What big city on the east coast is home to the best chef in Northeast 2007? If you said New York and that's your last answer, you've just lost the game. If you said Boston, you win the prize. And the 2007 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the North East is just the beginning of what Boston should delight your taste buds.
In the heart of the trendy Back Bay district, in an 1880 townhouse, you'll find a sophisticated, modern New England cuisine with a focus on artisanal and New England ingredients. At L'Espalier (30 Gloucester Street), you'll also find Chef Frank McClelland, the 2007 Northeastern Leader of the James Beard Award. Also in Back Bay, you'll find a specialist in classic steak house cuisine and an award-winning wine selection at Capital Grille (359 Newbury Street). And at Vox (755 Boylston Street), known for its martinis, chef Eric Bogardus offers dishes like Woven Flounder or Ostrich Stroganoff on an American bistro-style menu.
Seafood is a New England classic and is part of Boston's famous seafood history. Union Oyster House (41 Union Street), established in 1826, claims to be the oldest restaurant in operation in the United States. They claim that you can find the best New England clam chowder, as well as fresh seafood. Book the booth privileged by John F. Kennedy when he practiced law in his early days. Overlooking Boston Harbor, Anthony 4 Pier (140 Northern Avenue) offers an exceptional culinary experience with Maine's freshest seafood and succulent lobster. At Atlantic Fish Co. (761 Boylston Street), the cuisine features classic dishes such as shrimp cocktails, ice cream clams and Blue Point oysters. For a more upscale vibe, the McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant (34 Columbus Ave, Boston Park Plaza Hotel) is quite appropriate in the theater district.
Boston's North End is famous for everything that's Italian, and the restaurants are up to its reputation. The Cantina Italiana (346 Hanover Street) is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike. Open since 1931, Cantina Italiana is North End's oldest restaurant. It exudes a warm and charming atmosphere and offers a relaxed dining experience. Ristorante Fiore (250 Hanover Street) offers authentic Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. The only seasonal patio on the North End and rooftop restaurants.
If Sunday brunch is your dish, Café Fleuri (250 Franklin Street, The Langham Hotel) has been voted one of Boston's best restaurants. The Sunday Jazz Brunch is just one of his specialties. It offers a brasserie-style experience, with an open kitchen and a full-size brick oven that allows diners to experience culinary creativity with their own eyes. In addition to breakfast (voted "Best Breakfast"), lunch and dinner seven days a week, Café Fleuri also offers a famous Saturday Chocolate Bar. Harvest (44 Brattle Street, Cambridge) offers another award-winning Sunday brunch, as well as an American cuisine featuring the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce of the region. Harvest was voted Best Restaurant in New England by the Zagat Survey. If you love to pack kids, Bostonians recommend Toro (1704 Washington Street), voted best brunch of Boston kids in 2007.
For a meal with a view, Top of the Hub (800 Boylston Street, Prudential Center, 52nd Floor) offers 360-degree views of the city, as well as jazz and original American dishes with unique flavors.
No big city has its friendly arguments about the best pizza and Boston is no exception. At Pizzeria Regina (11 Thacher Street), Bostonians have been enjoying delicious brick-oven baked pizzas for over 70 years. For specialty pizzas, head to Croma (269 Newbury Street), where the special is combinations such as duck, green onions and hoisin sauce, or bacon, sausages, mozzarella and an egg , vertically.
Bukowski Tavern (50 Dalton Street) was voted Best Pub 2007 Boston Pub Grub. The burgers are big and messy, and the menu includes classic BBQ chicken dishes and the one and only White-Trash Cheese Dip. If you prefer a casual atmosphere, try B. Good (131 Dartmouth), where two childhood friends offer guilt-free burgers, french fries, vegetarian options and salads.
End your visit to Boston with a treat from Choco Choco House (83 Pembroke Street), voted Best Boston Chocolate 2007. Or treat yourself to one of Boston's favorite ice cream favorites. Bostonians eat more ice cream per capita than anyone in the United States, and when they want the best, it's Christina (1255 Cambridge Street) with 40 rotating offerings, some created with the ingredients of the next door spice shop.