Best of Boston 2009
Brunch here means towering bloody marys and impudently strong mimosas, which, when paired with the thumping playlist, can turn early birds into party animals. 1525 Washington St., Boston, 617-247-7747, bostonstella.com.
Nothing knocks the starch out of a New Englander like boiled Virginia peanuts, grits with ham and cheese, and—ah, yes—16-year-old bourbon. 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, 617-499-0090, hungrymothercambridge.com.
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Dribbling during dinner provides the perfect excuse to troll the designer threads (tops by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, dresses by McQ) at in-house boutique Achilles. 283 Summer St., Boston, 617-695-2257, achilles-project.com.
This cozy eatery is worth the drive for flavor-packed nacho platters, portobello-and-walnut "meetballs," and raw apple and pecan pies (you’ll never miss the oven). 294 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-922-0004, organicgardencafe.com.
At the flagship of this farmstand/gourmet grocery, load up on homey staples like cardamom-ginger gelato and organic ramps while listening to the locals jawboning over fair-trade French roast. 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-1700, cityfeedandsupply.com.