The menu at Big Guy’s Café and Grill is written in chalk on a big blackboard behind the counter, which reflects the eatery's casual, homey atmosphere. Covering all meals of the day and a variety of cuisines such as Turkish, American, and Italian, the menu board features a falafel wrap, lamb burger, and beef kabob as well as the BG Special, a plate overflowing with two stacks of pancakes or french toast, two eggs, and a choice of meat. Amid the coffee-scented space, the kitchen staff also serves specialty pizzas, most of which pay homage to different cities. The Boston pie, for example, unites mozzarella, tomato, and pesto, and the Nashville pie flavors chicken and onions with barbecue sauce. Additionally, the restaurant’s downtown location makes it a popular spot for business lunches or fueling up before an afternoon of skyscraper climbing.
The smell of sizzling Turkish and Mediterranean fare fills your senses as soon as you walk into Cafe Hemshin. Aromas of roasting lamb mingle with splashes of Greek dressing being tossed into salads and sweet scents emanating from an oven baking rice pudding. The meze bar entices both eyes and tastebuds with its lineup of traditional Mediterranean appetizers such as babaganoush and stir-fried eggplant, which guests can mix and match into a tapas dinner or a diorama of a bean’s life cycle. The recently opened eatery also boasts an extensive create-your-own salad bar with plenty of healthy options such as grilled chicken, egg whites, avocado, and organic lettuces.
A restored, 14-foot whaling dory hangs from the ceiling at the Barracuda Tavern—a tribute to the tavern's husband-wife owners' honeymoon in Key West, according to The Thrillist Boston. It's one of many nautical accents in the eatery, which also features nautical wheels, an antique ship lamp, a menu packed with seafood specialties, and an overprotective clownfish just looking for his son. An L-shaped bar juts out from exposed-brick and blue walls and it's where guests dine on tapas like buffalo shrimp, spicy scallops, and Key West conch fritters or sip seasonal drafts and glasses of wine. Along with small plates, the menu catalogs seafood specialties such as clam dinners and New England clam chowder, plus crab-cake sandwiches and burgers.