Sure, we're looking forward to a slew of new restaurant openings in 2016, but we couldn’t resist revisiting the dishes we fell in love with in 2015 one last time. Here are some favorites, from tender grilled octopus to slow-braised porchetta, and a few things in between.
The buzzed-about décor at this Downtown Crossing restaurant is a mix of cheeky/modern with touches of the Gilded Age (the original bar is still in place), but it was the food that really caught our attention. Try any of the stone-fired pitas, including the broccoli rabe with green olives, fennel, and Provolone piccante. 2 Winter Pl., 617-267-0047
The Back Bay restaurant received a lot of buzzy press when they first opened thanks to a party with Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige, but the food has continued to draw applause due to dishes like the succulent porchetta with stilton, grain mustard, and shallot jam.64 Arlington St., 617-456-5300
Boston had a Greek renaissance this year and Committee hits the mark for approachable, easy-to-love cuisine. In this dish, tender grilled shrimp is laid over spanakorizo (Greek spinach risotto) with green garlic and lemon. 50 Northern Ave., 617-737-5051
This is one of the dishes you could eat every day—the salty octopus is grilled and paired with sweet roasted tomatillo, chimichurri, blistered snap peas, and Serrano chili. 50 Gloucester St., 857-239-8064
Best described as serving “East Coast revival cuisine,” the menu at this East Cambridge restaurant promises new flavor experiences. Take the braised lobster with hickory nuts and mead for example—it's a mix of sweet, salty succulent lobster meat. 660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-2576