It doesn't get any easier than this: Pull the sheets off in the morning, and leave them in the vestibule for pickup, and they're waiting for you, cleaned and folded, when you get home. Frankie's has been keeping Bostonians' whites white for 13 years, with same-day service at a bargain-basement 75 cents a pound. Sorry, they won't make your bed. 411 Meridian St., East Boston, MA .
There are two schools of interior design: "shop and arrange," or the completely custom approach. Those of us capable of selecting a sofa have little interest in the former and a profound respect for the latter, especially in the case of designer Frank Roop. His every surface, piece of furniture, and window treatment showcases an artist's ingenuity with color, texture, and craftsmanship. In other words, Roop's homes are entirely bespoke, and thus defy imitation. 224 Clarendon St., Boston, MA frankroop.com.
When the Rivas brothers relocated down the street to 91 Newbury, their patrons followed. Their tailoring team can take in or let out (not that any of your clothes ever need that) whatever you put in their deft hands, from dandy Etro suits to a pair of Sacred Blues—and they'll even keep the much coveted original hem. As the waiting area's armoire overflowing with comic book action figures suggests, when holding a needle and thread, these guys have unlimited superpowers. 91 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
(IN MEMORIAM) This place was notorious for many reasons: dirty floors; a weird sign hanging from the ceiling advertising an "Oxycontin shot"; the fun-house women's room (don't ask); and the sale of infant-wear emblazoned with the words "Future Customer." In other words, TC's was a truly wonderful place—until it burned down in March. We have high hopes that after its planned resurrection, it will be "better" than ever. Boston, MA 2115,
A reverential silence descends on this spartan tap room whenever the Sox play. The patrons and bartenders alike are true fans, and their passions are readily apparent on the slew of television sets aimed at every nook and corner. If you don't have a ticket for a home game, this is the closest you can get to Fenway (literally—the ballpark is across the street). Little wonder it's also become a regular stop for visiting players. This loyalist stronghold wears its lack of pretense on a Red Sox sleeve. 1306 Boylston St., Boston, MA thebaseballtavern.com/.
There could be a raging nor'easter outside, but inside this legend in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, it's always 70 degrees, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean and the whack of a distant cricket wicket audible over the veldt. Every detail here speaks civilization—from the golden elephant heads holding up the bar rail to the crisp service of the gold-vested bartenders. The generous martinis, on the other hand, whisper pure decadence. 138 St. James Ave., Boston, MA oaklongbarkitchen.com/.
Mike's cinnamon and walnut waffles have all you ever wanted from a calorie, and more. The crispy home fries are perfectly salted on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Of equal import is the atmosphere in which they're served: These are genuine diner digs filled with a diverse clientele that forms a line out the door on weekend mornings. Just more icing on the coffeecake: friendly and fast (but not hurried) service, decent coffee, and a menu that includes such diner staples as grits and corned-beef hash. 1714 Washington St., Boston, MA mikescitydiner.com/.
This '07 winner keeps its crown for another year, and deservedly so. We adore the relaxed intimacy of the teeny Fenway trattoria, especially the everyone's-a-regular welcome from owner Zamir Kociaj (who's Albanian by birth, but very much Italian by nature). The menu isn't strictly Tuscan, but no matter: It all tastes wonderful, and the informal vibe makes first-timers feel right at home. 130 Jersey St., Boston, MA 2215, .
Abandon all hope of squeezing into that teeny bikini after a feast at Captain Frosty's, the pocket-size clam shack that's been plying Mayflower and Corporation beachgoers and their overtaxed arteries with fried seafood of every strip—clams, scallops, oysters, shrimp—for more than 30 years. Hungry bathers who are reluctant to watch their love handles grow in real time can don their street clothes and dine at the shack's indoor tables or brick-patio benches. 219 Rte. 6A, Dennis, MA 2638, captainfrosty.com.
The fact that every Boston Brazilian joint has earned its fame doling out all-you-can-eat portions of meat left us wondering: How do those girls in Rio look so hot in their thongs? Then we discovered Muqueca, where even our most carnivorous friends fell for the single servings of spicy dishes, including the traditional seafood stew for which the restaurant is named. It's so good we guarantee you'll bring back your very lean booty for more. 1008 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 2139, muquecarestaurant.com.
Cranberries, for sure. Apples? Most certainly. But who would have thought a state with such a sun-challenged climate could produce a credible array of wines? Westport's offerings are not only credible, they'd hold their own against the California big boys. The Westport "Sparklers"—the Blanc de Blancs, Imperial Sec, and Brut Cuvee RJR—are especially fine. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA .
In slightly less than a decade in business, Emanuel Coelho's firm has painted hundreds of houses around Boston. The secret of its success boils down to that magical combination rarely seen in contractors: top-quality workmanship—backed by a five-year, no-chip warranty—and a rate that leaves clients with a little extra cash for other home-improvement projects. 14 William St., Medford, MA 2155, .
For more than 16 years, Linda Varone has been boosting the chi of Greater Boston's living spaces with her personal blend of eastern feng shui and western architectural psychology. Taking a balanced approach to color, lighting, and organization, she aims to increase the flow of positive energy through homes, making studies more productive, for example, and bedrooms more romantic. PMB 196, 1337 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 2476, .
The only thing more beautiful than the vibrant, fresh flowers at any of this local chain's locations are the spectacular arrangements, which are delivered with care, in-state or out. Count on Winston's designers to create the perfect arrangement for any occasion, and count on the flowers to be fresh: All are shipped from their sources overnight and inspected before being arranged. Winston will take orders online (winstonflowers.com) and by phone, but garden lovers shouldn't pass up a visit to the stores, which also stock ceramics for the home, garden accessories, and furniture. 31 Central St., Wellesley, MA winstonflowers.com/Locations/Wellesley.
This petite boutique is on the cutting edge, with designs from Michael Kors and DSquared2 to Miu Miu and Chloé, all lovingly handpicked at the Milan, Paris, and New York showrooms by trendsetting owner Gretchen Monahan. The accessories, those holy grails of fashion, range from Marc Jacobs handbags to shoes by Jimmy Choo and Sigerson Morrison. The scrupulously chosen inventory includes only the most flattering, stylish, and feminine of pieces—meaning shoppers need only put themselves in Monahan's capable hands to look utterly fantastic. 94 Central St., Wellesley, MA .