2363 Hollydale Ave
City Pork is the new kid on the block compared to other spots on this list, but it’s taken it less than two years to become the most buzzed about restaurant in BR. As the name implies, this deli slings some mean pork, and the people here pride themselves on treating every part of the pig with TLC. Try the Cubano: a po-boy bun pressed and filled with City Pork’s famous 17-hour smoked pork shoulder, honey ham, house-made pickles, Dijon, and Swiss cheese.
3056 Perkins Rd
Somewhere between a magpie’s dream, a fortune teller’s hazy lair, and an Old World Italian café is Pinetta’s, both an icon and a hidden gem of BR. Since opening its doors in 1962, Pinetta’s red-and-white checkered tablecloths, carefully curated wine cellar, and flickering candlelight have made it the city’s romantic go-to. While the menu offers hearty, homestyle Italian, plus German and Turkish fare, you’d be remiss to pass up its famous red sauce -- each batch is cooked with devotion over three full days.