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Laurel (CLOSED)

142 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
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--- Winner, Best American Restaurant in Boston Area, 2005 ---

Photo of Laurel, Boston, MA The South End of Boston certainly has its fair share of quirky restaurants. And Laurel, a unique neighborhood restaurant that is located along the border of the Back Bay and the South End, is about as quirky as its name (and no, there is no restaurant in the general area that is named "Hardy"). As many folks know, Boston can often be an expensive city in which to eat, but Laurel has done what seems to be the impossible; it has offered Boston diners a very pleasant place to enjoy inexpensive gourmet food in a rather elegant setting.

Laurel is a bit New American restaurant, and a bit Traditional American restaurant. The menu at Laurel includes such varied dishes as rainbow-colored spinach ravioli and porterhouse steak. Everything is top-notch here, from the appetizers to the main dishes to the desserts. The wine and beer list is impressive, too. And somehow, Laurel offers some of its dishes for about $10 or so. One wonders why other nearby restaurants don't do what Laurel is doing.

Indeed, Laurel is a refreshing oasis in the Boston restaurant scene. From its soothing, elegant atmosphere to its professional waitstaff and terrific food, this is a dining spot that should not be missed. Street parking is nearly impossible near Laurel, so throw your car in a nearby lot or garage. Even after doing that, though, you'll still end the night with a few extra bucks in your pocket.

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