Boston Magazine's test, conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, confirmed what we've known all along. Wulf's—still the best! 407 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA .
Safest area: East Boston and Charlestown. Most unsafe: Back Bay-South End, Downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Chinatown.
Former mayor and Vatican ambassador Ray Flynn, just about the only man in Boston who would defend the indefensible Cardinal Bernard Law.
The Globe's Steve Bailey, who knows more about corporate Boston than the CEOs who rush to read his column every morning.
Boston television's only genuine sports reporter. Asks the tough questions, breaks news stories, and takes the job seriously. The inverse of Bob Lobel.
Could there be any other? Doyle's is to Boston what the Elaine's is to New York. Good eats, great atmosphere, and a who's who of Bostonians both proper and not. 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
Willie Nelson on Boston Common.
Good source of designer anythings, and one of the first greater Boston stores to hire a personal shopper for men. Chestnut Hill Mall, Chestnut Hill, MA .
While the Boston Waterfront location is fancier, the Newton outpost of Ling's gives better overall value. 10 Langley Rd., Newton, MA .
Nothing fancy—just fireballs, Mexican Hats, Boston Baked Beans, and Gummi bears at fair prices. 57 Salem Street, Boston, MA .
Now, if only they could clone themselves all around Boston—that would be a real miracle of science. 321 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA .
They've changed the name, but the drink remains the same—the finest in Boston, with just a hint of horseradish and garlic. 84 Beacon St., Boston, MA .
WBZ-TV, Channel 4 anchor Lisa Hughes, for injecting some energy into the tired Boston TV market.