Boston is replete with excellent restaurants, but the suburbs have mounted an impressive charge, offering first-rate dining with the added bonus of easier parking. For seafood lovers, Catch is a must-try. Located in Winchester Center, Catch has an intimate and elegant feel from which the small open kitchen delivers top-notch French-influenced American cuisine. Fresh local produce is incorporated throughout the menu; you’ll want to try the potato gnocchi with English peas, lobster mushrooms, and lobster reduction ($12), which presents with a smooth and subtle richness, as well as the Asian-inspired, well-balanced red snapper with gulf shrimp, baby bok choy, fingerling potatoes, grilled portobello mushroom, cipollini onion, and soy ($26). Be sure to leave room for the warm chocolate truffle cake with brandied cherries and whipped crème fraiche ($8).
Catch, 34 Church Street, Winchester, Tel: 781-729-1040