Best of Boston

2011 Best Romantic Restaurant, Upscale

Hungry Mother

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 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.

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