I agree. I like the restaurant scene. It may have been that he was very focused on his former neighborhood in Back Bay (seems like near Clarendon and Comm?). I think there are lots of great places you just have to know where to look.
As for golf – I think Franklin Park and George Wright are about as good as it gets for munis. Fresh Pond is also in great shape. I have never really loved Putterham – place just drains horribly thanks to under-investment after it was a parking lot in 1999 (they couldn’t even bury the drainage pipes!). But the private courses are VERY good.