Best of Boston

BEST Bistro

2003 BEST Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

From the second the linen hits your lap to the last spoonful of velvety chocolate dessert soup, Salts is a downright lovely experience. Before that soup, though, comes everything else: the warm, chewy, promptly delivered potato bread, the educated and… read more »

2001 BEST Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

In a fiercely competitive category, Salts takes the cake for its extraordinary Eastern European-accented appetizers (chive pierogies with sweet Maine lobster, smoked paprika-fired gypsy bundles); its friendly, informed waitstaff; and its insanely decadent chocolate soup dessert. Entrées—both fish and meat—are… read more »

2001 BEST Bistro, West

Fava

Needham

You’ll find this rustic little eatery still packed at 9:30 p.m., when the rest of suburbia has settled in for the night. And no wonder: with spot-on, welcoming service and simple but exceptional dishes like maple-glazed pork chop with buttermilk… read more »

2000 BEST Bistro

Chez Henri

Cambridge

“French with a Cuban twist” is how chef/owner Paul O’Connell describes his Cambridge eatery. We say twist away, especially if that means more Cuban sandwiches (pork three ways, cornichon cheese and vegetables grilled into a melty, crunchy, stick-to-your-ribs meal), conch… read more »

1999 BEST Bistro, French

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro

Boston

Even if the food wasn’t great (which it is), Les Zyg would lure diners with its low-key atmosphere: light jazz playing background to friendly conversation, exposed-brick walls hung with vintage posters—all in the tradition of a bistro. Now add great… read more »

1998 BEST Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

Salts is a great little bistro, the kind of place you want to have in your neighborhood. It says welcome, have a seat, relax, and —most of all— have some great food. We love a smoked-salmon sausage serves with fiddleheads… read more »

1997 BEST Bistro, French

Les Zygomates

Boston

What might have seemed cutting-edge a couple years ago, now feels downright cozy. “Les Zyg,” once the urban pioneer of the Leather District, continues to out-do its newer neighbors with a wide range of wines by the glass, and a… read more »

1996 BEST Bistro, French

Cafe Celador

Cambridge

A charming little neighborhood find, where chef Patrick Noe parlays his Perpignan roots into an authentic, inventive melange of the sunny cuisine of southern France, fresh ingredients, and a modern sense of style. read more »

1996 BEST Bistro, Suburban

Pomme Frite

Chestnut Hill

We’ve always loved the frites—especially the sweet potato wedges with the peanut dipping sauce—but the new Belgian spin on the menu—plus the all-you-can-eat mussels on Monday nights makes this several cuts above your standard suburban hangout. read more »

1995 BEST Bistro

Les Zygomates

Boston

When Cossack soldiers, roaming the streets of occupied Paris in 1815, wanted drinks in a hurry, they’d snap, “Bistro, bistro!” (quick, quick). Given the circumstances, you can be sure the help hustled. These days, fast service is still expected in… read more »