07 July 2014

My Contributions to The Improper Bostonian's Boston's Best Food & Drink 2014

Photo courtesy of The Improper Bostonian
The Improper Bostonian's 2014 Boston's Best Awards issue just came out. I encouraged the editors to create a bunch of new award categories in the Food & Drink section, helped select the winners, and did the write-ups for half of them, including many places I've reviewed in recent years. The following were my contributions:

Barbecue: Sweet Cheeks Q
Bartender: Katie Emmerson at The Hawthorne
Burger: Craigie on Main
Butcher Shop: M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats
Cheese: Formaggio Kitchen
Coffee Shop: Thinking Cup
Comeback: Delux Cafe
Deli: Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions
Dessert: Clio
Diner: My Diner
Dinner with a View: Sam's at Louis Boston
Food Truck: Fugu Truck
Greek: Esperia Grill
Hidden Gem: Gene's Chinese Flatbread
Hot Dog: Que Padre Taqueria y Mas
Indian: India Quality
Italian: Prezza
Lobster Roll: Belle Isle Seafood
Mexican: El Centro
Neighborhoods -- Back Bay: The Salty Pig
Neighborhoods -- Brookline: Fairsted Kitchen
Neighborhoods -- Cambridge, Porter Square: Giulia
Neighborhoods -- Davis Square: Posto
Neighborhoods -- Downtown Crossing / Fi-Di: Marliave
Neighborhoods -- East Boston: Rino's Place
Neighborhoods -- Fenway / Kenmore: Audubon Boston
Neighborhoods -- Fort Point: Pastoral
Neighborhoods -- North End: Neptune Oyster
Neighborhoods -- South Boston: Cafe Porto Bello
Neighborhoods -- South End: Merrill & Co.
Neighborhoods -- Union Square: Bronwyn
New Restaurant: Alden & Harlow
Pho: Pho Le Vietnamese Cuisine, Dorchester
Pop-Up: The Future of Junk Food
Salads: Stephi's in Southie
Sandwich: Cutty's
Sommelier: Theresa Paopao at Ribelle
Spanish: Toro
Thai: Thai North
Torta: Tenoch Mexican
Unwelcome Trend: Earsplitting Noise in Dining Rooms
Vegetarian/Vegan: Root
Welcome Trend: Shareable Plates