Best of Boston

2012 Best Central Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Miracle of Science

Appropriately enough, given its Cambridge locale, this place revels in its nerdiness. The seats are lab stools, wine is served in beakers, and the menu is plastered on a huge chalk-drawn periodic table—yet the vibe is somehow hip. We like to go late on weekend nights for the terrific burgers and meat skewers—and the great people watching afforded by the massive queue from Middlesex that snakes by Miracle’s giant windows.

321 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-868-2866,