Michael Piazza
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1. Bronwyn 255 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Union Square)

This cozy Union Square restaurant serves up modern twists on traditional and authentic German fare (borscht, massive bretzels, every wurst imaginable). And, in true German fashion, Bronwyn offers dozens of beers (by the liter, boot or bucket) from all over central Europe and New England. Owner Tim Wiechmann was aiming to imitate the atmosphere of a European dive or hostel with this location, and he totally nailed it with its nearly medeival look (dark, heavy wooden tables, worn-leather bar stools, rustic red and blue walls).

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2. Estelle's 782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Located in an old video store and named for the once-popular nearby neighborhood hotspot, Estelle's is an 80-seat celebration of the South from chefs Brian Poe (Tip Tap, Rattlesnake) and Eric Gburski (East Coast Grill) that pours one more than 99 beers (not on the wall, but at the bar) alongside burly sustenance from the area that didn't vote for Lincoln in the 1800s.

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3. Boston Chops 1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs -- the guys behind Deuxave and Dbar -- took over a rumored cursed South End space to make this high-caliber urban steakhouse. Offering a modern takes on overdone streakhouse staples, the steak frites menu is everything you could want from life. It's a simple choice of cut (hanger, strip, skirt) and sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter) that comes with a bottomless bowl of fluffy fries. Leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings might indicate a traditional steakhouse, but decadent cocktails point to a much fuller dining experience.

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4. Carrie Nation Cocktail Club 11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 (Beacon Hill)

Named after a pro-Prohibition activist famous for attacking taverns with a hatchet, this restaurant serves up craft cocktails and unusual, hearty fare such as meat-stuffed pies, a peanut butter & chicken sandwich, and a cheeseburger... on a croissant.

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5. Beat HĂ´tel 13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Modern hippies meat Parisian chic at this spot from the Beehive crew, where you can get wines on tap and artisan cocktails.

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6. Green Street Grill 280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

This Prohibition-style bar packs a whollop with their 100-drink libation menu.

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7. Asta 47 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

For those times when you'd rather let someone other than Papa Gino order dinner for you, L'Espalier alum Alex Crabb's taken the Back Bay's former 47 Pizza+Pasta and morphed it into a rustic 41-seater that serves a "be cool because this is what you're going to get" three-, five-, and eight-course tasting menu accompanied by an optional wine pairing.

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8. Sterling's 60 State St, Boston, MA 02109 (Govt Center)

This '60s-inspired bar from the folks behind Granary Tavern serves up haute-classic bites (gourmet Swedish meatballs, local poached egg-topped salad) and new twists on old-fashioned cocktails.

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9. Society on High 99 High St, Boston, MA 02110 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

This vintage-inspired resto offers lobster sliders and great cocktails.

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10. Lone Star Taco Bar 479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.

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11. The Regal Beagle 308 Harvard St , Brookline, MA 02446 (Coolidge Corner)

Spawned by the Three's Company fans behind Church, RB aims to give off the same upscale "neighborhood joint" vibe the Beagle gave Jack, Chrissy, and Janet, slinging creative American comfort food and "inspired" cocktails.

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12. Deuxave 371 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Deuxave rocks an upscale, locally sourced new American menu in an elegant 90-seat dining room replete w/ a giant framed vintage map of Boston in the 1800s, a slat stone fireplace, and a front bar and lounge area.

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13. Frost Ice Bar Marketplace Center at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA 02109 (Govt Center)

Made completely out of ice, Frost Ice Bar makes a unique experience -- grab your ticket for 45min of bar time (they won't kick you out if you want more), throw on a set of gloves and a coat (included in admission) and prepare to sip an ice-cold drink out of an ice glass while sitting on ice furniture and surrounded by ice walls.

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14. Ribelle 1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 (Washington Sq)

This elegant spot from Strip T's and Momofuku Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow is slinging gorgeously plated, Italian-inspired dishes -- lamb tartare with sunchokes and egg, for example -- and refreshing 'tails.

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15. Giulia 1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

This 70-seat trattoria in Cambridge is a diamond in the rough, forgotten stretch of Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter. Former Via Matta chef Michael Pagliarini spends hours each day rolling out his handmade doughs at the restaurant's centerpiece pasta table, and the resulting ravioli, fusilli, and pappardelle truly taste like they were made hours earlier. At night, the table transforms from a workspace to a communal dining table that serves family-style tasting meals.

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16. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter 425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Inman Square)

Tony Maws' Somerville gastropub is more laid-back than its upscale sibling, Craigie on Main, but the food is just as good. Inspired by English neighborhood pubs, KT&T wants to be the kind of place you can go every night of the week, so it serves an American comfort menu that will have you begging for more. Both brunch and dinner are a meat-lover's paradise, and the kind of amazing grass-fed cheeseburger is available on both menus.

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17. Olé 11 Springfield St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

Although not much about Cambridge screams Mexican food, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the authentic eats coming out of this Inman Square joint's kitchen. They're serving up modern takes on traditional dishes, offering baja style fish tacos, tamales stuffed with mushrooms and cheese, and a chorizo-stuffed pork chop, among others. Without a doubt, the highlight is their tableside-made guac, which they've been doing since way before that became a super popular trend. So give them credit for that before giving them your credit card, too.

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18. Cinquecento 500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Take a seat at the marble bar or let the kind folks at Cinquecento take you to one of the 200 seats in the dining area to experience classical Italian fare in this calming Roman Trattoria-style resto.

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19. Coppa 253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Coppa is South End’s cozy, corner enoteca from James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. The neighborhood space is constantly crowded by diners in search of innovative, tapas-style Italian dishes, including house-made pizza and pasta from the wood oven, house-cured charcuterie, and cheese from Formaggio Kitchen. Enjoy a slice of the Sicilian, or indulge in the Bone Marrow pizza with roasted beef heart and horseradish. Opt for the rigatoni bolognese, or try the spaghetti carbonara with sea urchin. Whether you stick with the familiar or step out of the box (with boquerones), a meal at Coppa is an adventure in creative Italian cuisine, assuming you can snag one of the 38 seats.

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20. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen 604 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Found in the space formerly known as the Stork Club (... and Circles... and Bob's Southern Bistro), this friendly South End neighborhood bar/resto from the guys behind the original Bob's is slinging hearty grub like barbecued steak tips alongside a long list of house cocktails, like their Chicken Martini (Tito's with apple and orange liqueurs, a splash of lemon, and topped with Hennessy).

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21. The Hawthorne 500A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

You'll want to dress to impress at this refined lounge tucked underneath the Hotel Commonwealth, where nationally acclaimed co-owner and bar director Jackson Cannon has built an experience that revolves around thoughtfully crafted cocktails, similar to his beloved sister establishment, Eastern Standard. Warm and comfortable with low tables and plenty of armchairs, drinking at The Hawthorne is almost like sitting in someone’s living room, except you're sipping on exceptional drinks like the Air Mail (a champagne cocktail with white rum, honey, lime and bitters) and small bites like deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto, pickled anchovy, and chorizo toast.

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22. Island Creek Oyster Bar 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Everything about Island Creek’s modern, simple decor and comfortable atmosphere makes you think of an upscale coastal shanty, not to mention the shellfish is impeccable. The raw bar is the main draw here as some of the oysters are sourced directly from its farm of the same name in Duxbury Bay, but you can also get other local New England staples like, Chatham, Wellfleet, and Pearly White. You’ll find daily changing fresh fish options like, Maine Grilled Salmon with mustard spaetzle and apple purée, Falmouth Bluefish with delicata squash and chorizo, and Fried Ipswich Clams, plus brunch fare like, Salt Cod Cakes with house-made baked beans, a fried egg, and bacon.

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23. Sweet Cheeks 1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Launched by a former Top Chef contestant, Sweet Cheeks serves heaping trays of exceptional BBQ, including homemade biscuits that are Boston bucket list-worthy. On each tray, you get your choice of succulent meat (pork belly, pulled chicken, chopped brisket), a hot scoop (mac & cheese, collard greens), and a cold scoop (coleslaw, potato salad). It all makes for an extremely filling meal that will comfort your soul, but make sure to save room for a bucket of those flaky biscuits with house-made honey butter. The dining room tends to get noisy thanks to communal tables (they're made of repurposed church doors), so if that's an issue, opt for a spot on the covered beer garden out back.

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24. Shojo 9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 (Chinatown)

Tucked away in Downtown Boston's Chinatown and named for a Japanese sea spirit, Shojo focuses their Asian fusion far on small plates of meats and steamed buns alongside savory noodle bowls. Much like its customers who order a slew of plates and share them amongst themselves, this hidden treasure covered with urban takes on famous Japanese art has also got a penchant for sake and inventive house cocktails.

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25. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale 48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

This brick-walled gastropub Downtown serves hearty fare (bacon-wrapped rabbit) and has a great selection of beers.

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26. The Tip Tap Room 138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114 (Boston)

Their concept is simple: cook up a variety of meat "tips", ranging from normal (steak and turkey) to exotic (Cilantro Serrano Kangaroo Filet), then pour more than 30 beers from their taps to wash it all down. And don't worry, if for some reason you're not interested in the tips or taps, they concoct a number of cocktails and serve other tasty eats, as well.

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27. Bondir 279A Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

His name is Bond. Jason Bond. And he's the seasoned-vet of a chef behind Bondir, which serves a menu of "Modern Farmhouse" fare that's constantly changing based on the availability of local ingredients, in an atmosphere that's warm, inviting, and full of country goodness.

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28. Catalyst 300 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Starting your day at a place called Catalyst is pretty easy considering the enjoyable, locally sourced organic food options. But you can just as easily (and ironically) end your day there with a house cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.

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29. Lord Hobo 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

While hobos are generally seen as bindle-carrying and dirty, the Lord Hobo in Cambridge is living well at the top of the vagabond hierarchy, serving specialty cocktails, beer, and American comfort food in a rich mahogany space with large flat screens. The 40 taps offer everything from the best New England breweries have to offer to interesting Euro selections -- when was the last time you had a craft beer from Norway?

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30. Park 59 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

This stately tavern and lounge has four distinct areas for imbibing and masticating, both of which you'll want to do considering the beer list is loaded with more than 50 choices and the food menu features options like slow roasted brisket, braised lamb belly and a number of other meaty options and sides.

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31. Puritan & Company 1166 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

Puritan & Co. plates modern American grub with emphasis on a classic New England style, in an attractive, well-lit location that used to be home to the historic Puritan Cake Company.

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32. The Sinclair Kitchen 52 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Rocking out in Harvard Square, the music promo dudes at The Bowery overhauled the former Phatt Boys into a 500-plus capacity, industrial-aesthetic'd concert venue/ rustic bar & kitchen/ casual-cool rooftop with occasional rooftop movie nights.

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33. Tasty Burger 40 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

On the first level, you'll find the burger shop, complete with amazing smells and 1950s-style decor. Downstairs, discover the lounge area that features some billiards, a beer and wine bar and lively music filling the air, all of which is open til 4a.

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34. Trina's Starlite Lounge 3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

The exterior of Trina's Starlite Lounge looks like your typical dive (could it be the Miller High Life sign?), but once inside, you'll discover a hip, retro-style diner and bar that's serving up killer takes on American classics like hot dogs, burgers, and chili, plus craft beer and seasonal cocktails. Come at night for the local brews, chili-cheese fries, and double-patty cheeseburger, and on weekend mornings for Bloody Marys and the Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy: a buttermilk biscuit with cheese, two eggs over easy, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or chipotle-tomato jam.

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35. West Bridge One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Housed in the historic former Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Factory and sporting the original name of the Longfellow Bridge, WB's the inaugural eat/drinkery from a couple of Aquitaine alums who wanted to sling tasty 'tails alongside a lineup of modern French sustenance with "a New England perspective" -- so be prepared for your food to grumble suspiciously about this year's unseasonably mild Winter.

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36. Drink 348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

Don't expect to order off the drink menu here -- it doesn't exist. Drink is manned by barkeeps who craft cocktails based on your flavor preferences (sweet, sour, something on fire, etc), and the custom elixirs, coupled with an industrial, Edison bulb-strung interior, will make you feel as if you're at an exclusive underground party. There is a food menu, however, where bar bites like thick-cut french fries served with malt vinegar aioli pair well with a wagyu beef cheeseburger. The kitchen used to flip just 15 burgers every night, but lucky for you, that's a thing of the past.

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37. Empire One Marina Park Dr, Boston, MA 02210 (Boston)

After spending the year conquering Back Bay (Red Lantern) and DTX (GEM), the culinary conquistadors at Big Night Entertainment continue to tear through the Hub's 'hoods without even offering to sew them back up, this time expanding their... Empire with a massive Asian-themed 350-seater on Fan Pier. Want to know even more?

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38. Harpoon Beer Hall 306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)

This German-style beer hall from the Harpoon Brewing Company holds 300 brewthusiasts and offers a view of the skyline (when you're not looking into the bottom of your glass wondering where all your delicious beer disappeared to).

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39. Stats Bar & Grille 77 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

If there were ever 22 different televised sporting events happening simultaneously (and you want to watch 'em all), you'd head to Stats and their 22 flatscreens. But because that might not ever happen, you should probably stop by anyway and enjoy their friendly vibe and drink fewer than 22 beers.

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40. Tavern Road 343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

South Boston’s Tavern Road is a frenetic cacophony of diners enjoying New American cuisine in small plates, large plates, and, for larger parties, “Street Feasts,” an option for the indecisive who’d prefer the chef to structure their meal. Though the crowd favorites are the chickpea frites, the menu also encompasses tacos, vegetables, charcuterie, fish, meat, and oysters. The main attraction of the dining room is an accent mural in warm reds and burnt oranges, one that sums up the Tavern Road experience: loud, busy, and, above all, lovely.

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41. Backbar 9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143 (Union Square)

The seasoned 'tailsmiths at Backbar concoct a myriad of alco-creations while the kitchen serves up sumptuous comfort food, in a space that feels like your garage if it was trendy and full of strangers.

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42. Casa B 253 Washington St, Sommerville, MA 02143 (Union Square)

You might make Casa B your second home (get it?) after spending some time in this dual-level resto that serves their interpretation of traditional dishes from the Spanish Caribbean, most of which is meant to be shared and eaten sans utensils.

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43. The Painted Burro 219 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Painted Burro's a 95-seat Mexican kitchen & tequileria described as a “farm chic hacienda” featuring a red-/white-walled dining room with weathered wood tables, plus a 14-seat hammered tin/ reclaimed beam bar lit by wire cage lamps and overlooked by a unicorn burro mural rocking a luchador mask and corncob horn.

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44. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.

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45. Grass Fed 605 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130 (Jamaica Plain)

As its name suggest, this place is a burger joint. But before you pigeon hole it, just know that they also dole out sammies, hotdogs, and probably the most overlooked/underrated item, adult milkshakes(!) with flavors like Salted Caramel and Banana's Foster Parent.

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46. The Haven 2 Perkins St, Boston, MA 02130 (Boston)

The Haven brings a slice of Scotland to Jamaica Plain in the form of a dual-room, 45 seater, serving craft beers and traditional fare from across the pond like vegetable bridie, haggis with neeps, and white pudding sassitch and mash.

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47. Steel and Rye 95 Eliot St, Milton, MA 02186 (Milton)

True to its name, this converted garage/warehouse space is fitted with plenty of steel and sure enough, you're free to order some rye at the bar. But don't stop at two words from its name, go ahead and order some favorites from the menu like the lamb meatballs or one of the homemade pastas.

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