Bastille Kitchen
Audubon Boston
Elizabeth Clark
Bostonia Public House
Liz Scott
Brass Union Restaurant & Bar
Loretta's Last Call
Erik Christensen
The Abbey
Merrill & Co.
Liquid Art House
Del Frisco’s Grille
The Bancroft
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1. Bastille Kitchen 49 Melcher St, Boston, MA 02210

Fancy eats like Frisée Aux Lardons, Vanilla Butter-Poached Lobster, and Beef Short Rib Wellington are complemented by a deftly assembled wine list at Bastille Kitchen.

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2. Lulu's 421 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134

This spacious, industrial-looking American eatery is filled with over 50 craft beers and delicious comfort food like the Bad Ass Burger -- natural beef with herbs & butter, short ribs, and a runny egg that's topped with beer cheese soup and served with chili cheese fries.

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3. Audubon Boston 838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Audubon Boston has a standout cocktail menu, including the A.B.’retto Sour with Lazzaroni amaretto, Overproof Plantation rum, lemon, and sugar egg white. Or try the Mis Suenos, boosted by Dulce Vida reposado, Punt e Mes, and smoked ginger syrup. For brew-hounds, they also dispense eight craft drafts that'll help wash down their honey jalapeño wings. The Pork Muffaletta and Corn Husk Flounder are also standouts.

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4. The Taco Truck 83 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The long-awaited brick-and-mortar version of the local favorite taco truck, this joint is dishing up classics like the Barbacoa de Costilla (braised beef, onion, cilantro, roasted red salsa) and the Pescado (crispy catfish, red cabbage, pico de gallo, tartar, chipotle salsa).

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5. Bostonia Public House 131 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Bostonia Public House presents an old-school classic Boston-meeting-place vibe in the historic Board of Trade Building -- show up and try some tater tot poutine, braised lamb pasta, and house-made ricotta dumplings.

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6. Parla 230 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

Parla's an Italian speakeasy with classy cocktails like the Dillinger Sidecar (rye, Solerno Blood Orange, fresh lemon). Get cozy with some fancy cuisine, too, like their squid ink gnocchi or roasted bone marrow.

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7. SA PA Modern Vietnamese 1952 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02135

Fast-casual Vietnamese cuisine finds a home in SA PA, but they keep it real with everything from pho broth that simmers all day, to 72-hour sake-cured salmon, to mom’s home-made egg rolls.

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8. Brass Union 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

At Brass Union, the front, tavern-style setting gives way to a funk/soul lounge in back, which boasts vintage table-top video games, board games, life-size Connect Four, and a 14-foot shuffleboard court.

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9. BurgerFi 961 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

BurgerFi has landed in Boston! Guilt-free(ish) offerings are made from all-natural free-range Angus beef (no additives or chemicals) and an environmentally conscious modus operandi. Get yourself a brisket burger, a 100% Wagyu Kobe Beef hot dog, and some fries (with six different topping combos).

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10. Loretta's Last Call 1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

Loretta's Last Call is a rare treasure in Fenway, featuring live country/blue grass/roots honky tonk on Lansdowne St. Beer, bourbon, and whiskey will pair with fried chicken and other Southern fare to keep your good times going.

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11. Scissors & Pie 225 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

The name can't get much more literal than this. Walk into this Back Bay pizza joint and order a petzo -- a square of pizza cut by scissors and weighed out for you on the spot.

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12. The Abbey 1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

With a list of 30+ Scotches and 70+ other deluxe spirits, The Abbey will easily coax you into trying some of their equally high-end cuisine (not that you needed any prodding). Get down on Lamb Lollipops and Bison Bolognese before you leave.

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13. Merrill & Co. 1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116

Come to Merril for something between comfort food and fine dining -- you might grab some of their delicious catfish, you might grab some of their tender BBQ ribs, you might just grab something from their craft cocktail menu -- but you will definitely not regret stopping by.

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14. La Brasa 124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Enjoy some pumped-up Mexican flavors from Daniel Bojorquez and Frank McClelland -- dishes like Smoked Bone-In Pork Milanese, Lamb Shank Pozole, and Barbecued Beef Brisket will keep you coming back.

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15. Liquid Art House 100 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116

This grand experiment is equal parts restaurant, gallery, showroom, lounge, and online platform. The food is just about as artistic as the pieces they're showing off on the walls: handmade dumplings with duck cracklings, Brussels sprouts, aged Gouda, and Asian pear; or Maple Planked Arctic Char with baby potatoes, quail eggs, dill pickles, sour cream, and roe.

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16. Besito Mexican 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

Besito ("little kiss") Mexican is heating things up with traditional/authentic Mexican from Executive Chef Carlos Arellano in Burlington.

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17. Del Frisco's Grille - Burlington 92 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

The meaty mecca's Burlington installation promises classics like their salt & pepper-crusted 12oz Filet Mignon, and even lunch items like a Shaved Prime Steak Sandwich (4-hour braised prime, horseradish sauce, au jus, frites, pickle).

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18. The Bancroft 15 Third Ave, Burlington, MA 01803

This cavernous suburban restaurant has all the delicious and mood-setting frills to make sure Burlington is worth the drive. From the house made flavored salts that season the cuts, the tomahawk steak presented tableside, then brought back to the kitchen for carving, to the polenta cakes shaped like little cows that accompany each steak. As far as setting, Bancroft's modern iron and glass decor is a refreshing detour from the standard dark wood and brass, and both the cocktail and wine programs demand you designate someone else to drive home.