In the kitchen at Ristorante Euno, the chefs forge a Zagat-rated menu that also embraces the homespun spirit of the Sicilian countryside. Beginning with seasonal produce and locally sourced seafood, they remain true to Italian culinary traditions by making everything from fresh pastas to sweet sausage in-house. The wine list complements the hearty food with its selection of crisp whites and full-bodied reds from throughout Italy as well as from the vineyards of California, Washington State, Oregon, New Zealand, and France.
Walls of exposed brickwork and Tuscan plaster, a cellar featuring cubbies of wine bottles, and French windows with views of the bustling street all contribute to the restaurant's cozy, Old World bistro ambiance. Such an ambiance led Gayot to hail the two-story eatery as, "one of the neighborhood’s more genuinely charming spots." The Sicilian-influenced restaurant beckons passersby with a vintage sign hanging beside the front door, inviting them to a dining room that manages to feel rustic and intimate, yet refined at the same time.
As the seasons change, so too do the styles. The stylists at Bangs of Boston understand that the haircut that gets you through the winter might not be the one that makes a splash during your spring debut. That’s why they consult with each client before the first snip, collaborating to craft a new cut that’s both fashionable and functional. From traditional to funky, they can create any desired look, and provide Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts in addition to cuts and colors. Plant-derived Aveda haircare products enhance the already relaxing styling experience with whiffs of soothing scents like rosemary mint, signifying the botanical therapies taking place within the serums.
Tucked away on Salem Street is Pauli’s, a popular breakfast haven-turned-–restaurant, where hungry locals belly up to the counter. In the early morning glare, they come for hearty steak and egg breakfasts, hashes and cheesy three-egg omelets. Come lunchtime, diners look to the restaurant’s chalkboard-black walls, which are highlighted with the day’s specials. Rotating dishes may include a gnocchi marinara, tortellini alfredo, steak tips, fish ‘n’ chips, veggie burgers and every kind of sandwich imaginable, including some more adventurous finds like the Mezza Luna with grilled chicken and eggplant parmesan, or the Killer Bee, stuffed with a crispy chicken cutlet, bacon, provolone and honey mustard.
Rock Sugar Thai Café's rock sugar mammas serve up an impressive assortment of groovy Thai food, with all dishes made fresh to order before patrons' very peepers. Before diving in to a main dish, sharpen your tusks on an appetizer of crispy vegetarian spring rolls ($5.50 for four), or offset a blind date's bland personality by scarfing down a platter of eight spicy wings ($6.50). Creative takes on classic fried-rice ($8.95), noodle ($8.95), and curry ($8.95–$10.95) dishes rejuvenate routine orders, whereas the menu's fish and vegetarian options ensure that everyone can properly appease their appetite without sacrificing any virgins. Rock Sugar specialties include such fruit-infused fare as the tamarind duck sautéed with onions, bell peppers, ginger, pineapples, and scallions ($10.95–$13.95) and the mango curry, which serves up a mix of chicken, mango, and fresh summer veggies in yellow curry sauce ($9.95). After enjoying a filling feast on a hot summer day, tuck in taste buds with a cool, silky blanket of coconut, ginger, or green-tea ice cream ($3.95).
The Barking Crab juts out along Boston’s waterfront, its eye-catching striped tent standing out against the sparkling waters of the Fort Point Channel. Inside, guests find all the hallmarks of a true New England seafood shack: lobster traps and all varieties of nautical gear are suspended from the ceiling, sparkling Christmas lights keep the mood festive, year-round, and each table is properly dressed with checkered cloth…and a huge rock. Those rocks are as essential as a fork and knife at this self-proclaimed "coastal clam shack", where the kitchen serves up to 70 clambakes on a busy night. That's a lot of shells to crack, especially when you consider that the Barking Crab clambake yields up a whopping 4.5-pounds of food. Don't like to work for your supper? Peruse the menu, where items like lobster rolls, shrimp cocktail, and the shack's signature lump crab cakes demand no more than a simple drizzle of drawn butter or a dunk into a delicious remoulade. But whatever you choose, don't forget a cup or bowl of Barking Crab's famous New England clam chowder.