One of South Shore Living's "10 Influential People You Should Know" in 2010, Jimmy Liang evenly divides his time among his five Boston-area restaurants. At Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar, his culinary crew whips up contemporary Japanese dishes with a focus on maki, sushi, and sashimi. The sushi selection ranges from eel-filled caterpillar rolls to sweet-potato maki to the BLT roll, which guests must order without using any vowels. The menu also includes traditional eats such as gyoza, sweet-and-sour crab-meat balls, and filet mignon cooked in a housemade lime-soy marinade. For entertainment, Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar has a live DJ that spins every Friday and Saturday night.
At the end of March in 2013, chef Barry Maiden won his third-straight Madness title. This wasn’t March Madness, though; it was Munch Madness, a Boston.com competition that pitted 64 local restaurants against each other to find the city’s favorite. It seems that Bostonians have an unwavering dedication to Maiden’s restaurant, Hungry Mother, which serves up hearty, southern-style dinner fare. One glance at the menu and it's easy to see why. Smoked-cheddar pimiento cheese dip and sea-salt sprinkled boiled Virginia peanuts ready palates for hearty plates of crawfish and grits, cast-iron chicken, and catfish and shrimp served with scallion hushpuppies. The after-dinner menu is just as thoughtfully curated––bartenders mix a quartet of after-dinner drinks meant to end things on a sweet note, similar to Beethoven’s intentions when he replaced all of his piano keys with Fun Dip sticks. Of course, there’s traditional dessert, too, including a decidedly southern buttermilk chess pie topped with blueberry-mint preserves and whipped crème fraiche.
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The foodsmiths at Mumbai Chopstix meld the cooking techniques, ingredients, and seasonings of India and China to craft a menu of refined Hakka cuisine. To create the calcutta szechuan shrimp dish ($19.95), they baste a collection of juicy mollusks in a spicy sauce replete with the gustatory firecrackers of garlic and chilies, and to summon the amalgamation of sweet and savory flavors in the mango chili chicken ($16.95), they coerce morsels of chicken to play a round of double dutch with slices of mango and bell peppers before glazing them all in a desi chili sauce. Guests can also hang a fang on sautéed hakka-style lamb ($17.95), or eschew meat altogether for the Buddha's Delight, a soy-garlic-soused consortium of sautéed tofu, mushrooms, and spinach ($16.95). Peking duck samosas ($6) prime appetites with flaky pastries that brim with roast duck, swan diving into the Mumbai salsa by their own volition.
Charley's invites diners to taste a sprawling menu that features American classics such as steaks, seafood, and salads. Hand-cut french fries are served alongside burgers piled with bacon, crisp fried onions, and enormous pickle slices. As forks and knives dig into steaks forged from USDA choice beef, aged a minimum of four weeks, a wine list details more than 60 different wines available in bottles and glasses, instead of a server’s boots. During weekend mornings, brunch details specialties such as thick-cut french toast, filet-mignon benedict, and corned-beef hash, served with spicy bloody marys, mimosas, or champagne.
Atlantic Fish, in the Back Bay, is part of a group of popular Boston restaurants including Abe & Louie’s, Joe’s American Bar and Grill and Papa Razzi Paramus, all which can be counted upon for quality meals and service. This seafood specialty spot, open since 1978, is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder, Maine lobster pot pie and San Francisco cioppino. Come summer, patrons vie for a spot on its outdoor patio along bustling Boylston Street, while inside, the dining room is meant to invoke a cruise ship of old, with detailed woodwork and ocean-themed murals. Menus change daily, to reflect what’s in season and fresh, but diners can count on classics like baked stuffed Maine lobster, jumbo lump crab cakes and a raw bar. More innovative dishes include tuna bolognese, barbecue glazed salmon and smoked salmon pâté.