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Spanish restaurant


En España, dinner starts late; so in the post-work, pre-meal hours, people trot from bar to bar, sip drinks, and order up small plates of food and mini appetizers to tide them over till dinner.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Romantic restaurant


Every dim-lit South End bistro can be “romantic,” but it’s the delight of the unpredictable, the charm of the unexpected that really elevates the intimacy of an evening.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Seafood restaurant


At East Coast Grill & Raw Bar, Chef Chris Schlesinger focuses his attention on fire (both literal and figurative), big, bold flavors, and serving up the freshest seafood available.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place for dessert


It’s one thing to rip open a pack of Chips Ahoy and stuff a few soft-baked cookies into your face.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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New restaurant


They don’t do wraps. They don’t do new-age, health-crazed sandwich variations or inspirations.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Pizza place


When is a pizza place not a pizza place?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



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Middle Eastern restaurant


All right, so you’re coming for the hummus or the lentil stew or the falafel or the lamb shank or the kabobs or the grape leaves or the pumpkin kibby or the tofu couscous.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Mexican restaurant


It’s safe to say that the Border Cafe has reached the elusive, exclusive status of a Harvard Square institution.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Late lunch restaurant


“Late lunch” is a bit of a euphemism, but “Place to go when you’re so hung over you can’t make it out of the house until at least 1 pm” was a bit of a mouthful.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Japanese restaurant


For your unagi rolls, your uni, your ikura with quail egg, for your sake maki, your mirugai, your scorpion roll, Fugakyu, in Brookline, has just what you need.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Korean restaurant


In the Asian food roster, Korean strikes us as one of the cleaner, less oily editions (not to mention the dishes are fun as hell to say: bibimbap? Ttokpokki? Chicken bulgogi?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



Italian restaurant


Of the more than 80 restaurants in the North End, only a handful are owned and run by women.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Indian restaurant


Not long ago, Arlington’s Punjab moved down the street into larger, more luxurious digs that feature 100 more seats and a sumptuous golden glow.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Ice-cream parlor


Oh, Christina's, sweet Christina’s! Parlor of pleasure, den of delight!
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Greasy spoon


The griddle at Allston’s Grecian Yearning has been sizzling since 1976, serving up short-order staples to the hungry and hungover.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 15, 2009

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Coffee shop


Good coffee shops become more than just the spot you duck into, bleary-eyed and cranky, for a caffeine blast on your way to work.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



Burrito


You walk in and already know what you want, because Anna's Taqueria is no place for browsing.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Chinese restaurant


Golden Temple's guiding philosophy honors a commitment to fresh meat and seafood, making meals to order, and supporting local produce growers.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Burger


On the first warm day of spring, you’ll see a crowd of people queuing up for half a block outside Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers in Harvard Square.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Brewpub


You know it’s officially fall when Cambridge Brewing Co. puts its Great Pumpkin Ale — one of the best pumpkin beers we’ve had the pleasure of drinking — back on the taps.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Barbecue


You’ll see the custom-made Redbones Rib Rider delivery bikes zooming around Cambridge and Somerville.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010


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