A quaint, shamrock-green and wrought iron sign ushers guests into Kirby Kitchen's dining room, where a faux fireplace, crisp white wainscoting, and sepia-toned portraits evoke the feel of an old-fashioned parlor. The eatery’s goal is equally nostalgic: to serve fresh, homemade fare using local ingredients that have never been frozen or taught profanity. Chef Bob Botchie––who received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu––prepares a simple, yet tasteful menu of salads, made-from-scratch soups, and sandwiches, with a focus on comforting classics such as a BLT topped with fried green tomato and a traditional Irish boiled dinner with house-corned beef, vinegar slaw, and sautéed potatoes. The restaurant shares its cozy space with a small market that sells house-made jams, cheeses, pickles, and cured meats, allowing customers to appreciate artisan eats in the comforting glow of their own home hearth.
Morsels of beef, chicken, and pork absorb rich, smoky flavors over the wood coals of Braza's custom-made churrasqueria grill. Servers slice the traditional Brazilian feasts off skewers right at the table, which is one of the rich traditions of gaucho culture, like tying pork sausage into lasso knots. An all-you-can-eat buffet with sides such as yucca, hearts of palm, and lemon sauce cut meaty flavors with zesty and crispy tastes. As guests savor chicken wings, pork tenderloins, and jerk beef, a lively nightclub atmosphere puts feet on the dance floor with traditional Brazilian music and karaoke.
Specialties The Square Deli in Everett is the cities best kept secret. Under new ownership since January 1st, 2010, The Square Deli offers a unique deli experience. Choose from classic submarine, delicatessen style, or specialty sandwiches and wraps.
Since 1952, the cuisine designers at DiBlasi’s have prepared a menu of cold cuts, hot subs, and pizza. Two football-starting-lineups' worth of signature cold cuts wear culinary jerseys, such as the steak and cheese (up to $6.25) and the Steak Bomb—which binds together a tasty amalgam of pepper, mushroom, onion, salami, and cheese (up to $6.75). Hot subs, such as the meaty bacon-cheeseburger sandwich (up to $6.75), warm hands then stomachs like an edible pair of electric gloves, and a slice of Sicilian-style pizza ($2) presents a mealtime geometry lesson. DiBlasi’s also assembles a variety of wraps ($5.50–$6.75), which encase tasty blends of meat and vegetables.
With an arsenal of fresh ingredients and rich recipes, Hoff's Bakery has been bestowing gourmet goods on New Englanders for almost 30 years. Check out the sumptuous lineup of desserts, which include six-inch cakes (around $10.95), creamy cheesecakes ($19.95–$23.95), truffle bombs (around $12.95), and trifle cups. Many of Hoff's Bakery's baked goods are certified kosher. Patrons can also snag individual desserts such as mini and personal pastries (starting at $27.50 for 35 pieces), which can be easily concealed in mouths for transport over the border.
Spices from West Africa and steaks from Portugal unite at Bossa Nova Steakhouse, where chefs celebrate Brazilian cuisine’s variegated influences with colorful buffets and 15 kinds of meat. Diners can signal roving waiters to sidle up to tables and slice off choice cuts from swords bearing top sirloin, pork sausage, or chicken wrapped in bacon. Occasional live music lends a festive air to the dining room, whose colorful posters evoke the grandeur of the soaring mountains and cerulean harbors of Brazil. In another corner, diners savor their meaty feasts beneath a colorful wall of old bossa nova records which, with an ear placed against them, curiously sound like late-century hip-hop.
Dom's Sausage was founded in 1936 by two men who dreamt of making the most superb sweet Italian sausage. Since then, the shop has perfected premium blends of hot, sweet, fennel, and oriental links and expanded its selection to include uncased meat (such as steaks, roasts, and fresh veal), deli sandwiches and meats, and oven-ready meals. The shop is known for its marinated meats, especially the sirloin tips soaked in Dom's own stealthy, yet transparently tasty, marinade. Assemble a sandwich from authentic Austrian swiss ($5.99 per lb.) and honey ham ($7.69 per lb.), or request a pre-made hot pastrami ($6 for a large) or pepper-and-egg sandwich ($5 for a large).