The menu of pizza, salads, and one dessert may sound like no great shakes, but at Cambridge, 1, a devotion to simplicity makes the food soar. Said pizzas are extra-thin-and-crispy ovals topped with flavor-packed ingredients that range from basic tomato and garlic to sliced and truffled mashed potatoes with Fontina and Parmesan, a combination known to make diners close their eyes and savor the moment. 27 Church St., Cambridge, MA cambridge1.us/.
At least four different seasonal soups made form scratch every day, as well as chili, chowder, triple—strength chicken vegetable soup, and a range of appealing salads make this a popular destination among Brookline's lunch seekers. We loved the root vegetable for gloomy days, the chilled wild berry for sunny ones. A perfect takeout idea for dinner when packed to travel. And their Soup-o-Gram is just the ticket for friends who are under the weather. 2-4 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA .
Among those who've been in at one time or another: Joe Kennedy, George Bachrach, Jim Roosevelt, Mel King, Tom Gallagher, Carla Johnston, Tom Vallely, Jim Spiegel, Clark Abt. Midlred Jefferson, Robert Cappucci, Bill Galvin, Richard Black, Vin McCarthy, Joe Markey, Jon Hillson, Markham Lyons, and Bob O'Connell.
For too long, having great hair has meant one thing: going to a salon in the city. No longer. The team at Maxime's has perfected hair colors that can hit high notes from spun gold to glossy platinum, or deeper shades of auburn, chestnut, and chocolatey brown. On the cutting end, the styles range from funky and urbane to polished and preppy, but are always ultra-precise. 124 Washington St., Norwell, MA .
In his newly renovated restaurant, chef Franck Tessier serves extraordinary French cuisine including goat cheese—and—portobello timbale, scallops with saffron risotto, and chicken fricassée. Guests sit in one of three tasteful dining rooms, and pastry chef (and Tessier's wife) Rachel Portnoy makes a hot chocolate mousse and a banana toffee tart that are sweet bliss. 150 Main St., Lee, MA cheznousbistro.com/.
Nothing disappoints like a colorist who listens to your needs, then executes an entirely different shade. Swear off such nasty surprises by enlisting Ronit Enos to help your hair. Her expert team does an exhaustive preprocess consultation with every client before creating intricate highlights and lustrous glazes. The only surprise here is a pleasant one: how natural your hair looks afterward. 124 Washington St., Norwell, MA maximesalon.com/.
At first it's easy to overlook the Red Rock's first-class food in favor of the sweeping sea and city skyline views. But one nibble of owners Paul and Louise Petersiel's properly prepared fare will have you back at the table and concentrating on your plate. Grilled pizzas, seared scallops, and a thoughtful wine selection round things out at this comfortable, kick-back-and-relax ocean-side bistro. 141 Humphrey St., Swampscott, MA redrockbistro.com/.
Technically speaking, Alma Nove is a restaurant. But why quibble? There are only so many places where you can sit outside next to a giant fire pit, sip a well-crafted cocktail, and look out over the bay—and this Wahlberg-family-owned spot is one of them. If you just can't miss the Sox game, head inside. The bar is long and armed with two 50-inch TVs. 22 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, MA almanovehingham.com.
The folks at Ginza in Chinatown and Brookline have brought high-quality Japanese food one step closer to the suburbs with a new Watertown location. The ultrafresh sushi and sashimi make us weak in the knees, but if you're still reluctant to wrap your mind around the raw fish thing, there are plenty of broiled fish, teriyaki, and noodle entrées to sink your chopsticks into. Vegetarians will be delighted, too. 63-65 Galen St., Watertown, MA newginzaboston.com/.
Arguably too popular for its own good, O'Hara's sees some borderline ridiculous competition for tables on busy nights. It's not hard to see why: The lively atmosphere, tasty fare, delicious drinks, and easygoing scene encourage chats with old friends and meetings with new ones. If you can't stomach the wait for a table, dive in, snag a seat at the bar, and just enjoy the social swirl around you. 1185 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, MA oharas.us/.
Every Thursday afternoon in the summer, locals from surrounding South Shore towns converge at this piece of green for one purpose: to buy super-fresh produce. The selection—brilliant green herbs, a slew of greens, bright red peppers—is outstanding, as are the breads and pastries. You can even pick up some handmade crafts, from woven wreaths to rustic pottery, on your way back to your car. Cohasset Common, Cohasset, MA cohassetfarmersmarket.com/.
When restauranteurs like Gordon Hamersley, Barbara Lynch, or Frank McClelland order fish, they call Kim Marden's wholesale operation. But the pros aren't the only ones Marden's supplies. Amateur cooks can also get the and freshest fish by heading west to Marden's Wellesley retail shop for a dizzying selection of grilled wonders and shelled delicacies. Squamish about cooking fish? In the adjacent restaurant, there's a vast selection of fresh and frozen appetizers and entrées, and soups and sandwiches made to order. The stuffed lobster rules. 279 Linden St., Wellesley, MA captainmardens.com/.
Few actors have made such an impact in one season as Davenport did from 2010 to 2011, and he did so by playing a trio of distinctly different fathers: In the Huntington's Vengeance Is the Lord's, he grieved for a murdered son; in the BCA's caustic satire Neighbors, he played the husband in a multiracial family; in the Lyric Stage's Broke-ology, he transformed himself from an '80s-era patriarch to a present-day invalid suffering from MS. Daddy issues? Not this guy. johnnyleedavenport.com.
So it's one-tenth the size of a Lowe's. So what? Yumont still has everything a do-it-yourselfer needs: nuts, bolts, bulbs, paint, showerheads, lawn care. All that, plus associates who don't need to be paged and a well-worn checkout counter cluttered with batteries, alarm clocks, and neighborhood gossip. Stop in, and you might never return to that big blue box in the 'burbs. 702 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, .
Moxie’s Kerry Zirpolo is the secret weapon for many a suburban doyenne, not to mention quite a few city dwellers who appreciate her warmth and value. There’s just one chair, so you’ll receive plenty of personal attention as Zirpolo dishes out honest feedback about what will work for your face and then takes her time snipping and highlighting. Known for her ability to fix color conundrums, she’s also eager to go edgy with balayage and asymmetrical cuts, if you so please. 691 Belmont St., Belmont, MA 02478, moxiebelmont.com.