This is down-home cooking Middle Eastern-style, but the Armenians also love it. Try baked salmon with tahini, with a side of cracked wheat. 600 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA .
If every neighborhood had a John Vyhnanek, chef and owner of the Harvard Street Grill, nobody would ever eat at home. 398 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA .
Emerson College's renovation of the old Majestic Theater into a home for its Actor's Enclave, a group of Broadway actors/teachers.
A veritable institution. We hope that it can maintain its position following the death of George Gloss in June. 9 West St., Boston, MA .
The Mexican restaurant's adjoining taqueria bags up memorably spicy burritos, tacos, and guacamole—everything needed for an at-home fiesta. 1 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA 2215, lavdadtaqueria.com.
Big, fat and juicy—the sort of burgers that made America the home of the brave. 5 Charles St. South, Boston, MA .
(Fooled you again, right?) With Kevin McHale a worthy runner-up.
Better than home. Each stall is a spacious 5'9" by 5'9". Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA .
Good mole sauce, good salsa, good sangria, and a pleasant setting. 914A Beacon St., Boston, MA .
These wonderful imports from France combine no-nonsense comfort (as corrugated latex flexible soles) with easy understated style to make their own kind of fashion statement. 314 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Five to seven varieties, with names like Blueberry Pear, Cranberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter, Lemon Poppyseed, and Whole Wheat Apple. 535 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA .
Home of the new Italian cuisine in Boston. Actually, the location leaves a little (well, a lot) to be desired in terms of ambience. But the food more than compensates. North Market Bldg., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA .
Save yourself the T fare: The stylish gathering spot, a magnet for young commuters, can hold its own against big-city bars. 14 Birch St., Roslindale, MA 2131, .
The rendezvous of the city's money men. From here, they can gaze pridefully on their greatest accomplishment—the eradication of the West End—and hopefully on their next greatest—the eradication of the North End. 60 State St., Boston, MA .