The 50 Best Restaurants 2009

Ranked like you’ve never seen restaurants ranked before.

Best Dish?

If we’d applied our rankings methodology to dishes instead of restaurants, what would have come out on top? We’d put our money on No. 9 Park’s famous prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras, which must be the most uniformly gushed-over order in the city:

“Pure bliss.” —The Phantom Gourmet

“I have dreams about it.” —Yelp

“To die for.” —Zagat

“Humble gnocchi never had it so good.” —Boston Herald

“Irresistible.” —Boston magazine

“I’d rather have a T-bone than a filet any day, especially my last one…but I’m not sure what I’d actually ask for if my time were up. I might go highbrow and demand No. 9 Park’s prune gnocchi.” —Boston Globe

“OMG. SO yummy!” —Chowhound


  • Anonymous

    just go have dinner – don't try to impress everyone with your bad usage of "BIG" words

  • F

    just go have dinner – stop trying to impress us
    with your BAD usage of what you think are BIG words

  • Anonymous
  • Kaitie

    Why are there so many places listed here that have closed within the last year? Without even an asterisk noting that they are no longer open? This is misleading to people who don’t follow the Boston food scene closely.

  • Jamie

    Duly Noted. We just made the adjustments on the 2009 version. The latest issue on newsstands (January), has the 2010 Best Restaurants feature, Where to Eat Now