Named a Hidden Jewel by Phantom Gourmet, The Farm Bar & Grille's rustic wood furniture and floors and exposed brick walls inform the eatery's comforting vibe. To craft a menu of comforting southern-style fare, the kitchen team doesn't skimp by pulling ingredients from the freezer. Instead, they put together entrees from all-fresh components, including some of the vegetables they grow themselves in the on-site garden and the 90-acre cornfield they fit in their endless broom closet. As baby-back ribs bask in the smoke from a hardwood fire, the kitchen crew bastes them every half hour, in between searing burgers made from fresh angus chuck. Starters such as fresh beer-battered jalapeno poppers are made to order. The staff also pours a large selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails.
At 15 Walnut, the culinary team handcrafts gourmet dishes, from maple-barbecued steak tips to margherita pizza with walnut pesto. But you'd never guess it if you looked at the ultra-simple basics local farmers deliver to the kitchen.
The bistro's chefs take these simple ingredients and then craft their own sausages, bake their own breads, dry their own herbs, create their own chutneys, and make their own mozzarellas. And all of this is done in small batches that adhere to a strict farm-to-table philosophy.
The resulting upscale comfort food sates appetites at brunches, lunches, and dinners, which patrons can finish off with handmade desserts that are even more appealing than Oreos in an artisanal basket.
From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every single day, chefs sizzle and deliver classic American food at Omelette Headquarters. At breakfast, eggs bundle into innovative omelets or join bacon and waffles to serve as a more pleasant beginning to the day than waking up to the apocalypse or, worse yet, the discovery that Earth ran out of bacon. Lunch, available every day except Sunday, encourages patrons to chomp into crisp salads and fries-complemented club sandwiches. The eatery also presents daily specials, the recent roster of which has included a meat lovers omelet brimming with steak tips, ham, sausage, bacon, and a mozzarella-bonding agent.
Trattoria Bella Mia's historic Cabot Street location bespeaks a rich and cultured dining experience. The neat brick exterior gives way to a warm restaurant setting where creatively tweaked Italian classics thrive?patrons can savor pork tenderloin at tables or compose sonnets to beef carpaccio at the bar, whose overhanging lanterns cast down just enough light to read minds by.
Organic Garden Cafe's vegetarian, organic dishes have earned the eatery nods in Edible Boston, Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" in 2009 and 2013, and Northshore Magazine's Best of Northshore Awards every year from 2009 to 2013. As owner Robert Reid told Edible Boston, the menu consists largely of gourmet raw foods, but has evolved to include "transitional items" such as hot soups, which widen the eatery's appeal. Pizzas on buckwheat, carrot, or flax crusts and nut butter 'squash' ravioli are heated under a food lamp, so that the food remains 80 to 90 percent raw, yet "tastes like it just came out of the oven." He's also added more seasonal and local items, working with nearby farms for greens and root veggies.
The caf?'s staff also whip up smoothies at its juice bar, such as the Yoda's Jedi smoothie with strawberries, bananas, dates, and spirulina. Customers can also add a boost to their drinks with smoothie enhancers such as flax oil, maca root, bee pollen, and poltergeist sweat.
Waves of fresh seafood crest the tables at Hale Street Tavern, where succulent oysters, inventive sushi, and a family-friendly game room sets patrons adrift in a sea of neighborhood dining camaraderie. Start off with small bowl of scallop chowder, chock-full of corn, pancetta, and chives ($5/$7), or nibble on pancetta-wrapped shrimp with roasted-pepper relish and balsamic syrup ($12.)