Whether you order up one of the beautifully done basics—steamed lobster, Boston scrod—or a special like grilled wild striped bass, you'll have ample cash left over for a sinful dessert. 50 Dalton St., Boston, MA summershackrestaurant.com.
We drove the British out of Boston more than 200 years ago, but they returned last year with this three-story emporium where even best-sellers are discounted. 26 Exeter Stree, Boston, MA .
Accessorizing is what it's about these days in interior design, and nobody does it better than Domain. The selection of upholstered pillows is the best in Boston. But check out the picture frames as well. All locations, .
The fried clams, fish-and-chips, lobsters, and rock crabs are great, but the paper plates and picnic tables on the harbor make Venus the best. Just what Boston needed. Get there before it closes for the winter. 88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA .
This classy quarterly arts show hosted by opera star Phyllis Curtin, now dean of the Boston University School for the Arts, proves that commercial TV can tackle the arts.
The future of big-band sound is crafted right here in Boston by the Either/Or, a 10-piece band with a raw power, eccentric touches, a dash of Gil Evans, and a splash of Mingus.
At twelve, he played with the Boston Pops, and now at fourteen, he composes for both piano and violin at New England Conservatory. By twenty-one, he'll have changed his name to Wolfgang. Lexington, MA
How a swish Mediterranean-inspired restaurant ended up with the best fried chicken in Boston is a mystery to solve later. For now, we’re too fixated on the ultra-crunchy, golden-brown skin and moist, piping-hot meat, as well as the refined spins on cookout sides: say, scoops of mashed celeriac-walnut skordalia. 21 Drydock Ave., Seaport, MA 02210, chickadeerestaurant.com.
Your dogs and cats will go crazy — or might even sit still — for the dried, locally caught cod skins, chicken jerky, and many other delicacies from Polkadog. It makes sense, when you consider the treats are handmade in small batches right here in Boston from locally sourced ingredients. Multiple locations. polkadog.com.
Made of aluminum or lightweight poly-carbonate, the stylish suitcases from this German luggage maker, which opened its first shop in Boston last year, are built to stand up to turbulence, tight connections, and the TSA—and look good while doing it. 12 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, rimowa.com.
Browsing in this shop feels less like shopping and more like snooping though a stylish friend’s library—if said friend happened to stock the city’s best collection of art monographs, emerging authors, and stories penned by kids at 826 Boston, that is. 5 Green St., Boston, MA 02130, papercutsjp.com.
For winning the NCAA championship. Honorable mention: Dana Barros. BC's stylish point machine supplied what little college hoop excitement Boston enjoyed. And Salem's Jeff Juden finished up a starry career by getting drafted by the Houston Astros and no-hitting Wakefield.
When Boston Garden president Larry Moulter said, "Everybody get out of the building right now," they did. Sure, it was only for the fourth game of the Stanley Cup finals, when the power failed. But at least someone finally took action.
It seems too creamy, too thick, and too rich to be fat-free—but somehow J.P.'s does it. Its chocolate-chip-cookie yogurt is even better than licking mom's batter off the spoon. It's no wonder this chain flourishes throughout the Boston area. 353 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
How is it that this sparkling little dining room goes virtually unnoticed by the native population? The menu is remarkably inventive (the spinach salad with warm duck confit is terrific) and the presentation is impeccable. Not to mention the prices, which make this the best hotel lunch bargain in Boston. 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .