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I had some really excellent meals on my trip to Boston. Hoping you will also! Here’s what I found and recommend:

The Butcher Shop: Located in Boston’s South End at 552 Tremont St., this is a butcher shop, restaurant and wine bar. It was listed in Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2012.

Toro Restaurant: At 1704 Washington St., Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston’s South End. They serve traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The decor is casual and fun and there is nice outdoor seating which I enjoyed with a friend. Loved the food. Chef Jamie Bissonnette won Food & Wine Magazine’s 2011 People’s Best New Chef Award.

Flour Bakery and Cafe: 1595 Washington St. This is a well-known bakery and cafe in Boston with three locations. The South End location provided great morning treats to the Encore B&B where I stayed. It is worth the visit! They also offer many cooking classes throughout the year.

Legal Harborside: My first visit to the original Legal Sea Food in Boston was in the early 1970’s. Legal Harborside is Legal Sea Food’s 20,000 sq. ft., three story, flagship property on the Boston Waterfront/Seaport District. The first level has casual dining with large open windows and a large outdoor deck. The second level offers private dining and more upscale dining, while on the third level you will find a fun rooftop bar. It received one of Esquire Magazine’s Top New Restaurant awards for 2011. Don’t miss having a mug of New England clam chowder and a lobster roll!! It is located at 270 Northern Avenue at Liberty Wharf, just a short walk from the Institute of Contemporary Art. So head there for lunch after you see some great art!

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille: Located at 70 Rowes Wharf in Downtown Boston, this a perfect spot along the water for lunch. Try to sit on the outdoor terrace!

Durgin Park: At 340 N. Market St., this is a restaurant that started in the Revolutionary days but became famous when John Durgin, Eldrige Park and John Chandler took over 130 years ago. The restaurant is known for its chowders, Indian puddings, apple pan dowdy, johnny cakes and New England boiled dinners. I enjoy the Boston baked beans and Yankee pot roast. I grew up with my Father baking the blueberry tea cakes for Sunday breakfast. It is known for its casual atmosphere with people sitting at long tables and older, often gruff waitresses who have been there for years.

B & G Oysters, at 550 Tremont St., was just named by Food & Wine Magazine as having one of the best lobster rolls in the US.