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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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Strip-T's Restaurant

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T.W. Food

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Russell House Tavern

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Journeyman

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Trina's Starlite Lounge

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East by Northeast

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Hungry Mother

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Area Four

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Craigie on Main

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Catalyst

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Rendezvous

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Baraka Cafe

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Jasmine Bistro

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S&I To Go

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Shanghai Gate

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Sichuan Gourmet

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Island Creek Oyster Bar

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La Verdad

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L'Espalier

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Erbaluce

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Myers + Chang

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Dumpling Cafe

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The Franklin Cafe

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The Gallows

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Hamersley's Bistro

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Ten Tables

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Neptune Oyster

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Angela's Cafe

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