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Boston.com launches a reader-participation awards contest: Boston Uncommon, presented by Capital One

Our readers are experts on what’s secretly good and so authentic about Boston - Kaitlyn Johnston, Editor of Boston.com

What are Boston’s favorite under-the-radar gathering spots, restaurants and innovations? Boston.com will uncover these hidden gems with the launch of a new reader-participation awards program: BOSTON UNCOMMON, presented by Capital One.

Beginning this week (February 8) and running through February 21, Boston.com will ask its readers to nominate their local favorites in 20 categories that restaurants, nightlife, arts and innovation. The finalists will be announced on March 1, which also marks the opening of fan voting, and registration for the winner event on March 24.

This year, there will be 40 BOSTON UNCOMMON awards 20 selected by Boston.com readers and 20 chosen by Boston.com’s team of reporters and editors. The result will be an unparalleled guide to our city's best hidden gems, which will appear on Boston.com on Friday, March 25.

“Our readers are experts on what’s secretly good and so authentic about Boston,” said Kaitlyn Johnston, Editor of Boston.com. “We can’t wait to see their favorites and share ours with them.”

BOSTON UNCOMMON, presented by Capital One, will have an exclusive event March 24 at Space 57 at The Revere Hotel in Boston, where the recipients of 20 editorial awards will be honored. Music will be provided by RadioBDC and tickets will be available to the public in coming weeks.

“BOSTON UNCOMMON honors the hidden gems in our city—the people places, activities and food,” said Linda Henry, Managing Director, Boston Globe Media Partners. “The annual awards program features categories and topics that are different than a typical ‘readers’ choice’ type award and reflect what people are doing and how they are living their everyday lives in around the city in 2016.”

Readers are invited to nominate their choices in the following categories:


  • Best two-hand burrito
  • Best eclectic pizza
  • Best brunch that will bring you back to life
  • Most Instagrammable menu
  • Best cheap eat


  • Best hidden bar to impress your date
  • Best dance party to cut loose
  • Best place to catch the next big thing
  • Best improv night
  • Best eclectic beer list

Arts & Culture

  • Best tour not for tourists
  • Best hidden gem
  • Best under-the-radar theater
  • Best record store
  • Best knickknacks


  • Best app for your commute
  • Best new business we really needed
  • Best new trick from an old standby
  • Best upgrade for Mother Earth
  • Best new health and fitness power boost

Capital One is sponsoring the award for Uncommon Good, an honor targeted to non-profit organizations, community groups, or grass-roots efforts that are improving the lives of Bostonians in uncommon ways. Capital One will announce the winner on March 24.

“Boston.com values its role in the Boston community, which includes providing information to get the most out of being in the city,” said Jane Bowman, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Boston Globe Media Partners. “As part of our role, we link together partners such as Capital One to produce extraordinary events such as BOSTON UNCOMMON, presented by Capital One.”

To learn more about BOSTON UNCOMMON and participate in the nomination process, please visit Boston.com/Uncommon.

About Boston.com
Boston.com is one of the most highly visited regional news websites in the U.S. and draws nearly three times more monthly unique visitors than New England’s next largest free news sites. Founded in 1995, Boston.com is a subsidiary of Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC (BGMP) and provides 24-hour breaking news in addition to leading-edge stories in business, sports, technology, innovation, lifestyle, arts and entertainment, travel and more. BGMP multimedia properties include The Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Cruxnow.com, BetaBoston.com and Globe Direct.

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