Scout’s Honored

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 […]



MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wellness

Gym: The Training Room 691A Somerville Ave., (617) 284-6088 373 Washington St., (617) 764-1015 thetrainingroomboston.com The Training Room is not your typical gym. Rather than endless rows of machines and looming monthly membership costs, at the Training Room working out is designed to be personalized. People can choose from personal training, progressive group programs, small-group training, […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Services

Frame Shop: Stanhope Framers 55 Bow St., (617) 666-2000 stanhopeframers.com Read our article on Stanhope Framers here. Best Architect or Architecture Firm: aMorton Design 561 Windsor St., (617) 894-0285 amortondesign.com “After interviewing several architects/designers in the area, we knew immediately Andrea was the one for us. Fabulous vision and always available. She was amazing at dealing […]


Stanhope Framers On the Excitement of Handling Art

After decades in the framing business, Stanhope Framers owner Richard Siegel still gets excited about his job. “We get to see amazing artwork,” he says. “One of the perks of the job is what we get to see—and not only see, but touch, up close and personal. And that still, even after 40 years, is […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Shopping

Bicycle Shop: Ace Wheelworks 145 Elm St., (617) 776-2100 wheelworks.com We’re quick to tell our readers about the heroes and notable folks living in their neighborhood, but Ace Wheelworks might take the cake with its humble brag of having “a former Olympic cyclist, current National Collegiate Champ, and a rock star” on staff. Thankfully, the shop’s […]


4GoodVibes Keeps It Local

Best Gift Shop & Best Home Decor How local can local get? At 4GoodVibes, it’s not only the products and artwork of 132 artists from Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston that are from around the neighborhood, but also the four sisters who run the shop, all raised in nearby Medford. The Pierce sisters—Becca, 23, Emily, 21, […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Food & Drink

NEW BUSINESS: NU CAFE AND JUICE BAR Best new business? More like best nu business. Just nine months in, Nu Cafe and Juice Bar is right at home in Union Square, where its warm vibe makes you want to be a regular. Come grab a hearty lunch—we’re digging the chipotle avocado and lime super grain […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Razors Barbershop & Shave Parlor

Who among us hasn’t been there—it’s 10 p.m., and you’re browsing Instagram when you spy a friend’s photo from a recent trip to Prague in your feed. Suddenly, it’s midnight, and you’re hundreds of photos deep in the #travelgram or #travelersnotebook tag, eyeing your suitcase and wondering how much paid time off you have left […]