We love it, especially on Friday nights, when there is live jazz (resuming in September), and you're sitting in one of the booths by the wall with a bottle of champagne. 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA .
This one kind of snuck up on us. Excellent menu top to bottom (unusual for Chinatown), with outstanding dim sum and clams in black-bean sauce. 14 Hudson St., Boston, MA .
One taste of her gutsy, flavorful food and you'll know that few people really understand cooking the way she does. 84 Thoreau Street (Concord Depot), Concord, MA .
You've got to taste them, preferably with the special sauces, to believe them. Exra "Spee " Anderson is one of the Hub's great culinary treasures. Somewhere in the corner of the Newmarket parking lot, corner of Massachsuetts Avenue and Newmarket Square, Boston, MA .
His boast that he was one of the best Massachusetts legislators of the twentieth century makes Charles de Gaulle look like Joe Meek.
The Bruins needed new blood with fast feet and clever moves. In the two Olympians—one American, the other Canadian—they found it.
Perhaps no longer the best restaurant in town, but still the one most evocative of contemporary French cuisine, in nineteenth-century Boston splendor. 30 Gloucester St., Boston, MA .
Although many are trying, no one succeeds at making good bread as well as Cezanne. The pepper sicelle and the ciabatta are exceptional. 424 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA .
Because the best Indian eatery in Boston is always the newest one. Even Ghandi would have had trouble maintaining a fast there. 1248 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
Frank Bell has made this bistro—with its outstanding wine list—one of the most attractive in town. 365 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Beats the Globe with State House stories weekly, despite being outnumbered four to one by the Globe's reporters.
Old helmet head. Of course he's obnoxious. That's one of his endearing qualities.
The crowd is young and lively and the lineup is unfailingly eclectic (Texas swing one night, reggae the next) at this live-music institution. 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA 2144, .
Be a member or latch onto one at this private evening club, which has dancing, for members only, Thursday through Saturday nights. Locke-Ober Cafe, 3 Winter Place, Boston, MA .
Returning this holiday season, this event is the ideal winter one-stop shop: Get all of your gifts from local arts and craft vendors while enjoying food and cocktails, all graced by the glow of ice sculptures. 500 Harrison Ave., South End, MA 02118, sowaboston.com/sowa-winter-festival.