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Christy Timon opened her Brookline bakery in 1982, hiring Abram Faber to help with deliveries. The now-married couple are revered as champions of classic European baking when it comes to brioche and flaky croissants, but huge, chewy chocolate chunk cookies are wonderfully American.
Renowned Boston chef Lydia Shire’s appropriately named restaurant, Scampo (Italian for “escape”), is set inside a former prison, now The Liberty Hotel. Among the highlights: Shire’s famed Elephant Ear Walking (a curving flatbread covered with tomatoes and melted cheese).
Open since 1960, this Harvard Square diner names its many burgers after local politicos, athletes and celebrities. The Deval Patrick (Massachusett’s Democratic governor) comes with Monterey jack cheese, jalapeños, salsa and the warning that it “will tax your taste buds.”
Every year, five million Island Creek oysters grow in the muddy flats of Massachusetts's Duxbury Bay, and many come straight to this urban extension on Commonwealth Avenue. They’re great freshly shucked or panko-crusted and fried for stellar sliders.