Food & Drink

Environmental Sustainability at Neighborhood Produce

Best Eco-Friendly Business    415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Winter Hill resident Matt Gray opened Neighborhood Produce last November to meet a need he saw in his community: access to healthy grocery options without needing a car. Customers return to the store week after week, Gray says, giving it the community feel he’d hoped […]


Remnant Brewing Crowned Best New Business

Best New Business 2 Bow Market Way (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com This year’s best new business is at once a brewery, a coffee shop, and an event space. Remnant Brewing is Bow Market’s largest tenant, a 15-barrel brewery complete with a beer garden. Head Brewer Charlie Cummings says he likes to brew the types of beer […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Restaurant in Assembly Square: River Bar 661 Assembly Row, (617) 616-5561 river-bar.com There are three words right near the top of River Bar’s website—small, creative, lively—and they encapsulate exactly what’s so great about it. The diversity on its one-page menu promises to engage your culinary imagination. Bored with brunch Benedicts? Try the pork schnitzel with gravy, […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Sarma Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Winter Hill Chef Middle Eastern Food Place to Splurge Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Read our article on Sarma here. Italian: Posto 187 Elm St., (617) 625-0600 postoboston.com Posto combines local, seasonal foods with ingredients from Italy, homemade mozzarella, and a roaring, 850-degree-plus wood-burning oven to offer […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Machu Picchu

Best Latin American Food 307 Somerville Ave., (617) 628-7070 machupicchuboston.com If there’s one thing Rosy Cerna wants people to understand about Peruvian cuisine, it’s that there’s not just one single Peruvian cuisine. “Peru has 25 states and each has their own culture and food,” Cerna, a Peruvian native, explains. So it makes sense that she […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Bartender: Bonnie of Trina’s Starlite Lounge 3 Beacon St., (617) 576-0006 trinastarlitelounge.com Read our article on Bonnie here. Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler St., (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Read our article on Aeronaut here. Liquor Store: Sav-Mor Spirits 15 McGrath Highway, (617) 628-6444 savmorspirits.com Wine Shop: Ball Square Fine Wines 716 Broadway, (617) 623-9500 ballsquarefinewines.com Beer Program: Five Horses Tavern […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Tasty Mo:Mo

Tasty Mo:Mo 503 Medford St., (617) 764-0222 tastymomo.com Chef-owner Sophia Thakali says it’s easy to explain her shop’s namesake food to a first-timer: “In English, it’s called a dumpling. That would pretty much give an idea of what exactly momo is,” she says. But oh, the infinite varieties that go inside those little purses of […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Five Horses Tavern

Beer Program: Five Horses Tavern 400 Highland Ave., (617) 936-3930 fivehorsestavern.com The throbbing bass of a reggae song cuts through Five Horses as beverage director Ira Vogel silently scrolls through the beer app Untappd, reviewing his perennially changing beer menu in a corner booth. Starting as a server/busser six years ago, Vogel quickly glommed onto the […]


Sarma Takes Home Six Scout’s Honored Awards

Best Restaurant Overall Best Restaurant in Winter Hill Best Chef Best Middle Eastern Food Best Place to Splurge Best Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Chef Cassie Piuma’s goal at Sarma is to make the familiar new by infusing Middle Eastern flavors and techniques into dishes where you don’t expect them. “I […]


Brewing Community at Aeronaut

Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler Street, (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Some people just don’t like a lot of attention on their birthdays, but for Ronn Friedlander, every day is essentially a birthday. “In some ways, it was like every other day because it was, like, bands and beer and people hanging out,” the Aeronaut co-founder recalls […]



Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]