These are a best places to eat in Boston, according to cook Tiffani Faison


They contend that nobody ever remembers who finishes in second place, yet Tiffani Faison some-more than took advantage of being a runner-up on a initial deteriorate of Top Chef in 2006. She graduated from mid-level roles during several Las Vegas review restaurants to executive prepare during Todd English’s Riche brasserie in New Orleans before relocating to Boston to helm a brief reconstruction of South End classical Rocca Kitchen Bar in 2010.

The homecoming for a peripatetic Faison has been heralded with a fibre of successful restaurants of her own, starting with Sweet Cheeks Q in a Fenway area, that non-stop in 2011 and has warranted unchanging plaudits as a city’s best BBQ joint.

Her subsequent venture, Tiger Mama, was on a design of a call of upscale Asian eateries, hailed by a Improper Bostonian for delivering an “upscale knowledge though sacrificing a hint of a source cuisines.” The menu facilities richly allocated versions of classics like tom kha gai soup and decadent piles of chili crab heads, claws, and legs with an endless menu of tiki-inspired cocktails. 

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In Aug 2018, Faison combined a third grill to her favorite widen of Fenway Park-adjacent Boylston Street with Fool’s Errand, a no-reservations, no-tables tapas bar described as “a low-commitment, high-satisfaction snacking destination.” By snacking, though, we’re articulate smoked beef tongue sandwiches, not Fenway franks. The food during this “adult break bar,” like a decor, is European-inspired, a atmosphere a mix of upscale cocktail hour and pre-game quick-bite.

Her second army as a Bostonian has Faison cheerleading for a internal dining scene. “It’s been entrance adult for so long, yet now we consider we’re there,” she says. “For a prolonged time, Boston was seen as a seafood town, with old-school restaurants portion baked haddock. In a final 5 or 6 years, restaurants like Neptune Oyster and Saltie Girl have taken a unequivocally best of what we have and presented it in new and innovative ways.”

When Faison and wife/business partner Kelly Walsh find out a best of Boston, here’s where they dine:

Cafe Sushi

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You wouldn’t brace a sushi grill that’s been around given a Reagan Administration to be on a slicing corner of anything, yet second era Cafe Sushi owners Seizi Imura has kept things uninformed during this Cambridge classical with both a menu and dining room makeover while progressing prices that are some-more UMass than Harvard.

“Their nigiri is imaginary and shows off a implausible barbecuing of a fish,” says Faison. “Not to take anything divided from a rolls, yet a nigiri is where they shine.”


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Chef Cassie Piuma and partner Ana Sortun move a village suggestion of Istanbul’s meyhanes to Somerville in a nightly jubilee of booze and meze, a eastern Mediterranean take on tapas. Loud and bustling, “The room feels like a Turkish bazaar,” says Faison.

Newbies to Sarma ride toward a kebabs and kofte, yet Faison plunges right into a seven-layer hummus dip, scooped adult with falafel crackers. Faison advises: “Pace yourself until we see a boiled chicken” – sesame-sprinkled pieces piled on platters and served tableside with za’atar salsa for dipping. 

Regina Pizzeria

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You’ll find Regina Pizzeria outlets everywhere from selling malls to South Station. Ignore them all and go directly to a strange North End location, where they’ve been spinning thin-crust pies given 1926. “The mix is different, and a same people have worked there forever,” says Faison. “It’s only pizza during a other locations – they have nothing of a magic.”

Faison and Walsh typically sequence a bottle of inexpensive booze (“there’s not a bottle over $30,” says Faison) and a pepperoni, fungus and olive pizza to share. “Order a small: they prepare it better, so it’s crispy all around,” she says.


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Tres Gatos 

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Not certain about a cats, yet this Jamaica Plain village entertainment mark does wear 3 hats – restaurant, bookstore and song store, harmonizing good food, music, and literature. Owner Dave Doyle, who non-stop Tres Gatos about a decade ago, “cares deeply about a neighborhood,” says Faison, a JP resident. “All of a bartenders and servers are kind, and a food is gorgeous.”

On a menu that facilities tiny plates of charcuterie, quesos, pintxos, tapas, paella and desserts, Faison’s favorite is a chickpea fritters served with tzatziki. Vegetarians will suffer copiousness of options, like a meat-free paella, as good as corn and asparagus tapas. 

Rebel Rebel

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Rebel Rebel revels in dogmatic yet associating bartenders portion adult healthy wines to a woke clientele; owners Lauren Friel might insist that it’s “just a bar,” yet a plcae in Bow Market creates Rebel Rebel a good place to collect out a ideal chard or pinot to compare a crispy bar pizza from Hot Box or a cheese image from Formaggio Kitchen.

“Lauren has a good taste and is one of a leaders in terms of where booze is going,” says Faison, observant that a owner/sommelier is mostly found dishing on booze somewhere in a tiny space. “Just lay down and speak to her.”

Saltie Girl

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Owner Kathy Sidell and prepare Kyle McClelland might have built Saltie Girl’s repute on cans of tinned fish and towers of uninformed seafood, yet Faison loves a pure, elementary pleasure of a linguine with clams, salsa and pasta infused with flavor. “It’s a hint of linguine clams,” she says.

Faison marvels during uninformed oysters that are consistently shucked and ideally cleaned, with nary a pellet of silt to be found. When she’s adult for something some-more sophisticated, there’s always a boiled lobster served on a waffle or a tin of smoked oysters, mussels or octopus.

“I’ve never seen tinned fish as something gimmicky or trendy,” says Faison. “It might be new to Americans, yet Saltie Girl is unequivocally only picking adult on something Europeans have always finished and putting it into a mouth of a a city.”


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