The Heart of Boston
Zuma’s Tex-Mex Cafe
7 Market St., tel. (617) 367-9114
This basement-level restaurant offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the marketplace and manages to create its very own fiesta. Specialties include grilled quesadillas, sizzling fajitas, and mesquite grilled chicken.

Beacon Hill
144 Charles St., tel. (617) 227-4340
This centrally-located café and bakery serves excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a tantalizing Sunday brunch.

Lala Rokh
97 Mount Vernon St., tel. (617) 720-5511
Authentic Persian cuisine is hard to come by in Boston, but Lala Rokh definitely fits the bill. An aromatic combination of Eastern and Mediterranean spices gives the dishes their distinctive flavours.

The Hungry I
71 Charles St., tel. (617) 227-3524
Stepping inside The Hungry I is like entering a whole new world. The restaurant's menu includes a wide selection of game meats, as well as a fabulous three-course Sunday brunch.

Theatre District, Chinatown and South End
1395 Washington St., tel. (617) 248-8814
For a delicate balance of regional Italian and New American cuisines, try this cozy little spot. Items like duck leg confit served with roasted pumpkin risotto and butternut squash or grilled pork tenderloin with braised cabbage provide a break from traditional Italian fare.

Cultural District
Betty’s Wok and Noodle Diner
250 Huntington Ave., tel. (617) 424-1950
This diner’s location makes it the perfect place to start an evening out. Right across from Symphony Hall and up the street from the Huntington Theatre, this chic yet casual restaurant gives diners the freedom to design their own stir fry from the menu’s Asian, Cuban and Indian offerings.

Elephant Walk
900 Beacon St., tel. (617) 247-1500
This informal restaurant's varied menu offers everything from simple French bistro fare to more exotic variations of Cambodian dishes.

UpStairs on the Square
91 Winthrop St., tel. (617) 864-1933
The vast, three-storey UpStairs on the Square offers a mix of Californian and Italian dishes such as pizza garnished with hot pepper, broccoli, turnip and spinach leaves, and a creamy tomato soup topped with melted cheddar.