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Boston
EXPECTATIONS ARE FUNNYTHINGS. Conventional
wisdom has it that people and places r i s e to the level
of expectations set before them, but as we scoured the
landscape f o r the Best of Boston this year, our e x p e r i -
ence was the opposite. We found that we w e r e forced
to set o u r expectations higher, because the city had
r i s e n past them. 11 As always, we went looking f o r the
best of everything, anonymously and at the magazine's
expense. For 10 months we t e s t e d , watched, and ate
o u r ways t h r o u g h t o w n . 1 Soon enough, we noticed
changes in the city: I t has gotten better. A lot better.
Longstanding i n s t i t u t i o n s t h a t once lived off t h e i r
r e p u t a t i o n s have revitalized, and new ones have f l o u r -
ished. Even r e s t a u r a n t and r e t a i l service, long Boston's
soft spot, has improved. And those high standards
are s p r e a d i n g : There are mare impressive e n t e r p r i s e s
in the s u b u r b s than ever. So we r e t u r n e d there , but
also went f u r t h e r — t o j u d g e , f o r the f i r s t time, the
fines t of the Cape and islands. II We've made o t h e r
changes, tou, adding sections on the best spots f o r dat-
ing, repairs, even where to find the best outfits, so that
while you enjoy the best the city has to offer, you can
look your best. 1 Not t h a t we'd expect anything less.
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BAKERY, BREAD BURRITO CHEESE


BREAD Í. BUTTER BAKING CO. The EL PELÓN TAQUERÍA Pictures of Mexi- WHOLE FOODS MARKET When it's
golden glow, faintly sweet aroma, and can wrestlers. Day of the Dead skele- world-class cheese yon crave, head
heavenly texture of the freshly bakei! tons, and photos of Pancho Villa bolster straight to the River Street branch of this
loaves at this cute shop in a still-grungy the authenticity of this Mexican outpost ubiquitous natural-foods chain for the
.stretch of J.P. could make even the most in the Fenway. Unlike at other assem- most consistently ripe, reasonably priced
ardent Atkins disciples recognize the bly-line burrito joints, the burros here frontage around. The store stocks several
folly of their ways. Along with staples don't mush together into a single taste hundred different kinds of cheese—from
such as multi-grain and white breads on the palate. Each ingredient—Mexican imported and esoteric cave-aged Brillat-
and crusty baguettes, Bread & Butter rice, succulent, homemade guacamole, Savarin and aged asiago to the common
features daily specials—the cinnamon- and grilled steak, chicken, or fish- but elegant cheddar. What's more, the
swirl offered on the weekends is espe- bursts with its own spicy flavor inside staff is happy to special-order anything,
cially tasty—and a selection of pastries the symphonic whole of the roll. A word dole out samples and serving advice,
Including a twice-baked croissant, of warning: If you ask for extra hot or wax poetic about the unsung glories
stuffed with almond paste and dusted sauce, you better mean it. 92 PETERBOR- of raw (versus heated) milk cheeses.
with sugar, that will put you back on OUGH ST.. BOSTON, 617-262-9090. 340 RIVER ST., CAMBRIDGE, 617-676-6990.
carbs for good. 3346 WASHINGTON ST.,
JAMAICA PLAIN, 617-983-B68B.

BRUNCH
TR EMONT 647 What better way to spend
a morning than in your pajamas sipping
coffee with your neighbors? Tremont
b'47's Saturday and Sunday pajama
brunch combines comfort food and a
cozy space for the perfect weekend wind-
down. Everything on the menu here is
worth getting out of bed for. For a late
breakfast, try chef Andy Husbands's
huevos rancheros over beans and rice,
or move on to lunch with a plate of
stinky cheeses and a juicy burger. Can't
shake the hangover? tío with the cure-
all combination: Matty's V8 bloody mary
and the skillet-baked eggs and hash.
647 TREMONT ST., BOSTON, 617-266-4600.

BURGER
TIM'S BAR &, GRILL Narrow, dark, and
dingy, Tim's is hardly where you'd
expect to come across one of this city's
gastronomic standouts. But the kitchen
here grills up the biggest, tastiest burg-
ers you can imagine—no-frills, half-
pound, juicy char-grilled numbers
served on puffy bulky rolls. Throw in
a good selection of affordable brews
on lap, and it's easy to see what makes
this honest man's oasis so popular with
rcRuUvs and newcomers alike. 329 if chef
Duckconfit is but one of
Ken Oringer's artful masterpieces, PHOTOGRAPH BY HEATH BOBBINS
COLUMBUS AVE., BOSTON, 617-247-7BG4. • >

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CHEF
MICH AELSCHLOW Being a great chef
isn't just about respecting good ingredi-
ents or cooking with passion. It's also
about being a good manager and building

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relationships with the guests you serve.
Michael Schlow is all of the above, and
more. Willi three restaurants in his
BEACH expanding stable (Radius, Via Malta, and
HORSENECK BEACH When it comes to kicking back in the dunes, the f i r s t o r d e r of Great Bay), Schlow may not be the man
business is to make sure you f i n d enough room to s t r e t c h out. Horseneck has all who personally prepares your dinner, but
the b r e a t h i n g room you need to relax, w i t h almost 600 acre s of b a r r i e r beach and he juggles each of his top-notch kitchens
salt m a r s h , plus t w o miles of soft sand at the w e s t e r n end of Buzzards Bay. What with aplomb. Schlow understands the
could be b e t t e r than that? Ample p a r k i n g , of c o u r s e — a n d you'll f i n d t h a t h e r e , too. culinary parameters of his ventures better
RTE. SB, WESTPORT, 50B-636-8B16. than anyone—he knows, for example, that
at Radius, less is more; that at Via Matta,
BRUNCH cooking pasta is an art; and that at Great
ARTHUR & PAT'S I t simply isn't summer in B r a n t Rock w i t h o u t the smell of c r a b Bay, it's all about the bounty of our local
cakes and eggs —and the epic b r u n c h l i n e s it a t t r a c t s — p o u r i n g f r o m A r t h u r Í. waters, RAOIUS, a HIGH ST. BOSTON, 617-
Pat's. And it isn't A r t h u r &. Pat's w i t h o u t A e r o s m i t h b l a r i n g t h r o u g h the salty air, 426-1234; GREAT BAY. 500 COMMONWEALTH
w a i t r e s s e s i n t i e - d y e d s h i r t s slamming g r o a n i n g plates onto the g r a n i t e t a b l e s , AVE., BOSTON, 617-532-5300; VIA MATTA, 79
or r i d i c u l o u s c a r t o o n s i l l u s t r a t i n g the killer daily specials: s h r i m p f l o r e n t i n e PARK PLAZA, BOSTON, 617-422-D00B.
omelettes, gloriously c r i s p y f r i e d clams, and the aptly named " A r t i e ' s Orgasmic
L o h s t e r Roll." 239 OCEAN ST., MARSHF1EL0, 7B1-834-9755. [continued on page 202J CHEF, UP AND COMING
GABRIEL FRASCA, SPIRE After years
of working with some of this city's best
(Gordon llamersley, Michael Schlow,
Seth Woods), it's Frasca's turn to soar
at Spire, the restaurant at the Nine Zero
hotel. And soar he does, with entrees like
his fresh pea soup, an earthy ode to sum-
mer with a tinge of sautéed pea shoots
for brightness and a sweet, nutiy crab
dumpling for contrast. We hope more
young chefs will follow Frasca's lead.
90 TREMONT ST, BOSTON, E17-772-0202.

CLAM CHOWDER
TURNER FISHERIES Chowder, that most
traditional of New England foods, could
never be invented today. Leaving aside
the Manhattanite abomination, a good
chowder, with its base of sail pork and
heavy cream, is a lest of will to modern-
day dielers. Turner Fisheries serves the
most testing chowder of all. The broth
is aromatic and Quid, not gagged with
flour. Instead, it's dense with clams that
taste freshly shucked anil even sport the
odd peppering of sand, while the season-
ing is delicate enough to let the flavor of
the shellfish come through. This is soup
for a New Knglandcr's soul. 10 HUNTING-
TON AVE., BOSTON, 617-424-7425.

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town mainstay is open until J- a.m. on
Hie weekends, luring hungry night owls
with plentiful portions and a frenetic
table-hopping scene. Behind the sushi
bar. chefs meticulously hand roll cater-
pillar and scorpion nuiki, while petite
waitresses glide around in decorative
black robes. The extensive menu lists
sashimi, rice soups, noodles, and tem-
puras along with a well-chosen selection
of beer and wine. For the ultimate
Japanese sampler, try the Ginza Cruise.
1G HUDSON ST., BOSTON, E17-33B-2261.

PIZZA, GOURMET
EMMA'S The super-thin crust that flies
out of Emmas kitchen is addictive in its
own right. Add to that such innovative
combinations as Canadian bacon,
caramelized onions, and rosemary sauce,
or a seallion, garlic, and gorgonzola mix.
The restaurant may have just changed
hands, but nearly everything else about
it has stayed the same—right down to the
ä la carte toppings (three kinds of toma-
toes, sweet and gold potatoes, capers, even
dried cranberries). Friendly service (the
waiters offer detailed reheating instruc-
tions) rounds out the experience. 40 HAMP-
SHIRE ST., CAMBRIDGE, 617-B64-B534.

PIZZA, TRADITIONAL
PIZZA 06GI Let the gourmets pile on
their trendy precious toppings; the best
serious classic pizza is the kind that gets
the basics right. This barely decorated
brick storefront in Jamaica Plain has
Our special tonight: unlimited
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its thin, simple pizzas down to a science:
They're doused with herbed olive oil and
scattered with cornuieal, then slathered
line that formed nightly outside Olives. cool. With colorfully ironic splashes in a tomato sauce that's tangy and
These days, with a new reservations pol- of Asian pop culture, delightful retro slightly smoky. The crowning mozzarella
icy, getting in is a snap; even large groups tinges, and plenty of room for lounging, starts out blistering hot, then cools to
can be accommodated—at either the com- this hidden Downtown Crossing desti- a smooth, gooey sweetness. If you really
munal table in the main dining room or nation with its highly competent service want it, you can get a version decked out
in the private room out back. The notori- is perfect for parties of 2,12, or 20. The with spicy sausage and such, but with
ously hearty dishes make for easy sharing. menu relies on a perfect balance of flavor as pure as this, why bother? B PER-
And the affable servers, who know the sweet and sour, fried and juicy, meaty KINS ST., JAMAICA PLAIN, E17-971-9797.
food and wine menus inside and out. can and delicate. Just remember—don't over-
help your group navigate from lorte/li load on kumquat majitos before digging RESTAURANT, AL FRESCO
of butternut squash pasta to crispy duck into the crispy sweet-chili squid or OLEANA Boston has no shortage of out-
I'orange to vanilla bean souffle. 10 CITY orange and tamarind-glazed spareribs. door dining options, but for our money,
SQUARE, CHARLESTOWN, 617-242-1999. 25 KINGSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-482-6282. none is as transporting as the backyard
terrace at Oleana. It's a fairyland of flora
GROUP DINING, AFFORDABLE LATE-NIGHT DINING and fauna—swags of crawling green
PEKINGTOM'S LONGTANG LOUNGE It GINZA RESTAURANT Bright lights, big draped over wooden trellises, fruit trees
may sound tacky on paper, but in person. sushi. These are Ginza's trademarks- burgeoning with ripe fruit, flowers
Peking Tom's is deliciotisly campy and even after Boston's bedtime. This China- of every variety waving in the summer

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Desserts
BAKERY, SWEETS
CAFÉ VANILLE Most bakeries aim f o r
breeze. That's more than most of us need streets, savory baked goods, homemade French authenticity , but f e w t h i s side
to set the scene for a relaxing meal- hummus, inventive salads, and daily of the A t l a n t i c succeed as completely
so when chef Ana Sortun tosses in her cheese plates. Plus, the steady stream of as Cafe Vanille. Choosing between
soothing and exotic Mediterranean passing pedestrian and dog traffic makes the flaky, airy, and flawlessly t e x t u r e d
menu, it's just glorious gravy. 134 HAMP- for endless tableside entertainment. chocolate c r o i s s a n t s and blissful
SHIRE ST., CAMBRIOGE, 617-661-0505. 571 TREMONT ST., BOSTON, 617-247-8377. f r e s h - f r u i t c u s t a r d t a r t s is an exer-
cise in f u t i l i t y : J u s t take one of each.
RESTAURANT, AL FRESCO, RESTAURANT, BARBECUE The s e t t i n g , an almost impossibly
AFFORDABLE UNCLE PETE'S HICKORY RIBS Nestled in c h a r m i n g l i t t l e Charles S t r e e t s t o r e -
GARDEN OF EDEN lew summertime East Boston's Day Square, Uncle Pete's is f r o n t , also s p o r t s a sunny brick patio,
pleasures are greeted as enthusiastically the kind of barbecue place locals keep to the ideal p e r c h f o r tucking i n t o a
in this town as the chance to dine out- themselves. And, really, we'd never have decadent mocha c r é m e - f i l l e d páté a
doors. But even considering the growing suspected that this lopsided setting, a choux whil e w a t c h i n g all of Beacon
abundance of patio cafés. Garden of Eden former Dairy Queen, could produce the Hill s t r o l l past. Now you know w h a t
Stands out for its exceptional basic ingre- most mouthwatering flavor-packed pork, Proust was fussing about. 70 CHARLES
dients: fresh and creative dishes, an beef, chicken, and ribs we've gnawed this ST., BOSTON, 617-523-9200.
unpretentious staff, and umbrellas to far north. Pete himself makes everything
provide some shade. The menu includes daily, using special combinations of dry7 CHEF, PASTRY
light, refreshing dishes like crusty, over- rubs and marinades and smoking the KRISTEN D. MURRAY, NO. 9 PARK
stuffed sandwiches named for nearby meats for five hours or more with a result Some d e s s e r t s a r e among life's sweet-
est r e w a r d s precisely because they
a r e n ' t too sweet. Kristen D. M u r r a y
understands this. Consider her walnut
pain perdu, a soft and almost custardy
bread laden w i t h t a r t red c u r r a n t s ,
r i c h , nutty c r u n c h , and tangy w a t e r -
buffalo-milk y o g u r t sorbet. Or feast
your eyes—and stomach—on her black
pepper cheesecake, a masterpiece of
smooth cheese jolted w i t h black pepper
and cut w i t h the soothing sweetness
of caramelized pineapple and t a r t - a s -
can-be green apple compote. 9 PARK
ST., BOSTON, 617-742-9991.

ICECREAM
TOSCANINI There a r e plenty of
Boston ice c r e a m shops w o r t h y of
c a l o r i c i n d u l g e n c e , but none as e n t i c -
ing as this one. The selection may
not be the biggest in t o w n , but i t ' s
v a r i e d enough f o r even t h e pickiest of
palates, w i t h about a dozen i n c r e d i b l y
smooth a n d r i c h flavors i n c l u d i n g
Hydrox cookie, Vienna Finger, b u r n t
c a r a m e l, and g i n g e r - s n a p molasses.
The real draw, though, is the s u p e r -
ligh t t e x t u r e , which especially comes
t h r o u g h in the richly f l a v o r e d nocciota
(hazelnut) a n d Belgian chocolate
v a r i e t i e s . 899 MAIN ST.. CAMBRIDGE.
Creative and modern Greek 617-491-5877; 1310 MASSACHUSETTS
cuUtne stacked full of flavor, P H O T O G R A P H B V C H R I S T O P H E R O R E E N
AVE., CAMBRIDGE, 617-354-9350. B

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Juicy, tender, and addictive, Tim's
burgers have patrons fire d up.
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so succulent that extra sauce and gar-


nishes are superfluous. Equally note-
worthy is the care taken here with side

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dishes, including frosted sweet-potato
biscuits, homemade baked beans, and
hand-cut fries. 309 BENNINGTON ST„ EAST
NEIGHBORHOO D RESTAURANT. ALLSTON BOSTON, 617-563-7427.
BIG CITY If a neighborhoo d r e s t a u r a n t ' s f i r s t o b l i g a t i on is to genuinely r e f l e c t i t s
s e t t i n g , Big City i s a h i g h - s h i n e m i r r o r , t a k i n g A l l s t o n ' s c o l l e g i a t e c u l t u r e a n d RESTAURANT, CHINESE
r e f i n i n g i t by a notch o r t w o . S u r e , t h e r e ' s plenty of beer —one of t h e city's best PEACH FARM Cheek the specials before
s e l e c t i o n s, in f a c t — b u t i t ' s h a n d c r a f t e d and f r o m every c o r n e r of the globe. A n d ordering at Peach Kann—the seafood is
whil e pizza and f i n g e r foods r e i g n s u p r e m e , they come in such n e o - g o u r m e t r e n d i - always right from the tank, the clams in
tions as s p i n a c h - a r t i c h o k e dip and M e d i t e r r a n e a n nachos w i t h balsamic t o m a t o e s . black bean sauce taste fresh from the sea,
133 BRIGHTON AVE., ALLSTON, 617-7B2-2020. and the lobster with ginger and scallions
is the stuff Cantonese dreams are made
BACK BAY of. If you don't like seafood, the braised
STEPHANIE'S ON NEWBURY When b r o w s i n g t h e shops on N e w b u r y S t r e e t leaves chicken hotpot, at once complex and
you peckish, pop i n t o this Back Bay mainstay, s t i l l s e r v i n g reliably tasty d r e s s e d - soothing, is a gem. The atmosphere
up c o m f o r t food a f t e r ID y e a r s in b u s i n e s s . Snag a seat at a sidewalk table a n d is bustling, and the service keeps pace
w a t c h the w o r l d amble by as you dig i n t o t h e s a t i s f y i n g l y messy Cuban s a n d w i c h nicely. 4TYLER ST., BOSTON, 617-482-1116.
( r o a s t e d p o r k , ham, pickles, a n d S w i s s ) o r t h e simple a n d c l a s s ic l o b s t e r r o l l .
At b r u n c h , the creamy c r a b cake B e n e d i c t w i t h j a l a p e ñ o h o l l a n d a i s e is r e a s o n RESTAURANT, FRENCH
enough to linger. 190 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, E17-236-0990. [continued on page 20H\ SEL DE LATERRE Afineehareuterie may
not he the only mark of just how French
a restaurant is, but sampling its goods
is without a doubt one of the most mag-
nifique ways to kick off a meal. Chef Geoff
Gardner's meats are outstanding—com-
plex and intensely flavorful—as are his
petit goñter of imported olives and lus-
cious vegetable spreads and Ins baked goat
cheese. The rest of Sel de la 'Ierre sports a
thick French accent, loo. from the modern
Provencal decor to the dense wine list to
the fragrant bouillabaisse to the attached
boulangerie—a must-stop for take-away
treats from Michael Rhoads's bakery.
255 STATE ST., BOSTON, 617-720-1300.

RESTAURANT, FRENCH, AFFORDABLE


CRAIGIE STREET BISTROT Midden in
the quiet, tweedy folds of residential
Cambridge, this neighborhood restaurant
is part exquisite cuisine, part delicious
local fare, and all parts homage to true
French bistro culture. Entering the inti-
mate, family-owned spot, with its cozy
furniture and warm colors, is like walking
into a well-loved (and well-populated)
living room. Hut the extremely well-
priced menu is anything but predictable.
Chef Tony Maws keeps it fluid with his
improvisations (Exhibit A: the red
chile-marinated prime hangar steak with
sultry roasted bone marrow) and an ebb
and How of local produce so fresh, all
Montmartre would be impressed. 5
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CLIO For those times in life when you
have been very, very good, there's Clio-
proof that fine dining doesn't have to be
stuffy, and luxury doesn't have to be
predictable. Credit goes foremost to

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chef Ken Oringer. who flies in his ingredi-
ents from every corner of the earth for
palate-challenging dishes like cassolette
of lobster and sea urchin with yu~u and
JOHNNY'S LUNCHEONETTE Long a local f a v o r i t e , b r u n c h a t Johnny's i s w o r t h the Japanese pepper. Ori tiger's graceful,
w a i t on the weekends —especially w i t h kids i n tow. The b o i s t e r o u s a t m o s p h e r e , gutsy cuisine may tend toward the
c h i l d - f r i e n d l y menu, a n d v i b r a n t r e t r o d e c o r w o u l d be w o r t h a s t o p even w i t h o u t erudite, but it always goes down easy.
the i n c r e d i b l e food. Our f a v o r i t e s : the o u t s t a n d i n g c r u n c h y French toast, g e n e r - Equally captivating is Clio's dining room,
ously sized omelets, and J o h n n y 's p o r r i d g e , a creamy concoction topped w i t h d r i e d a mix of finery (gleaming crystal) and
c r a n b e r r i e s . P r o m p t s e r v i c e — a n d , if you s t i l l have r o o m , the f r a p p e s — e n s u r e fabulousness (the leopard print rug).
t h a t no one leaves u n s a t i s f i e d . 30 LANGLEY RD., NEWTON CENTRE, 617-527-3223. With great service and a superlative wine
list. Clio is the truest kind of reward:
CLOTHING,CHILDREN'S not an experience you have often, but
PETIT PATAPON Petit Patapon clothes look g r e a t , feel even b e t t e r , and are b u i l t one worth waiting for. 370 COMMON-
to last. From summery b a t i k s u n d r e s s e s f o r t o d d l e r s to cool, s p o r t y b e a c h w e a r WEALTH AVE., BOSTON, 617-536-7200.
f o r f i v e - y e a r - o l d s , P e t i t Pata pon 's c o l l e c t i o ns a r e j u s t the kind of f r i p p e r i e s a kid
needs: playful, but not p r e t e n t i o u s . 25 CENTRAL ST.. WELLESLEY, 781-235-8909. RESTAURANT, GREEK
MEZÉ ESTIATORIO For a taste of Greece
CLOTHING, M E N ' S that goes beyond gyros and souvlaki,
MR. S I D Some men say they hate to shop. They'd change t h e i r minds at Mr. Sid, w h e r e hike over to the Charlestown restaurant
an exceptional selection of fine menswearfrom around the [continuedon page 213] that brings new elegance to local Greek
dining. Mezé's vertically stacked hari-
atiki, for example, creates a new form
for the classic Greek salad with fresh
feta, sweet peppers, and crunchy cucum-
ber. The kukavia, a smoky saffron-
lomato-lobster broth, is a bounty of
seafood topped with a croustade to sop
up any remaining soup. And Mezé's
namesakes—small dishes of tasty appe-
tizers alongside incredibly fresh bread
and hummus—are so hearty they're prac-
tically main dishes in themselves. 100
CITY SQUARE, CHARLESTOWN, 617-242-6393.

RESTAURANT, IRISH
MATT MURPHY'S PUB We're constantly
amazed at the lack of authentic Irish
cuisine in this most Irish of cities—and
constantly grateful for the fare at this
lirookline expat oasis. We're talking
steaming fish and chips accompanied by-
spicy homemade ketchup and shepherd's
pie with stewed lamb. Come early, since
nightly jazz and rock bands and a
contentious trivia night draw crowds.
14 HARVARDST., BROOKLINE. 617-232-0188.

RESTAURANT. ITALIAN
TEATRO Beautiful people and authentic
Clever, delicious, and incredibly f r o t h daily
noke O i s h i i a g r e a t r a w d e a l , P H O T O a R A P H S I C H A R L E S S A U T H I E R
Italian food—a combination for the ages,
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ACCESSORIES where moms in the know pad their kids' der through wide aisles neatly packed
LOUIS BOSTON Whoever made the word closets with such finery as Lilly Pulitzer with everything from standard paints,
"accessory" synonymous with second- polo shirts, miniature grosgrain-ribbon brushes, canvases, frames, journals,
liddle status never saw the way a strapless belts, and lobster-motif sweaters that gifts, scrapbooks, and wrapping paper.
clutch can transform a dull getup into a bear the store's own label. And just past Whether you're in the market for profes-
.sharp ensemble. It's no small considera- the ladybug rain boots and wide selec- sional art supplies, a photo album, or
tion, then, that Louis Boston stocks the tion of French-label shoes, you'll find rainy day children's games, the Art Store
most exquisite selection of top-ranking a selection of embroidered onesies, is the place to find your inner Degas.
accessories in town. Here you'll find rare booties, and blankets. 69 CHARLES ST,
vintage 1940s purses, exotic Marni key BOSTON, 617-523-9402. 401 PARK DR., BOSTON, 617-247-3322.
chains, hip-slung Dries Van Noten leather
belts—in short, everything you need to ART S U P P L I E S BIKES
make first-place style second nature. THE ART STORE From its creative work- ATA CYCLE The expert bicyclists who dou-
234 BERKELEY ST., BOSTON, 617-262-6100. shops and tattooed employees to the epic ble as the sales staff of ATA not only love
collection of papers, every inch of the to riile, they love to ride what they sell: a
ACCESSORIES, BABY Art Store inspires creativity. The meticu- wide selection of bikes, accessories, and
THE RED WAGON A favorite with Beacon lously organized setting is the perfect parts ranging from recreational hybrids
Hill pram-pushers, the Red Wagon is place to lose track of time as you mean- to top-of-tlie line racing models. A fam-
ily business, the full-service store will

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ALLSTON BEAT Alloton Beat's salesmen are as serious about denim as jewelers a r e
about diamonds, eagerly schooling customers in the subtleties of cut, color, and de-
fects (in this case intentional, and likely to cost extra) in its extensive inventory of
c u l t - b r a n d jeans. That, plus unique r e t r o button-downs, T-shirts, and s n e a k e r s -
it's enough to make even the mast hardened hipster forgive the place f o r stocking
so many Von Dutch trucker hats. 348 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-421-9555.

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SEAN The i n v e n t o ry a t this new outpost of the tiny, much-hyped Sean chain
consists exclusively of items c r e a t e d by u p - a n d - c o m i n g Parisia n designer
Emile L a f a u r i e , whose fans have d r a w n c o m p a r i s o n s to Paul Smith and a
young Ralph Lauren. His line has also been likened to the Gap's, but that
r e f e r e n c e p e r t a i n s mostly to the s u r p r i s i n g l y modest p r i c e s on Lafaurie's
chic p a i n t e r ' s coats, v i b r a n t poplin s h i r t s , and s l i m - c u t suits, which a r e
sold as separates to make f i n d i n g the r i g h t size e a s i e r — w h a t a concept! —
and all come i n u n d e r S500. 154 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON. 617-399-3993.

SHOES, M E N ' S
LOUIS BOSTON Louis c a r r i e s a selection of p r a c t i c a l f o o t w e a r s u i t a b le
f o r a l m o s t anything — p r o p p i n g on the c o r n e r of a mahogany desk, pump -
ing the clutch of a spanking new Maybach, or skippin g off to Ibiz a
f a r a weekend of clubbing . Some af the b r a n d s , like Prada and Puma,
you'll r e c o g n i z e; o t h e r s , like Kiton and Vass ( t h e y ' r e handmade in
Budapest), you probably won't. Every style will t u r n heads as surely
as a bespoke I t a l i a n s u i t o r comely companion. 234 BERKELEY ST.,
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instant photo for you to share with everything from Oscar de la lienta can- there's a healthy selection of robes, paja-
friends. That level of service may be dles and Tusk wallets to Lauren Merkin mas, and bridal lingerie. And for more
why musicians known for their eye- leather clutches and high-heeled flip- everyday underlhings, the well-edited
wear—Kay Hanley of Letters to Geo, flops. There's also a special section with inventory sports everything from lacy
for instance, and Aaron I'errino of the presents for brides-to-be. The only catch purple underwear sets and silky night-
Sheila Divine—are loyal customers. New is a welcome one: You'll likely walk away gowns to the perfect T-shirt bra—all as
glasses won't make you into a rock star, with a gift for yourself, too. BOCHARLES practical as they are feminine. 264 NEW-
but the attention lavished on you here ST., BOSTON, 617-619-9977. BURY ST., BOSTON, 617-437-0700.
might make you feel like one. 12 ELIOT
ST., CAMBRIDGE, 617-354-3303; 59 CLAREN- LINGERIE MAKEUP
DON ST., BOSTON, 617-542-9600. LINGERIE STUDIO Drop into this light- THE BEAUTY MARK This sunny shop has
filled, low-key Newbury Street lingerie hit the mark by assembling a rare collec-
GIFTS shop, and you'll find women sifting tion of cult favorites (Molton Brown,
FLAT OF THE HlLLSearehing for the per- through the hangers with two hands, Wink, T. Ledere, TINle). all in a rainbow
fect gift can be a chore—unless you're both arms full of merchandise. Tobe of colors and shades. What's more, the
at Flat of the Hill. This cute shop stocks sure, it's difficult not to touch the outgoing staff helps guide you to goods
only things that are in style (providing, smooth, fine cotton, and intricate lace that match your skin tone and type
of course, that they're also tasteful), so from lines includingCosabella, Hanro, exactly, which is a thing of true beauty.
buyers can rest assured their money will Arianne, Eberjey, Pjama, and Aubade. In 33 CHARLES ST., BOSTON, 617-720-1555.
be well spent. The place is filled with addition to the standard undergarments.
MUSIC, NEW
NEWBURY COMICS When was the last
time you saw a CI) for under $10? New-
bury Comics regularly prices select new
releases under 10 bucks and dozens more
under $12. Add that to a terrific selection
of music by local artists, regular in-store
appearances by bands, and hard-to-find
imports and singles, and it's easy to see
why this is the music store of choice for
area aficionados. The newly expanded
Newbury Street flagship now has even
more Space for DVDs, T-shirts, kitschy
action figures, and (of course) comics.
332 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-236-4930.

MUSIC, USED
LOONEY TUNES The reduced production
costs of the digital age and the concur-
rent scouring of record-company vaults
have given fledgling artists new opportu-
nities and unearthed many a treasure.
But they have also left the shelves of
used-CD stores flooded with old Hammer
CDs. Not the bins at Looney Tunes. What
this store lacks in quantity it makes up
for with a collection that could only have
been assembled by cognoscenti. The
prices are great, and the store holds onto
just the right degree of funkiness—old
vinyl, posters, and cassettes are every-
where— to make sure you'll find a gem.
1106 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-247-2238.

PARTY DRESSES
WISH Call it Wish fulfillment: When the
occasion calls for cocktail attire, this shop
has the answers. Wish stocks Shoshanna

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do tune-ups or dole out maintenance ever-groovy libertarianism. it has under- Closet an effective nexus between the
advice just as happily as it will sell you pinnings of discipline, education, and previous owners' closet and your own.
a new set of wheels. 1773 MASSACHU- enviable creativity. Thai's the story 175 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-536-1919.
SETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, 617-354-0907. behind the stories on the shelves of Bare-
foot Books, the internationally recog- CLOTHING, VINTAGE
BOOKS nized publishing company and retailer, OONA'S Given fashion's current obses-
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH Everything where you'll lind We At! Went on Safari sion with the past, the vintage store is at
from the aroma of newly bound books and Thesaurus Rex. Good luck finding the forefront of style. Oona's, just outside
down to the creaky wooden floor makes any book here that isn't smart, funny, Harvard Square, has us swooning over
Brookline Uooksmith a cherished local and gorgeously illustrated. Barefoot vintage leather jackets, dresses from the
institution. Its extensive selection Books targets kids' imaginations with 1960s, and unique jewelry and bags. With
ranges from bestsellers to children's texts that open their minds to the reasonable prices, a large men's selection,
books and even greeting cards and world—no tie-dye required. 1771 MASSA- and an ample inventory, Oona's has the
funky gifts. It has a friendly, approach- CHUSETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, 617-349-1610. vintage pieces you need to create a lime-
able staff and hosts great author read- less style all your own. 1210 MASSACHU-
ings in its used-book basement and CLOTHING, CONSIGNMENT SETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, 617-491 -2654.
across the street at the Coolidge Corner THE CLOSETYou'll need to work to
Theatre. I t's a stomping ground for aca- unearth the gems at this tightly packed EYEGLASSES
demies, aisle browsers, and researchers consignment store. But it's worth the EYE 0 OPTICAL It's always the question
and (full—and proud—disclosure) a effort. The Closet has racks of cashmere when buying glasses—stick to the tried-
partner with this magazine's book club. sweaters, leather jackets. Lilly Pulitzer and-true or dare for a new look? Kye Q
279 HARVARD ST., BROOKLINE, 617-566-6660. pants, and Gucci blousons. along with not only has some of the trendiest new
an excellent selection of designer shoes frames, they'll make it easier to take
BOOKS, CHILDREN'S from Chanel, I'rada, and Stuart Weitz- chances with a one-month, no-questions-
BAREFOOT BOOKS Imagine, if you will, nian. That, plus the substantial men's asked exchange policy. To help you
a philosophy built of peace, love, and section and well-organized collection . choose, the members of the sales staff
understanding—but instead of obsolete, of quality handbags and belts, make the will offer their opinions and lake an

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r u f f l e d s k i r t s , s a t i n s k i r t s , and b u t t e r y knits f r o m top d e s i g n e rs such as Tracy
Reese and Mint. Step inside and you feel like you're peeking i n t o a fashion e d i t o r ' s
closet; the c a r e f u l ly culled selection always stays one step ahead of the style pack.
127 CHARLES ST., BOSTON. 617-973-9730.

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SERENELLA No one knows how to dress a woman w i t h more sophistication
than the Italians. That's why this Newbury S t r e e t boutique, which stocks
the best of Italy's labels f r o m Moschino to Blumarine, is the f i r s t stop
for women who w a n t to w e a r t h e i r clothes w i t h style. The c o l o r f u l
dresses, expertly t a i l o r e d suits, and o n e - o f - a - k i n d blouses a r e ,
in the t r u e I t a l i a n sense, investment pieces, and the g r a c e f u l
staff knows j u s t how to select the p e r f e c t g a r m e n t to begin—or
e n h a n c e - a wardrobe. 134 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-262-5566.

SHOES, W O M E N ' S
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Finding the perfect sole mate can be tough, but the
selection at Saks will keep you on sure footing. Like works of a r t displayed
on pedestals, the range of couture styles makes this destination a regular
stop among fashion addicts f o r delicate Jimmy Choos. tropical-hued Prada
slings, and Tods flats . 900 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON. 617-262-8500. B
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Sweet seersucker A-line dresses, Tibi strapless length, and information on local races,

Home
threads, llirty Rebecca Taylor frocks, and and you have everything you need to get
Milly minis, plus an exquisite selection m o v i n g . 671 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-
of accessories, including clutches, jewels, 267-4774; 1654 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., CAM-
A C C E S S O R I E S, HOME and earrings. Which means your outfit BRIDGE, 617-354-4161; 1638 BEACON ST.,
GOOD From the moment you walk up can be complete from head to loe by BROOKUNE, 617-735-9373; 255 WASHINGTON
t h e n a r r o w s t a i r w a y , you sense the time you walk out of the store. ST., WELLESLEY, 7B1 -237-0771.
s o m e t h i n g uniqu e a b o u t this chic 49 CHARLES ST., BOSTON, 617-227-4441.
i n t e r i o r design boutique . The collec- SKIS
t i o n is define d by r a r e vintage glass RUNNINGGEAR BOB SMITH'S WILDERNESS HOUSE
vases f r o m Denmark, r i c h Belgium MARATHON SPORTS From the crowds For many Bostonians, summer is a
l i n e n s , and cashmer e t h r o w s f r o m who cheer on marathoners to the city- savored moment wedged between the
Scandinavia. Each piece feels h a n d - dwellers who do bridge loops along the brutal bookends of the New England
picked w i t h d e l i b e r a t i o n , r a t h e r t h a n Charles, Boston is a runner's city. And winter. For skiers, it's an Interruption.
p a r t of a c l u t t e r e d c o n s o r t i u m of no place helps locals log the miles like They're already dreaming of the first
ideas. And l i t t l e s u r p r i s e s , like a linen Marathon Sports. Marathon has the snowstorm. Bob Smith's Wilderness
dres s o r a l e a t h e r handbag , make largest selection of shoes from Adidas, House caters to these people—novices
each visit a Good reason to s p l u r g e . New Balance, and Nike, and an all-star and experts alike—because the staff
8B CHARLES ST., BOSTON. 617-722-9200. staff that will pick out just the pair you feels their pain. Völkl, Salomon, Rossig-
need. Throw in a great selection of nol: The employees here know them all
BATH S U P P L I E S sports bras, wickingshirts, shorts in any and can discuss \ continued on page 222\
WATERWORKS Essentially o s h r i ne to
all things b a t h - r e l a t e d . W a t e r w o r k s
stocks handcut c r y s t al sink acces-
sories, r e f r e s h i n g g r a p e f r u i t and g i n -
ger soaps, seductively quilted robes,
and chrome faucet spouts so shiny
you can see yourself in the r e f l e c t i o n .
With everythin g f r o m c a s t - i r o n c l a w -
foot tubs to matte nickel t o i l e t - p a p e r
holders, i t ' s l i t t l e wonder this temple
of clean calls i t s tempting contents
" j e w e l r y f o r the b a t h . " 103 NEWBURY
ST., BOSTON, 617-267-2511; BOSTON
DESIGN CENTER, ONE DESIGN CENTER
PLACE, BOSTON, 617-951-2496.

FURNITURE, ANTIQUE
ROOM WITH A VIEUXThe b r i g h t e s t
s t a r i n the constellation of Charles
S t r e e t antique dealers, Room With
A Vieux specializes in French pieces
picked by owner Jeff Diamond on
monthly pilgrimages to France. The
pieces themselves, while wholly i n t e r -
national in style, are finely tuned to
the demands of Boston buyers. 20
CHARLES ST., BOSTON, 617-973-6600.

FURNITURE, CONTEMPORARY
MONTAGE If couture decor is fashion
for the home, then Montage is the
Best Books, Children's: BAREFOOT BOOKS. Where imagination and personal
Gucci of i n t e r i o r shops. S t o r e owners expression are the real story, PHOTOGRAPH BY JöRG METER
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COMMONWEALTH WORLDWIDE CHAUF-
FEUREDTRANSPORTATION Three r i n g s .
5HREVE, CRUMP t. LOW Not f o r nothing has this Boston i n s t i t u t i o n been a favorit e That's the l o n g e s t you'll w a i t f o r an
among other Boston i n s t i t u t i o n s (Isabella S t e w a r t G a r d n e r and Ted Williams, f o r a n s w e r w h e n you call Commonwealth
s t a r t e r s ) since i t opened i n 17SS. The s t o r e i s packed w i t h sapphire r i n g s and ruby f o r a c a r . I t may seem like a small t h i n g ,
and diamond necklaces t h a t shine w i t h all the quiet w a t t a g e of a chandelier. Want to but i t ' s a p r o m i s e t h a t ' s symbolic of this
cut back on the bling? Go f o r any of the elegant diamond-encrusted pearl p e n d a n t s - company's u n p a r a l l e l e d service, w h i c h
heirlooms in the making, every last one. 330 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON. 617-267-9100. extends to i t s w e l l - d r e s s e d , a t t e n t i v e ,
and polite d r i v e r s as well as i t s s h o w -
JEWELRY, DESIGNER r o o m - n e w Lincoln Town Cars and o t h e r
LUX BOND & GREEN When your getup calls f o r jewels that are more red carpet than I m m a c u l a t e vehicles. 250 EVERETT ST.,
r e d - t a g sale, Lux Bond & Green has the fix. Anthony Nak's breathtakingly beautiful, BRIGHTON, 617-787-5575.
delicate c h a n d e l i e r e a r r i n g s , necklaces, and b r a c e l e t s a r e the s t a r s here , but the
store's buyers a r e c o n s t a n t ly scouting f o r new d e s i g n e r s yet to a p p e a r in fashion COURIER
magazines. M o d e r n gemstone necklaces and o t h e r pieces by David Yurman and MARATHON MESSENGER F o r g e t t a x i s .
Marco Bicego round out the collection. 416 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-266-4747. B M a r a t h o n ' s bike m e s s e n g e r s c r o s s
t h i s city f a s t e s t . Z i p p i n g t h r o u g h t h e
s t r e e t s i n a b l u r of c o l o r f u l t a t t o o s ,
t h e s e w h e e l e r s w e a v e t h r o u g h the
metropolis in s t e a l t h mode. I n f a c t , the
s e r v i c e is so s e a m l e s s , some say t h e s e
m e s s e n g e r s a r e j u s t an u r b a n l e g e n d .
Next t i m e a package m a t e r i a l i z e s in
f r o n t of you a t an a p p a r e n t l y i m p o s s i -
ble speed, y o u ' l l know o t h e r w i s e .
101 TREMONT ST., BOSTON, 617-747-3700.

POWER BREAKFAST
CAFÉ F L E U R I B e f o r e i t reopened a f t e r
renovations and s t a r t e d serving only d i n -
ner, Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons had
a seemingly unshakable hold on the title of
best power breakfast. Now that honor has
been decisively usurped by Café Fleuri —
a sunny, cushy space at the Langham
Hotel where every weekday morning the
elite now meet to eat. Financiers, lawyers,
politicos, and every bigwig in between file
in to carve up the universe while they're
c a r v i n g up t h e i r f r u i t - c o v e r e d w a f f l e s
and Maine l o b s t e r and sof t scramble d
eggs. B r e a k f a s t of champions, indeed.
25D FRANKLIN ST., BOSTON, 617-451-1900.

POWER LUNCH
NO. 9 PARK B a r b a r a Lynch's famous
p r u n e - s t u f f e d gnocchi w i t h seared foie
gras is generally evening f a r e , but the
city's power corps increasingly f i n d s i t s
way to her door f o r l u n c h . S t a t e House
politicians and lobbyists led the way, and
others have followed, t r a c i n g the scent of
Intricate gems by the likes of deals in the making—and No. 9's totally
Anthony flak fill the cases at Lux Bond & Green, PHOTOGRAPH BY VITO ALUIA
irresistible [continued on page 226]

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DAY SPA
DARYL CHRISTOPHER SALON AND DAY
SPA Every once in a while, a spa comes

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along that hits an enviable note combin-
ing flawless service, a soothing environ-
ment, and extraordinary—and forward-
BAKERY thinking—treatments. That's the /.one in
COTTAGE STREET BAKERY This tiny bakery makes breads, sandwiches, and Euro- which Daryl Christopher finds itself right
pean-style pastries w o r t h searching out—plus unbelievable muffins , pies, and w e d - now, thanks to a perfectionist staff whose
ding cakes. But what puts it over the top is i t s inelegant-sounding " d i r t bomb," a pedicures are legendary, whose massages
dense, indulgent breakfast pastry dusted w i t h cinnamon and sugar. I t ' s a sweet way are ethereal, and whose body polishes are
to j u m p - s t a r t any Cape Cod morning. 5 COTTAGE ST., ORLEANS, 508-255-2B21. rejuvenation Incarnate, Above the frenzy
of the downstairs salon, the peaceful
BEACH spa feels like it's nowhere near the city.
TRURO BEACH This gorgeously u n t a r n i s h e d w o r l d of s w e e p i n g dunes and f r e s h For that matter, with organic treatments
A t l a n t i c a i r is about as idyllic as n a t u r e g e t s . That may seem to be t r u e of many like an aromatherapy full-body wrap,
Cape s h o r e l i n e s , but t h i s one s t a n d s out f r o m o t h e r s f o r i t s s p e c t a c u l a r and e n d - it feels like it's nowhere near earth.
less s t r e t c h e s of p e r f e c t l y u n d i s t u r b e d w h i t e s a n d . With nary a touch of human 37 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-424-0250.
a r c h i t e c t u r e f o r miles, this slip of coast also p r o v i d e s a view of the s u n r i s e t h a t
a p p r o a c h e s the sublime. RTE. 6, TRURO, 50B-4B7-6903. [continuedon page 236] DAY SPA, SPECIAL OCCASION
G SPA Is there anything worse than suf-
fering through another boring bridal or
baby shower? Spare yourself by throw-
ing a spa party instead. C Spa's private
lounge is perfect for showers, birthday
parties, and girl-power get-togethers.
The white couches make a stylish setting
for muscle-soothing massages and skin-
brightening facials. Bring in a party of
six or more for two treatments apiece,
and you'll get exclusive use of the lounge
and the swift work of the well-trained
staff. Because if you have to shower your
friends with gifts, you might as well get
something for yourself, too. 35 NEWBURY
ST., BOSTON. 617-267-4772.

DRY CLEANER
ECOLUXE Name the stain (ketchup, dirt,
car oil—we tried it all); F.coltixe can get it
out. Quickly, flawlessly, without hurting
a liber of the fabric, and without using
medically and environmentally harmful
cleaning products. With convenient
home delivery and pickup service, plus
tailoring and alterations, Ucoluxe is not
only the next wave in clothing care; it's
the ultimate in clean living. ONE HAR-
VARD ST., BROOKUNE. 617-566-4407; ONE
BEACON ST., BOSTON, 617-227-676(1; 195
Owners Michael DUDLEY ST., BOSTON, 617-9B9-0003; 400
M a c l n t y r e a n d R o b e r t A n d e r s o n . PHOTOGRAPH BY MIKE PERSsnN
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EYEBROW SHAPING
JULIE MICHAUD, MICHAUD COSMEDIX
Makeup artist Julie Michaud's devotees
swear she can do more wonders for the

* Best of the Islands


CLAM SHACK, M A R T H A ' S VINEYARD
face than all the Botox injections in
the world. I ler emphasis: clean, graceful
lines and a sense of subtle shape and
natural coloring that can transform
GIORDANO'S RESTAURANT Oefore you board the f e r r y in Oak Bluffs, make time f o r even the least defined brows into aes-
one more taste of island living at its greasy, salty, satisfying best: a cardboard box full thetic ares of perfection. 297 NEWBURY
of Giordano's f r i e d clams. Housed in a n o - f r i l l s walk-u p stand (there are a couple of ST., SUITE 21, BOSTON, 617-262-1607.
picnic tables outside) j u s t across from the Flying Horses carousel, Giordano's f r i e s
the clams in a light batter until they're crispy and serves them w i t h fresh t a r t a r sauce FACIAL
and lemon wedges. You could o r d e r a side of crunchy, boardwalk-style f r i e s , but leave LAVINIA BORCAU No pore goes un-
room instead to sample the superlative f r i e d oysters or a lobster roll. 107-109 CIRCUIT cleared, no blemish unbanished, no
AVE., OAK BLUFFS, 508-693-0184. wrinkle uneased in the capable (nay,
magic) hands of l.avinia Borcau. Her
CLOTHING, W O M E N ' S , M A R T H A ' S VINEYARD serene European skin-care salon is a
NELL So many Vineyard boutiques are packed to the r a f t e r s with preppy island w e a r temple to all things epidermal, and her
(pink and green polos, Palm B e a c h - p r i n t sundresses galore), [continued on page 2\3] meticulous facials have become the
stuff of legend. Here, science and beauty
unite as technology (epidermabration
and glycolic acid) meets old-world tech-
nique (from deep pore cleansing to seri-
ous moisturizing), making for skin as
radiant as it is ravishing. 29 HARVARD ST.,
BROOKUNE, 617-734-5523.

FLORIST
ILEX DESIGNS There are floral bouquets,
and then there is floral art. Ilex is in the
latter category, orchestrating fields full
of fresh blooms—luminescent calla lilies
with orchids and fluffy peonies with fnll-
petalcd, butter-hued French tulips. liven
the simplest of arrangements are mini-
malist treasures, such as one with
mango-hued garden roses, glossy green
anthuriuni, and pale apricot hypericum
berries. The staff, talented as it is, couldn't
be more helpful or down to earth. When
you're handed your arrangement, you
won't know whether to put it on the
dining room lable or in an exhibit case.
73 BERKELEY ST., BOSTON, 617-422-0300.

GYM
FITCORP Let's be clear: Gyms are not
health clubs. They are not about water-
cooler anlies and needless amenities;
they are about sweating. Period. And
with its slew of state-of-the-art equip-
ment (strength-training machines, free
weights, treadmills, Stairmastcrs, bikes,
and ellipticals), that's what l-'itcorp's Pru-
dential Center flagship is about. There's
Best Brunch, Nantucket: BLACK-EYEO SUSAN'S. Fine dining meets fine also a diverse mix of fitness classes and
diner—and even finer picante eggs. PHOTOQRAPH BY MIKE PERSSON
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Jordan
the tailorNo matterhowyou measureit, Jordan
Tsavalakoglou has expert tailoring all sewn up.
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*The
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Solvers
ART REPAIR
staff. All of that should be motivation
enough for anyone. PRUDENTIAL CENTER,
BOO BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-262-2050.
HAIR COLORIST, CORRECTIVE
LAUREL ELLIOT, VIDAL SASSOON
SALON Hair color is like a fine w i n e -
TREFLER t, SONS The 20-plus a r t i s t s richly layered and smooth. But unlike a
employed by this l o w - p r o f i l e , 8 3 - y e a r - HAIR COLORIST delicious pinot noir. it doesn't get better
old, f a m i l y - o w n e d company r e p a i r ROGER PLOURDE, JAMES JOSEPH with time (especially when it turns a
some 2 0 , 0 0 0 c r a c k e d , s h a t t e r e d , SALON Roger I'lourde gives humanity shade too brassy, gray, or ashy). Laurel
faded, w o r n , or b u r n e d objets d ' a r t what nature didn't, from born-with-it Elliot can take color that has soured and
per year f o r clients f r o m a r o u n d the blond highlights to look-at-me straw- restore it to a resplendent radiance in
w o r l d . The t a l e n t e d g r o u p can fix or berry luster. Sure, he's up on the latest under a couple of hours. Be warned that
r e s t o r e j u s t about a n y t h i n g , f r o m color trends and can certainly let fly if reserving a spot with her isn't easy. You
f u r n i t u r e and p a i n t i n g s , f r a m e s and you want that. But foremost. I'lourde may have to wait in line, but you'll do it
glass, to ivory, jade, metals, and m a r - works to give you exactly what you ask with eager anticipation. 14 NEWBURY ST.,
ble. No job i s too challenging, no r e p a i r for and does so with that rarest of quail
too t r i v i a l . And when your f a v o r i t e ties: good taste. And. as the ultimate BOSTON, 617-536-5496.
piece is ready, it will shine as b r i l - kicker to your fresh color, he happens
liantl y as w h e n it was c r e a t e d . to also be a superb stylist. 30 NEWBURY H A I R SALON
29TOWER R0.. NEWTON, El 7-965-338B. ST., BOSTON, 617-266-7222. UMI Rarely is a salon so valued its devo-
tees whisper its name like a password.
SHOE REPAIR
ARES SHOE REPAIR Ares has been
r e s o l i n g , r e h e e l i n g , and r e p o l i s h i n g
Boston' s f i n e s t l e a t h e r shoes f o r
more t h a n 70 year s and will take
extra special c a r e of yours. The e x p e r t
cobblers in the cozy basement s t o r e -
f r o n t a r e a s e r i o u s but likeable bunch
who each have years of t r a i n i n g
behind t h e i r knowledge of the c r a f t .
That e x p e r t i s e means they can resize,
s t r e t c h out, clean up, or d e - s c u f f j u s t
about a n y t h i ng you b r i n g in —fast,
and at a reasonable price. B4 CHARLES
ST., BOSTON, 617-720-1583.

TAILOR
J O R D A N T H E T A I L O R You can shop
off the r a c k , but t h a t doesn't n e c e s -
s a r i l y mean your clothe s w i l l f i t off
the rack. J o r d a n Tsavalakoglou can
remedy t h a t s i t u a t i o n . Tsavalakoglou
sizes you up in a glance, t a k i n g in
p r o p o r t i o n s like a d o c t o r assessing a
p a t i e n t d u r i n g t r i a g e . Then he probes
you w i t h a b a r r a g e of meticulous
questions about how you'd like the
clothes to f i t before g e t t i n g to w o r k
c u t t i n g and s e w i n g to precisely match
your m e a s u r e m e n t s. Added bonus;
The p r i c e s a r e j u s t as a t t r a c t i v e as
the t a i l o r i n g will be. 133 NEWBURY ST.,
BOSTON. 617-536-2929 B

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*Best
That's the case with Umi, and no won- best: cutting hair. And cut hair Xavier of the
North
der. Owner Jeffrey Dauksevich does, with an infallible eye, a practiced
approaches the craft of the coiffure with wrist, and an obvious love for his craft.
a time-tested reverence for llawless pre- He's an expert at deciphering the eon-
cision and daring creativity. There's no fused notions men sometimes offer up BEACH
air-kissing or fluffing up of egos here— when asked what they want and trans- CRANE BEACH Seven miles of w h i t e
just a seriously talented set of stylists forming them into the most modern of sand edged w i t h rolling dunes make
who are shear experts at everything styles without being condescending. Even this o u r f a v o r i t e spot to plop down a
from five-point cuts to soothing scalp better, while he snips, he entertains with beach chair, catch some rays, and read
treatments. Every part of the experience tales gleaned from .30 years on Newbury. a trashy romance novel—all thanks
delights, right down to the mini bottles 105 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON. 617-536-1290. to a 1945 bequest from the estate of
of Italian soda served to thirsty clients. Chicago bazillionaire Richard Crane of
75 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON, 617-247-0770. HAIRCUT. WOMEN'S plumbing and f i r e hydrant fame. Park-
DIRK DIEGEL, VIDAL SASSOON It takes ing fees a r e steep (S15 to $20), but a
HAIRCUT, M E N ' S time for a hairstylist to earn your t r u s t - S40 yearly membership gets you a d i s -
FRANK XAVIER, L'ELEGANCE ART ET time that is measured in inch-long count and helps the Trustees of Reser-
COIFFURE He had it all—his own salon increments. DirkDiegel instantly vations w i t h an aggressive wildlife
on Newbury Street, even his own line inspires confidence with his careful, management p r o g r a m . I t also helps
of hair-care products (which are still on studied, and razor-sharp cutting skills. keep the shore f r e e of debri s and the
offer here)—and gave it up so he could Trained at Vidal Sassoon in Germany bath houses clean. CRANE BEACH,
spend more time doing what he loves (which explains [continued on page 229] ARGILLARD., IPSWICH. 970-356-4354.

BIKE PATH
LYNN WOODS Scenic and easy to
f i n d , Lynn Woods covers 2,200 a c r e s
w i t h a maze of s i n g l e - t r a c k and f i r e
roads f o r bicyclists —all easy to
i n t e r m e d i a t e — p l u s advanced t r a i l s
such as Steel Tower, w h i c h has g r e a t
views of Boston's skyline and the vast
A t l a n t i c . For new v i s i t o r s , the park
has e a s y - t o - r e a d g r i d - c o o r d i n a t e d
t r a i l m a r k i n g s that match the map,
making it a breeze to bike o f f - r o a d
w i t h o u t f e a r of g e t t i n g t o s t . 106 PEN-
NYBROOK RO.. LYNN. 7B1-477-7 123.

BRUNCH
LYCEUM BAR & GRIL L Smack dab in
the middle of h i s t o r y - d r e n c h e d Salem,
you'll find Lyceum Bar i . Grill—famous
not only for a contemporary lunch and
dinne r menu that mixes global cuisines,
but as the very spot f r o m w h i c h
Alexander Graham Bell made his f i r s t
long-distance phone call. I f that's not
enough to lur e you in, the Sunday
brunch menu aught to be—for delicate
l o b s t e r - f i l l e d crepes served w i t h leeks
and s u n - d r i e d tomato c r e a m , maple-
c u r e d ham and cheese sandwiches
w i t h onion marmalade, and classic
I Thr'inidtit" nus AnilmilB eggs Benedict. 43 CHURCH ST., SALEM,
»sy new llfn to ypar»-o1d leather, PHOIOBRACM UT UANA SMITH
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BAR, HOTEL area and its lack of signage do little to their passions are readily apparent on
OAK BAR There could be a raging thin the crowds that pack the retro the slew of television sets aimed at every
nor'easter outside, but inside this legend hangout, looking to swill cocktails and nook and corner. If you don't have a
in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, it's always sway to live music on weekend nights. ticket for a home game, this is the closest
70 degrees, with the sun setting over the But unlike the college kids and middle you can get to Fenway (literally—the ball-
Indian Ocean and the whack of a distant managers on the make who populate park is across the street). Little wonder
cricket wicket audible over the veldt. many other Boston hot spots, the artists, it's also become a regular stop for visiting
Every detail here speaks civilization— young digerati, and stylish singles min- players. This loyalist stronghold wears
from the golden elephant heads holding gling under the signature red lighting its lack of pretense on a Bed Sox sleeve.
up the bar rail to the crisp service of the here make for a scene you wont mind 1306 BOYLSTON ST., BOSTON, 617-437-1644.
gold-vested bartenders. The generous having to squeeze into. 355 CONGRESS
martinis, on the other hand, whisper ST. SOUTH BOSTON, 617-357-5B25. BARTENDER
pure decadence. 138 ST. JAMES AVE., SHAWN AHERN, UNION BAR AND
BOSTON, 617-267-5300. BAR,SPORTS GRILLE Quick with the drink recommen-
THE BASEBALL TAVERN A reverential dation and the flourished bottle,.Shawn
BAR, LOUNGE silence descends on this spartan tap Ahem is a professional in a trade too full
LUCKY'S LOUNGE I.ueky's easy-to-miss room whenever the Sox play. The patrons of aspirant talk-show hosts. He pours
s u b t e r r a n e a n location in the Fort Point and bartenders alike are true fans, and a finely tuned martini and is brisk and

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flat top johnny's I ^ The notably cool *


but attitude-free place to rack 'em up.
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responsive to eye contact, yet his friend-
liness never turns obtrusive. And unlike
many barmen of fashion, he's utterly
free of snootiness, so even the most

*It's a Date
fatuous of requests ("I'll take a chardon-
nay and a glass of ice") is met with ele-
gant service, graciously delivered. 1357
BAR,PICKUP WASHINGTON ST., BOSTON, 617-423-0555.
SILVERTONE BAR & GRILL Being single has i t s perks; getting hit on in a sweaty bar
on a Friday night is not necessarily one of them. But before you resign yourself to that, BIKE PATH
seek out the friendly bunch that g a t h e r s at Silvertone. The dimly lit, mellow b a r is THE MINUTEMAN COMMUTER BIKEWAY
a haven f o r anti-picku p a r t i s t s : The subdued vibe encourages relaxed chatter, the In a lime of ever-increasing gas prices—
greasy b u r g e r s erase any air of pretentiousness, and the indie rock tunes fend off and waistlines—the Minuteman Com-
rowdy f r a t boys and drunken pub c r a w l e r s . 69 BROMFIELD ST., BOSTON, 617-338-7BB7. muter Bikeway is a perfect alternative
commute or exercise route. The U-mile
RESTAURANT, FIRST DATE path begins at the Alewife Bed Line sta-
CHEZ HENRI Some restaurants j u s t make the people dining in them seem more tion and runs all the way through to Bed-
attractive. That's precisely the case at Chez H e n r i , the French-meets-Cuban hybrid ford, with plenty of places to jump on.
just outside Harvard Square. Within these colorful walls, the Left Bank café feel Families and individuals alike can bike,
meshes perfectly w i t h chef Paul O'Connell's luscious food (the steak f r i t e s w i t h guava run, walk, Rollerblade, and, in winter,
barbecue sauce and the Cuban sandwich are outstanding). I t all adds up to a r a r e bal- eross-counlry ski along the trail, which
ance of coolness and unpretentiousness—two of the best qualities in both a r e s t a u - is broad enough to accommodate them
r a n t and a blossoming relationship. ONE SHEPARD ST., CAMBRIDGE, 617-354-B980. B all—no matter how ample their widths.
ALEWIFET STATION, CAMBR1DGE.T0 LOOMIS
STREET AT RAILROAD AVENUE IN BEDFORD.

B O W L I N G ALLEY
LANES & GAMES Bowling is enjoying an
indubitable renaissance as of late, with
funky alleys attracting a quasi-hipster
bar crowd. But as much as we enjoy our
fancy drinks, bowling is at heart a sport
of beer in plastic cups and no-glani
atmosphere. Lanes & Games in Cam-
bridge has never had an identity crisis
about what it is: a legitimately retro bowl-
ing alley (note the circa-1974 interior)
with 54 lanes of candlepin and tenpin,
a pro shop, and lots of leagues. From the
"Grip it and Hip It" stickers to the bowling
bag-sized lockers in the restrooms, this is
the real deal. 195 CONC0RDTPKE. (RTE. 2
EAST), CAMBRIDGE, 617-876-5533.

CLUB, DANCE
AVALON Even after all the new additions
to the roster of Lansdowne Street clubs,
Avalon remains the life of the dance
party. It's consistently packed, spotlights
an endless supply of internationally
renowned DJs, and pours some of the
city's most potent cocktails. Things heat
up around midnight when some 2,000
elubgoers, ranging from the techno-
hungry to the daytime professional, hit
the dance floor. The incomparable sound
system and light show will pound your
senses, whether you're there for a wildly

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themed Saturday night, Sunday gay


night, or the VIP lounge. 15 LANSDOWNE
ST., BOSTON, 617-262-2424.

CLUB, DANCE, GAY

* Weddings Unveiled
BUZZ You could go to Buz/, just for the
bartenders—they're pure eye candy,
completely unpretentious (nice, even),
ACCESSORIES, BRIDAL and they pour a stiff drink. Or, you could
THE ALTERED BRIDE Looking f o r i r i d e s c e n t i v o r y gloves? They're here. Need a go for the DJs. who spin a hip-pulsing
p e a r l - e n c r u s t e d purse to match? Bingo. Women of all ages and income b r a c k e t s blend of pop, dance, and techno. You
f i n d themselves completely taken w i t h the p e r s o n a l , k n o w l e d g e a b le s e r v i ce of could even go for the shower of glitter, or
this e l e g a n t Back Bay b r i d a l b o u t i q u e and e c s t a t i c over the t r i m m i n g s f o r s a l e - the scores of cute boys on the prowl, don-
c u s t o m - m a d e veils and t a s t e f u l t i a r a s , d e l i c a t e s a t i n shoes, and lace and mink ning muscle shirts and designer jeans.
g a r t e r s . 376 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON, 617-B59-8289. But we say go for all of the above on Sat-
urday's gay night, when this Theater Dis-
B R I D A L REGISTRY trict hideaway becomes a two-story play-
B L I S S HOME We all know the s t a n d a r d china and s i l v e r r e g i s t r i e s b a c k w a r d s and ground for dancers, gawkers, loungers,
f o r w a r d s , but at Bliss Home, n e w l y w e d s l e a r n to expect the stylishly unexpected . and anyone else looking for a fun night
This i s w h e r e they f i n d not only exquisite S p a n i s h h a n d c r a f t e d r u g s and French o u t . 67 STUART ST., BOSTON, 617-267-8969.
c r y s t a l Champagne g l a s s e s , but a v a n t - g a r d e c u r v i l i n e a r bookcases and n a t u r a l -
h o r n pate s p r e a d e r s . Bliss c o n s u l t a n t s can guide you t h r o u g h the r e g i s t r a t i o n CLUB, LIVE MUSIC, LARGE
p r o c e s s even if y o u ' r e a f l a t - , s e r v e - , b a r - , d i n n e r - , o r s t e m w a r e novice. And if AVALON BALLROOM In Boston, the
you t h i n k it all looks good here , j u s t w a i t ' t i l you see i t in your house. 121 NEWBURY "mists of Avalon" refer not to the foggy
ST., B O S T O N , 617-421-5544. [continued on page 262] shores hiding King Arthur's nasi resting
place, but the dry ice curling around the
feet of the club's performers. Whether
your taste is for Aimee Mann or Franz
Ferdinand, the light show and acoustics
in this cavernous ballroom are fantástic-
as is its size, which is midway between
nosebleed big and sell-out small.
15 LANSDOWNE ST., BOSTON, 617-22B-6000.

CLUB, LIVE MUSIC, SMALL


THE PARADISE ROCK CLUB You wouldn't
usually think of a rock club as the place
for poetry. But the Paradise's regular
habit of mixing literary readings with
hard-rocking indie bands adds a wel-
come bit of boozy erudition to the local
rock scene (not to mention one of the
best singles scenes for literate twenty-
and thirtysomethings). Not everything at
this long-standing rock club is so namby-
pamby, of course: The spacious back
room where U2 once graced the stage
still shakes with the bass and drips with
the sweat of rock bands on the verge of
hitting the big time. 967-969 COMMON-
WEALTH AVE., BOSTON, 617-562-8800.

GOLF COURSE
GEORGE WRIGHT GOLF COURSE Most
municipal courses have recovered nicely
from the dastardly winter of 2002—
jiLTng Horsturinini.1 hlack
and white image» capture the poignancy, elegance, and humor of the Big Day.
particularly Franklin Park, which is in
great shape this [continued on page 251 ]

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adoring haggerati pack the floor.
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Liquid
ACTOR
VINCENT E.SIDERS I n Our Lady of IS 1st Street, S i d e r s played a s m o o t h - t a l k i n g
DJ looking f o r God a l i t t l e too flamboyantly; in Jesus Hopped the A Train, he was a
study of sly h i s t r i o n i c s as a condemned s e r i a l killer t u r n e d b o r n - a g a i n C h r i s t i a n .
S i d e r s specialize s in a hypnoti c game of peekaboo: He's a t his best playing s e l f -
c o n s c i o u s p e r f o r m e r s — g r a s p e r s a f t e r t r a n s c e n d e n c e w h o c a n ' t help but emit
COCKTAIL w h i f f s of the bunco a r t i s t .
CLASSIC M A R T I N I , OAK BAR A good
m a r t i n i is like a s h o w g i r l ' s legs: ACTRESS
smooth, lightly dressed, and possess- ANDREA MARTIN Sometimes a w o n d e r f u l a c t r e s s swoops i n t o t o w n like a comet,
ing an agreeable kick. The Oak Bar's blazing a t r a i l t h r o u g h the competition. That's the mighty t r a j e c t o r y of Andrea M a r t i n ,
"Classic M a r t i n i " is all this, poured who t h r e e years ago p o r t r a y e d a hilariously m a n i c - t o - t h e - m a x baby boomer in the
with reverence and aplomb. A personal Huntington Theatre Company's production of Setty's Summer [continuedon page 272]
carafe and ice bucket houses a v i b r a nt
dose of Tanqueray No. TEN c u t w i t h
Noilly Prat French vermout h and a
dash of b i t t e r s , while t h r e e Spanish
olives impaled on a swizzle stick keep
the mix f r o m floatin g too high into the
ether. FAIRMONT COPLEY PLAZA, 13B ST.
JAMES AVE., BOSTON. 617-267-5300.

WINE LIST
EXCELSIOR Excelsior's wine director,
Eric Buxton, is fortunate to serve a
clientele ¡hat's worldly when it comes
to wine. But that only adds to his chal-
lenge: finding wines special enough
to continually impress them. Mission
accomplished. Excelsior's famed glass
wine t o w e r is packed with 7,000 bot-
tles, fueling a list of nearly 600 wines
f r o m all over the planet. Look f o r
Excelsior's h a r d - t o - f i n d o f f e r i n g s ,
such as the fabulous 2 0 0 1 Rhönes
Buxton has been giddily collecting. 272
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W I N E LIST, AFFORDABLE
LEGALSEA FOODS Even though wine
d i r e c t o r David Alphonse has the buying
power of a r e s t a u r a n t chain behind
him, he could easily be a dan't-rock -
the-boat kind of wine buyer. Instead ,
he uses Legal's formidable capital
to leverage wine purchases smaller
r e s t a u r a n t s could only dream of—and
to pass the bargains on to us. That's
why we can sip h a r d - t o - f i n d wines by
the flight o r a staggering 100 labels by
the h a l f - b o t t l e . Most impressive is the
fact that of the nearly 700 bottles,
which range f r o m S14 to S600, almost
half are under S50 Bravo. 26 PARK A Southie band that proves punk
rock at its purest is »till an extreme sport, PHOTOGRAPH BYMARKOSTOW
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