A neighborhood secret, already discovered by top caterers. Get here early, or it's gone. 701 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
Abboud accomplishes something we didn't think possible: he makes earth tones and conservative styles appealing. 37 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Suits, slacks, sports coats, and overcoats by name designers are 30 percent below retail. Alterations are free, and tailoring is done on the premises. 76 Coolidge Hill Rd., Watertown, MA .
Burlington is awesome. And once the renovations are finished, it will be wicked awesome.
James Earl Jones substantially enhances his reputation.
For a mental vacation, take the Blue Line to the Airport stop and head to the library. Once inside the newly renovated building, settle into the sun-drenched reading room, which offers a vista of urban greenery and distant skyscrapers. 365 Bremen St., Boston, MA 02128, bpl.org.
For weddings awash in nature, there’s no rivaling the flower power of the Mount’s lush French and Italianate gardens. And did we mention the Berkshires estate was once the residence of novelist Edith Wharton? 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA 01240, edithwharton.org.
This Stouffer's restaurant once microwaved nearly everything out of packages. Now there's a real kitchen, with a real stove and a real staff. Caveat: it's still got a way to go to catch L'Espalier. Prudential Center, Boston, MA .
Cardullo's is the quickie-mart gone gourmet, stocking daily victuals and delicacies from around the world. 6 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 2138, cardullos.com.
True, once the votes were counted, the Texas senator proved he was no Lyndon Johnson. But then, the Massachusetts governor was no Jack Kennedy, either.
Open, welcoming, and serving until the wee hours, it has twice the ambience and none of the stage lights or lines. 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA .
Brainy Cantabrigians tone their bodies with Wellbridge's two floors of workout gear. 5 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 2138, wellbridgeac.com.
The window is alluring, and once you're inside, it's tough to resist. 165 Newbury St., Boston, MA .