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The 38 Essential Boston Restaurants, April 2012

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Presenting Boston's updated Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every few months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

New to this update are Trina's Starlite Lounge, Catalyst, Salts, Jasmine Bistro, La Verdad and Dumpling Cafe, which in no particular order have taken the place of Ten Tables Cambridge, Harvest, Clio, The Butcher Shop, Eastern Standard, and Oishii.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or through the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Strip-T's Restaurant

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93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-4330
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2. T.W. Food

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377 Walden St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-4745
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3. Russell House Tavern

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14 Jfk St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-3055
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4. Rialto

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1 Bennett St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5050
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5. Journeyman

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9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-2333
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6. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. East by Northeast

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1128 Cambridge St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-0286
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8. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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9. Bondir

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279 Broadway
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0009
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10. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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11. Area Four

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500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
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12. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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13. Catalyst

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300 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

14. Salts

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798 Main St, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-8444
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15. Rendezvous

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502 Massachusetts Ave
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1900
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16. Baraka Cafe

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80 Pearl St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3951
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17. Jasmine Bistro

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412 Market St
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 789-4676
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18. S&I To Go

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168 Brighton Ave
ALLSTON, MA 02134
(617) 254-8488
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19. Shanghai Gate

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204 Harvard Ave
ALLSTON, MA 02134
(617) 566-7344
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20. Sichuan Gourmet

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1006 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-4226
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21. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-5300
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22. La Verdad

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1 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-9595
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23. L'Espalier

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774 Boylston St, Prudential Center
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-3023
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24. Market

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100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 310-6790
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25. Erbaluce

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69 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-6969
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26. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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27. Dumpling Cafe

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695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8858
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28. Coppa

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253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902
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29. Picco

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513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
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30. The Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 350-0010
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31. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

32. Hamersley's Bistro

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

33. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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34. Ten Tables

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597 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-8810
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35. Menton

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354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-0099
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36. Neptune Oyster

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63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
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37. Prezza

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

38. Angela's Cafe

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131 Lexington St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4972
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1. Strip-T's Restaurant

93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472
93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472

2. T.W. Food

377 Walden St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
377 Walden St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
14 Jfk St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Rialto

1 Bennett St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
1 Bennett St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Journeyman

9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143
9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

6. Trina's Starlite Lounge

3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. East by Northeast

1128 Cambridge St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
1128 Cambridge St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
134 Hampshire St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Bondir

279 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
279 Broadway
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02141
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02141

11. Area Four

500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

12. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139
853 Main St
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139

13. Catalyst

300 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mid-Cambridge, MA 02139