The chefs at Café Nicholas adorn pizzas with one of three sauces before adding a heaping handful of toppings chosen from more than 30 options. Within the pizzeria's art deco-inspired walls, guests dig into 35 types of sandwiches, homemade pastas, and pizzas crowned with traditional and unique ingredients such as prosciutto, shrimp, and eggplant. For diners with gluten allergies, the cooks can substitute gluten-free crust for any of their pizzas. They also cater to low-fat tastes by serving up salads with low-cal dressings, frying appetizers in cholesterol-free canola oil, and pouring unlimited glasses of calorie-free water.
Richies provides hearty helpings of handmade Italian cuisine crafted using fresh market ingredients and premium Boars Head meats and cheeses. Specialty sandwiches such as the chicken parmesan are built on a foundation of house-made focaccia ($5.99), while the baked veggie lasagna is an immovable feast for fit for any green-blooded plantavore ($9.99). The relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere is great for kinship-bolstering dining sessions, or debating the mysterious cosmic origins of the calzone ($6.99–$16.99) or the 10-inch cheese pizza ($4.99). Check out the full menu to get a head start planning your meal, or composing your firm, yet gentle breakup haiku to the neighborhood pizza boy.
The Fireplace's chef and owner, Jim Solomon, uses locally sourced ingredients, native seafood, the choicest meats, and artisanal cheeses to create regional New England cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner—including a variety of light summer fare. Each dish reflects the season's choicest ingredients and the region's colonial influence with ingredients like summer squash and tri-cornered hats. Light a patriotic summer firecracker in your mouth with the Big American Salad Niçoise ($26), which arranges sesame-crusted tuna and a cornucopia of toppings over Boston lettuce. Locavores, meanwhile, can devour something other than locals with twin mini lobster rolls with green apple slaw ($20). At lunch, a spit-roasted chicken BLT with fries ($12) introduces an extra-succulent meat to bacon's classic counterbalance. For the ethereal eater who can exist in two states simultaneously, savor a brunch of crispy duck hash with fried eggs and toast ($15).
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.
Since its founding in 2001, The Upper Crust Pizzeria has fashioned artful thin-crust pizzas in 19 storefronts with modern, architectural touches. Chefs craft specialty pies inspired by local landmarks, from the sundried-tomato cobblestones of the Beacon Hill to the pesto-painted walls of the Green Monster. Diners can opt to spread sweet sauce over a regular or whole-wheat crust or request that any pie be served white without sauce, and combine slices with crisp salads or pounce on the geometric goodness of a spinach square or half moon-shaped calzone. Restaurant interiors are accoutered with modern flourishes such as flat-screen TVs and pan-decorated ceilings, allowing one to lie down and admire their reflection before a postmeal nap.
How do you decide between juicy burgers and spicy tacos? Dinner or drinks? If you're at a loss, don't worry; Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap are conveniently located right next door to each other, so you don't have to settle on just one.
In one Choose-Your-Own-Adventure scenario, you can start the night with burgers and wings at Sunset Grill and Tap. The bar also features 113 taps and more than 380 microbrews, so there's a little something for everyone. Maybe you'll just start with a beer and then walk over to Patron's, where Mexican-inspired dishes await. With two cozy fireplaces, pool tables, and foosball, Patron's is an ideal place to wind down after a busy night or a decade-long quarter-life crisis.