East Coast Grill

grits good enough for
the best britches among us
(no banana jokes)

East Coast Grill on Urbanspoon

KO Catering and Pies

aye, a sunny eye
to wake up the sleepiest
koala i know

KO Catering and Pies on Urbanspoon

The Haven

if only all of
us were privy to a warm
shell of seasoned meat

The Haven on Urbanspoon

Where to Eat in 2010: 50 Great Restaurants for 50 Occasions via Boston Magazine

Boston Magazine recently announced its 50 restaurant picks of the year.

A bit of a misnomer: There are 51 restaurants in the list. (Perhaps a bakers' definition?) But I'm not complaining; even limiting my personal favorites of the year to 51 is a challenge.

I've put them in alphabetical order and provided the corresponding links to their respective pages on urbanspoon for your hungry, analytic pleasure. There you can be my friend, upload your snapshots, compile an eating wishlist and generally OD on restaurant wisdom.

What do you think of the list? Anyone missing? Anyone overblown? I noticed one category oddly missing: cafes, bakeries and general chillax-ish restaurants. The list contains inexpensive and casual picks, from sports bars to late-night dives to all-out brunch, so it's not a price thing. The plot (and my latte) thickens.

The Heights: When the occasion calls for excess

The Beehive
Great for: Girls' night out

Bistro du Midi
Great for: Mom and Dad's Big night out

Daily Dish: Friday

Old Faithfuls: The Fine-Dining Fail-Safe

Great for: A belly-busting bar-gain

Great for: Dinner with New York food snobs

Craigie on Main
The Heights: When the occasion calls for excess

East Coast Grill
Old Faithfuls: The Good-Time Go-To

Eastern Standard
Hot Seats

Great for: A hush-hush birthday

Daily Dish: Thursday

Franklin Cafe
Great for: A first date

The Friendly Toast
Great for: Breakfast after a big night

Gargoyles on the Square
Old Faithfuls: The Mixed-Drink Mecca

Grill 23
Hot Seats

Hungry Mother
Great for: A third date

Il Casale
Daily Dish: Saturday

Legal Sea Foods
Great for: Dinner with your celiac sister-in-law

The Lansdowne
Great for: Burgers and beer on game day

The Heights: When the occasion calls for excess

Market by Jean-Georges
Great for: A blowout birthday

Daily Dish: Monday

Daily Dish: Monday

Neptune Oyster
Great for: A second date

No. 9 Park
Hot Seats

North 26
Great for: Dinner with tourists

O Ya
The Heights: When the occasion calls for excess

Old Faithfuls: The Exotic Oasis

Post 390
Great for: Afterwork drinks that turn into dinner

Publick House
Great for: Boys' night out

The Heights: When the occasion calls for excess

Old Faithfuls: The Family-Dining Fave

Hot Seats

Old Faithfuls: The Cozy Standby

Great for: Cheating on your diet

Sel de la Terre
Great for: Snacks after a shopping spree

Great for: Maxing out your expense account

Daily Dish: Monday

Great for: A solo outing

T. W. Food
Daily Dish: Tuesday

Daily Dish: Wednesday

Temple Bar
Great for: Dinner with your vegetarian cousin

Ten Tables Cambridge
Great for: Popping the question

Great for: A secret rendezvous

Great for: A group outing

Trina's Starlite Lounge
Great for: Drinking and dining

Daily Dish: Sunday

Upstairs on the Square
Hot Seats

Vee Vee
Great for: Sticking to your diet.

Great for: A breakup

Bistro 5

ye, ugly ducklings --
take comfort that your flesh is
prized, sliced, juicy, ripe

Bistro 5 on Urbanspoon

Boston Globe Dishing Blog

welcome, dear reader;
repasts (slicked with fondness, fat)
mine, to remember.

Great Lost Bear

feeling skeptical
as the northern version of
spicy is, well, not

Great Lost Bear on Urbanspoon

Local 188

we share many things
(train rides, stained mugs, pickles, dreams)
but brunch is sacred

Local 188 on Urbanspoon

Bistro du Midi

ribbons of pleasure,
woven through the tiara
of ev'ry princess

Bistro du Midi on Urbanspoon

Gourmet Dumpling House

cravings are a queer
thing; to think! saucy putrid
tofu floats your boat

Gourmet Dumpling House on Urbanspoon

Coffee By Design

which trembles louder?
locally roasted beans or
a sleepy-eyed love?

Coffee By Design on Urbanspoon

Otto Pizza

oily ambrosia,
a besotted slice for three;
we took the long way

Otto Pizza on Urbanspoon

Duck Fat

the things that move us;
holy trinity of spud,
fowl grease and fungus

Duck Fat on Urbanspoon

Novare Res

the universe casts
unanswerable questions
like, "mustaches? here?"

Novare Res Bier Cafe on Urbanspoon

Beals Ice Cream

freshly churned dairy
casting a glow not unlike
stolen barn kisses

Beals Old Fashioned Ice Cream on Urbanspoon

The Gallows

i refuse to live
in a world where the answer
to poutine is no

The Gallows on Urbanspoon

All Star Sandwich Bar

kimchi, immodest,
lavished upon this mouth-beast,
while koreans weep*

All Star Sandwich Bar on Urbanspoon

Danish Pastry House

fresh off the crumby
blade; sparks of ginger
a stealth stowaway

Danish Pastry House on Urbanspoon

Bintliff's American Cafe

lust, feasting upon
the morning after; pink flesh
goads, succumbs, endures

Bintliff's American Cafe on Urbanspoon


pork-stained fingertips,
tracing the slathered urban
plight, hot off the press

Paseo (Fremont) on Urbanspoon


wield your modesty
in more than arugula,
than porkfat, than brine

Cicchetti on Urbanspoon

M Bar and Lounge

sleeping tidily
in lacquered berths, char and silk,
what fine orphanage

M Bar and Lounge on Urbanspoon

Kelly's Diner

if only we all
were soaked in cinnamon and
butter and mercy

Kelly's Diner on Urbanspoon

Jo Jo Taipei

no less a comfort
than a mother putting on
your other mitten

Jo Jo Taipei on Urbanspoon

Pastelaria Broadway

nose, jaw, sunk deeply,
losing myself in your fried
wiles, dear coxinha

Pastelaria Broadway on Urbanspoon

Frank's Steak House

i am sixty-five;
townies do not give a damn
with each beefy chew

Frank's Steak House on Urbanspoon

Street Treats

dessert first, she said,
pressing two snickerdoodles
deeper into cream