Brewer's Fork
Courtesy of Bukowski Tavern 
Courtesy of Amorino
Internal Matter
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Courtesy of Nora Belal/Loyal Nine
 
Moonshine 152
Courtesy of James Rose/SELECT 
Courtesy of Tamara Flanagan/Serafina 
Courtesy of ShabuMaru
Courtesy of Huge Galdones/Townsman 
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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)

The Baja menu at this Southie spot emphasizes bright and summery tacos and inventive oyster dishes. Loco's fried fish taco has a tropical edge thanks to a topping of pineapple aioli, while oysters -- when not served cold over flavored ice -- are grilled over charcoal with red pepper butter and ash salsa. More than 40 tequilas and mezcals are available, either straight or in zesty cocktails like the wicked hot Little Devil.

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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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