Hailed as 1 of 11 coffee shops that “put Boston on the map,” according to the Boston Globe, Simon's Coffee Shop decided the only way to top itself was to literally put itself on the map again. Despite just opening, Simon’s Too looks a little more grown-up than its predecessor. Instead of playful orange walls, the coffee shop has exposed brick; instead of scrawling the menu items in multicolored chalk, the baristas print them carefully with white block letters. But Simon’s Too still has the same energy as the flagship location. And it still uses only local coffee, which is brewed from beans roasted in Arlington and Acton. Like a cartoon pie cooling on a windowsill, the coffee bean grinder entices guests with its deep aromas, luring patrons to the wooden counter to order one of the day’s available soups or a signature drink concocted by a La Marzocco espresso machine.
Lots of restaurants afford their diners stunning views, but Charles River Bistro truly makes the most of its location. The eatery boasts Parisian-style outdoor seating with views of the Charles River lagoon. Here, passersby sit with their pooches and enjoy lobster rolls and hot paninis?plus vegetarian and vegan eats?and get a side of complimentary doggie treats.
After their meals, guests can grab the caf?'s frisbees, whiffle balls, soccer balls, and chessboards and head to the surrounding park grounds. Charles River Bistro also sells staple outdoor supplies, including sunscreen, beach blankets, and insect repellant. It encourages people to stock up on snacks and supplies and head to the adjacent DCR Hatch Shell to watch a flick or stare unblinking into the eyes of a musician until they become so uncomfortable that they hand over a guitar pick.
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.
Chatime Boston may be new to Bean Town, but it's not new to the world. The fast-growing bubble tea franchise whips up the dessert drink at each of its locations along with a wealth of flavors. At the newly inaugurated Boston location, Chatime pours offerings including passion fruit green tea, lychee black tea, grass jelly with fresh milk, and the bubble-rich pearl milk tea. In addition to specialty drinks, Chatime also serves decadent sweets such as the caramel custard chocolate Oreo smoothie and the vanilla matcha Oreo smoothie.