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Best New Restaurant

2013 Best New Restaurant, Cape Cod

Local Break

Eastham isn't flashy, and neither is Local Break. That's exactly why it's been drawing loyal crowds since opening last year. It serves sports-bar basics, but [...] read more»
2013 Best New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Lucky Hank’s

You'll feel like guests at a neighbor's summer home here. The dining room is a screened-in back porch with pillow-covered bench seats and mismatched silverware, [...] read more»
2013 Best New Restaurant, Nantucket


Here's a new island tradition: Disembark at Straight Wharf and make a beeline to Cru. This swish, year-old spot, decked out in striped pillows and [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, South


Too often, South Shore diners are stuck in that wasteland between kid-friendly chains and adult-only, white-tablecloth restaurants. Enter Wahlburgers, the brainchild of chef Paul Wahlberg. [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, West

80 Thoreau

City dwellers happily hop the Fitchburg line to the Concord Depot train station and head directly upstairs to the impeccable 80 Thoreau, where chef Carolyn [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant


We knew that Jody Adams had it in her to open another outstanding restaurant. And now that we've enjoyed the bold, world-inspired cuisine at Trade, [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, Cape Cod


The romance started with a rich local-oyster-and-bacon chowder with chive and truffle oil. Then came the scallops with oyster mushrooms, asparagus, pancetta, pea shoots, and [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company

Martha's Vineyard
When J. B. Blau, owner of Sharky's Cantina, won the island chowder cookoff two years ago, he celebrated by opening a seafood-focused eatery with chef [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, Nantucket


This welcome newcomer was opened last year by the owners of the popular Nantucket spot Lola 41. Lamb meatballs with hummus and yogurt sauce, and [...] read more»
2012 Best New Restaurant, North

Red Lulu

On any given Saturday night at this new venture from the team behind Back Bay hot spot Lolita, well-dressed revelers have their pick of 180 [...] read more»
2011 Best New Restaurant


Since chef Jason Bond opened the doors last fall, the applause for Bondir hasn't let up. Now, nine months and zero missteps later, he gets [...] read more»
2009 Best New Restaurant, South


Last fall the splashy new Hingham Shipyard looked primed to become the region's next dining sensation, boasting upcoming ventures by boldface chefs Paul Wahlberg and [...] read more»
2009 Best New Restaurant, West

Il Casale

Stop us if you've heard this one before: City chef heads to the 'burbs, ditches fine dining for comfort fare, and watches culture-starved locals pour [...] read more»
2008 Best New Restaurant, South

Lynwood Café

Lean, yeasty crust dotted with a few rounds of mozzarella is not what you'll find at Lynwood Café; A South Shore specialty, 'bar pizza' trades [...] read more»
2007 Best New Restaurant, Berkshires


Great Barrington
These days it's the rare restaurant debut that doesn't try to attract diners with hard-to-pronounce entrées and 'inventive' food pairings. But chef Joe Nastro's New [...] read more»