The Neighborhood's Top Toque
He built a fine-dining favorite at the South End's late Icarus, which once inhabited the Appleton Street space that will soon house Wink & Nod. But since then chef-owner Chris Douglass has focused his work on two Dorchester restaurants that bring the same flourish and sophistication - but respect the convivial, familiar vibe of the neighborhood where he also lives. His Ashmont Grill serves elevated tavern cuisine (think lemon-braised pork shank with caramelized apple and squash) that merits making it a destination. And under the day-to-day culinary direction of chef de cuisine Nuno Alves, his Tavolo turns out top-notch Italian (we love these gorgeous beet raviolis) that makes mouths water but wallets happy.