I just discovered this web site and I LOVE IT. Great info, very entertaining. I thought I would just quickly share some of my favorites in the Boston / Metrowest area.
For good barbeque, I love Firefly's in either Marlboro or now in Framingham. Good portions, prices and food..........what more can you say. I have eaten there about 50 times (used to play in a weekly pool league there), NEVER had a bad meal.
We went recently to an unusual place in the North End of Boston named Taranta. They serve Italian / Peruvian cooking, very creative, great service, very small and intimate, we liked it very much.
Also in Boston, on Boylston street right across from the Hynes entrance on the basement level is a sushi place called Guyhama of Japan. The "sushi lunch" menu item is a particularly good choice, VERY reasonably priced and delicious. I have eaten there about 5 times, always good, I would go back in a heartbeat.
And, finally, I stumbled onto a place in Ward Hill Mass. (not far off 495 in the Lawrence area) called Joseph's Trattoria and Bakery. It is a very North-End-ish Italian bakery and restaurant and it is just fabulous. I have only eaten there twice, but it's been VERY memorable both times. I wish I lived closer. I can't seem to stop my wife from driving all the way up there (over an hour from our place) to have lunch with her girlfriends. I'm not complaining, though, because she always returns with some of their fresh-frozen ravioli for my consumption. I think we've had 3 different varieties of the ravs and they were all VERY good, the mushroom being particularly fantastic. At the restaurant, they serve that mushroom rav with a white sauce that is nothing short of ambrosia. Try it.
I'm curious to hear what others might have to say about my favorites. I'm no gourmet, but I know a good entree when I eat one. Bon Appetit!