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Check Out the Excellent Restaurant Lineup at Best of Boston 2019

Join us at the annual party to get a taste of the incredible talent in this city.


Delicious scenes from Best of Boston 2018: The Shoke Shop BBQ, SRV chef Michael Lombardi; Tiger Mama serves up interactive noodles.

Delicious scenes from Best of Boston 2018: The Shoke Shop BBQ, SRV chef Michael Lombardi; Tiger Mama serves up interactive noodles. / Photos courtesy of Boston Magazine Events

Pick up a copy of Boston magazine’s latest Best of Boston issue for the details on more than 300 local winners in dining, shopping, nightlife, and other awesome categories—and pick up a ticket to Boston magazine’s upcoming Best of Boston party to get a taste of all that talent in town.

The annual event, heading back to City Hall Plaza on Thursday, July 18, features an incredible, edible lineup of 30 current and past Best of Boston winners, including this year’s Best Chef, General Excellence: Colin Lynch (of Bar Mezzana and Shore Leave); this year’s Best Tacos (Yellow Door Taqueria), Best Barbecue, Best Doughnuts, Best Raw Bar, and many, many more.

The exclusive event brings them all together in a fun and festive atmosphere—all you have to do is show up hungry. Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat samples, plus plenty to drink, such as a creative cocktail by this year’s Best Bartender, Naomi Levy. Cacio e pepe martini, anyone?!

But revelers cannot party with food and drink alone: DJs J-Wall, Frank White, and Ryan Brown are back this year to pump the jams, with a special appearance by experimental violinist Mei Ohara. Total bonus: A portion of ticket sales benefit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, caretakers of Boston and Brookline’s most illustrious parks. A slew of sponsors are making possible photo booth experiences, lawn games, VIP lounge areas, and more Instagram ops, and of course yours truly—deputy food editor Jacqueline Cain—food editor Scott Kearnan, and more Boston magazine staffers will be there. Take it from these tastemakers: This is the event of the summer, and we can’t wait to see you there.

Check out the full lineup of participating restaurants below, and get your tickets now. To see all of this year’s Best of Boston winners, grab a copy of the July 2019 issue of Boston magazine, and browse the full list here.

Best of Boston, $111-$149, Thursday, July 18, 6-10 p.m., City Hall Plaza, Boston, bostonmagazine.com.

Best of Boston 2019
Featured Restaurants

 Bar Mezzana*
Blackbird Doughnuts*
Citrus & Salt*
Craigie on Main*
DakZen*
Eastern Standard*
FoMu Ice Cream
Fox & the Knife*
GreCo*
Grill 23 & Bar*
Island Creek Oyster Bar Boston*
Legal Harborside*
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant*
Michael’s Deli*
Saltie Girl*
The Salty Pig*
Select Oyster Bar*
Shōjō
Shore Leave*
The Smoke Shop BBQ*
SRV*
Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.*
The Table at Season to Taste
Terra at Eataly
Tiger Mama*
UNI*
Whaling in Oklahoma*
Whole Heart Provisions*
Yellow Door Taqueria*

* denotes 2019 winner