It’s Cheryl Cronin’s job to know the city’s best food offerings. As CEO of the Boston Public Market Association, the 62-year-old Back Bay resident makes sure the downtown marketplace is stocked with a smogasboard of tasty New England-bred delights — from Union Square Donuts to piping-hot raclette potatoes with jam from Jasper Hill Farm.
Best late night meal?
My husband, Jack, and I enjoy sitting at the bar at La Voile on Newbury Street in Back Bay for a charcuterie plate paired with a good cosmopolitan — a great way to unwind on the weekend! 261 Newbury St., lavoileboston.net
Best meal under $5?
The bagel sandwiches from Levend Bagelry at the Boston Public Market are a great value and delicious at any meal. Their unique sourdough recipe and cold-fermentation process result in a bagel that definitely rivals NYC. 100 Hanover St., levendbagelry.com
Best place to dine alone?
B&G Oysters in the South End. The seats by the front window are a prime spot for people-watching in that lively area of Tremont Street. 550 Tremont St., bandgoysters.com
Place you recommend for out-of-towners?
Oleana in Cambridge. I’m a big fan of Ana Sortun and how she’s impacted the Boston dining scene — she also happens to be married to Chris Kurth, owner of Siena Farms at the market. I’ve lived here for more than 30 years and have watched the city turn into one of the most notable food hubs in the country — tons of incredible local chefs like Ana had a big hand in that. 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, oleanarestaurant
Most Instagrammable dish in town?
A plate of fresh, locally caught oysters shucked right in front of you from Red’s Best at the Boston Public Market. Every first Sunday of the month is $1 Buck Shuck. 100 Hanover St., redsbest.com