While you were in a Snowmageddon bunker enduring the most snowfall ever in the history of Boston, you might have forgotten what it was like to actually go out for dinner. Well, it's time to break out the shorts and sandals prematurely because we have the scoop on 12 new restaurants --  from brew meccas to seafood extravaganzas -- you should try right now.

Brewer's Fork

Brewer’s Fork

Charlestown 
What you’re getting: Cheddar & ale soup, smoked bluefish pate, Uncle Jesse's smoked pork pizza
Charlestown is slowly regaining its foodie foothold, and The Brewer’s Fork is leading the charge with its powerful small plates, wood-fired pizzas, and beer catalog. Cheddar & ale soup, and the smoked bluefish pate (with seeded bagel chips for dipping) will whet your appetite for the Uncle Jesse’s smoked pork pizza (pork shoulder and rhubarb marmalade). The curated suds are international with drafts from places like Germany (Mahrs Saphir Weiss) and Denmark (Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail).

Courtesy of Bukowski Tavern 

Bukowski Tavern

Inman Square
What you’re getting:  Poe Tots, burgers, Hobo Special
The retooled Bukowski’s is back in action, just in time for those sweet garage doors to be open. Chef Brian Poe brings his seared-meat sorcery to this iconic beer bar, and he’s fixing exotic burgers with antelope, boar, elk, and bison. Go crazy and get the Duck burger, a savory/sweet mashup with truffle rosemary cream, and fried onions. For snacking, Poe Tots (pork belly, Brussels sprouts, and bacon) are must-haves, and they match nicely with the premier brew selection.

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Amorino

Back Bay 
What you’re getting: Gelato, focaccina, waffles
With only a handful of US locations, we’re downright lucky that Paris’ Amorino landed in Newbury. The gelato giant offers 20+ flavors of frozen goodness, such as Cioccolato Amorino, Lampone Heritage, and Speculoos. Amp up the sugar with an Italian-style focaccina, a soft brioche stuffed with your favorite icy filling. For the ultimate indulgence, its perfect waffles can be topped with gelato (of course), and drizzled with French chocolate.   

Internal Matter

Internal Matter

Fort Point
What you’re getting: Wine, Brussel Salad in Blue, charcuterie platter
Tucked behind Barlow’s and inside a residential building, Internal Matter is poised to please the indigenous foodies along the Fort Point/Southie border. The neighborhood bistro morphs from morning coffeehouse to adult-time wine bar featuring small wine terroir options. While you sip that Gran Sasso Montepulciano, nosh on Brussel Salad in Blue (Maytag Blue Cheese), and a charcuterie platter made mighty by specialty meats (porcini salame) and cheeses (Piave vecchio).

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Southie
What you’re getting: Ceviche, guacamole, tequila, tacos
The crew at Southie fave Lincoln is heading way Southier with a tacos and tequilas fiesta. Loco has four bright ceviches each with unique ingredients such as charred blackberry leche de tigre. It also has four freshly made got-to-have guacs (like charred pineapple or smoked fish). Tacos range from revved-up classics (Baja style fried fish with pineapple aioli) to crazy combos (Root beer braised chicken with pickled fresno peppers). For the tequila and Mezcal-minded, moonshine’s list overwhelms with 80+ choices.

Courtesy of Nora Belal/Loyal Nine
 

Loyal Nine

East Cambridge
What you’re getting: Poached razor clams, any Trencher, braised Ossabaw pork 
From an all-star squad with major pedigrees (Menton, Bondir, Hungry Mother), Loyal Nine tilts rustic with historic New England fare and ingredients. Reimagined age-old recipes include poached razor clams contrasted by sweet-pickled green raspberries, and soused mackerel on brown bread. Get colonial with a 1700s throwback Trencher, particularly the Aroostook Savory Supper: a casserole layered with potato, salt pork, and onion. For the bold, the properly garnished braised Ossabaw pork is the way to go.
 

Moonshine 152

Moonshine 152

Southie
What you’re getting: Tamago, Hurricane popcorn, Char-Sui roasted half chicken, boar shoulder Stroganoff
In the former Franklin Southie spot (sniffle), Chef Asia Mei (Sam’s at Louis) finally debuts her own joint, complete with Asian influences and creative crossovers. Standouts Tamago (smoky Shishito peppers) and Hurricane popcorn with pork fat are two excellent examples. For dinner, try the Char-Sui roasted half chicken jazzed by ginger jade sauce, and the boar shoulder Stroganoff with herbed spaetzle. It also does Sunday brunch with a weekly “Ron Swanson Special” so you can eat all the bacon and eggs it has.

Courtesy of James Rose/SELECT 

Select Oyster Bar

Back Bay
What you’re getting: Daily ceviche, flash seared hamachi, bouillabaisse
Neptune Oyster regulars are feeling bittersweet as their wunderkind Chef Michael Serpa leaves the North End to open his first solo venture. At Select, it’s all about the ocean, a seafood lover’s paradise that produces delicate bites (daily ceviche with lime marinade) and smile-inducing excess (bouillabaisse select brimming with mixed fish, shellfish, and prawns). If you’ve got your crew, indulge in The Select platter: ceviche, dressed lobster, and 12 each – Island Creeks oysters, littlenecks, and prawns.
 

Courtesy of Tamara Flanagan/Serafina 

Serafina

FiDi
What you’re getting: The Green Monster, Tartufo Nero pizza, Paglia & Fieno 
New York’s famed Serafina hits the Hub in Radius’ former home. The casual Northern Italian fare oscillates between simple, such as the creamy Paglia & Fieno, and self-indulgent, like the Tartufo Nero pizza crowned by a truffle trifecta: truffle cheese, truffle oil, and black truffle. Before or after dinner (or both), scale The Green Monster, a summertime refresher with Bombay plus muddled cucumber and basil. 
 

Café Med

Back Bay 
What you’re getting: Falafel lunch plate, lamb Roll-Up, and Greek fries
If you're searching for a stylish new breakfast/lunch hangout Downtown, CafĂ© Med, in the Park Square Building, fills a much-needed gap in Back Bay with fast-casual Mediterranean food. Lunch plates (falafel, chickeg, baba ghanouj) are loaded with salad and rice, or fries. Roll-Ups come packed with meats (e.g. chicken, beef, lamb), lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. Be sure to fire up the Greek fries topped with feta for extra awesomeness. 
 

Courtesy of ShabuMaru

ShabuMaru

Back Bay
What you’re getting: Sashimi Trio, Miyazaki Wagyu platter, prime ribeye platter, Seafood Supreme platter. 
The Westin Copley Place travels East as sushi impresario Jack Huang presents his latest farm-to-table, hot-pot hot spot. Locally sourced ingredients and high quality meats grace the Shabu platters, such as savory Miyazaki Wagyu and tender prime ribeye. Add some surf and dive into the Seafood Supreme complete with salmon, shrimp, scallops, king crab, and clams. Platters include seasonal veggies and rice, noodles, or risotto, and every meal is carefully tended by your table’s shabu shabu guide. 

Courtesy of Huge Galdones/Townsman 

Townsman

FiDi/Chinatown line
What you’re getting: Chicken fried sweetbreads, Bang’s Island mussels, 32 Ounce Rib Steak for 2
After much fan-ticipation, James Beard nominee (and JP native) Chef Matt Jennings finally has his own restaurant, and you'll want to eat there pronto. This New England brasserie dazzles with dishes like crunchy chicken fried sweetbreads and the Bang’s Island mussels: a smoldering cauldron of garlicky chorizo verde broth and a colossal hunk of bread for dipping/mopping. Bring a friend and take on the 32 Ounce Rib Steak for 2 cranked up with chimichurri and served alongside hambone collards and spiced frites.

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1. Brewer's Fork 7 Moulton St, Charlestown, MA 02129 (Charlestown)

This Charlestown spot specializes in craft beer and all things wood-fired. The kitchen's emphasis on oven specialties means the menu is made up of pizza -- topped not with traditional Italian ingredients but Vermont maple-cured ham, goat's milk feta, and Alabama white sauce -- and meaty small plates like oven-roasted mussels and meatballs. Most of the ingredients are local, especially the cheese. The rotating beer selection is unbelievably diverse, featuring craft beers from all over the country.

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2. Bukowski Tavern 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Ditch Newbury and the bastions of distraught twenty-something foreigners asking you what happened to Armani Cafe, and hit up this bastion of barley to take down a peanut butter burger while making a sizeable dent in your Dead Author's Card, a running tally of all the beers you have to drink within six months to earn a spot in their exclusive mug club.

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3. Amorino 249 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

With only a handful of US locations, we’re downright lucky that Paris’ Amorino landed in Newbury. The gelato giant offers 20+ flavors of frozen goodness, such as Cioccolato Amorino, Lampone Heritage, and Speculoos. Amp up the sugar with an Italian-style focaccina, a soft brioche stuffed with your favorite icy filling. For the ultimate indulgence, its perfect waffles can be topped with gelato (of course), and drizzled with French chocolate.

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4. Internal Matter 35 Channel Ctr St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

Tucked behind Barlow’s and inside a residential building, Internal Matter is poised to please the indigenous foodies along the Fort Point/Southie border. The neighborhood bistro morphs from morning coffeehouse to adult-time wine bar featuring small wine terroir options. While you sip that Gran Sasso Montepulciano, nosh on Brussel Salad in Blue (Maytag Blue Cheese), and a charcuterie platter made mighty by specialty meats (porcini salame) and cheeses (Piave vecchio).

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5. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar 412 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar brings sunny, south of the border flavors to Southie with a Baja-influenced menu that emphasizes light and bright dishes, like the baja fried fish tacos, made with charred jalapeno and pineapple aioli and sandwiched between pickled cabbage and avocado chunks in a tortilla. The Loco menu’s inventive oyster selections toggle between both hot and cold plates: chilled oysters are topped with unique flavored ice, from black pepper-pineapple to pickled habanero and Thai basil, while smoky grilled oysters come cooked over charcoal and served with a dollop of red pepper butter and “ash salsa.” Loco Taqueria tops off its offerings with 41 tequilas and mezcals served straight or in zesty, compelling cocktails, like the wicked hot Little Devil, with jalapeno infused tequila, Combier, Lejay cassis, and fresh lime.

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6. Loyal Nine 660 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141 (East Cambridge)

Headed up by an all-star squad with an impressive collective resume (Menton, Bondir, Hungry Mother), Loyal Nine serves up traditional New England fare (we're talking colonial era) with a modern twist. The menu is split between raw seafood on ice, meat and vegetable dishes like fried quail and grilled pork ribs, and family-style signatures like steel-cut oats and roasted Vermont lamb. The all-day spot includes an adjoining cafe -- complete with outdoor seating -- that serves a wide selection of coffee, sandwiches, and pastries.

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7. Moonshine 152 152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

Chef Asia Mei's joint is complete with Asian influences and creative crossovers. Standouts Tamago (smoky Shishito peppers) and Hurricane popcorn with pork fat are two excellent examples. For dinner, try the Char-Sui roasted half chicken jazzed by ginger jade sauce, and the boar shoulder Stroganoff with herbed spaetzle. It also does Sunday brunch with a weekly “Ron Swanson Special” so you can eat all the bacon and eggs it has.

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8. SELECT Oyster Bar 50 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Michael Serpa, formerly of Neptune Oyster, is behind this Back Bay seafood restaurant in a brick townhouse. Select is a seafood lover's paradise that produces daily ceviche, crudo, and grilled fish mains. If you're dining with a group, indulge in one of the platters that features lobster, Island Creek oysters, Littleneck Clams, and prawns. The space is snug with around 30-seats, and the best seats are definitely at the bar.

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9. Serafina Boston 10 High St, Boston, MA 02110

New York’s famed Serafina hits the Hub in Radius’ former home. The casual Northern Italian fare oscillates between simple, such as the creamy Paglia & Fieno, and self-indulgent, like the Tartufo Nero pizza crowned by a truffle trifecta: truffle cheese, truffle oil, and black truffle. Before or after dinner (or both), scale The Green Monster, a summertime refresher with Bombay plus muddled cucumber and basil.

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10. Cafe Med 31 St James Ave, Boston, MA (Back Bay)

If you're searching for a stylish breakfast/lunch hangout Downtown, Café Med, in the Park Square Building, fills a much-needed gap in Back Bay with fast-casual Mediterranean food. Lunch plates (falafel, chickeg, baba ghanouj) are loaded with salad and rice, or fries. Roll-Ups come packed with meats (e.g. chicken, beef, lamb), lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. Be sure to fire up the Greek fries topped with feta for extra awesomeness.

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11. ShabuMaru 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

The Westin Copley Place travels East as sushi impresario Jack Huang presents his latest farm-to-table, hot-pot hot spot. Locally sourced ingredients and high quality meats grace the Shabu platters, such as savory Miyazaki Wagyu and tender prime ribeye. Add some surf and dive into the Seafood Supreme complete with salmon, shrimp, scallops, king crab, and clams. Platters include seasonal veggies and rice, noodles, or risotto, and every meal is carefully tended by your table’s shabu shabu guide.

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12. Townsman 120 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

This stylish New England brasserie dazzles with dishes like crunchy chicken-fried sweetbreads and Bang’s Island mussels: a smoldering cauldron of garlicky chorizo verde broth and a colossal hunk of bread for dipping/mopping. Bring a friend and take on the 32oz rib steak for two, cranked up with chimichurri and served alongside hambone collards and spiced frites.

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