakes with syrup) for a simple, satisfying sweet with your coffee. The Algiers is not wheelchair accessible, and serves beer and wine.

Posted By:  Patrick Hellen
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St. Alphonzo's Kitchen
You know how every neighborhood has that little hole in the wall spot, locals only, that makes amazing food and always seems to fly under the radar? Alphonzo's seems to be that place for Southie, but for some reason it also seems to be one of those spots that local chefs eat at when they're not behind their own stoves. Originally named Potbellies when they first opened up four years ago, Alphonzo's has been steadily gaining buzz and Best of Boston awards ever since, but it's the steady draw of the local cooks that has me the most fascinated. I can no longer count how many people in the industry seem to be filling this spot whenever I head in for a bite, but if your peers find you delicious enough to grab dinner, then most diners would do well to follow. If you're coming in from outside Southie, parking is pretty easy right on Broadway, and if you're in need of a suggestion or two, you really can't go wrong with either the Cuban or the Flat Iron Steak. Be forewarned, it's absolutely tiny. That can be a bad thing if you are dying for a table, or a great thing if you're there on a date. So stop in, grab a table for two, pop a bottle of wine, and try out that local joint you've always wanted to stumble on. Just consider me your stumbling block.

Posted By:  Charlie O'Brien
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Devlin's definitely brings downtown style, atmosphere, and culinary excellence to Brighton Center. Appropriate for business, social, or family dining, its cuisine mixes traditional and innovative American fare with a touch of international flavor and an expansive wine list. They offer both a seasonal menu and year-round upscale comfort food (including their exceptional thin-crust pizza). Critics rave about the lush setting and the delicious homemade desserts, but after the meal is when this restaurant really heats up: the tables are cleared away and the dance floor opens for dancing to music provided by live DJs. The patio at Devlin's fills up fast each night (open May-Oct), so get there early if you want outdoor seating. The patio is also the perfect spot for hosting your next function--Devlin's experienced and professional staff will make it a surefire success. Devlin's also offers full catering services for off-site events, individually tailored to your party's needs.

Posted By:  Emily Doutre
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Trina's Starlight Lounge
By all accounts, I really should be sick of this whole retro bar and restaurant trend that's been popping up the last few years. But I'm not, because each new place keeps putting its own spin it. After studying the beer list at the hip '40s Southern diner that is Trina's Starlight Lounge, I was at first unimpressed. (Yeah, Miller High Life is ironic and hip, but it also tastes like battery acid so you’re going to have to try harder to win over this beer snob.) Then I realized that I was looking for the cool in all the wrong places. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a cocktail instead: the Adirondack, with butter infused bourbon and maple syrup. Then I ate the cheese fries, the chicken and waffles with hot pepper syrup, and the apple cheddar press. And I get it now! Any dum dum can get good street cred with a retro décor and a big, hip beer list. But the real winners are the ones that know what they’re doing both with the cocktail shaker and in the kitchen. And Trina is one of these winners.

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