Best of Boston

2012 Best Brookline Restaurant, Neighborhood

The Abbey

When we’re hung over, the Abbey’s gooey flatbreads are a delicious remedy. When we’re seeking a light supper, small plates like the duck-and-scallion rangoons (pictured) and grilled caesar salad satisfy. And when we’re looking to unwind after a long workday, the meaty bison Bolognese, paired with a refreshing “Abbey” julep, produces a positively soporific effect. This Washington Square hangout knows its crowd—frequently by name—which makes for the ultimate in casual, comforting dining.

1657 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-730-8040,