DTX's dining landscape may be changing, but stalwart Silvertone remains one of Boston's most dependable industry hangouts. Find comfort-food bliss in the form of Cajun chicken tacos, bacon mac ’n’ cheese, and garlicky steak tips. 69 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108, silvertonedowntown.com.
Breezy and bohemian, this South End boutique stocks a creative collection of hairpieces and fringed cross-body bags. Look for jewelry set to star in the latest layering trends and sought-after Turkish kilim flats and bags by Boston's Artemis Design Co. Really, all that's missing is your Coachella ticket. 274 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118, flockboston.com.
The Gallows inspired Boston's potato craze with its poutine topped with ricotta curds and rich gravy. The classic will always remain so, but we're also fans of the "Out of Control" variety, with topping combos ranging from Philly cheesesteak to escargot. 1395 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, thegallowsboston.com.
A citywide celebration of the art of John Singer Sargent—at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Public Library—provides a rare chance to see the complete picture of this fascinating fin-de-siècle expatriate artists who considered Boston his American home.
Diamonds are forever, and the same can be said of this family-owned store. (It opened back when Boston's baseball team was called the Red Caps.) Long's especially shines when it comes to service; Tag Heuer watches, luminous Mikimoto pearls, and diamond rings are all covered by a lifetime trade-in policy. 60A South Ave., Burlington, MA 1803, longsjewelers.com.
The new South Boston, recently referred to as "SoBo" by the New York Times, may eventually earn such a sobriquet around town thanks to relative upstarts like LaMontagne Gallery. Since 2007 the gallery has introduced a wide range of contemporary artists to the Boston scene, garnering regional and national attention for its exhibitions. 555 E. 2nd St., South Boston, MA lamontagnegallery.com.
Best: Senate president William Bulger. Says he's "intrigued" by the job of UMass president. Even Better: Boston University president John Silber. Said he was "intrigued" by the job of Boston school superintendent. Absolute Best: Governor Weld. Believed to be "intrigued" by just about any job other than the one he was reelected to.
The egg in a jar is one of Boston's most-talked-about dishes, and for good reason. But don't let that overshadow West Bridge's many other offerings—rather, grab a spot at the bar, befriend the knowledgable bartenders, and let them guide you through a small-plate odyssey. 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139, westbridgerestaurant.com.
One of the city's earliest rehab projects (Maison Robert used to be Boston's City Hall), its location is elegant, its food French. 45 School St., Boston, MA .
Okay, so 20th-century goods aren't exactly antique. But if you're simply seeking exquisite items with a storied past, you'll find them at South Boston's Machine Age, a 9,000-square-foot warehouselike store overflowing with the most iconic furniture and lighting from the past century, plus rare Danish modern pieces that have never been stateside until now. 645 Summer St., Boston, MA 2210, machine-age.com.
To hell with baked beans. Clam chowder is Boston's crowning food—not potato, not flour, but clam. That's a distinction understood at the Times, an otherwise largely undistinguished beer hall within a stone's kick of the waterfront. Each spoonful of the chowder here is heaped with clams so fresh they carry a signature nip of sand and the odd crunch of shell. It's dense but not gluey, and the flavor is emphatically shellfish. Other chowders boast fancier bisques or gourmet crackers, but this barroom stew wins out on the strength of the defining mollusk. 112 Broad St., Boston, MA timesirishpub.com/.
It seems that Boston cream pie is the tiramisu of the '60s—once ubiquitous, now vanished from most restaurant dessert cards. But chef Billy Boudreau has salvaged the once august reputation of what should be a hometown fixture. He bakes individual Boston cream pies—soft and silky minigems—using the same skill at 02129 that he once exhibited at the Bostonian Hotel and Mirabelle. 9 Austin St., Charlestown, MA .
Schlow put the newly renovated restaurant at Louis, Boston on the culinary map just a few weeks after his arrival from New York. A protege of Manhattan restaurateur Pino Luongo, Schlow and pastry chef Paul Connors, who worked at Aurora, in New York, and the four-star Ryland Inn, in New Jersey, have brought simply prepared but elegant and sometimes surprising cuisine to Boston, featuring notably fresh produce and other ingredients. Try the tasting menu.
Scenic and easy to find, Lynn Woods covers 2,200 acres with a maze of single-track and fire roads for bicyclists—all easy to intermediate—plus advanced trails such as Steel Tower, which has great views of Boston's skyline and the vast Atlantic. For new visitors, the park has easy-to-read grid-coordinated trail markings that match the map, making it a breeze to bike off-road without fear of getting lost. 106 Pennybrook Rd., Lynn, MA flw.org/.
One way to minimize your exposure to E. coli is to sail on Boston Harbor instead of the Charles River, and Courageous Sailing is the best way to go for the bucolic-urban experience. Courageous offers easy access to Harbor Islands State Park, where with a little advanced planning you can even go camping. The only year-round sailing center in Boston, it merits its name because of its iceboating events and other cold-weather adventures. 1 First Ave., Charlestown, MA .