Chef Brian Poe is one busy man-about-town. As the owner of downtown’s Tip Tap Room, Inman’s Bukowski Tavern and Back Bay’s Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, the 43-year-old Georgia native doesn’t have a ton of downtime — but when he does, he knows how and where to eat.
Best late night meal?
Peach Farm is always, always, always a great go-to. And I know I've mentioned it a lot lately, but I just can't get over how good the food was my last visit to Tavern Road. It's just perfectly sized, perfect late night food.
Peach Farm, 4 Tyler St., Boston, peachfarmboston.com
Tavern Road, 343 Congress St., Boston, tavernroad.com
Best meal under $5?
Is there such a thing as under-$5 anymore? Actually, I'm a big fan of Roxy's Grilled Cheese. They've got lots of $5-and-under stuff and Tremont 647’s $2 Taco Tuesdays are always a delicious go-to of mine.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, 485 Cambridge St, Allston, and other locations, roxysgrilledcheese.com
Tremont 647, 647 Tremont St., Boston, tremont647.com
Best hidden foodie gem?
Shōjo — everything about this place is just delicious and fun. 9 Tyler St., Boston, shojoboston.com
Best place to dine alone?
Butcher Shop in the South End; I love that whole little corner. I park on Waltham Street, stop into Stir and buy a book — the best little bookstore in Boston, in my humble opinion — grab some bread and vegetables from Sienna Farms and then cozy up to the bar for a really good glass of wine and a snack from the Butcher Shop menu. It takes you away for a while and it’s the best spot to take a break from the day. Then pick up some meat to take home and cook with your vegetables. 552 Tremont St., Boston, thebutchershopboston.com
Place you recommend for out-of-towners?
Scampo — if there's three chefs you need to introduce to an out-of-towner or new person to Boston's culinary scene, it's Lydia [Shire], Simon [Restrepo] and Alex [Pineda]. All of that talent under one roof! If your out of town friends insist upon going to Salem to see the Witch Museum, send them to A Mano Italian Kitchen; it's a great meal by Chef Tony Bettencourt.
Scampo, The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston, scampoboston.com
A Mano Italian Kitchen, 62 Wharf St, Salem, amanoitaliankitchen.com
Go-to date spot?
Nebo has such a good vibe and good food by the Pallotta sisters and it's just far enough away from everything that either direction you walk after an amazing meal, you can hold hands and admire Boston quietly and romantically. 520 Atlantic Ave., Boston, neborestaurant.com
Best place to catch up with friends?
Doretta Taverna. Go early in the afternoon, sit at the bar looking out the windows, and catch up while all of these wonderful, well-executed plates of food continue to land in front of you with no interruption to the conversation. 79 Park Plaza, Boston, dorettaboston.com
Most Instagrammable dish in town?
Uni. Chefs Ken [Oringer] and Tony [Messina] own the world of beautifully presented food in Boston. Eliot Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, uni-boston.com.