Best of Boston

2023 Best New Restaurant

Comfort Kitchen

This sparkling 2023 addition to Upham’s Corner is appropriately named: You’ll leave feeling comforted and cared for with a belly full of rich Senegalese chicken stew, or savory brown-butter trout punched up with an herby chimichurri. Highlighting these dishes and more — with ingredients from jackfruit to jerk seasoning — Comfort Kitchen’s menu expertly trots the globe, pulling in wide-ranging influences from the African diaspora. The ambitious team has dreams of this restaurant serving as a community hub, and it’s easy to see how they’ll succeed.

611 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, 617-329-6910,