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Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Food Editor

Rachel has been covering the Boston-area restaurant scene in various capacities since 2008, including nine years as editor of Eater Boston. A Massachusetts native, she currently resides in Medford with her husband, toddler, cats, and too many plants. When not writing about food, she's playing music or buying yet another cookbook she'll never use.

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Beyond the Top 50: Let’s Do Brunch

Every big night out is followed by the morning—make it count at one of these top spots.

Two white bowls sit on a pale green tray, one featuring thick noodle rolls with fish balls and a swoosh of sriracha, the other with chopped cucumbers.

Beyond the Top 50: Casual Faves

When we’re not splurging on a big night out, you’ll find us ordering up low-key meals at these classics.


The Top 50 Restaurants in Boston

Our annual field-tested, scrupulously vetted, and deeply opinionated ranking of the best places to eat right now in Boston and beyond.

A white bowl is full of clams, artichokes, a creamy broth, and lightly browned monkfish filets.

The Best Restaurants in Harvard Square

Graduate from ho-hum meals to A-plus soufflé pancakes and masterful bowls of ramen.

Sliced rare steak sits in a pool of brown sauce, with a side of creamy spinach.

Mida’s Douglass Williams Opens a French Restaurant in the Fenway

DW French is going to warm up winter with French onion soup, steak frites, and charming hospitality.

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Moon Bar, a Casual Offshoot to Elegant Restaurant Mooncusser, Opens in Back Bay

The high-energy street-level bar features dishes and drinks with lively, globally inspired flavors.

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Where to Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Dishes and Drinks around Boston

It’s that time of the year again, when autumn’s most ubiquitous spice blend has come out to play.

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In Praise of Eventide Fenway’s Brown Butter Triple-Threat

Accompany that famous lobster roll with brown butter soft serve and a brown butter Old Fashioned for an especially delicious treat.

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It’s Eastern Standard Time: The Iconic Restaurant Has Been Reborn

The new Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks debuts October 12, a short walk away from its original Kenmore-transforming location.


The Most Beautiful Restaurants in Boston

They’re packed with bold furnishings, lush greenery, and luxe designs—and, oh yeah, the food’s pretty great, too.

Black Sheep Bagel Cafe Cambridge bagel sandwiches and coffee

Where to Find the Best Bagels in Boston Right Now

Whether they’re onion, garlic, or Cajun-spice flavored, these fresh-baked bagels are everything.

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Acclaimed Providence Bagel Shop Rebelle Is Coming to Cambridge

Plus, restaurateur Ken Oringer and pastry chef Monica Glass have a Central Square bakery and café in the works.


The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Salem, Massachusetts Right Now

From sit-down dining to taprooms to candy stores, here’s how to make the most of your Salem trip, in October or otherwise.

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El Tacuba, an Ode to Home-Cooking in Veracruz, Arrives in Medford Square

The long-planned Tenoch sibling is about to open its doors.


Where to Find the Top Cider Doughnuts at Greater Boston Farms and Orchards

Head to these local spots for the tasty fall staple this season.