We love the hint of sweetness in the fig-and-anise loaf at Sel de la Terre, and covet the bakery's chewy sourdough. But one bite of the buttery brioche at this boulangerie makes us feel we've died and gone to heaven. 255 State St., Boston, MA seldelaterre.com/.
Fresh, chilled, and creamy sweet, the ricotta filling gushes from the flaky cannoli shells at Maria's, making these pastries not only the area's best, but at $1.25 per, among the most affordable. No stale tourist treats here. 46 Cross St., Boston, MA .
There are trays of exotic sweets here, including our favorite, the guayaba empanada—a cream-cheese pastry filled with tangy homemade guava puree. We also like the rice pudding, perfect and creamy, sprinkled with cinnamon. 622 Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale, MA .
This sweet spot's rotating cast of ultracreamy flavors ranges from worldly (burnt caramel, bananas foster) to otherworldly (mango chili, sage) and everything in between, providing thrills for ice cream traditionalists and adventurists alike. 899 Main St., Cambridge, MA 2139, tosci.com.
Carnivores will love the spice-rubbed sirloin with broccolini and chimichurri; vegans will appreciate the gorditas with chipotle-tomatillo roasted sweet potato; and those on a liquid diet will linger over the tightly curated list of artisanal wines and craft beers. 763 Centre St., Boston, MA 02130, veeveejp.com.
With truffles like these, we constantly wonder, Perhaps being a chocoholic isn't so bad after all. Woburn never tasted so sweet. 200 West Cummings Park, Washington St., Woburn, MA .
Finding a seat on the weekend can be nearly impossible, and given the offerings—fluffy made-to-order omelets, creamy iced lattes, melt-in-your-mouth sweet crêpes—it’s easy to see why. 380 Washington St., Boston, MA 02135, cafenation.com.
Chinese food doesn't get any better than the Crispy Eels with Sweet Sauce, Vegetarian Goose, Crispy Scallops with Black Pepper Sauce, and General Gao's Sphrimp, washed down with a cold Tsing Tao beer. 21 Hudson Street, Boston, MA .
Only the most flavorful morsels of perfectly ripe, sweet fruits make the cut for Renee McLeod's blueberry, mixed berry, and tart cherry crumb desserts. We're pie-eyed with love. 285 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 2143, .
A glistening pond dotted with ducks. A century-old farmhouse, made bright with eggshell-blue trim. A soaring barn adorned with bistro lights. That’s what awaits those who tie the knot at this sweetly rustic Berkshires venue. 169 Under Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA 01240, stonoverfarm.com.
Loaf on the couches, chitchat with owner Jodi Malone, or mosey through the well-stocked stacks. This place feels like home, complete with a cat stunning in the front window. And the prices penciled in the front of the books are tough to beat. It's sweet relief from the sour pretension so often found in used bookshops. 1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
Not too sweet, not too sticky, these addictive, oven-warm, golden, glazed concoctions, known as Morning Buns, are required a.m. accompaniments to coffee and the newspaper. That's assuming they last until you get back home. Available with or without walnuts. 178 Thorndike St., Brookline, MA .
This man does incomprehensible things with figs, pears, and berries—along with rich, dark chocolate and creamy creme brûlée. Desserts are by their very nature the stuff of overstatement, but it's an insensitive dolt who's not moved to distraction by Connors' creativity and sweet confections. Cafe Louis, 234 Berkeley St., Boston, MA .
If you can beat two eggs, your choice of breakfast meat, hot bread, grits or home fries, juice, and coffee for five bucks, let us know. Don't miss what may be the best sweet-potato pie in the city. 604 Columbia Ave., Boston, MA .
Arguments over who makes the best challah can go on longer than Rosh Hashanah services. Our pick? Rosenfeld, where the loaf (pictured at left) is delightfully dense, moist, and balanced in its egginess and sweetness. If you can resist tearing it apart, slice it thick for sandwiches—it absorbs brisket juice like a beast. 1280 Centre St., Newton, MA 2459, .