Sometimes the best way to the heart is with food from the heart, and that’s exactly what Hungry Mother’s Barry Maiden delivers. A Virginia native, he injects southern flavors into French-bistro-inspired cooking, resulting in such genius creations as catfish pecan meunière and grilled Rhode Island squid with hominy and peppers. The restaurant’s flickering candles, high-octane cocktails, and shareable desserts? If you weren’t already smitten, they’ll do the trick.
Hungry Mother | 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, MA | 617-499-0090 | http://www.hungrymothercambridge.com