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We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you figure out the best lobster rolls in Boston, to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check out their Boston picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in Boston.

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Toro

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Toro is a South End tapas place that will make you wish you had more friends, because the food here is too good not to be shared with anyone else. It’s a fun place that hits the sweet spot between a restaurant and a bar, and you’ll want to linger for hours with some great cocktails as you go from the white anchovies to the za’atar duck.

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Saltie Girl

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Saltie Girl could be a bar on the mega yacht that Brad Pitt charters when the world’s most beautiful people meet to decide who’s going to date whom for the next 12 months. In other words, it’s one of Boston’s most fun oyster bars. The warm lobster roll is outstanding and the torched salmon belly is close to a perfect little bite of food.

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Hojoko is whatever the opposite of a sensory deprivation chamber is – a loud, colorful, rock n’ roll-themed izakaya that’s always a good time (especially if you get the nori tacos).

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Hojoko

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Kava Neo Taverna is a comfortable little South End living room of a restaurant, that also happens to Boston’s best Greek place, which will become obvious after one bite of octopus.

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Kava Neo-Taverna

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Taranta is is an Italian restaurant that vacationed in Peru, potentially tried some ayahuasca, and had visions of excellent fusion dishes like gnocchi stuffed with cassava root, making it one of our favorite restaurants in the North End.

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Taranta

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Myers & Chang is the dinner party you wish you could throw, a place with a lot of different flavors on a menu whose highlights include some great biang biang noodles and a lobster roasted with ginger scallion sauce.

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Myers & Chang

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DRINK by The Infatuation

Backbar

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Hanging Out at Backbar in Union Square is like hanging out in a friend’s living room, if that friend happened to be obsessed with Star Wars, a capable muralist, and – oh yeah – an inventive cocktail maker. The only downside of being here is that it makes you sad you can’t be here all the time.

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Trillium Brewery

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Trillium makes better beer than just about anyone else in Boston right now. Head to the brewery in Fort Point for a huge selection of hazy, juicy New England IPAs that you can drink either in the first floor tap room or up on the roof. If you get hungry, it’s one of the only breweries in Boston that serves food in the form of a really good, grill-heavy American menu.

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Nathalie is a wine bar with bar bites that are more than good enough to substitute for dinner, and it’s the opposite of stuffy.

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Nathalie

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Wink & Nod is a hidden cocktail bar with a great scotch selection that feels like the perfect place to plan your next casino heist.

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Wink & Nod

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Shore Leave is an underground tiki bar with a small menu of Southeast Asian bites that kind of looks like a filming location for South Pacific.

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Shore Leave

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While some Irish pubs look like food halls you’d find in an amusement park called Shamrock Land, the Brendan Behan makes you want to write poetry and smoke a pipe next to a peat fire.

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Brendan Behan Pub

Infatuation Approved ✔️

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Flour Bakery

A curated blackboard of sandwiches, confections and espresso drinks towers over the friendly baristas at Boston’s favorite Flour Bakery. The beloved cafe is also home to a variety of workshops like bread baking and tapas tasting.

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Blackbird Doughnuts

A local coffee roaster powers Boston’s first artisanal doughnut shop, located in the heart of the South End. Inventive flavors like sesame sriracha and blackberry lavender exist alongside classics at the subway-tiled grab-n-go.

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Locally owned and universally loved, Render serves international grinds at their laidback and well lit space. Enjoy your expertly-steamed espresso or artisanal pour over in the back sunroom or outdoor deck.

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Renowned-baker, restaurateur and farmer’s market vendor Tzurit Or serves buttery pastries and her famous nut boxes at her many Boston locations. Hearty grain bowls and savory tarts are also offered.

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Tatte Bakery

A tiny espresso bar in the Leather District, find freshly roasted bags of beans alongside cold brew offerings.

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Gracenote

Shop

Olives and Grace

Celebrating Boston’s finest makers and artisans, Olives and Grace is a home for inspiration, collaboration and local trade. Pick up a handcrafted gift, a small-batch candle, or sell your own wares at this curated Shawmut space.

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Bodega

Peculiarly hidden behind a convenience store, Bodega sells limited-edition kicks and other hard-to-find streetwear styles. An international online destination, storefronts can be found only in Boston and LA.

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Grab a beautiful knick-knack, useful kitchen tool, or thoughtful gift from Black Ink’s eclectic collection.

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Black Ink

As the name suggests, find a curated selection of hard-to-find French and Italian styles.

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French & Italian

Find objects forged by makers, products that support causes, totems and treasures at Queen of Swords collaborative space.

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Queen of Swords

A playful and stylish boutique for the best dressed kiddos in your life.

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Kodomo

Do

The Mapparium

This might be revealing our true inner nerd, but The Mapparium is a childhood globe-enthusiast dream come true. The experience includes a three-story, stained-glass, 360-degree view of our world enhanced by music and LED lights.

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Sacco’s Bowl Haven

There are few things that bring us the same joy as a hilariously-competitive game of bowling that has the smell of wood-fired pizza wafting in the background–find it all at Sacco’s.

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Find a moment of peace among the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s immersive collection of flowers, plants, textiles, furniture and architecture.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A collection of contemporary art lives amongst workshops, performances, and more at ICA Boston’s waterfront digs.

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ICA Boston

Witness the changing of the seasons and catch a Shakespeare play in the park at Arnold Arboretum.

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Arnold Arboretum