I recently relocated to Boston from Philadelphia. Spent 1.5 years living in Newburyport and sampling the north shore. Now live in the Boston 'burbs and have limited time to sample the tastes of Boston (young children @ home). Considering ONLY food quality, novelty and taste, where is the ONE place you would go? I hope to compile a list of must-visit establishments to sample and consider for "regular" status. I have been to some "high-end" restaurants in the area which are either unmentionable on this board, or out of business, but I am really looking for the everyday restaurants that is near and dear to your heart.
What do I miss about Philadelphia? BYOB restaurants with fantastic, simple food. Our favorite Mexican restaurant, Tequilas, with sublime food, beautiful space and ever changing specials. Our neighborhood diner, child-friendly, homey, constant. Dimitri's, a tiny, no-reservation place with the freshest, most simply prepared seafood and (for me) the definition of cioppino. The local markets and specialty food shops.
What advice have I received? From my "Brahmin" father, a long time resident - Hammersleys (liked it, food/value ratio low) and Kingfish Hall (mediocre food IMHO). From friends, Evoo (both pans and raves), mezza (only good recs), La la Roca.
Guide me, fellow hounds.