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.
Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar bolsters a full-scale Japanese kitchen with sushi chefs who wrap wild and freshly caught fish into a menu of innovative and eclectic specialty rolls. Servers deliver delectable greetings to taste buds with appetizers such as edamame ($5.50) and nama harumaki, a medley of salmon, shrimp, and crab rolled in the same rice paper on which Japanese poet chefs once drafted edible sonnets ($8.50). For the main course, diners can nibble on traditional cooked dishes such as yakisoba noodles ($14.95) or craft a custom lineup of with à la carte rolls of raw squid ($4.25), yellowtail tempura maki ($7.95), or sweet-potato-filled Idaho maki ($4.95). New England sports teams share their names with specialty combinations, such as the Patriots maki ($15.95), slices of white tuna and cucumber covered with rainbow tobiko and the three types of fish Tom Brady shouts during every snap count. Yoki's sushi chefs aid health-conscious guests by making any sushi or makimono rolls in brown rice for no additional charge.
The slow-roasted, fried, and stewed preparations granted to many of Nazca Cafe's tender meats take on piquancy and freshness via ultra-vivid presentations. Red and green onions, bright orange peppers, and golden plantains enliven heaping platters of pork, beef, and chicken marinated in savory sauces. Seafood dishes take on similarly lavish accoutrements, such as the menu's two cebiche dishes featuring fresh fluke or seabass. Glazed sweet potato and Peruvian corn decorate citrusy cebiche, and other dinners can dip a ladle into the cebiche's marinade and serve it on the side as "leche de tigre," or "tiger's milk," named for the enormous felines who stow away on Peruvian fishing boats.
The menu at Not Your Average Joe’s combines creative cuisine with consistent culinary favorites to ensure a dining experience that’s both surprising and familiar, like deja vu. Palate-pleasing items like the forno-baked chicken quesadilla drizzled with pineapple-jalapeno salsa ($8.99) or the crab cakes flanked with baby greens ($9.99) offer hearty and aesthetically intriguing sustenance. Sink famished canines into the cider-mustard pork tenderloin, flanked by asparagus and an unstoppable mash of sweet potatoes and roasted apples ($16.99), or activate your sharing gland with a cranberry-teriyaki butternut squash pizza, adorned with jewels of ricotta and spinach ($9.99 for 10-inch, $13.99 for large). Not Your Average Joe’s inventively comforting fare and refreshingly relaxed atmosphere encourage amiable chats and collaborative blueprints for a cheese-powered motorcycle.