Best of Boston

BEST Inman Square Restaurant

2012 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

East by Northeast

Cambridge

Known for applying his French training to Chinese cuisine, chef Phillip Tang makes his phenomenal noodles in house, and infuses his inventive menu with seasonal bites like pork-and-fiddlehead shumai and steamed hake with house-cured prosciutto. Yet East by Northeast remains… read more»

2011 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Casual
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Tupelo

Cambridge

Down-home, classic southern food is what pulls locals through Tupelo’s doors, and the rustic charm and hospitality are what keep them at the table—downing andouille-and-okra-flecked gumbo and plates of fried oysters. Oh, and those folks wandering in after 9 p.m…. read more»

2010 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

The Druid

Cambridge

The good folks of Cambridge have been keeping a secret: a food-focused Irish pub with soul-soothing shepherd’s pie and a spiced burger that lands someplace between meatloaf and heaven. The Druid even has prices that can turn the area’s artists… read more»

2009 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Tupelo

Cambridge

Fun as it is to play hooky from the world at a cool, insidery haunt, at some point you need to get along home, culinarily speaking. And ringing that get-your-butt-in-here-for-supper bell with both hands is Tupelo, a southern joint that… read more»

2005 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

B-Side Lounge

Cambridge

When you order a bottle of hefeweizen at the B-Side, your tattooed waitress pours it for you at your table—slooowly, to minimize the foam—with the know-how of a tuxedo sommelier. That’s the kind of thing that repeat patrons have come… read more»

2004 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

Cambridge

It could be the regular eruptions of the volcano in the Lava Lounge. Or the Sunday morning brunch, complete with a make-your-own-bloody mary bar. It could be the open kitchen jumping with live fire and young chefs wrangling large pieces… read more»

2003 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

Cambridge

Celebrated grill god Chris Schlesinger’s Inman Square spot is its own Cambridge institution—part community hangout, part nationally known restaurant, part vacation. Wild décor (from the blackboard that shouts daily fresh fish specials to the kitschy “live volcano”) and even wilder… read more»

2002 BEST Inman Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

Cambridge

When spice-loving Cantabrigians need an endorphin rush, they flock to this loud, high-energy Inman Square favorite, where spicy seafood, barbecued meats, and international specialties meet their match over chef/owner Chris Schlesinger’s grill. With fiery menu items like jerk duck leg… read more»