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1. Alden & Harlow40 Brattle St, Cambridge
2. Bar Boulud776 Boylston St, Boston
3. La Brasa124 Broadway, Somerville
4. M.C. Spiedo606 Congress St, Boston
5. The Bancroft15 Third Ave, Burlington
6. Bastille Kitchen49 Melcher St, Boston
7. Liquid Art House100 Arlington St, Boston
8. Pastoral345 Congress St, Boston
9. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar381 Summer St, Somerville
10. Parla230 Hanover St, Boston
11. Juniper13 Central St, Wellesley
Alden & Harlow, located in Harvard Square, is serving inventive American cuisine from a constantly changing menu. Aside from unique small plates like chicken-fried rabbit and pickled corn pancakes, the kitchen makes an understated but decadent burger, simply dressed with shredded lettuce, a secret sauce, and a crisp frico. The semi-secret burger is available in limited quantities, so don't be surprised to see people lining up at 5pm for it.
Following the success of Bar Boulud New York (and London), superstar Chef Daniel Boulud brings his traditional French bistro cuisine to Boston. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chambers adds seasonal New England-inspired dishes to the already inspired menu with selections like Coq au Vin, jazzed up with bacon lardons, terrines & pates, and signature house made sausages. There’s also “The Frenchie”, an extravagant burger with pork belly confit and Morbier cheese on brioche.
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.
They've got hand-made pastas, a 40in steel spit roasting delicious meats like suckling pig, and market carts circling the floor with irresistible antipasti... what's next, a recipe derived from some of Da Vinci's writings? Oh yeah, they've got that too.
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.
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.
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.
Pastoral's got rustic pizzas, like duck sausage and clam topped with house-made mozzarella, as well as the option for you to grab their pastas, sauces, and cheeses to make your own treats at home.
Located in Davis Square, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers roadhouse regional comfort food from Chef/Partner John Delpha and Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli, known for his nearby Davis Square faves Posto and The Painted Burro. There are traditional plates like fried green tomatoes and the fried chicken thigh platter, as well as distinctive must-try dishes like dry fried green beans (with smoked pork shoulder) and the "BBQ Baconator Meatloaf Fatty" (poblano-onion gravy).
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.
Chef Dave Becker, of Sweet Basil in Needham fame, brings Eastern Mediterranean to Wellesley. There are many unique bites throughout the menu. For mezze and spreads, nosh some lamb tartare, baharat-spiced crispy oysters, and smoked eggplant baba ghanoush. Then stuff yourself with smoky lamb bolognese, bolstered by handmade saffron pappardelle, grilled baharat skirt steak topped by whipped feta yogurt, or roasted pork tenderloin doused with pomegranate barbecue sauce. Save room for dessert, because you need pecan pie baklava.