The recently renovated Zephyr dishes out elegant New England–inspired cuisine while treating doe-eyed diners to a scenic picture-windowed view of the Charles River. For lunch and dinner, reel in a native lobster roll (5 oz. lobster salad on an egg roll served with homemade potato chips and cucumber salad, $17) or use your tongue to weave through a culinary tapestry of flatbread pizzas ($11 each). Savory breakfast bites, such as the ham and white-cheddar panini (fried egg, shaved ham, and dijon spread, $11) and salmon benedict (smoked sliced salmon, sautéed spinach, and hollandaise sauce, $14) start the day by luring the hungry, hibernating sun out of its winter cloud hole. Sunday brunch ($32 for adults, $16 for 6- to 12-year-olds, free for 5 and under) livens mundane midmornings with hybrid meal fare.
Owners Jeremy Sewall and Skip Bennett scoff at the idea of business relationships. They’ve formed personal rapports with local distributors—some of their names even appear on the menu. So when the staff restocks the oyster bar or fries oyster sliders, the duo can personally attest to the fish’s freshness.
Founded in 1992 by the Slesar Brothers, BEER WORKS is a staple among Boston?s local brewery-eateries. Born and bred in the heart of historic Fenway, BEER WORKS has a wealth of brewing history, knowledge, and skills steeped in New England culture. Since their beginning, BEER WORKS has added other locations in Boston, Salem, Lowell, Hingham, Framingham, and the Logan Airport outlets to the BEER WORKS Family. At each location, visitors can sip house-brewed beers, drink craft cocktails, and enjoy classic American fare.
If you've never played an instrument, you're missing out on one of the most fulfilling human experiences: smashing your instrument. Actually, the most fulfilling experience is when you play something so beautiful that you lose yourself in the music. For you seasoned musicians, a brush up lesson at Page Music could improve your skills. Why, even Mozart took piano lessons late in his life to learn new techniques. Today's Groupon also makes a great gift for a talentless friend or relative. All ages are welcome at Page.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Deuxave, a savory spot for American cuisine. Put the diet on pause when you visit Deuxave — there are no low-fat menu items. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Deuxave is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Dine out in the open during Deuxave's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Deuxave — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the restaurant's valet service. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Hynes Convention Center Station (Green), Kenmore Station (Green), and Prudential Station (Green).
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
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.