553 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
Gordon and Fiona Hamersley have created a restaurant in the South End that has been a local favorite for more than 20 years. Hamersley’s Bistro serves a menu that focuses on the flavors of New England in the style of a French eatery. The menu features local and seasonal ingredients and is always changing. Salads featuring nuts and cheeses, comfort foods like roasted chicken or expertly prepared seafood dishes are just a few of the offerings here. Always save room for one of the cakes, ice cream or cheese plates for dessert.
1 Bennett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert as well as a delicious brunch is Henrietta’s Table. The menus focus on “fresh from the farm and honest to goodness home cooking.” Chef Davis and the team at Henrietta’s have a mission to serve up regional and organic ingredients with a support of local farmers. Some of the featured Massachusetts businesses they work with include Verrill Farm of Concord for produce, Westfield Farm of Hubbardston for cheeses, Westport Rivers Vineyard for wine and Taza Chocolate for decadent ingredients for desserts.
597 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Ten Tables in Cambridge is a cozy restaurant with a strong focus on high-quality cuisine and excellent service. The menu highlights foods from local, organic farmers and Ten Tables even prepares only humanely raised pork, beef and chicken. Among the options, diners get to experience a four-course chef’s tasting menu for $48 per person and there is even a choice for a vegetarian meal as well for $35.
Craigie On Main
853 Main St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
At Craigie on Main, the philosophy is to choose perfect ingredients in order to create tasty and fresh meals. Chef Tony Maws updates the menu daily to feature seasonal dishes based on what organic foods local providers have to offer that day. This spot is also “100 percent committed to supporting sustainable agriculture, no matter what legal name it goes by.” Craigie on Main even creates cocktails using these same fresh ingredients and hand picks options for its drink menu and beverage list from local breweries. Another thing that makes Craigie On Main different and special is that the kitchen is featured right in the middle of the dining room, to be seen from every table.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
The concept behind the restaurant Island Creek Oyster Bar is a “collaboration joining farmer, chef, and diner in one space.” This spot really wants visitors eating at the establishment to see how invested it is in the oyster growers and fishermen, farmers, brewers and everyone else involved in sourcing the ingredients served day after day. Standouts on the menu include the lobster roll, burgers, mussels and, of course, goodies from the raw bar like Littleneck oysters or shrimp cocktail.
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