Where to eat in Greater Boston

February 14, 2016 - bbq set

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Half-chicken pieces with cipollini onions during Shepard in Cambridge.



Live Noodles / $$ If we are a fan of Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles, supplement Live Noodles to your list. But move a large appetite. The soup pot-size portion bowls that many dishes arrive in are no joke. You can see a cook rolling, pulling, pounding, stretching, and overhanging brew in a open kitchen. 1026 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, 617-879-1700, livenoodles.com — Catherine Smart




Flame SzechuanHot Pot Sushi Restaurant / $$ Hot pot mixture can be systematic a la carte, though combinations make a preference easy. Surf and territory arrives as a platter of proposal scallops, flounder, whole shrimp, squid, mussels, and curls of beef and lamb, adequate for two, along with a plate of enoki mushrooms, turnip, a mini corn cob, and baby bok choy. 1001 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-945-0080, flamehotpot.com — Ellen Bhang

Shepard / Cambridge /$$$$ James Beard Award leader Susan Regis and Rene Becker of Hi-Rise Bread Company non-stop this grill in a former home of Chez Henri. The food is Francophile if not French, seasonal, and local. To those not lustful of wood-fired food: Shepard competence not be your crater of lapsang souchong. Some new hits on a frequently changing menu: chamomile ricotta, usually about any pasta, and chicken. 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, 617-714-5295, www.shepardcooks.com— Devra First

State Park / $$ Perhaps a best tiny pseudo dive bar in town. A Tabasco-honey chronicle of boiled steep is good, though if you’re during all inclined, a Nashville prohibited steep is a approach to go. “Snappy’s famous pig clout sandwich” comes with chili and coleslaw — and it’s impaled with a knife. Look, a thing tastes great. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-848-4355, statepark.is— Devra First



 Eastern Standard / $$$ Eastern Standard is a ideal restaurant. A big, bustling brasserie that isn’t trite or self-conscious. It’s usually right. Always grand here: a roasted bone marrow, fries, and butterscotch bread pudding. Oh, and those cheese plates with attractive accompaniments. 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com— Devra First




 Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca / $$ Mario Batali’s Boston outpost is one of a Seaport’s best deals. Pizza and pasta are mainstays. Salads are a highlight, from a elementary multiple like spinach with ricotta salata and truffle sugarine to a “Babbo chopped salad.” Meatballs are tender. And for pristine juicy pleasure, sequence a sausages, finished during a Babbo team’s Tarry Market in New York. 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, 617-421-4466, babbopizzeria.com — Devra First



 Tasting Counter / $$$$ Chef Peter Ungar has been practicing for this 20-seat grill inside a Aeronaut Brewing Company space his whole career. There’s usually one seating many nights (two on Saturdays). The menu is revealed, march by course, over a two-hour meal. Nonrefundable tickets are purchased online and embody libation pairings. 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, 617-299-6362, tastingcounter.com — Devra First

Momo N Curry / $ Momos are carrying a moment, generally in Somerville, where during slightest dual restaurants temperament a Nepalese blimp name have popped up. A chalkboard lists several flavors and rotating specials. The steep chili momos come in chewy wheat wrappers, coated in a sweet-and-sour salsa with bell peppers, scallions, and onions. If we like a honeyed feverishness in this dish, try a steep chili true up. 431 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, 617-764-1563, momoncurry.com — Catherine Smart



 Worden Hall / $$$ Deep-dish pizzas here usually competence greatfully homesick Chicagoans. Worden Hall impresses in other ways, too, starting with appetizers like polenta fries and smoked lamb ribs. More upscale bistro transport includes roasted beef shoulder proposal served with grilled broccolini, potatoes, maitake and aristocrat oyster mushrooms, red booze jus, and horseradish crema. 22 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-752-4206, wordenhall.com — Devra First



 Banyan Bar + Refuge / $$$ Set in a former Hamersley’s Bistro, Banyan doesn’t demeanour like it, doesn’t feel like it. Its flavors are desirous some-more by Asia than Europe. Fried pig tails are tender tiny nubs in a garlic and black bean sauce. “Takoyaki” are fritters finished with calamari rather than normal octopus. 553 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com — Devra First



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Spicy tuna tartare with homemade potato chips during The Blue Ox in Lynn.

 The Blue Ox / $$$ Chef-owner Matt O’Neil’s “sin” burger — primary beef with applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and truffle aioli — has drawn accolades, though there’s some-more on a menu. The upscale family-friendly grill also facilities transport like tuna tartare, proposal oysters, and roasted cod. 191 Oxford Street, Lynn, 781-780-5722, theblueoxlynn.com— Naomi Kooker

Cafe Piazza Dolce / $$$ Ever trafficked by Italy and stumbled on a grill locals keep secret? That’s a feeling here. The eggplant Enzo appetiser is crispy cutlets pressed with prosciutto, spinach, and cheese. Order it as an entree, it’s that good. A anniversary special, lamb carbonara, has dual kinds of bacon sizzled together until crispy, afterwards churned with tagliatelle, parsley, and cheese. It’s served with a poached egg on top; we toss a mixture yourself. 831 Main Street, Winchester, 781-838-6092, cafepiazzadolce.com — Kathy Shiels Tully

Fusion Andina / $$ Here they offer adult a potpourri of Bolivian and Peruvian flavors. For reduction brave diners, try a Saltenas appetizer, baked smoke fritter pressed with beef or chicken, and Lomo Saltado cooking beef tips. For a some-more brave palate, try Sajta de Pollo — on-the-bone steep thighs simmered in a yellow peppers piquancy brew and presented with boiled potatoes, dusty potatoes (called Tunta), and salsa. Fricase de Cerdo is a sharp pig stew. 150 Cabot Street, Beverly, 978-720-8955, fusionandinarestaurant.com — Brion O’Connor

The Marina Restaurant Bar during a Wharf / $$$ This 260-seat restaurant’s menu has Italian flair. Options embody meatballs, pasta, and steep Parmigiano. The nachos are surfaced with Bolognese instead of salsa. There’s also lobster, boiled seafood, burgers, steaks, and daily specials. Shrimp risotto was easily al dente and a pan-seared scallops decent. 543 North Shore Road, Revere, 781-629-3798, marinaatthewharf.com — Naomi Kooker

Nobo / $$$ Opened in 2015, Nobo serves Japanese dishes fused with pan-Asian influences. Highlights embody a reward consequence list. Garden tempura facilities crispy smashed immature beans, broccoli, onions, asparagus, and zucchini. The sugarine walnut shrimp is boiled tempura-style, drizzled with light sugarine sauce, and served with noodles and broccolini. For some heat, try dry tossed white-haired pig loin with grilled shishito peppers. 18 Boston Road, Chelmsford, 978-770-2499, noborestaurant.com — Diane Severin

Papa Razzi Metro / $$$ Long a tack in Burlington, Papa Razzi has been remade by new owners, who reopened this plcae final April. To start, try a salumi boards. For a categorical course, maybe a basil rigatoni with pulled chicken, tomato, mushrooms, roasted garlic butter sauce, and pecorino or a orecchiette salsiccia with broccoli rabe pesto and a lurch of prohibited peppers flakes. 2 Wall Street, Burlington, 781-229-0100, paparazzimetro.com — Diane Severin

Wow Barbecue / $$ After anticipating success with a Chinese grill food truck, a owners launched this brick-and-mortar location. Don’t design standard American-Chinese takeout favorites. Fare includes steamed cold noodles, a jellyfish appetizer, lamb skewers sprinkled with a massage of roughly 20 spices, and grilled fish served whole — from conduct to tail. 184 Salem Street, Malden, 781-605-2766, wowbarbecue.com — Kathy Shiels Tully



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Bacon-wrapped date on a ladle during Four Spoons in Newton Centre.

Four Spoons / $$$ Opened final summer in Newton Centre, a Thai-inspired grill fills a 46-seat space. Lobster goat cheese Rangoon is a spin on a entire crab version. Popular dishes embody garden uninformed rolls and crispy bronzini mango salad, a Mediterranean fish tossed with sharp mango, scallions, red onions, peanuts, and cilantro. Madagascar pad Thai, featuring grilled tiger prawns, is a thespian spin from a typical. 796 Beacon Street, Newton, 617-332-5888, fourspoonsnewton.com — Rachel Lebeaux

 Amuleto Mexican Table / $$$ Amuleto’s menu explores informal differences in Mexican cuisine, embracing mole, carne asada, fish tacos, and Mexico City-style quesadillas. Some dishes would be during home in any upscale bistro — grilled salmon al pastor, for example. But a food works with tradition rather than bursting it. In ceviche de coliflor, cauliflower is folded together with uninformed salsa and citrus, formulating a gratifying vegetarian dish. 484 Moody Street, Waltham, 781-893-1389, amuletorestaurant.com — Devra First

The Curry House / $$ Located in a former KFC, a Curry House has a minute menu, and dishes are baked to order. Recent standouts enclosed Peshawari naan, flatbread filled with dusty fruits and sprinkled with coconut; Baigan bhartha, a smoked, pureed eggplant plate served with rice pilaf; and Reshmi kebab, tandoor-baked steep with onion, peppers, and a light sauce. 418 West Central Street, Franklin, 508-520-2900, www.thecurryhouse.com  — Mary MacDonald

Derek’s Steak and Seafood / $$$ Set in a frame mall on Route 109, Derek’s offers a possess spin on some Gulf Coast specialties. A Cajun-influenced calamari appetiser is surfaced with jalapeno slices, red peppers, and a chipotle chili-based sauce. The jambalaya snack comes with andouille sausage usually sharp adequate to season a dish; it’s served over risotto. 112 Main Street, Medway, 508-533-0823, derekssteakandseafood.com — Mary MacDonald

Home Taste / $$ Home Taste’s menu contains some dishes found during many Chinese restaurants — sesame steep and a like — though diners are rewarded for venturing off a beaten path. Freshly finished hand-pulled noodles are a spectacle. Chinese burgers, or rou jia mo, are a travel food. The wheat flour bun is some-more of a slot pressed with meat; it’s impossibly satisfying. Xinjiang sauteed sharp steep is a meal served with bone-in chicken. 58 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, 617-923-0227, hometastema.com — Rachel Lebeaux

Pueblito Paisa / $$ For newcomers to Colombian cuisine, it’s advisable to start with a bandeja pueblo paisa. It’s all you’d wish in a Colombian dish. First there’s morcilla sausage, chicharrones, a beef filet, and belligerent beef packaged with rice. Then there’s white rice, pinto beans, honeyed plantains, avocado slices, an arepa, and slaw. The plate is surfaced with a boiled egg. You competence wish to share. 66 Hollis Street, Framingham, 508-424-1125, facebook.com/pueblitopaisaframinghamma — Rachel Lebeaux

Red Lentil Vegetarian Vegan Restaurant / $$ Chef-owner Pankaj Pradhan is vegetarian. His menu is a mash-up of Indian specialties, Middle Eastern dishes, Spanish, Italian, Mexican, and out-of-date hippie. The signature play of red lentil soup is nourishing. Gobi Manchurian, deep-fried cauliflower florets coated with chickpea flour, served with peppers and onions, is a menu star. Butternut polenta is pleasant for something that is gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. 600 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, 617-972-9188, theredlentil.com — Sheryl Julian

Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Cuisine / $$ Lucy Zhu and her hermit Bowei modeled this Asian-vegan grill after their Providence spot, Veggie Fun. Faux meats are prominent. A platter of “spare ribs” facilities seitan, a gluey wheat protein, sliced into thick strips, nestled on immature beans. King oyster mushrooms are sliced and battered, dunked in a golden fat bath until crisp, and sauteed with scallions and immature and red peppers. 166 Massachusetts Avenue, East Arlington, 781-646-7600, zhuvegan.com — Ellen Bhang



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Citrus-glazed Long Island steep during Bia Bistro in Cohasset.

Bia Bistro / $$$$ Nestled in a initial building of an aged white Colonial with immature shutters, Bia serves adult gratifying French comfort food along with a few pizzas, pastas, and risottos. Try a shrimp and forage appetizer, citrus-glazed Long Island duck, and pan-roasted salmon. Free-range duck-fat-roasted steep is beautifully crispy with Madeira jus. 35 South Main Street, Cohasset, 781-383-0464, biabistro.com — Joan Wilder

 2 Jerks BBQ Kitchen + Bar / $$ Everything is finished in-house, including a renouned Plate of Bacon appetizer, a half-pound of house-smoked candied bacon finished with brownish-red sugar, maple syrup, and cayenne. Appetizers also embody boiled immature tomatoes and steep wings as prohibited as we can stand. You can eat small, such as brisket chili and salads, or go large with nation boiled steep or New Orleans gumbo. 701 Broadway, Raynham, 508-386-2737, facebook.com/2jerksbbq — Paul Kandarian

Cibo Matto / $$$ Nearly all is finished on-site, including dressings, mayonnaise, breads, and desserts. Rigatoni Bolognese facilities al dente pasta, and a Parma pizza is a work of art — arugula, strips of prosciutto, and shaved Parmesan heaped on tip of section oven pizza. Room for dessert? Order a gingerbread sundae if available. 254 Chauncy Street, Mansfield, 508-339-9800, cibomattocaffe.com — Ellen Albanese

Crystal’s Kitchen / $$ Crystal’s offers classical Malaysian, Thai, and Japanese dishes and artistic fusions. On weekends, design a wait. If we like delicious noodles, sequence pad see yew, prosaic rice noodles stir boiled with chicken, eggs, broccoli, and carrots in a soy-based sauce. For celebrations, seafood in a nest will impress: scallops, shrimp, and squid churned with napa cabbage, sleet peas, and mushrooms in a bed of crispy noodles. 4 South Main Street, West Bridgewater, 508-510-5295, crystalskitchenma.com — Wendy Chow

Eggs Thai Cafe / $$ This place has a outrageous menu. Need suggestions? Grilled Thai sausages are accompanied by ginger, peanuts, and a head-clearing sharp dipping sauce. Coconut soup is creamy, studded with steep and mushrooms, and not too sweet. A salsa with massaman steep curry has a spirit of heat. 2 Kings Court, Dedham Square, 781-326-2538, eggandthai.com — Johanna Seltz

Porticello Ristorante / $$$ Named for a Sicilian city where a chef-owner was born, Porticello serves adult some dishes desirous by that Italian heritage. The Bolognese sauce, for example, tends to be Tuscan style, with beef, veal, and pork. Spicy seafood fra diavolo and a filet surfaced with Gorgonzola and roasted red peppers cream salsa are standout items. Gnocchi, pappardelle, and salsas are finished in-house. 454 Turnpike Street, South Easton, 508-230-0220, porticellorestaurant.com — Ellen Albanese

Tavern on a Wharf / $$ The waterfront restaurant’s ambience is infrequent with an superb flair. PEI mussels are a juicy starter. There’s lots to select from on a unchanging menu, from fisherman’s platter to mac cheese. But a rotating special menu offers adult treats like grilled white marlin. 6 Town Wharf, Plymouth, 508-927-4961, tavernonthewharf.com— Paul Kandarian

The Townshend / $$$ They’re critical about tolerable fishing here. But that doesn’t meant fish is a usually thing they serve. The “rustic American” menus are tiny and good considered. Fare includes good finished informed dishes like cheeseburgers, hanger steak, and gnocchi. Pan-seared fish was another new standout. 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, 617-481-9694, thetownshend.com — Joan Wilder 

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