Ever wanted to dine like an insider? Check out the top Boston spots from acclaimed chef Michael Scelfo, whose American restaurant, Alden & Harlow, was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2015. From great coffee to clam fritters, this local expert’s picks will help you discover some of the city’s most delicious dishes.

Kristin Teig Alden Bar
Photo provided by Alden & Harlow. Photo by Kristin Teig.

Michael Scelfo’s Top 10 Spots in Boston:

1. Hei La Moon for dim sum, always
2. Oleana, my fave restaurant in the city right now for a fancy dinner
3. Venus for a late-night bite (kebabs) in Somerville
4. Woodman's across the street has the best clam fritters
5. Santarpio’s for the barbecue lamb with extra juice and a salad

6. Petsi's in Harvard Square for coffee, close to home and warm people
7. Shea's in Essex, my favorite spot for a drink overlooking the marsh — all about the view
8. Grill 23 for a martini and the raw bar on the second floor bar — a classic

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9. Bova's in the North End for the pistachio cookies
10. Alden & Harlow for people watching from the pass or Chef's table

Kristin Teig Alden Table
Photo provided by Alden & Harlow. Photo by Kristin Teig.