A gorgeous waterfront location, impeccable service, creative New England fare from chef Gabriel Frasca—Straight Wharf has it all. Particularly notable are the signature clam bake—buttery lobster and chorizo over sweet corn and clams—and the flaky, baked-to-order strawberry galette with house-made buttermilk ice cream. 6 Harbor Square, Nantucket, MA 2554, straightwharfrestaurant.com.
The old guard (and their daughters) have long favored this hushed salon that sells sophisticated pieces by Melissa Sweet and Watters and Watters. Every shopper is outfitted with a soft robe to don between changings.
All the essential elements meld in these sweet, petite treats: an airy, flaky shell; a pastry cream redolent of vanilla with flecks of the bean; a bittersweet chocolate ganache; and a candied violet. Divine! Boyajian is also famous for spectacular wedding cakes. 1019 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA .
Getting the coating to proper crispiness without rubberizing teh squid puts the B-Side lounge in an elite fraternity. The superlative fiery-sweet dipping sauce puts it over the top. 92 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 2139, bsidelounge.com.
Cold with mayo, or hot with butter? Neptune ends the great lobster roll debate by excelling at both. The constant is perfectly firm, sweet lobster piled into a large brioche roll, with a particularly generous percentage of tail meat. 63 Salem St., Boston, MA 2113, neptuneoyster.com.
Forget ambiance and views—here, it's all about the lobster roll. And it's a behemoth, with five ounces of fresh, sweet tail and claw meat tossed in just enough mayo, then heaped onto a blimp-size brioche bun. 84 Causeway St., Gloucester, MA 1930, lobstalandrestaurant.com.
The sweeping view of the Boston skyline is nice (especially at sunset), but when it comes down to the matter at hand, Red Rock delivers the delicious goods: great food. Chef Allen Bohnert sticks to a primarily seafood menu with such traditional choices as a creamy clam chowder teeming with freshly shucked clams, as well as contemporary takes like roasted salmon with tamarind glaze and carrot flan. He also has an admirable touch with pork—don't miss the "Pig Out," a spread of pork served three ways. 141 Humphrey St., Swampscott, MA redrockbistro.com/.
Come for rotating Jell-O shots; stay for the funky food, served until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Peckish? Nosh “party tots” smothered in a mélange of sweet-and-spicy sauces. Ravenous? Crush a personal-size meatloaf topped with loaded baked-potato “aioli.” 152 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA moonshine152.com.
Giuliana, the daughter of salon owner Gino Ruotolo, is their heir to hair. Growing up in her father's salon, Giuliana absorbed the techniques that maker her balanced and smooth long haircuts. And her sweet demeanor is a refreshing break from the hair artistes. 20 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA .
Oftentimes, active dogs (and lazy cats) need a little help in the hygiene department. The animal-loving folks at Dolittle's are trained in the ways of the bath and the blow dry, and manage to lather-rinse-repeat even the most petulant pet. Your furballs might not appreciate it, but they'll come back to you looking good and smelling sweet. 7 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, .
Forget the bland griddle frisbees from IHOP that turned you off pancakes years ago, and get thee to Doyle's. Plumped with luscious strawberries, these pancakes are so moist you can skip syrup entirely. True gluttons, however, will want to drizzle it on and sponge up the whole sweet mess. 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
The butter yellow painted-brick facade houses marvelous treats—gingerbread in the fall, lemon-blackberry cake in the summer. Our absolute favorite item is available only on Sunday: sweet fruit bread studded with dried sour cherries, cranberries, raisins, and other fruits. Divine. 5197 Washington Street, West Roxbury, MA .
Fluffy, not too sweet, never greasy—these were the criteria by which old-school favorite Kane's earned its nod. Stars include the fluffy honey-dipped and the insanely moist buttercrunch cake, dubbed by one taster as 'the best I've ever had.' 120 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, MA 1906, .
It could be the fried pickles, or the sweet-potato fries, or the massive beer list with regular cask ales on tap, but there's something that keeps us finding safe harbor in this Mass. Ave. mainstay. What to Order: The grilled meatloaf with beer-battered onion rings. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA cambridgecommonrestaurant.com.
Locals love the smooth, creamy texture of the sweet ice cream at this no-frills spot. Order a cone of ginger, Grape-nut, or mud pie, or opt for soft-serve or frozen yogurt—there are more than 40 flavors in all to choose from. 18 North Rd., Bedford, MA bedfordfarmsicecream.com/.