Best of Boston

2008 Best Restaurant Comeback

Hungry Mother

How we grieved when Alon Munzer and Rachel Miller Munzer shuttered their popular Rachel’s Kitchen last year. The Bay Village café (now reopened under new ownership) was our go-to for morning coffee and midday lobster rolls, served hot with drawn butter and chives. But as they say, when one bistro closes, another one opens, and the couple’s new Kendall Square eatery was worth the wait. Chef-partner Barry Maiden plates up inspired French-southern dishes in a space that has the same congenial air that won Rachel’s its many loyalists.

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, 617-499-0090,