When it comes time to grab a quick present for the Yankee Swap, nothing fits the equally diverse and yet difficult personalities of your family and friends like a gift card. Stop by a local restaurant and it’s doubly good. Who doesn’t like to eat and/or drink for free, amirite?! With that in mind, our dining and dish master Marc Hurwitz, from Hidden Boston Restaurants fame of course, put together a top ten list of eateries that doubles as a can’t-miss buying guide for gift cards. Chow down.
1157 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
A completely under-the-radar Vietnamese eatery near Savin Hill that offers cheap eats including an outstanding duck soup.
282 Beacon St., Somerville
A somewhat small and unassuming pub that features some of the best burgers in the entire Greater Boston area.
980 Saratoga St., East Boston
A spacious, family-friendly breakfast spot that only locals seem to know about in the Orient Heights neighborhood.
2388 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
A “speakeasy” that has above-average pub grub, a great jukebox, and lots of nooks and crannies throughout.
Village Sushi and Grill
14 Corinth St., Roslindale.
A serene Japanese and Korean dining spot in Roslindale Village with a backdoor patio that feels like a secret.
424 Cambridge St., Cambridge
A plain-looking sub shop featuring roast beef sandwiches that rival some of the best the North Shore has to offer.
3712 Washington St., Jamaica Plain
75 West Bdwy., South Boston
An old-school greasy spoon diner that’s one of the last old-fashioned eateries in this booming part of Southie.
877 Cambridge St., Cambridge
398 Harvard St., Brookline
The original of a growing group of sushi bars featuring organic sushi along with a handful of excellent Japanese entrees.