It’s the compelling twists on familiar staples that keep the crowds coming to this Vineyard Haven diner on steroids: Biscuits are made with sweet potato, crêpes come loaded with Parmesan, prosciutto, and kale, and crunchy potato pancakes are piled high with Irish bacon and griddled eggs. 39 Beach Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA 2568, .
With pours spanning the cider spectrum—from the cherry-tinged Rojo to the farmhouse-style Sweet Scrumpy—Bantam’s taproom serves up a refreshing alternative to your typical neighborhood watering hole. Claim a standing table, and make a day of it. 40 Merriam St., Somerville, MA 02143, bantamcider.com.
After you've been to three or more weddings, things begin to get predictable. But there is an antidote: Rafanelli Events. Bryan Rafanelli and his expert team sweat the small stuff, tending to every detail, from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. Whether you've been dreaming of a simple oceanside wedding or an opulent Boston affair, Rafanelli's staff will spare your guests a cookie-cutter wedding, and ensure that, far from yawning, guests will be talking about your reception for years to come. 142 Berkeley St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA rafanellievents.com/.
It takes a special kind of hot lobster roll to best its chilled brethren, but Neptune's much-beloved version manages to pull it off. Seven ounces of lobster are tossed in melted butter and heaped on a grilled brioche bun that struggles under the weight of so much sweet claw and tail meat. 3 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113, neptuneoyster.com.
Mother Juice’s liquid diet is as tasty as it is virtuous, designed to satisfy cravings at just the right time (we’re particularly thankful for the hearty and sweet “Cashew Mylk” right before bed). The local chainlet will even deliver its freshly made elixirs to your door daily. 291 Newbury St., Boston, MA motherjuice.com.
We've always loved the frites—especially the sweet potato wedges with the peanut dipping sauce—but the new Belgian spin on the menu—plus the all-you-can-eat mussels on Monday nights makes this several cuts above your standard suburban hangout. 1208 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA .
Loads of fresh ginger make this an intense, heady drink: spicy, sweet, assertive, simultaneously refreshing and invigorating. The Come Back is a sandwich—either fried fish or chicken, served with special sauce on homemade rolls—so called because you'll keep coming back for more. And you will. 310 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA .
Chef Tim Maslow has transformed his father's tiny Watertown sandwich shop into a temple to the bounty of New England—and the world. Delicate bluefish with sweet carrot and creamy labne. Roast chicken with parsnip, broccoli, walnut, and ricotta. This may not be a traditional special-occasion spot, but it sure is special. 93 School St., Watertown, MA stripts.com.
Let the livestock milling about outside (including buffalo) serve as your first clue: Everything at TenderCrop is fresh off the field and so wholesome, it's surreal. The 17th-century barn is packed to its rafters with fat tomatoes, sweet-smelling herbs, freckled green zucchini, local honey, and dried flowers. 108 High Rd. (Route 1A), Newbury, MA tendercropfarm.com/.
An adorable selection of threads from Petit Bateau, Kissy Kissy, and Pink Chicken is displayed here among hanging paper lanterns and decorative flags. The icing on this charming confection of a children's boutique is the sweet-as-pie staffers, who are more than happy to elucidate on the mysteries of newborn sizing as they ring up their cotton-candy clothes. 10124 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 2492, pollywogskids.com.
Forget polyster and well-endowed supermodels staring at you from all angles; this lingerie treasure-trove is filled with innerwear too beautiful to hide: gauzy lace concoctions, sweet silk slips, and cotton underwear from Italy, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. 112 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Sorry, no turkey clubs and fountain sodas here. Instead, a diverse (and cleverly designed) cocktail menu showcases variations on classics such as the "MarTEAnez"—black-tea-infused gin, sweet vermouth, kirsch—paired with bar bites like a hefty poutine sandwich. 73 Ames St., Cambridge, MA 02142, amesstreetdeli.com.
Renowned for her Tim Burtonesque felt, wool, and faux fur hats, Marie Galvin is a favorite of fashion editors and celebrities alike. But not all of her work is over the top: She also makes sweet berets, demure headbands, and derby hats. 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 2118, galvinized-hats.com.
The majority of this store's lines are stylish and durable, designed for kids who like to stand out from the crowd without standing still. The sales staff is always willing to search for a size or offer helpful suggestions and—of all—is sweet and patient with little ones of all temperaments. 69 Charles St., Boston, MA theredwagon.com/.
As at most coastline kids' stores, preppy paraphernalia is the mainstay at this sweet clothing emporium. Pink and green pants fill the racks, along with embroidered overalls, bright beachwear, and hair clips in the shape of ducks or fish. Also in stock are classic party dresses, hand-knit sweaters, tutus for dance class, and practical raincoats. 515 Main St., Chatham, MA childrensplace.com/.