Passion projects, comeback stories, & an excellent sandwich

The 2019 Boston-area restaurant awards

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Location: MA-Boston

Story Date: 12/31/2019

Publisher: The Boston Globe   

Author: Devra First

This past year in Boston-area dining, large-scale projects took center stage, from Fenway food hall Time Out Market to the Encore casino, with more than a dozen places to eat and drink. But there was still plenty of room for the personal and the passionate: The Bergamot and BISq team opened Taqueria El Barrio, for example, serving flavorful food made with love, from co-owner Servio Garcia’s native Mexico. Ramen-restaurant-as-performance-art Tsurumen continued its planned 1,000-day run, offering a lesson in impermanence along with noodle soups that correspond to chapters in chef Masuo Onishi’s life. Clio and Bondir alum Rachel Miller brought her take on Vietnamese cuisine to Nightshade Noodle Bar in Lynn, while chef Avi Shemtov’s Simcha gave Sharon a place to eat modern Israeli food.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Top/Best/Coolest Lists