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Boston Restaurant Week: 7 Suburban Highlights

By Scott Kearnan
August 19, 2013

Today marks the start of Boston Restaurant Week. And while most of the deals are concentrated in town, there are a number of spots just outside the city that are getting in on the action. Food culture has done a lot to elevate suburban dining; based on Zagat ratings, here are the top seven Restaurant Week participants outside the Boston neighborhoods, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. They may require a quick car ride (or an extra T stop or two), but diners agree: they're worth it. 

Bistro 5

City folk won't find a suburban spot more convenient than chef-owner Vittorio Ettore's innovative Italian restaurant; it's located right next to the West Medford commuter rail stop. The Restaurant Week menu includes semolina coated fried squid with sweet and spicy tomato chutney, and barn-raised veal Milanese with pistachio-panko bread crumbs. (Zagat food rating: 27) 

Blue Ginger 

Public TV personality chef Ming Tsai has been receiving plenty of recent buzz for his newer Fort Point spot, Blue Dragon. But his Wellesley restaurant is where he built his reputation as a master chef and a major activist for food allergy awareness. (Zagat food rating: 27)

L'Andana

Chef Jamie Mammano, the man behind the kitchens like Mistral and Sorellina, brings the sophistication of city dining to the suburbs. Users swoon for the Tuscan fare at his Burlington spot: with Restaurant Week offerings like wood-grilled cornish hen and chilled sweet corn and crab soup, we understand why. (Zagat food rating: 27)

AKA Bistro 

This Lincoln restaurant typically comes with hefty price tags, so Restaurant Week is a good time to indulge in Hawaiian poke on the patio. For a $10 surcharge, you can also try a sashimi platter with "innovative interpretation" of seasonal fish. (Zagat food rating: 25)

Chiara

Okay, it's found by a strip mall. (Hey, when in Rome... or rather, the suburbs.) But diners in the know vouch that the Mediterranean cuisine here rivals city restaurants. Bonus: they're doling out $10 gift certificates to Restaurant Week diners to lure them back for seconds. (Zagat food rating: 24)

Flora

Flora must pack some serious flour power. Located in a former Arlington bank, the spot's American cuisine with Mediterranean flourish have enticed fans for nearly two decades. They're offering two Restaurant Week options: the three-course "Classic" with a starter, entree, dessert, or the "Medium Plate Option," which pairs two medium plates with either a starter or a dessert. (Zagat food rating: 24)

Zebra's Bistro and Wine Bar

It opened in 1999, so it's fair to say Zebra's has earned its stripes as a stalwart of fine suburban dining. That it offers a rewards program for frequent visitors doesn't hurt. But during Restaurant Week everyone can get in on the deals: and dig into entrees like blackened Scottish salmon with housemade chorizo, and a big bacon-topped burger with miso aioli. (Zagat food rating: 24)

Places Mentioned

Blue Ginger

Asian • Wellesley

Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$54
 
 
 
Aka Bistro

French • Lincoln

Food24 Decor22 Service23 Cost$46
 
 
 
Zebra's Bistro And Wine Bar

New American • Medfield

Food21 Decor20 Service20 Cost$43
 
 
 
L 'Andana

Italian • Burlington

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$61
 
 
 
Chiara Bistro

Mediterranean • Westwood

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$53
 
 
 
Bistro 5

Italian • Medford

Food27 Decor25 Service27 Cost$46
 
 
 
Flora Restaurant

American • Arlington

Food27 Decor26 Service25 Cost$41
 
 
 
 
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