Andy Husbands quickly became a household name when he opened Tremont 647 and the adjacent Sister Sorel in Boston’s South End more than two decades ago where he serves up everything from mojito marinated tofu tacos and smoked chicken wings to an apple cider brined pork chop and pan seared bluefish with roasted fingerling potatoes, Since then, he has appeared on Hell’s Kitchen, was a James Beard semi-finalist for “Best Chef” and has been named a “celebrated chef” by the National Pork Council.
There isn’t much the chef/cookbook author and restaurateur hasn’t done, so it was no wonder his latest barbecue restaurant, The Smoke Shop became an overnight success when it hit the dining scene in Cambridge’s Kendall Square last year. Here, barbecue aficionados can get their fill of Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas style barbecue, including pulled pork, 1st place ribs and “the best bar wings” in Cambridge.
We caught up with Husbands recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Photo Credit: Andy Husbands
Where were you born: Seattle, Washington
How long in Boston: Since 1984
Neighborhood: Stoneham (living there now)
Occupation: Owner/Executive Chef of Tremont 647 & the Smoke Shop
Favorite Restaurant: Steel n’ Rye
Best Sushi: Café Sushi
Best Italian: La Morra
Best dessert: Craigie on Main
Best place for a romantic date: Restaurant Dante
Best Sunday brunch: Trina’s Starlite Lounge
Best place for a power business meeting: Porto for lunch
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Hotel Commonwealth
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Uniform
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Shreve, Crump & Low
Best Spa: etant
Favorite Charity Event: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation
Favorite Cultural Event: Boston Calling
Favorite Cultural Institution: Boston Center for Adult Education
Best Steakhouse: Grill 23
Best Pizza: Papa Gino’s
Best Lunch: Mamaleh’s Delicatessen
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Back Bay Yoga
Best Massage: Inman Oasis
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Describe Boston in three words: Inventive, historic, strong
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: USS Constitution Museum
All-around favorite spot in Boston: Savin Hill
Best Aspect of Boston: The people.