I'm an avid home cook moving to Boston from NYC at the end of this month and am wondering about the food shopping situation in the Beacon Hill / Back Bay area. Is it all about the Whole Foods, or are there other, smaller grocers that are even better? I like Whole Foods, but I prefer smaller, gourmet type shops. What about Farmer's Markets? Good specialty shops?
I won't have a car, so going all over the place isn't really an option...
I'd appreciate any advice anyone might have.