TakePart Tastemakers

Boston

Boston's a town full of strong opinons—from sports to politics, passion is in the DNA of this town. And so it goes with food: Everyone here has a favorite shop, market, or dish. And increasingly, residents are finding shops where everything from craft beer to game meats is produced with top-shelf, artisan flair. Because for Bostonians, there's no room for second best.

3 Little Figs

3littlefigs.com

278 Highland Ave.,
Somerville, MA, 02143
(617) 623-FIGS

The team behind 3 Little Figs got their start selling baked treats at Jamaica Plain’s City Feed and Supply, also featured here. They opened their own tiny shop in Somerville’s Davis Square in 2011, where they sell a seasonal rotation of sweet and savory baked goods, sandwiches, salads, cold-brew organic coffee, and tea. Many of their items are vegan, and their eggs are free-range. Everything is baked fresh daily, and they use exclusively natural, organic, and locally sourced ingredients from all over the Northeast. New York state’s Gimme! Coffee is their house espresso and coffee, while sandwich ingredients come from nearby Carlson Orchards and Jones Farm. Native Massachusetts honey completes many of their sandwiches. Speaking of sandwiches: The “Village” sandwich—roasted sweet potato, arugula, goat cheese, sundried tomato, honey, and olive oil on 7-grain bread—is a tangy, tart, wholesome must-try.