Bouchee is a fantastic place to have a good time with friends and get amazing food at the same time. The drinks are great and the bar is elegant. But more importantly the food is fantastic. The mashed potatoes here are the best I've ever had. They have great appetizers as well.
This is a good Todd English restaurant but not the best one in the city. The food is good but not worth the price. It has a cute location in Charlestown but I would prefer Olives any day.
This store is super fun but be careful that you don't break the bank with all that creativity! Creating your own purses, bags, headbands, etc. is a great exercise in your own creativity. For all those who say 'they never have what I'm looking for', this store is for you. But it isn't cheap. If you have group parties at the store you can get 10% off.
I was very hesitant to try this place the first time I went in. It looks like your average 'we have everything' kind of quicky food dive. On the contrary, their food is quite good and the selection is very unique. From Middle Eastern cuisine to pizza, classic fries to great salads they have it all and it's all great. For a quick evening stop this place is fantastic and I would highly recommend the buffalo tenders. Yum!
This is a quick option with delivery in a wide range of neighborhoods. However I have yet to have anything that actually tasted good from this place. If you're in a bind and need delivery there is quite a variety here, but I would take the time to find something you'll actually like.
The Franklin Cafe is a very small hot spot in the south of the South End. They have a very limited menu but that doesn't stop people from coming weekly. It is quite trendy for its particular location. The food is raved about by many but I wouldn't say it is the most amazing menu out there. It's a fun bar to hang out at in the evening.
This is such a local institution you have to try it at least once. Rumor has it that they have been around so long they've been grandfathered in to not being required to have a bathroom. Saturday mornings you will likely see a line down the block with all of those wishing they had more time during the week to go. Make sure you strike up a conversation with the guy at the door. He's been there quite a long time and loves some good conversation in the morning. There has never been a bad breakfast at Charlie's. The raspberry pancakes are absolutely amazing and their homefries are pretty great as well. The waitress is one of a kind, very professional. You sit family style and may be seated around a table with others who have already started. Sitting at the lunch counter is a must at least one time so you can watch them prepare everything right in front of you. This is a great mom and pop restaurant that even closes down when the owners go on vacation. Unfortunately the hours are a little tough - only open until about 2 PM Monday - Saturday and is not open on Sunday.
This is by far one of the best restaurants in Boston. It can be very formal or business casual and works either way. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxing. Most importantly, the food is outstanding!! I have eaten many multiple course meals here and never had anything that I did not love. They are known for their garlic chicken and if you have it you'll know why. I don't believe I had ever ordered chicken at a restaurant before this but it was definitely worth it. It almost melts in your mouth. The fried goat cheese with the salad greens is fantastic and their specials are always wonderful. I cannot possibly say how amazing the food is, you just need to try it.
Petit Robert is always billed to be such a great French bistro in the middle of the South End. After having visited a few times I would say that there are other more charming places that I would prefer in the same neighborhood. The food has been a bit hit or miss and the service is terrible. I feel that the service is a bit ironic in that it mimics the stereotypical vision of a French restaurant. If the food were wonderful then I would definitely get over the service but it's not consistently good enough. The specials can be quite good. The atmosphere is a little beyond cozy bordering on cramped. I say go down a couple of blocks and eat at Giacomo's. You'll pay a fraction as much and enjoy it infinitely more.
Uptown Espresso is an amazing hidden gem in the neighborhood. I am not a coffee drinker so I cannot personally attest to the coffee in particular but the pastries and other breakfast and lunch selections are fantastic. I love the location! It is upstairs above the Food Basket market. There is a hidden back patio that is amazing in the summer time and all who know it spend hours at a time there. The staff is quite friendly as well. Because I don't drink coffee my friends and family in from out of town have to go out for coffee. They have all tried just about everything in the area and now will not stray from Uptown Espresso. If you haven't been there - go. You will love it's charm once you've seen it.