Prohibition was over, and the Burns brothers were ready to capitalize. The store they opened in 1936, the Burns Brothers Liquor Shop, has since operated as a market, a butcher shop, and a liquor store, and today its current owner Steve Neidhardt maintains the focus on selling fine wines and gourmet meats and groceries. Steve stocks Eastside Wines and Market with more than 450 different bottles of wine from all over the world, priced modestly at $10–$20 per bottle. He also carries craft beers, liquors, and single-malt whiskeys, with a selection of seasonal beers that rotates like a ballerina strapped to a ferris wheel. A longtime lover of vino, Steve studied at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center, earning a Wine Studies Level 3 certification. He shares his knowledge with the public during wine tastings and in private during tastings and catering for corporate events or special occasions. Eastside Wines and Market also delivers so that customers don’t have to leave to get snacks in the middle of a suspenseful weather forecast.
Finding a grocery store in the city can be a challenging feat, as there aren’t many chains readily available. However, there is a small market located across the street from the Boston Common that offers not only groceries, but a massive salad bar, a hot breakfast buffet, nine rotating hot soups, freshly cut deli sandwiches and an assortment of pastries. Less a place to shop for a week's worth of groceries and more a quick-service specialists, lunches at Lambert's also feature a hot buffet of overstuffed calzones, slices of pizza and hearty dinner entrées. Patrons can grab a cup of hot or iced coffee and sit at one of the handful of available in-house tables or enjoy it on the Common with a morning or afternoon Danish in the warmer months.
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.
Italian immigrants Frank and Mary Napoli began a new life in America in 1898 when they purchased 40 acres of land to harvest vegetables, poultry, and eggs. With their three sons in tow, the Napolis began a pushcart delivery business that evolved into a produce stand dubbed Idylwilde. Nearly 90 years later, that small-town stand has blossomed into a booming grocery business run by a third generation of Napoli brothers. Together, the trio designed the current store, which was built in 1985 from 100 tons of ash and pine and includes a Dutch barn and greenhouse.
From beneath the wood rafters and high ceilings of Idylwilde's store, carts of fresh, seasonal produce such as cape cod cranberries, english peas, and squash glisten under the lights. The deli houses the farm's own freshly made turkey burgers and daily delivered Scottish salmon, as well as Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef and Boar's Head meats. In the bakery, fresh-baked breads and jumbo cookies fill the air with the sweet scent of the hearth. Joining Idylwilde's proprietary stash of goods are items from other well-known vendors, such as Hogan Brothers coffee and Silver Cloud Estates spices, as well as special dietary foods including gluten-free breads. The market also carries an extensive stock of craft beer and wines ready for pairing with gourmet New England cheeses from their enviable pantry.