Peter McKenzie

Shepard

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1 Shepard St, Cambridge

Harvard Square is experiencing its own sort of culinary renaissance within the greater Boston boom, and Shepard is arguably the brightest light to emerge so far. Chef de cuisine Peter McKenzie has been exploring and exploiting all the myriad ways a hyperlocal menu in Boston can tantalize year-round using only a wood fire. Seriously. They don’t have ovens.

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Josh Lewin

Juliet

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257 Washington St, Somerville

Juliet’s tiny, sun-filled dining room used to house the casual Sherman Cafe, faithfully serving Union Square commuters (and telecommuters). When Chef Josh Lewin and his partner Katrina Jazayeri took over the space, they transformed it -- from clutter to minimalism, breakfast sandwiches to refined European cafe fare -- while keeping one important factor the same: integration into the fabric of Somerville’s daily life.

A “casual” breakfast at the open-all-day Juliet | Brian Samuels Photography
Brian Samuels Photography
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Tiffani Faison

Tiger Mama

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1363 Boylston St, Boston

When Tiffani Faison came *this close* to winning the inaugural season of Top Chef, the young chef was a relatively obscure name in Boston dining. Now the whole city adores her -- due largely to her groaningly good Sweet Cheeks Q. She took a risk when she opened a very different second concept a year ago, and the risk paid off. Tiger Mama’s complex yet elementally satisfying riffs on dishes from across Southeast Asia have smitten Bostonians all over again. Plus: She found a way to make dim sum even more awesome (it may have something to do with tiny cocktails).

Mike Diskin
Tiger Mama’s bun cha hanoi, aka crispy pork rolls we wish we were shoving in our face right now | Mike Diskin
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Michael Scelfo

Waypoint

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1030 Mass Ave, Cambridge

So, let’s say you open a restaurant and people right away fall in love with it and make it super popular. And then about a year later you decide to open a second restaurant, and people right away fall in love with it and make it super popular. Do you rest on your laurels? Not if you’re Michael Scelfo, who is always looking ahead to his 10-year plan and has more things on the horizon.

Scelfo’s seafood-focused second concept, Cambridge’s Waypoint | Galdones Photography
Galdones Photography
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