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BEST New Restaurant

2012 BEST New Restaurant, South
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Wahlburgers

Hingham

Too often, South Shore diners are stuck in that wasteland between kid-friendly chains and adult-only, white-tablecloth restaurants. Enter Wahlburgers, the brainchild of chef Paul Wahlberg. From classic double cheeseburgers to creative specialty sandwiches (like the “Thanksgiving,” with ground turkey, stuffing,… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, West

80 Thoreau

Concord

City dwellers happily hop the Fitchburg line to the Concord Depot train station and head directly upstairs to the impeccable 80 Thoreau, where chef Carolyn Johnson (formerly of Rialto) cooks up some of the most consistently well-executed farm-to-table fare around,… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Cape Cod

Fin

Dennis

The romance started with a rich local-oyster-and-bacon chowder with chive and truffle oil. Then came the scallops with oyster mushrooms, asparagus, pancetta, pea shoots, and chive béarnaise, and then the organic beef special with ramps and shiitakes. By the time… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company

Martha's Vineyard

When J. B. Blau, owner of Sharky’s Cantina, won the island chowder cookoff two years ago, he celebrated by opening a seafood-focused eatery with chef Alex Nagi. Located in the heart of Oak Bluffs, the laid-back spot has been packing… read more»

2011 BEST New Restaurant

Bondir

Cambridge

Since chef Jason Bond opened the doors last fall, the applause for Bondir hasn’t let up. Now, nine months and zero missteps later, he gets another voice added to the gushing chorus: ours. His menus, which change every day, are… read more»

2009 BEST New Restaurant, South
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Orta

Pembroke

Last fall the splashy new Hingham Shipyard looked primed to become the region’s next dining sensation, boasting upcoming ventures by boldface chefs Paul Wahlberg and Esti Parsons. But an unassuming Pembroke strip mall has stolen some of its thunder with… read more»

2009 BEST New Restaurant, West

Il Casale

Belmont

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: City chef heads to the ‘burbs, ditches fine dining for comfort fare, and watches culture-starved locals pour in. Original or not, we’re smitten with Il Casale, which opened this spring in Belmont’s… read more»

2008 BEST New Restaurant, South

Lynwood Café

Randolph

Lean, yeasty crust dotted with a few rounds of mozzarella is not what you’ll find at Lynwood Café; A South Shore specialty, ‘bar pizza’ trades on piles of gooey cheese and rich, fatty dough, and this Randolph dive serves the… read more»

2007 BEST New Restaurant

O Ya

Boston

Calling a restaurant “very New York” may not be a politically correct compliment in these parts. And yet, the label fits. With its sleek design, sake sommelier, and mind-blowing food (we’ve heard at least one diner, upon sampling the foie… read more»

2007 BEST New Restaurant, Berkshires

Allium

Great Barrington

These days it’s the rare restaurant debut that doesn’t try to attract diners with hard-to-pronounce entrées and ‘inventive’ food pairings. But chef Joe Nastro’s New American spot at the tip of Railroad Street plays it straight. Servers wind through the… read more»