Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant

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 »

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Nantucket

Pazzo

Nantucket

This welcome newcomer was opened last year by the owners of the popular Nantucket spot Lola 41. Lamb meatballs with hummus and yogurt sauce, and white bean purée topped with crispy ham make for excellent starters, followed by the house… read more »

2012 BEST New Restaurant, North

Red Lulu

Salem

On any given Saturday night at this new venture from the team behind Back Bay hot spot Lolita, well-dressed revelers have their pick of 180 supremely sippable tequilas and a bevy of whimsical cocktails and margaritas. Fortunately, the inspired Mexican… read more »

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 »

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, West

51 Lincoln

Newton Highlands

Make sure you get the watermelon steak with confit tomatoes. Or no, wait: You’ve gotta taste the romaine salad with made-to-order croutons—the greatest thing to happen to the caesar since anchovies. In fact, nearly everything—starting with the appetizer of a… read more »

2007 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

The Sweet Life Café

Oak Bluffs

This year French-American husband-and-wife team Pierre and Susan Guerin revamped the menu and ratcheted up the service at their Oak Bluffs café, effecting a vast improvement on what was already a pretty sweet place. Vegetarians enthuse over the meaty wild… read more »