It's Worth Getting Sloppy For This Grilled Cheese Taco
Chef and owner Tony Maws' Craigie on Main serves French-accented bistro food in Central Square. The à la carte and tasting menus are constantly changing with exciting new dishes, but one signature remains: The Burger. The half-pound patty blends brisket, short rib, bone marrow, and suet into one unforgettable burger that reached peak food fame when it graced the cover of Bon Appétit.
Everything from the upscale French Mediterranean dishes to the soft, elegant decor is executed with careful attention to detail at Mistral. Expect dishes like escargot with red wine and garlic butter, heirloom squash bisque served in a flaky pastry square, and half-roasted duck with wild mushroom risotto. The best-known dish is the roast rack of Colorado lamb, whose juices will implore you to suck the meat right off the bone. A special late-night menu on weekends offers a variety of thin-crust pizza and small plates, including the aforementioned escargot and squash bisque.
All of the dishes at this upscale American restaurant are plated so artfully you’ll hardly want to dig in to them, but trust us when we say that it tastes even better than it looks. Enjoy brunch cocktails like the Rise & Shine Martini (Stoli Oranj, triple sec, and freshly squeezed orange juice) with a three course prix-fixe brunch menu inside by the fire or outside on the elegant, rustic patio. For dinner enjoy a raw bar and options like juniper roasted venison and brown butter poached halibut, or order three or six course meals (with wine pairings) from the tasting menu. While their fancy dining room is the perfect place to host a business lunch, have no fear they great beer.
Located at the Boston Center for the Arts, Beehive's a "Bohemian eatery" with food, cocktails, and live music. Not only is their craft cocktail list is the perfect remedy for Bean Town's dreary weather, the small plates will warm you up with complex and hearty flavors. Stop in for an elegant dinner (there'll probably be some live music going on as well), or a fancy brunch complete with mimosas or bloodies.
Adjacent to the Back Bay Mandarin Oriental, L'Espalier goes above and beyond standard hotel restaurant fare with some of the most inventive French food in Boston. This is dining at its most hospitable, with an impressive waitstaff catering to four separate dining rooms daily. Dinner service is prix-fixe only, and you can choose between a three-course menu, a six-course degustation menu, or a chef's tasting. A more casual à la carte menu is offered at lunch, but the cuisine -- French crafted with New England ingredients -- is the same.