Best of Boston

2011 BEST Coolidge Corner Restaurant, Casual

Cognac Bistro

Who knew a gas station could be so appealingly reborn as a restaurant? And yet, all of Brookline seems to be angling for a seat at this new bistro. Its classic French dishes teem with fresh, local seafood and sustainably raised ingredients (the mussels escargot and house-made gnocchi are particular coups). Bonus points for the occasional $1 oyster specials and first-rate desserts.

455 Harvard St. Brookline 617-232-5800

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