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Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

Favorite Restaurants Not On This Site

Because Boston's Hidden Restaurants features, well, hidden restaurants, I'm unable to include some of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. There are so many popular restaurants in the area that I love going to, but cannot add to this site.

photo of the Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA So what are some of these popular restaurants that are on my list of favorites? Well, for starters, I really love The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. The Salem Cross Inn is a very old, classic New England restaurant on Route 9 that serves all kinds of steak, chicken, and seafood dishes in a very cozy, intimate atmosphere. This is a great place for a quiet date, a fun family gathering, or a large group outing. And it is right in the center of New England, a fairly short distance west of Worcester, so it's not all that far away from most major cities in the region.

Closer to home, I love Helmand in Cambridge, an Afghan restaurant that is considered one of the best dining spots in the Boston area. The food at Helmand is fantastic, the atmosphere is exotic, and the waitstaff is efficient and friendly. The price is right at Helmand, too; in fact, it is extremely reasonable for a restaurant that is considered a bit on the upscale side.

Another place I find myself going to often is Ashley's [ADDED TO SITE IN 2006] in South Braintree. Ashley's is the perfect breakfast place; cheap, quick, and friendly, and with excellent breakfasts that are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Ashley's does get crowded on the weekends, but there usually isn't a long wait.

One more place I like a lot is Doyle's in Jamaica Plain. Not so much for the food, which is decent pub grub, but more for the incredibly rich atmosphere. Doyle's is a Boston landmark that has been seen in several movies, and politicians can often be seen here. And Doyle's has an outstanding selection of beers, which is a very good thing!

That's it for now. I'll try to think of some more favorite Boston restaurants soon and report back to everyone...

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