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MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Latin American: Olé 11 Springfield St., (617) 492-4495 olerestaurantgroup.com Middle Eastern, Place to Splurge, & Outdoor Dining: Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 oleanarestaurant.com At Oleana, Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors are more than influences—they are muses, and Executive Chef Ana Sortun has her entire menu dancing to their tunes. Her kebobs of Vermont quail are […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com Read more here. Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433 lifealive.com It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Restaurant Overall, Restaurant in Central Square, Chef (Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette): Little Donkey 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Read our article on Little Donkey here. Gourmet or Specialty & Food Catering: Formaggio Kitchen 244 Huron Ave., (617) 354-4750 formaggiokitchen.com Written by Eric Francis There is bread, and then there is Irish soda bread made […]


Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Voted Best Date Night Spot

Best Date Night Spot 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com While Sean Leonard has only been the executive director, CEO, and co-owner of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) since last January, the school has been in his life for more than 20 years. “They were like parents to me,” he says of Roberta […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Check out menu highlights from Brick & Mortar here. Beer Program: Grafton Street 1230 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 497-0400 graftonstreetcambridge.com By Tim Gagnon Most people start entertaining thoughts of beer in the waning hours of a work day, but Grafton Street General Manager Morgan Carney starts most […]


Peek at Brick and Mortar’s Specialty Cocktails

Best Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Dollywood Sip the Dollywood slowly—the flavors morph in your mouth, presenting different facets of the cocktail one by one. Four Roses Bourbon is at the heart of this drink, with orgeat introducing almond into the mix. With lemon and orange juices—fresh squeezed daily—and shaken […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Arts & Entertainment

Events Space: OBERON 2 Arrow St., (617) 547-8300 americanrepertorytheater.org/venue/oberon Named for the medieval King of the Fairies, Harvard Square’s OBERON is the raucous sister-venue to the larger American Repertory Theater. Billing itself as a “thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment,” the A.R.T.’s […]


Little Donkey Wins Best Restaurant Overall

Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Central Square Chef – Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had already emerged as geniuses of tapas with Boston institution Toro when they decided to open another restaurant in their home city—and, specifically, in Central Square. But what kind of […]


Broadsheet Coffee Roaster’s Scientific Approach

Best New Business Best Barista – Oona 100 Kirkland St., (617) 945-2867 broadsheetcoffee.com Remnants of Aaron MacDougall’s former life as a high-up finance man are evident: his charisma, his sharply logical thought processes, the strength of his handshake. But he’s traded in his suits for sneakers, or, as he puts it, “I ran a big […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Porter Square Books

Best Bookstore 25 White St., (617) 491-2220 portersquarebooks.com Take it from a book lover: Porter Square Books is a special place. A homey vision greets you as you enter the brightly lit store. On the left is a cafe where you might find people reading their freshly purchased books or the day’s newspaper. Tables sprawl […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Rebekah Brooks Jewelry

Best Jewelry 17 Brattle St., (617) 864-1639 rebekahbrooks.com When you consider Rebekah Brooks’s childhood, it’s not hard to understand how she became a jewelry designer. “I was raised by hippies in the woods,” she says. “They’re both artists, my parents are sculptors. I went to art school, I blew glass for a while, but I […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Ever wish there was more learning in your life? The Cambridge Center for Adult Education strives to help people pursue lifelong learning through courses on everything from visual arts to ESL to writing to cooking. The nonprofit offers more than 400 classes in each of its four annual terms. One of the most popular subject […]