Boston restaurants are full of iconic menu mainstays that never get old. But new hits are born every day, so we've turned our attention to the last few months' worth of standout plates for this look at must-try dishes in the city. They're new, they've got buzz and if they stick around long enough, they could be classics too.
Brown butter lobster roll at Eventide Fenway
Rejoice! One of the most anticipated openings of 2017 has finally arrived. Portland, Maine's nationally lauded Eventide Oyster Co. finally opened its extended counter-service sibling in the Fenway neighborhood, so locals no longer have to drive all the way to the Pine Tree State to see what earned chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley their recent James Beard awards. Start with the now-iconic brown butter lobster roll, served in a slightly larger version at the Boston location.
1321 Boylston St.; 617-545-1060
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Broth Bowl at the Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Chef Tony Maws is embracing cooler climes at his Somerville restaurant by ladling out this steaming, savory comfort food: bone broth filled with hen of the wood mushrooms, kale and chicken. Sweater weather just got scrumptious. Side note: Maws will be among the local star chefs participating in America's Test Kitchen's "Taste of Innovation" on October 27, a special event that challenges top toques to prepare an innovative recipe with a different locally sourced ingredients. Tickets here.
425 Washington St., Somerville; 857-259-6585
Poutine at Cafe du Pays
Not one, not two, but three former 30 Under 30 honorees are involved in this hot newcomer from the team behind Mamaleh's Delicatessen and State Park: owner and bar manager Heather Mojer (2012), chef-owner Tyler Sundet (2013) and chef Dan Amighi (2015). What can we say? We know talent. And clearly Cafe du Pays knows its French-Canadian cuisine, so get over and try their top-notch take on poutine, fries with cheese curds and gravy.
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge; 617-314-7297
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M'anoush at Anoush'ella
This lovely new surprise in the South End serves up some vibrantly flavored Eastern Mediterranean specialties. But the signature dish is the m'anoush, flatbread sandwiches that are offered in savory and sweet versions. Among the former, you might opt for lamajun, spiced lamb and beef with eggplant, pine nuts and more. From the latter options, try the ashta of housemade ricotta with banana and pistachio. Can't decide? You'll just have to come back — often.
35 W Newton St.; 857-265-3195
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Le Big Mac at Best Burger Bar
If its name is any indication, modesty is not on the menu at this new burger restaurant, opened in Brookline in August. What you will find: a selection of delicious options like Le Big Mac, a double-beef patty topped with onions and a special sauce. Bonus: You can wash it down with cocktails designed by Brother Cleve, oft-dubbed the godfather of Boston's cocktail scene. He's whipped together a list that includes boozy milkshakes and frozen drinks.
195 Washington St., Brookline; 617-505-5320
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The Lady Liberty at Certified Meatball Company
It's all about the meatballs at this new South Boston outfit, where the build-your-own protein plates come in many permutations. But the Certified crew kept the spherical theme going for its dessert menu, where the piece de resistance is the Lady Liberty: a massive sundae of cake ball truffles, including Brazilian brigadeiros, on a malted waffle, topped with ice cream, chocolate and butterscotch sauces — and a sparkler. In tense political times, here's something we can all agree on.
429 W Broadway, South Boston; 617-765-8070
Pantzaria at Committee
Set your DVR. Diane Kochilas, cookbook author, Greek food guru and consulting chef for this Hellenic venture in Boston's Seaport, has a new television show: "My Greek Table" premiered on October 21 on WGBH. While food TV fans can certainly eat with their eyes, we'd suggest swinging by Committee to try some of the new fall menu additions she developed with chef Theo Tsilipanos, like the pantzaria, a roasted beet dish with a butter made from the pistachios of the Greek island Aegina — home, it is said, to some of the world's best.
50 Northern Ave.; 617-737-5051
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Pastas at Pammy's
This quaint Cambridge newcomer is quickly emerging as one of the finest little restaurants to roll out this year — and we especially love the pastas from chef Chris Willis, who often uses wheat sourced straight from his own family's farm in the town of Sherborn. Past hits include the agnolotti (pictured), and one of his newest pastas, the nodi marini — guanciale with broccoli rabe, poached egg and bottarga — is a rich addition bound for greatness.
928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-945-1761
Butternut squash & sumac fritters at Moona
Pancakes: snooze. French Toast: ho-hum. Butternut squash and sumac fritters with feta, cranberries, sage and maple syrup: Hello, beautiful! If you're bored of rote brunch menus overstuffed with the same old staples, take heart. Moona, a charming Eastern Mediterranean addition to Inman Square, is rolling out weekend brunch service and the options — which also include "Eastern spiced" pancakes with date molasses butter — are a nice antidote to the quotidian.
243 Hampshire St., Cambridge; 617-945-7448
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Angry Frog at Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
If you still haven't visited Sumaio, here are a few things to know about the newcomer bringing Hunan province–focused Chinese cuisine to Kendall Square. If you have, here's a brand new reason to leap back on the Red Line: the Angry Frog, a big bowl of bullfrog with duojiao, shiso, red peppers and a chili oyster sauce. There aren't many menus in Boston where you'll find bullfrog, so hop to it.
270 Third St., Cambridge; 617-945-0907
Pork belly chop at Townsman
Congratulations to Townsman chef-owner Matt Jennings. Last week the four-time James Beard award nominee finally rolled out his very first cookbook, "Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots." Want to get a taste of what's inside? Swing by his Downtown restaurant to try some of the just-added dishes on his fall menu, including a standout pork belly chop with smoked apple relish.
120 Kingston St.; 617-993-0750
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Tasting of Toasts at PARK Restaurant & Bar
Clearly this Cambridge resident is trying to triple its chances at luring Millennials. How else to explain its "Tasting of Toasts" a regularly rotating lineup of open-faced generational favorites — at least, according to avocado-bashing thinkpiece writers. We digress. Visit now and you'll find a new trio: curried eggplant with mint yogurt and toasted almonds; Vermont goat cheese with fresh figs and honey; and heirloom tomato with mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze. Three cheers.
59 JFK St., Cambridge; 617-491-9851
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Parisian-style gnocchi at Bastille Kitchen
It's a full-circle moment for chef Brendan Burke and this Fort Point French restaurant. In 2014, Burke earned 30 Under 30 honors for his work as sous-chef here; he later moved over to Serafina, opening that Downtown Italian from Bastille's owner, hospitality kingpin Seth Greenberg. But in September he returned to storm Bastille once more — this time as executive chef. And his new fall offerings include gnocchi with warm crab, sweet potato and baby Brussels sprouts.
49 Melcher St.; 617-556-8000
The Row at Parish Cafe
Parish Cafe has a clever shtick: Its sandwich menu collects concoctions submitted by top chefs from around the city. And in honor of its 25th year, the restaurants are looking back fondly by releasing, every two weeks, archived recipes from the original 1992 menu. But it has a new hit with The Row, a just-added sammy from chef Jeremy Sewall of Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Les Sablons. It's a combo of Virginia ham, provolone cheese, roasted Spanish onions, tomato confit and Dijon mustard aioli.
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Boston Cream Porter at Mystic Brewery
Okay, this is a thing to drink, not eat — but it's too cool to not mention (and inspired by a foodstuff). This month Chelsea's Mystic Brewery unveiled its latest canned creation: the Boston Cream Porter, a collaboration with Union Square Donuts that bases its flavor on the shop's — you guessed it — Boston cream donut. That donut is a new classic in the local food scene, if you ask us, and we're excited to have a chance to guzzle it in brew form all fall long.
174 Williams St., Chelsea; 617-466-2079