Best of Boston

1998 Best Lunch, Casual

Claremont Cafe

Who says good restaurants have to be fancy? Fine, fresh ingredients and a smart, eclectic, carefully thought-out menu are the secrets to what is basically a terrific neighborhood joint. Reasonably priced, too. As a litmus test, try their fabulous crab cakes.

535 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-247-9001,