Word of Mouth: Rachel Leah Blumenthal's Best of Boston

Rachel forks over Beantown's best food picks

Rachel Leah Blumenthal is a writer, musician, and photographer based in Somerville, Mass. In addition to writing about food on her own blog, Fork it over, Boston!, she has freelanced for a variety of local websites and publications. She also founded and currently maintains Boston Food Bloggers, a database and networking resource for food and drink bloggers in Massachusetts.

Brunch: Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

Fancy: Mooo...

Best Value: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Bar Scene/Drinks: The Publick House

Business Lunch: Sportella's

Burger: Mr. Bartley's

Pizza: Newtowne Grille

Sandwich: Jimbo's Famous Roast Beef & Seafood

Food Truck: Momogoose

Regional: Hungry Mother

Hidden Gem: Baraka Cafe

Japanese: The Shops at Porter Exchange

Spanish/Tapas: Dali

Thai/Southeast Asian: Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar

Chinese: Myers + Chang

Seafood: East Coast Grill

Steak: Mooo...

Italian: Bottega Fiorentina

Barbecue: East Coast Grill

Desserts: The Chocolate Tarte

Indian: Tamarind Bay

Vegetarian: Clover Food Lab

Wild Card: Highland Kitchen