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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.


The Ultimate Guide to Boston Brunch

The top spots around town for the most important meal of the week, whether you’re looking for a cozy neighborhood spot, an ultra-glam way to keep the weekend going, or a buffet with a side of jazz.

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Iggy’s Team Plans a Cozy, Croissant-Filled Café in Cambridge

The local bread mainstay will open a sibling spot in Huron Village, featuring a fireplace—and a few weekly nights of wine, beer, and snacks.

Three mini cheeseburgers topped with a tomato sauce and basil are displayed on a plate with a glass of rose to the side.

Barlette, a BYOB Bar, Is Coming to Brookline Soon

Aiming for a February opening, it’s the sibling and neighbor to the award-winning BYOB restaurant Cobble.

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10 New Boston Cafés and Bakeries We Loved in 2022

For lingering over a sweet treat in a welcoming space, grabbing a strong cup of something caffeinated on the run, or breaking bread with friends, here are the new cafés and bakeries we adored in 2022. (Plus, four notable expansions and revamps.)

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13 New Boston Bars We Loved in 2022

Theatrical cocktails, a cozy sake nook, an all-local public market bar, and more: We adored having a drink at this year’s excellent new spots. (Plus, eight notable expansions and revamps.)

Two pieces of fish with the tails on are garnished with crushed nuts and sit on greens in a red curry-style broth.

15 New Full-Service Boston Restaurants We Loved in 2022

For date nights, long meals in cozy dining rooms, and multi-course feasts, these are the new full-service restaurants that wowed us in 2022. (Plus, 17 notable expansions and revamps.)

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12 New Fast-Casual Boston Restaurants We Loved in 2022

For a low-key date, lunch on the go, some quick—but excellent—sustenance amid the hustle and bustle of life, these are the new counter-service spots that excited us in 2022, whether for takeout and delivery or no-frills dine-in. (Plus, eight notable expansions and revamps.)

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87 New Boston Restaurants, Bars, Cafés, and Bakeries We Loved in 2022

It was a really good year for eating in Greater Boston. Here are our top picks among the year’s newcomers.

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Boston’s Queen of Pretzel Croissants Is Back

Rae the Baker has resurfaced at True Grounds, a café in Somerville’s Ball Square, and you’re going to want to line up for these exceptional baked goods.


Pizza Party!

How many pizza styles have you tried? Where to find the top varieties around town.

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Shy Bird Opens in South Boston

Plus, Simcha is reopening, the Dogwood is closing, and more Boston-area food news.

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Nantucket Continues Its Takeover of the Seaport with the Expansion of Stubbys

The all-day Nantucket restaurant plans to open a Boston location in spring 2023.

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Laughing Monk Cafe’s Expansion to Allston Showcases Northeastern Thailand’s Fiery Cuisine

The menu at the tiny new location, now open in the former S&I Thai space, features dishes from the Isan region.

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Hallelujah, Eastern Standard Is Making a Comeback

Plus, restaurateur Frank DePasquale has a couple of new projects up his sleeve, there’s a new Anna’s Taqueria in town, and more local food news.

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Three Holiday Pop-Ups to Visit at Boston-Area Bars This Month

Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter vibes with decorations and themed cocktails galore.