The Required: Boston

The Required: Boston

A definitive guide to Boston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

January 2, 2020
The Required: Boston

The Required: Boston

A definitive guide to Boston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

January 2, 2020

Boston. Beantown. The City on a hill. One of the oldest cities in the U.S. Home to some excellent food, and now part of our Required club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Mistral

Chef and Owner Jamie Mammano offers up uncomplicated French-Mediterranean fare with a focusing wisely on showcasing seasonal ingredients. Placed in a high-ceilinged hall with large pillars and conical Italian Cypress that evoke Tuscany, Mistral’s ambiance is what we’d call “fancy-simple”, as is their food. Our Experts recommend the tuna tartare with crispy wontons and the tenderloin pizza with mashed potato and white truffle oil. They don’t however recommend hiding behind one of the huge dining room pillars and “surprising” your server while they are carrying a tray of food (file under: lessons hard-won so you don’t have to.) The wine list with over 275 varietals from France and Italy has a little something for everyone and their well-versed servers are fabulous at making spot-on recommendations.

Mistral
Hot Spot
Back Bay East, Boston
$$$$, French, Breakfast, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Event Space
5 Recommendations

Bukowski Tavern

Less than a mile away from Fenway Park, Bukowski Tavern is a beer bar serving comfort-food staples, some with a modern twist. Be sure to check out their famous Camel Burger & Waffle Fries while you gulp down craft beers from their twenty tap system offering a rotating selection from microbreweries across the U.S. Named for the late Charles Bukowski, a notorious barfly, more than half-decent poet, and patron saint of sophomore English major dudes everywhere, their motto is a quote of his: “Drink from the well of your self.” Huh, deep. Now, pass the “white trash cheese dip” please. Oh, and they say that the secret to their success is in part their “surly service” so expect a little extra New England salt with those fries.

Parish Cafe & Bar

Who’s better at MacGyvering to-die-for sandwiches than professional chefs? Think about it: they often have to eat on the go and they have the entire walk-in at their disposal. Open since 1992, Parish Café and Bar offers sandwiches invented by some of Boston’s most famous chefs. Our experts recommend the early 2000s-tastic and now classic zuni roll by Chef Normal Gillespie: smoked turkey, bacon,scallion, dill havarti, cranberry chipotle sauce in a warm tortilla. Also, the spaceboy by Chef Marc Orfaly: charred chicken thigh, zaatar onions, beet pickled turnips, Lebanese garlic sauce and tzatziki on toasted lavash sounds like the perfect thing to crush a beer or cocktail with.

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