Best of Boston

Best Lunch

2011 Best Lunch

Hot Dog Annie’s

It's hard to place the exact ingredients that make up the house signature sauce—an addictive barbecue-onion mixture that has led generations to this off-the-beaten-track hot [...] read more»
2008 Best Lunch, On the Go


Why any working stiff would settle for a sack of flavorless fast food when Chacarero now has two downtown locations is beyond comprehension. The freshly [...] read more»
2008 Best Lunch

La Voile

Shame on us Americans, keeping lunch penned up in cubicles and break rooms, starved of any real pleasure. The midday meal is entitled to some [...] read more»
2007 Best Lunch, Berkshires

Great Barrington Bagel Company

Great Barrington
The best bagels north of New York come in a dozen flavors at Marvin and Judy Lieberman's indoor-outdoor bagelry. There are also 17 spreads made [...] read more»
2007 Best Lunch, Nantucket

Something Natural

Gigantic sandwich? Or gigantic cookie? Such are the tough choices at Something Natural, an out-of-the-way eatery with a fiercely loyal following. Meals can be brown-bagged [...] read more»
2007 Best Lunch, Martha's Vineyard

Slice of Life

Oak Bluffs
Though some of us may wish otherwise, island eating is not, in fact, limited to fried sea-things. Set back from the fray of Oak Bluffs' [...] read more»
2007 Best Lunch, Cape Cod

The Beacon Room

Vacationers can play it two ways as they settle into this welcoming, wood-filled space for a midday meal: fuel up for an afternoon of high-impact [...] read more»
2006 Best Lunch, Berkshires

Jonathan’s Casual Cuisine

It's a rare country cafe that has cross-demographic appeal. Somehow, the Source pulls it off. Maybe the vegan bacon and organic tofu are the common [...] read more»
2006 Best Lunch, Nantucket


Its name may sound utilitarian, but don't be fooled. This homey café makes the most tempting sandwiches on the island, like the aptly named Turkey [...] read more»
2006 Best Lunch, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard
The ArtCliff is no theme diner. This place is the real thing: Cupcakes and pies sit temptingly under glass; 1940s ads for $1.25 boiled dinners [...] read more»
2006 Best Lunch, Cape Cod

Blue Willow Fine Foods and Bakery

Save the formal service and immaculate silverware for your power lunches in the city. On the Cape, you want to grab something fast and friendly—and [...] read more»
2000 Best Lunch, Business

Brasserie Jo

Not only is the airy, spacious feel of this Alsatian bistro a great atmosphere in which to conduct business, but the lunch menu is a [...] read more»
1999 Best Lunch, Business


A genuine Brahmin throwback from the setting to the food, Locke-Ober is an enclave of mahogany and red velvet. A quiet place to talk, it [...] read more»
1998 Best Lunch, Elegant

Cafe Louis

We thought we had lost this place after Michael Schlow split. But it's back with a vengeance. The folks from Providence's Al Forno have moved [...] read more»
1998 Best Lunch, Casual

Claremont Cafe

Who says good restaurants have to be fancy? Fine, fresh ingredients and a smart, eclectic, carefully thought-out menu are the secrets to what is basically [...] read more»