You know you're in for a treat when the cheerful face behind the counter asks, "One Bomb, Two Bomb, or Three Bomb?" But don't be overzealous—the Three Bomb hot sauce is no laughing matter. This Texas rib joint has won numerous awards in its previous incarnations (Jake's Que-4-U, Jake & Earl's) and the latest rendition does not disappoint. All the meats—"Oink", "Moo", and "Cluck"—are smoked to perfection and, as the menu promises, "B-B-B-Bad to the Bone." 3492 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
Forget Schwarzenegger films, mini golf, and laser tag. Once you've felt your own adrenaline spike through you from one mere inch above the ground at Braintree's indoor "Formula 1"-style kart-racing complex, just about everything else seems lame. NASCAR lovers, take note: This is, by any standards, a luxury establishment, with conference rooms, cafés and lounges, billiards, and exhibitions. 290 Wood Rd., Braintree, MA f1boston.com/.
Designers Don Carney and John Ross thoughtfully fuse modern and vintage home accents and fashion accessories—which translates to Fornasetti candles, cheeky silkscreen pillows, and everything in between. 46 Waltham St., Boston, MA 02118, patchnyc.com.
Hold the James River barbecue sauce, American cheese, and extra mayo. Accented by horseradish crema, fontina, and onion marmalade, Moody's slow-cooked-beef sando may not be traditional, but it sure is tasty. 468 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453, moodyswaltham.com.
Whether you're lacing up for work or a workout, the Tannery has your soles covered. The vast selection of footwear encompasses most makes—Clarks, Sperry, Converse—and models—wingtips, boat shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals. 711 Boylston St., Boston, MA thetannery.com.
This North End gem trumps even North Shore clam shacks with its pristine, local whole-bellies; nonpareil crunch, courtesy of expert batter-frying; and exceptional tartar sauce. 63 Salem St., Boston, MA 2113, neptuneoyster.com.
Owner "Pepe" Gutierrez recreates the dishes of his native Guadalajara. Superb sopes, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and moles. No margaritas, but plenty of Mexican beers to keep you cool. 349 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
Kids have so few good role models in the entertainment industry today. A Few Good Girls, a four-woman hip-hop dance group from Boston and Newton, is dedicated to dancing—and to promoting positive image.
This cozy joint checks all the right boxes—the cocktails are potent, the beer list long, the vibe distinctly homey. And the team seems genuinely happy to host you: With friendly servers and bartenders quick to dole out thoughtful recommendations, it’s clear that all are welcome here. 2269 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester , MA 02124, lowermillstavern.com.
Who says the best things in life aren’t free? Situated on a charming brick patio, Solera offers complimentary wine tastings every Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Discerning drinkers can even solicit Solera’s vino experts to host a tasting at home. 16 Birch St., Boston, MA 02131, solerashrinetowine.com.
Designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry. A recently opened Wegmans grocery store right inside the mall. Even an upcoming brick-and-mortar outpost of the locally grown home-goods website Wayfair: This mall takes the traditional suburban shopping experience and kicks it up a few notches. natickmall.com.
Aspiring home chefs should forgo the big-box stores and their cheap gadgetry for Local Root, where owner Jonathan Henke, of Didriks fame, brings his sophisticated eye to everything cookware, proffering serious tools from the world’s best brands (Berti knives, Le Creuset sauciers). 221 Concord Ave., Cambridge; and 2284 Washington St., Newton, localroot.com.
This charming Wellesley home store is dedicated to casual-elegant living. Vintage handpainted signs seamlessly mix with mirrored cabinets; brindle cowhides share space with woven ticking-stripe rugs. All of the goods are hand-selected by owner Jill Goldberg, who also offers interior design services. 61 Central St., Wellesley, MA 2482, .
This tiny beauty oasis focuses solely on the eyes—reassuring when it comes to the fastidious work of lash extensions. Combining patience and precision, the LuxLash pros will fill out your fringe with semipermanent synthetic lashes or your choice of colored and exotic styles. The result? A come-hither look that'll have everyone aflutter. 232 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, luxlash.com.
It's worth the trek to the 'burbs to try this Indian food influenced by various regions of India. The Cafe's tandoor specials include marinated whole fish and chicken burra kabab (marinated in a ginger, yogurt, and saffron sauce), and are consistently as good as their more traditional fare like the chicken tikka masala and vegetarian dishes. Galleria by the Green, 500 Providence Highway, Route 1, Norwood, MA .