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70+ Restaurants Opened Around Boston in Winter 2017

Want to check out all the newest Boston-area restaurants? Here's what opened from December 21, 2016 to March 19, 2017.

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| Sarah Storrer for Eater

Want to check out all the newest Boston-area restaurants? This map chronicles everything that opened (or reopened) in and around Boston between December 21, 2016 and March 19, 2017.

Over the course of the season, there were more than 70 openings around Boston proper, Cambridge (particularly Central Square), Somerville, and beyond. Quincy, in particular, was busy with three winter openings right in Quincy Center (Fuji at West of Center, Pho Pasteur, and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar). Melrose also saw a couple openings in the winter — T'ahpas 529 and My Diner (which relocated from South Boston) — as did Maynard (Brook Kitchen & Tap and Battle Road Brew House).

Within Boston, the openings were scattered around geographically — one each in Fort Point, Allston, the Leather District, Chinatown, the South End, Jamaica Plain, and Charlestown; a couple in Dorchester; three each in South Boston and around Kenmore/Fenway; four each downtown and in the Seaport District; and six in Back Bay.

This new crop of openings represents numerous cuisines, including Italian, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Cape Verdean, Hawaiian (so much poke), and more. Many of the new restaurants are fast-casual establishments, including Saloniki, Manoa Poke Shop, Oat Shop, Aceituna Grill, Chilacates, Tikkaway Grill, and By Chloe.

It was a popular season for expansions of existing local restaurant groups, either with new concepts or new locations of an existing concept. The Highland Kitchen team took over and reopened the shuttered East Coast Grill; Alba added a neighbor and sibling called Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar; Saloniki hopped across the river from Boston to Cambridge with a second location; the owner of Nijiya and Hoshi-ya opened New Sushi, Inc.; Aceituna Grill expanded from Kendall to the Seaport; Al's Cafe expanded from downtown Boston to Cambridge's Technology Square; Loui Loui expanded from Stoneham (and Fort Lee, NJ) to Allston; the Yoki team in Medford opened a fast-casual version, Yoki Express, in the Seaport District; three new B.Good locations opened in former Boloco spaces; Molly Moo's Ice Cream & Cafe now has a coffee shop sibling, Molly's Farmhouse Coffee; Stone L'Oven Pizza Co. opened a third location; Somerville's Painted Burro spawned a little sibling in Brookline, Burro Bar; the Roxy's Grilled Cheese and Area Four teams collaborated to create Roxy's Central / A4cade; the Catalyst Restaurant team opened Catalyst Cafe nearby; Golden Garden expanded from Belmont to Malden; Chilacates expanded from one part of Jamaica Plain to another; the Bambolina team opened Kokeshi; the team behind Vejigantes, Merengue, and Doña Habana opened La Fábrica Central; Jason Santos (Back Bay Harry's, Abby Lane) opened Buttermilk & Bourbon; Amelia's Trattoria got a new sibling, Sulmona; and there were two Vietnamese restaurant expansions between Quincy and Boston — Pho Countryside expanded from Quincy to Kenmore Square, and Pho Pasteur expanded from Chinatown to Quincy.

Meanwhile, 11 out-of-state chains expanded to the Boston area this season: Austin's Verts Mediterranean Grill, which opened its second Boston location, this one in Back Bay; Philadelphia's City Tap House, now open in Fort Point; Philly Pretzel Company, with its first Massachusetts location now open in Revere; By Chloe, now open in the Seaport District; Tilted Kilt, a "breastaurant" that invaded Fenway; Caffe Nero, a European coffee chain that has been opening up a ton of Boston-area locations, most recently in Brookline's Washington Square; Florida-based Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, which now has five Massachusetts locations; Ruth's Chris Steak House, now open in Waltham; New York City's Juicy Spot Cafe, now open in Boston's Chinatown; The Simple Greek, a fast-casual Mediterranean chain that originally started outside of Pittsburgh; and Biryani Pot, a Hyderabadi chain based in Texas that now has a Framingham location.

Connecticut's Love Art Sushi, Connecticut's Tikkaway Grill, and New Hampshire's Fat Biscuit both expanded here as well, but the Boston-area openings are only the second locations for each company.

A few restaurants popped up from first-time owners, too, including Manoa Poke Shop, Pagu, Publico Street Bistro & Garden, and Bistro Duet.

Something missing? Hit up the Eater Boston tipline. This map was originally published January 12, 2017 and updated throughout winter 2017; the date of most recent update appears above. Note that restaurants are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked.

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1. City Tap House

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10 Boston Wharf Rd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 904-2748
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This Philadelphia-based restaurant focuses on craft beers and comfort food. It debuted on the edge of Boston's Fort Point and Seaport District on New Year's Eve with a beer list 100-strong and a menu full of wood-fired pizzas, chicken and waffles, and lots more. There are also two locations in Philly, one in DC, and one in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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2. Bistro Duet

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190 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-8808
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The longtime Flora space — once the Arlington Five Cent Savings Bank — is now home to Bistro Duet, a modern French restaurant. Owners Cyrille Couet and Wayne Duprey worked together at the InterContinental Hotel Boston. At Bistro Duet, they're serving bouillabaisse, lobster ravioli, coq au vin, and more.

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3. East Coast Grill

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-4662
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After thirty years serving up seafood, barbecue, and ultra-spicy feasts in Cambridge's Inman Square, East Coast Grill (no longer under its original ownership) shuttered in early January 2016. But in early January 2017, it returned, now under the ownership of the Highland Kitchen team. The new East Coast Grill's name and vibe have stayed the same, and there are some familiar dishes on the menu, but it's got a fresh coat of paint, some new energy, and other fun surprises.

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4. Finesse Pastries @ Boston Public Market

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100 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 279-3634
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Founded in Manchester, NH, this purveyor of macarons (and more) now has a permanent stall at the Boston Public Market (after popping up there for several months). In addition to macarons, Finesse makes cream puffs, eclairs, and other treats.

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5. Fuji at West of Chestnut

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1420 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-1546
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The J.P. Fuji Group, which has a number of Japanese fusion restaurants with variations of the Fuji name, as well as several other venues, has added another Fuji to its roster, this one at the new West of Chestnut development in Quincy Center. This location features a 12-seat private dining room for guests who want to order the omakase, the chef's tasting menu.

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6. Manoa Poke Shop

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300 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 945-1042
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A classic Hawaiian raw fish dish called poke has been spreading rapidly around the country in the past year or so, and Boston's no exception. One of the first fast-casual poke shops in town, Manoa, is now open on the Somerville side of the Porter Square area, serving up rice-and-seafood bowls, fried chicken, and more.

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7. Monument Restaurant & Tavern

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251 Main St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5191
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Paolo's Trattoria in Charlestown has undergone a total rebranding, although the wood-fired pizzas remain. Under the same ownership, it is now called Monument, and it serves a gastropub-style menu with French onion soup meatballs, gnocchi bolognese, a smoked lamb gyro, and more.

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8. My Diner

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399 Main St
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 662-6777
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Originally located in Southie for over a decade, this breakfast-and-lunch spot has moved to Melrose because a new development is taking over its old location. On the menu: French toast, waffles, turkey tips, subs, and more.

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9. Oat Shop

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22A College Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

This oatmeal-focused cafe opened for a day, got shuttered by frozen pipes, reopened for another day, and got shuttered by a permitting issue. It officially reopens on January 13, at which point you can eat sweet oat bowls, such as the Apple Pie (oatmeal mixed with house-made apple sauce and topped with sauteed apples and maple syrup), as well as savory oat bowls, such as the Sushi Bowl (oatmeal with rice vinegar and lemon soy sauce, topped with avocado, roasted seaweed, and ginger).

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10. Pagu

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310 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Spain meets Japan at O Ya alum Tracy Chang's new restaurant, which puts an emphasis on collaboration and community. Try the chef's tasting menu while sitting at the open kitchen, swing by for some pintxos and cocktails, or keep an eye out for the launch of breakfast and lunch — Pagu meets a lot of different needs and serves up a lot of excellent food.

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11. Phinix Grill

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245 First St
Cambridge, MA 02142
A little over a year after opening in Belmont, Phinix Grill has expanded to Cambridge's Kendall Square with Mediterranean fusion cuisine (fast-casual for breakfast and lunch; full-service for dinner and weekend brunch).

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12. Pho Countryside

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468 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
This Vietnamese restaurant, located in the former Josephine space in Kenmore Square, has a big sibling in Quincy. Both serve pho, hot pot, and more.

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13. Pho Pasteur

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1462 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-3300
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Chinatown's Pho Pasteur has expanded to bustling Quincy Center with pho and other Vietnamese cuisine. The new location seats 90 and has a full liquor license. The original location has been around since 1991.

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14. Saloniki

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181 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5152
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Named for Thessaloniki, Greece, this fast-casual spot comes from Trade co-owners Eric Papachristos and Jody Adams, as well as Trade alum Jonathan Mendez. Saloniki's first location opened in early 2016 in Fenway, and this new Cambridge location is in the base of the Novartis building on the edge of Central Square near MIT. Build a pita, bowl, or salad with ingredients such as spicy lamb meatballs, honey-garlic pork shoulder, spicy whipped feta, pomegranate-glazed eggplant, and more.

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15. T'ahpas 529

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529 Franklin Street
Melrose, MA
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From the owners of two other Melrose businesses — La Qchara; Coffee Tea and Me — comes a Spanish restaurant and wine bar with a focus on tapas. Dishes include patatas bravas, roasted quail, ham croquetas, jamón Ibérico, and more.

16. Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar

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1472 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169

Sibling and neighbor to Alba, Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar is inspired by Venetian bacari, wine bars that serve small snacks (cicchetti). Also on Zef's menu: salumi, house-made pastas, and more.

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17. Brick & Ash

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10 Center St
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 255-2642
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This new sibling to The Poynt in Newburyport and The Cottage in Wellesley and Chestnut Hill (plus La Jolla, California) serves comfort food and barbecue. The space features pool tables, dual bars, darts, and more.

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18. Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grille

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89 Broad St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 348-1234
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The Nix's Mate space inside the Hilton hotel is now home to Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grille, serving up lobster ceviche and other raw bar options; seafood entrees; pizzas; and more.

19. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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175 Littleton Rd
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-3406
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One of the only places to get Xi'an-style hand-pulled noodles around here, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe added a third location this winter, this one in Westford. (Gene's is also open in Woburn and Boston proper. The original location, now closed, was in Chelmsford. The Boston location is on the Eater 38.)

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20. Piattini Wine Cafe

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226-228 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2020
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Winter kicked right off with the December 21 reopening of Piattini Wine Cafe on Newbury Street. It had been shuttered for a few months due to a fire, and now it's back with a renovated interior (including a da Vinci-inspired mural), a refreshed menu, and an expanded cocktail list.

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21. B.Good (Northeastern)

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359 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
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And another Boloco-to-B.Good switch happened this season, too.

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22. Luna's

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945 Saratoga St
Boston, MA 02128
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East Boston has a new restaurant for Italian and Latin American cuisine. Luna's is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, with its coffee bar opening at 7 a.m. for coffee, sweets, and more.

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23. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

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1205 Market St
Lynnfield, MA 01940
Roxy's Grilled Cheese has expanded to the suburbs with a brick-and-mortar location at MarketStreet, serving up grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and more.

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24. The Brook Kitchen & Tap

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51 Main St
Maynard, MA 01754
(978) 823-0002
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In a quick expansion, the several-months-old Brook Kitchen & Tap in Holbrook already has a Maynard sibling. Both are located in former Halfway Cafe spaces, where they serve up wood-grilled pizzas, clam chowder, loaded mac & cheese, burgers, and more.

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25. Union Square Donuts

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409 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
Popular Somerville doughnut shop Union Square Donuts now has a new sibling near Coolidge Corner, located in the former Wulf's Fish Market space. The new shop offers wifi and later hours than the Somerville location, staying open until 6 p.m. daily. (Somerville hours could eventually expand if Brookline performs well in the afternoons.)

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26. Aceituna Grill

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57 Boston Wharf Rd
Boston, MA 02210
After more than a decade serving up Mediterranean food in Cambridge's Kendall Square, Aceituna Grill has expanded across the river to the Seaport District, bringing fast-casual pita roll-ups, tabbouleh, and more to the busy lunch crowds.

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27. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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180 Needham St
Newton, MA 02464
(617) 467-4250
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This Florida-based pizza chain counts NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino among its partners. This is one of five Massachusetts locations, joining older ones in Littleton, Reading, Northborough, and Westwood. As the name suggests, the specialty is coal-fired pizza, cooked at 800 degrees and featuring a charred, crispy crust.

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28. B.Good (Natick)

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1265 Worcester St
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 397-4079
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Now approaching 60 locations, the local fast-casual burger-and-grain-bowl chain has taken over a former Boloco location in Natick, one of several Boloco-to-B.Good switches.

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29. B.Good (Wellesley)

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102 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482
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Yep, yet another Boloco-to-B.Good switch.

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30. Battle Road Brew House

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5 Clock Tower Pl
Maynard, MA 01754
(978) 298-5229
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While the Battle Road brewery has been in existence for about five years, its brew pub — which itself has been in the works for a couple of years — has arrived. The 12,000-square-foot space fits 250 people and includes a full restaurant, a tap room, and private tasting rooms, as well as patio seating.

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31. Burro Bar

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1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
Somerville's Painted Burro now has a little sibling in the former Ribelle space in Brookline's Washington Square. On the menu: lots of tacos, lots of tequila, and more.

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32. By Chloe

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107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
This 100% vegan chain comes from New York City and will expand to Boston's Fenway area later in the year, but for now, the Seaport District location (which opened in late February 2017) is Massachusetts' only By Chloe, serving up vegan versions of burgers, lobster rolls, ice cream, and a whole lot more.

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33. Caffe Nero

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1633 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 505-6414
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The ever-expanding European cafe chain now has a Washington Square location, its 11th in Massachusetts.
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34. Catalyst Cafe

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75 Binney St
Cambridge, MA 02142
From the team behind Catalyst Restaurant, also in Kendall Square, comes Catalyst Cafe, a weekday spot for breakfast bowls, sandwiches, smoothies, and more.

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35. Churrascaria Vulcão

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203 Adams St
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 514-6663
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This new 46-seat Fields Corner spot serves a blend of Cape Verdean and Portuguese cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

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36. Coco Leaf

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1480 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 265-2640
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This cafe specializes in Vietnamese desserts, particularly chè, a dessert "soup" with ingredients such as coconut milk, jack fruit, tapioca, and pandan jelly. Also on the menu: sweet and savory crepes, bubble tea, and more. Chef/co-owner Pete Om is an alum of O Ya and Spain's acclaimed El Celler de Can Roca.

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37. Fat Biscuit Southern Table + Taps

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335 Market St
Lynnfield, MA 01940
(781) 342.5283
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This Southern-inspired restaurant out of North Conway, New Hampshire expanded to Lynnfield this season, serving up, among other things, hearty sandwiches on fat biscuits.

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38. Frenchie Wine Bistro

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560 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 233-5941
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This cozy Parisian-inspired wine bar features cheese and charcuterie; snacks such as escargot toast, onion soup, and drumstick coq au vin; and larger entrees, such as a salt-crusted branzino for two.

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39. Gre.Co

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225 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 572-3300
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Fast-casual Greek food hits Newbury Street with the opening of Gre.Co, which serves up a variety of loukoumades (Greek-style doughnut holes), gyros, and more.

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40. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

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271 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 369-5609
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After a few months of structural renovations, Lolita is back with its same sexy vibe and some new food and drink items, including a 10-piece Mexican fried chicken dinner, tequila shots poured tableside, and non-alcoholic agua frescas...which can be made alcoholic.

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41. Loui Loui

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160 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
With one location in Stoneham, MA and another in Fort Lee, NJ, Loui Loui has expanded to Allston with Cajun-style seafood, boiled in a bag.

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42. Love Art Sushi

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1 Haviland St
Boston, MA 02115
This is the second location for Love Art Sushi; the first is located by the University of Connecticut. The restaurant serves poke-style bowls as well as "makirittos" — seafood snack wraps.

43. New Sushi, Inc

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106 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
This trend-friendly new addition to downtown Boston offers both sushi burritos and poke bowls. The owner is also behind Medford's all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant, Nijiya, as well as Hoshi-ya in Brighton.

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44. Philly Pretzel Factory

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4 Squire Rd
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 289-8700
This Philadelphia-based pretzel company has been around for nearly two decades. It serves soft pretzels in a variety of forms, including pretzel-wrapped hot dogs. This is the only Massachusetts location.

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