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The past couple of years have brought an absolute explosion of exciting independent restaurants, bars and boutiques to the already-flourishing food scene in Boston—especially in the surrounding towns of Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. The city's close-knit chef community is devoted to supporting New England purveyors year-round, resulting in menus that change fluidly with the seasons and keep diners on their toes. And while visitors rightfully seek out seafood-centric fare in the sea-hugging historic city (raw bar, anyone?), it's just as easy to track down an inspired scallion pancake sandwich or handcrafted plate of pasta as it is to find a splurge-worthy lobster roll.

ICONIC DISHES

Hot Buttered Maine Lobster Roll

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Neptune Oyster
LOCAL EXPERT

Tony Maws

Chef and owner of Craigie on Main

"I'm partial to my side of the river; it's a fantastic time to be dining in Cambridge and Somerville. It's easy to walk around here, and to take public transportation to different neighborhoods."

Local Expert

Joanne Chang

Chef and owner of Flour Bakery + Cafe and Myers + Chang

"In Boston, you get the benefits of a big city—incredible ingredients, a wide variety of tastes and cuisines, a large number of amazing independent restaurants—and the benefits of a small one. The chefs here all support each other."

Photo: Colin Clark

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