Moogy's Sandwich Shop was born from its owners' love of their hometown Philadelphia and the sandwiches made there. Today, more than 15 years later, that once-small eatery has expanded to twice its original size with specialty sandwiches forming the core of its menu. Many feature playful names as well as unorthodox combinations of ingredients: the Moogalopagus comes piled with salami, bologna, and spiced ham, while the Mother and Daughter Reunion is filled with fried chicken and egg. Burgers, such as the Reuben with sauerkraut and Russian dressing, or the Mushaki with mushrooms and teriyaki sauce, also push the limits of culinary convention. To complement these mains, Moogey's tops crispy fries with toppings that range from Old Bay seasoning to beef chili.
Inside their quirky space, guests can socialize with a sandwich and beer sitting at a 50-foot bar or around a cozy fireplace. The space is also equipped with board games that give patrons a way to unwind before a meal or gather vital insider knowledge to prepare for their upcoming vacation to Candyland.
Marilda Kocibelli paints leaves all day. Rather than brushes and pigments, however, her tools are steamed milk and coffee. She runs Dolce Vita Caf?, a casual oasis of handcrafted espresso drinks, cozy little tables, and sandwiches and pastries. Marilda and her staff serve hot, Italian-inspired paninis, such as the carmine, with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto, as well as the tonno siciliano, featuring imported tuna. Hot mugs of lattes and dark-roast coffee bookend meals. The cafe also conveniently provides free wireless Internet.
Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.
Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.
The menu of the recently renovated Eagles Deli and Restaurant crams gastro-caverns with fresh Angus-beef patties as well as healthy salads and wraps, its savory eats garnering attention from culinary programs such as the Rachael Ray Show and Man V. Food Nation. The Cowabunga challenge invites diners to try to consume two pounds of burger, eight pieces of American cheese, and two pounds of fries while pretending to surf on an ironing board ($25.99). Slightly less colossal cravings are curbed with the Hot Dog Lovers two-pound frankfurter ($15.99). Herbivorous fangs are kept at bay with delicious greenery such as Wafa's Heavenly salad, packed with torrents of sun-dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic dressing swirl atop a bed of baby spinach and romaine lettuce ($7.59).
Like Mr. Rogers dressed in a banana-yellow zoot suit, American Craft's menu gives comfy American fare a tasty artisanal twist. Each of its appetizers ($8–$11) conceals a variety of inspired tastes, from the butternut-squash risotto to the pulled-duck hash with root veggies. Fresh salads and a trifecta of soups (du jour, oven-roasted tomato, and onion) will appease dainty diners, though they also go really well with a build-your-own burger of beef, turkey, or veggie served on a hi-rise challah roll with hand-cut fries or mixed greens. Once all the palate's previews have played, it's time for the main movie: American Craft's heartier plates include a grilled flat-iron steak au poivre with grilled asparagus and gorgonzola mashed potatoes, a veggie-friendly grilled tofu steak with broccoli rabe, and stout-braised short ribs with whipped potatoes. Entrees range between $14 and $24, and sandwiches are $9 to $12.
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