Back Bay: Cafeteria
People-watching on one of Boston's best (and most moneyed) shopping streets? Yes, please. The ample patio is a major draw at this Newbury Street spot, and it's filled mostly with thirtysomething crowds clinking martinis over elevated takes on familiar comfort foods.
Must-Order: This isn't your middle-school meatloaf. Cafeteria's version ($18) elevates the classic lunchroom staple to delicious effect, using grass-fed beef and a "spicy ketchup" glaze.
Insider Tip: Want eat out on Newbury on a decidedly non-Newbury budget? Order a burger at the bar (only) and they're just $5 all day, every day.
279 Newbury St.; 617-536-2233