A Quartet of Big Flavors That Come in Small Packages

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FOOL'S ERRAND Crispy potato millefeuille with truffle, sour cream, caviar and lobster gravy? You bet. Sammies of smoked beef tongue with raclette and house hots? Yes, please. Without question, chef Tiffani Faison knows just where to aim to keep us coming back. 1377 Boylston St., foolserrandboston.com

OAK LONG BAR + KITCHEN As if just sitting in Copley Plaza Hotel's storied, elegant boîte isn't reason enough to smile, wait till you dig into the kitchen's merguez lamb meatballs. They arrive with onion crostini and napped in a sultry Tunisian tomato sauce and gremolata so good, you may feel a little badly about not sharing with your fellow patrons. But only a little. Hotel Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., 617.585.7222, oaklongbarkitchen.com

THE HAWTHORNE Even if owner-bar guru Jackson Cannon weren't overseeing one of the most dapper operations in town, we'd still come in to tuck into the kitchen's duck liver mousse with pickled radish and violet mustard, or a plate of potatoes gaufrette with Russian dressing and Parmesan. 500A Commonwealth Ave., 617.532.9150, thehawthornebar.com

OYSTER SLIDERS AT ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR One order of these miniature snacks—with their crispy coating, fluffy brioche roll and zesty chilelime aioli—is enough to change our mood entirely. Another order and we may not go back to the office for the rest of the day. 500 Commonwealth Ave., 617.532.5300, islandcreekoysterbar.com