Best of Boston

2024 Best Comeback


Boston lost many restaurants to COVID, but few closings caused more anguish for local foodies than the loss of Garrett Harker’s Kenmore Square trio: beloved brasserie Eastern Standard, New England seafood spot Island Creek Oyster Bar, and peerless speakeasy the Hawthorne. Thus the hallelujahs from food geeks, cocktail mavens, and Fenway bound fans alike when a reborn Eastern Standard and the Hawthorne-like Equal Measure opened less than a half-mile from the stomping grounds of their former incarnations. Who says you can’t go home again?

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