Editor's Letter: August 2007

By James Burnett | Boston Magazine |

As a rule, we don’t divulge which editor picked a particular Best of Boston winner, but I’m going to make an exception here: One of the categories I called dibs on, and one of the more than 140 new categories we added to this year’s honor roll, was best street food. And, well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the sorties to vendors across the city, or the multiple trips to the MIT food trucks—the excuse to hit those entries on my must-try list was a big motivator for nabbing the assignment. What I didn’t anticipate (though really should have) was how nerve-racking it would be to pare down so many diverse contenders to a single, ultimate winner.

Everyone in our editorial department has a story like that. Spending months narrowing the field, then going back to the finalists as often as necessary to render a fully informed pick, is just part of the Best Of judging process—which, though officially running from January up to the publication of this issue, in reality never really stops: We’re out there hunting down our city’s and region’s superlative offerings year round. Of course, amid all the eating, browsing, and intrepid spa and salon hopping, we’re always on the prowl for great stories, too. And if you’ll forgive the immodesty: Lordy, do we have some blockbusters for you this month. Contributing editor John Sedgwick’s chronicling of the blood feud between Liko Kenney and police Corporal Bruce McKay is a certifiable page-turner—and in its insightful reporting, a real eye-opener, too. Senior writer John Gonzalez’s dispatch on Rich “El Guapo” Garces’s comeback bid vividly captures a pitcher who’s lost some of his stuff on the mound but, fortunately, none of his colossal goofiness. Finally, there’s associate editor Jason Feifer’s “Duck, Duck…Lawsuit!” which wades into the surprisingly contentious business of Boston’s iconic duck boats.

By the way, you’ll find my street food pick at [insert URL]. If you think we ought to check out your favorite cart or canteen truck for next year’s list, or have any nominations to offer at all, don’t hesitate to let us know at editor@bostonmagazine.com: By the time you read this, we’ll already be gearing up for Best of Boston 2008.