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The 38 Essential Boston Restaurants, July 2012

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Presenting Boston's updated Eater 38, your answer 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 Somerville's Bergamot and Casa B , Tiffani Faison's Sweet Cheeks Q in the Fenway, Jody Adams' sophomore venture Trade and Michael Schlow's longtime Financial District favorite Radius.

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
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-4745
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3. Russell House Tavern

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

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5050
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5. Casa B

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253 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-2180
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6. Journeyman

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9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-2333
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7. Bergamot

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118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-7700
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8. East by Northeast

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

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

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

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

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500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
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13. Craigie on Main

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

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300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

15. Salts

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798 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-8444
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16. Rendezvous

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

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

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412 Market St
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 789-4676
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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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1004 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-4226
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21. Sweet Cheeks Q

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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22. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-5300
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23. Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

31. Hamersley's Bistro

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

32. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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33. Radius

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8 High St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 426-1234
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34. Neptune Oyster

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

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24 Fleet St
Boston, MA 02113

36. Trade

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540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 451-1234
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37. Angela's Cafe

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131 Lexington St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4972
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38. Ten Tables

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597 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-8810
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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, Cambridge, MA 02138

377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Russell House Tavern

14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

14 Jfk St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Rialto

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Casa B

253 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

253 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

6. Journeyman

9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143

9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Bergamot

118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

8. East by Northeast

1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Bondir

279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

279 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

11. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

12. Area Four

500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139