Sugar Baking Co. & Restaurant’s kitchen is always full of appealing ingredients: cage-free eggs, certified humane meats, real Vermont maple syrup, and fresh picks from the Roslindale Farmers’ Market. It’s also almost always open; diners flock to the eatery for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the morning, diners bite into lemon ricotta pancakes and French toast stuffed with brie, and at dinnertime, they feast on braised lamb shank and pan-seared salmon. They complement their meals with wines from New Zealand, Argentina, and France and craft beers from nearby breweries such as Ipswich and Smuttynose. While they enjoy their meals, they also delight in the smell of fresh bread from the on-site bakery, whose treats range from cannolis and éclairs to apple turnovers—regular apples you eat with your feet touching the ceiling.
Each morning at Fazenda Coffee Roasters Cafe, coffee specialists roast batches of fair-trade coffee beans from growers in Africa and Latin America. The aromas blend with fresh-baked breads and pastries, filling the sun-flooded café from its hardwood floors to its brick walls to its secret underground laboratory. Featured art pieces hang throughout the café, overlooking breakfast dishes, salads, and sandwiches from the full menu. Every Sunday afternoon, live musicians play, providing diners with engaging string-instrument sounds.
Monumental Cupcakes, in Jamaica Plain, offers customers the opportunity to indulge in gourmet cupcakes that are worth every penny. Located at the JP Art Market, an indoor art gallery, the cupcake phenomena is in full force and effect here, with a cult following coming for freshly swirled frosting atop decadently rich cupcakes in fun flavors like coconut, caramel and red velvet. While cupcakes are certainly their specialty, they also offer sweet treats, including cookies, truffles and pies as well as healthier drinks (think fresh carrot juice), fruit smoothies and even a selection of gluten-free and vegan items. It’s best for customers to get their fix in over the weekend, as the shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Lauded by the Rosindale Transcript for its combination of eclectic fare and cozy atmosphere, Masona Grill offers a menu of New American cuisine crafted by owner and executive chef Manuel Sifnugel with an international touch influenced by his Peruvian upbringing. Guests part dark velvet curtains to enter the dining space, which is flanked by chocolate-colored walls adorned with oil paintings and bite marks.
Plates are decorated with sophisticated seafood dishes, such as linguine tossed with local clams and calamari, or land-borne dishes, including a grilled pork tenderloin called out for 2010's Restaurant Week by the Boston Globe as the best entree on the menu: "tender and moist and served a bit pink … It's really, really good." Brazilian jazz music accompanies meals, moving diners to chew in time to the sultry beats.
Housemade buttercream frosting sits atop cupcakes with as much majesty as the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. These monumental treats—which, according to the Boston Globe, come in 60 rotating flavors—aren't the only bit of magic up Sugar Bakery’s sleeve. Croissants, coffee rolls, and lemon and fig squares fill the display case alongside nearly 20 varieties of cookie, from classic chocolate chunk and oatmeal to the shop’s signature raspberry-tart brambles. Customers can also preorder fudge cakes, strawberry shortcakes, and chocolate-mousse crumb cakes or skip the sweets altogether and take home a baguette of freshly baked bread to use for a lengthy sandwich or edible baseball bat.
Serving as a fully stocked convenience store as well as a go-to spot for a quick bite to eat, Marino's Market & Deli can cater to virtually any need. In addition to baking fresh batches of muffins and various pastries, the deli staff also hand-makes more than 40 different sandwiches, including options featuring everything from buffalo chicken, bleu cheese dressing, and hot peppers to italian meatballs, melted provolone, and marinara sauce. Pizza is available by the slice as well as the pie, and visitors can turn any order into a full meal by adding one of the more than 15 side dishes, such as potato salad or cole slaw.