At Eastie red-sauce palace Rino's Place, patrons can get stuck waiting two hours for huge portions of baked rigatoni and chicken Parm. To accommodate the throngs, the owners opened Prima E Dopo across the street, offering balsamic-glazed wings and $6 cocktails. Now we just skip Rino's altogether and hang here, dining on sausage-and-broccoli-rabe pizza, crispy bruschetta, and perhaps the most flavorful meatballs we've ever had. 300 Saratoga St., East Boston, MA 2128, .
The problem with comfort food is that you often must make sacrifices to get it ? ambiance, booze selection, etc. Not so at Franklin Café's Southie outpost, which features a menu of food-coma-inducing items like steak frites and pork ribs beside a list of well-priced wines. And yes, the waitstaff will let you linger at your patio table. And linger you should: The kitchen stays open till 1:30 a.m. 152 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, MA 2127, franklincafe.com.
With multiple stores that stock everything from elegant bluchers to throwback kicks to luxe work boots, the Tannery offers sweet sole-ace for style-conscious gents. 711 Boylston St., Boston, MA 0711 Boylst, thetannery.com.
Known for creative southwestern cuisine, Masa rockets into the O-ring stratosphere with its sweet-battered, plump Vidalia onion slices dusted with dried chilies. 439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 2116, masarestaurant.com.
Sweet and smooth, with a memorable kick. Everyone makes it differently, but most local bars pour vodka, Peachtree schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
The best filled doughnut in Beantown is the an doughnight. It's light and puffy and filled with sweet red-bean paste.. Beats the canned-filling variety hands down. 1020 Beacon St., Brookline, MA .
We like the intriguing array of baked goods rarely seen in American shops—the steamed rice dumpling filled with onions, pork, and dried shrimp or the sweet mixed-nut tart. And for timid western palates: the coconut butter roll. 77 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA .
Just on the other side of the Callahan Tunnel. A tasty thin crust supports the exquisite goo (the tomato sauce is distinctively sweet). Livingston Taylor's wife's favorite comes with onion, mushrooms, and extra cheese. East Boston, MA
Don't bother stopping at Pier's Park for breathtaking views of Boston Harbor—instead sign up for the two-hour intro to sailing course and hop aboard to get sweeping views of the skyline from the water. 95 Marginal St., Boston, MA 02128, piersparksailing.org.
A cake so creamy and cheesy, it makes Baby Watson's seem measly; seductively marbled with sweet chocolate. 1353b St., Brookline, MA .
A collage of crisp lettuce, slices of sweet ham and generous chunks of turkey concocted by a Michelangelo among salad makers. 3 Winter Place, MA .
It's easy to get swept up in interior trends, but when you're looking for edge (that won't later cut you), Addo Novo offers the midcentury's greatest hits, along with contemporary interpretations. What's so brilliant about the Barcelona couch or the George Nelson Bubble Lamp, you ask? These thoughtfully designed pieces are perfectly scaled for Boston's smaller, European-style living spaces. 1313 Washington St., Boston, MA addonovo.com.
From collard greens to pig's feet to fried chicken to sweet-potato pie, Chef Lee's offers a full menu of homey cooking. they cater, too. 1140 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA .
From Canada, where the cows haven't been bombarded by fallout yet. Smooth, sweet, delicious, this is the best for dessert. For breakfast, try Sundance.
Provolone, prosciutto, capicolla, and sweet-and-sour red peppers stacked high and bathed in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Big enough for two. 1808 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA .