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1. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar412 West Broadway, Boston
2. Henrietta's Table1 Bennett St, Cambridge
3. The Salty Pig130 Dartmouth St, Boston
4. Taj Boston15 Arlington St, Boston
5. KO at the Shipyard256 Marginal St, East Boston
6. The Regal Beagle308 Harvard St , Brookline
7. Ocean Prime140 Seaport Blvd, Boston
8. Puritan & Company1166 Cambridge St, Cambridge
9. Yvonne's Supper Club2 Winter Place, Boston
10. The Liberty Hotel215 Charles St, 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.
Henrietta’s Table is your classic farmhouse kitchen nestled inside Harvard Square's Charles Hotel -- but don't let the fact that it's in a hotel deter you. Known for its hearty, New England farm-to-table fare and local ingredients, HT serves up burly breakfast plates like cream chipped beef on buttermilk biscuits and sirloin with eggs, not to mention its popular red flannel hash with poached eggs and malted waffle with homemade apple butter.
As the name implies, this South End spot is big into pork-centric cured meats. With local charcuterie, artisanal cheese selections, and stone-grilled pizza pies, the Salty Pig is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. An Old World wine list and quirkily named cocktail menu put the finishing touches on the bold flavors that abound here, and the doodle-decorated chalkboard walls make for a decidedly fun ambience.
Much like its accommodations, the Taj Hotel chain doesn't skimp on luxury when it comes to food. Its Boston location offers quality American fare that can match any of the Hub's fine-dining spots, including a decadent brunch which features charcuterie, fresh pastas, a raw bar, and a roasted ribeye carving station.
If you’re looking for some grub from the Down Under, head to KO at the Shipyard. This cozy counter service spot offers authentic Australian comfort food such as savory meat and curried vegetable pies, as well as hard to find pantry goods like Vegemite, Milo, and Tim Tams. Outdoor seating overlooking the harbor is available when the weather’s nice, but don’t fret—there’s an inviting nook of communal high-top tables indoors when winter’s in full swing.
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.
Ocean Prime brings a bit of extra class to Seaport thanks to its elegant decor and top-notch surf & turf menu. It's an outpost of a national chain, but its sophisticated feel and excellent service are anything but cookie-cutter. The waitstaff show careful attention to detail, as do refined dishes like blackened snapper with corn spoon bread and jalapeño tartar, yellowfin tuna, and filet mignon. The dining room is accented with wood and modern light fixtures, and the granite bar at the center slings craft cocktails and wines by the glass.
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.
This restaurant and bar in Downtown Crossing features a grand collection of chandeliers, Victorian patterned wallpaper, plush velvet and polished leather booths that will have you weak in the knees. And that's before the food even arrives at your table, which you'll want to pack with your entire entourage because sharing's the name of the game at Yvonne's. You can split a plate of grilled octopus, beef matambre, or quinoa meatballs, but that doesn't mean you'll have to share your handcrafted cocktail (that is, unless you spring for a spiked punch bowl).
Built in 1851 (and run until 1990) as the Charles Street Jail, this massive granite- and brick-structure situated off the Charles River at the foot of Beacon Hill now boasts 298 guest rooms, an "I'm totally staying in a prison" historical vibe, and five different spots where you can dine and imbibe.