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.
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.
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.)
The kitchen maestros at Harry's 240 draw inspiration for their seasonal menu from the culinary traditions of Asia, France, the American Southwest, and New England. Commence fused feasts with the crispy vegetable spring rolls ($7.95) or a bowl of New England clam chowder ($4.25). Hearty entrees include cheese tortellini bedecked with peas and sundried tomato pesto ($13.50) and sautéed chicken medallions ($15.50) that, unlike Olympic silver medals, do not constantly remind their recipients of bitter disappointment. This family-owned-and-operated eatery also handcrafts decadent desserts to keep sweet teeth sugared.
Francesco Pellino was born in Naples. At 9 he moved to the United States, at 15 he became a dishwasher, and six months after that, he was the assistant to the night chef at the acclaimed Stella's of Boston. He paid for his college education by continuing his work in restaurants, and in 1992 he opened the doors to his very own restaurant Pellino's Ristorante, which has flourished ever since.
20 years later, Francesco was ready for a new challenge, so he opened a sister restaurant called Mamma Luisa Cucina & Bar. Rustically-minded and swathed in cozy shades of red and cream, Mamma Luisa focuses on Northern Italian fare with Provencal influences, and many dishes are inspired by Francesco's yearly trips to Italy. That includes pastas, such as gnocchi amatriciana or penne bolognese, which are made in-house every day, or traditional entrees like veal saltimbocca topped with fresh sage and prosciutto. The dining area can also be reserved for intimate gatherings of up to 50 people or 100, if they all bring their imaginary friends, making it a perfect choice for birthdays, work gatherings, or holiday parties.