With a bar on one side and an intimate dining room on the other, Ten Tables J.P. has the neighborhood restaurant thing down pat. 597 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, tentables.net.
In the words of one $350-a-cut stylist (who thought the handiwork was his own), our Albor-made chestnut brown 'has never been better.' 207 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
Zero humdrum sundaes here. Dig into exotic shaved ice, crazy mounds of fruit, and Christina's ice cream, scooped by one sweet staff. 141 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 2134, .
Gordon and Fiona Hamersley pioneered the bistro-style restaurant in Boston. Many others have followed, but no one has topped them yet. 578 Tremont Street, Boston, MA .
Mike Caruso calls his popular pie the Zazza. It's a funny name for a pizza, but try one. You'll be saying Zazza all the time. 685 Main Street, Melrose, MA .
Todd English scores again! The white clam pie is just one of the great master-pizzas. Not even Pepe's in New Haven could touch this version. 67 Main Street, Charlestown, MA .
The man who controls the Hub's biggest and best wine department (and one of the country's best) has a golden palate. But, most important, he's kind and helpful to everyone. 675 Washington Street, Newtonville, MA .
We particularly liked his Cabbage Patch doll promotion. That was the one, you may recall, that had no dolls. Just cabbages. With adoption papers.
One hundred thirty of the artist's most painterly paintings, drawings, and prints revealed a Goya we hardly knew and couldn't help but admire. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA .
When an actor appearing in Molière's School for Wives at the Merrimack Repertory Theater called for his lines five times in one scene . . . and nobody answered.
For those with a serious green thumb and those who wish to acquire one. Northborough, MA
One of the largest selections of fine fabrics and tasteful, but stylish garments to be found anywhere. 470 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
One-stop shopping (truffle oil, seaweed) for your dinner party. 1421 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118-2009, foodies-urban-market.com.
One of the best arguments for waterfront gentrification we've come across. 189 State St., Boston, MA .
His publication is one of the national-magazine success stories of the decade.