Best of Boston

2011 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Casual

Met Back Bay

The first downtown outpost of the suburban Met chain provides a something-for-everyone experience with an expansive menu, excellent drinks, and just a bit of sparkle. The kitchen doesn’t break many rules, gastronomically speaking, but delivers basics—clam chowder, mac and cheese—done well, along with a few twists (think cedar-miso salmon or Scituate-lobster-and-cheddar dip). And did we mention the ham and cheese bar?

279 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-267-0451,