Best of Boston 2009

North End to South Shore, East Boston to MetroWest. We made a lot of stops in our hunt for the finest of everything the Hub has to offer, an annual quest that we took in a whole new direction this year (see “How We Did It”). And now, 12 months, hundreds of miles, and about a gazillion calories later, our Best of Boston journey has finally ended. Yours, however, is just getting started.


Dining Winners

Dining: Singular Sensations

Dining: Food Pros

Dining: Cravings

Dining: Bang for Your Buck

Dining: Neighborhood Dining


Shopping Winners

Shopping: Singular Sensations

Shopping: Bang for Your Buck

Shopping: Kids’ Stuff


Service Winners

Service: Singular Sensations

Service: Hair Pros

Service: Bang for Your Buck


Nightlife Winners

Nightlife: Singular Sensations

Nightlife: Pickup Bars


Suburbs Winners






Haven’t heard the word “transparency” this year? Good–because that’s what this edition of the Best of Boston is all about. Our team of expert judges selected winners based on months of browsing, buying, primping, gorging, and partying (it’s research, people); as proof, in the pages ahead you’ll find more analysis and evidence of our pavement-pounding than ever before. In another enlightenment-boosting move, we’re calling out both runners-up and previous honorees for the first time. And this year, city limits are no boundary to the best: If a place is outside Boston, but serves up, say, the most blazingly tasty Szechwan in the land (See Best of Boston 2009 Chinese), it earned a place on our honor roll.

Contributors: J. Kenji Alt, Alison Arnett, Matthew Reed Baker, Rachel Baker, Elizabeth Bomze, Jamie Coelho, Annie B. Copps, Geoffrey Gagnon, Donna Garlough, Sascha de Gersdorff, Alyssa Giacobbe, Jolyon Helterman, Brittany Jasnoff, J.L. Johnson, Charles Kelsey, Paul Kix, Rachel Levitt, Wyndham Lewis, Erin Byers Murray, Jeremy Savlen, Jason Schwartz, Francis Storrs, Brigid Sweeney, Amy Traverso

Go on to the next page or click the links above to see the awards…


  • frederick

    spanish octopus, hearts of palm, greek sardines, pacific fish with avocado & citrus on everything? If that's local I'll eat my hat. The PR marketing machine is local though…

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