Declared the home of the best sandwiches in Boston by the Boston Phoenix, The Real Deal lives up to its reputation with paninis, wraps, and traditional sandwiches alike stuffed edge to edge with gourmet ingredients. Paninis such as the Carmelo Soprano don roasted eggplant and red peppers, spinach, cheese, and pesto, and the Veg Out sandwich's brie, sprouts, baby greens, and apple slices stare endlessly, deliciously into the distance. Burgers, topped with over-medium eggs and named for comic book characters, help round out the menu alongside thin-crust pizzas.
In India, the word ghazal refers to love that persists through the pain of loss or separation. The owners of Ghazal Indian Cuisine chose their restaurant’s name to reflect their deep love for Indian food. To this end, they offer patrons authentic biryanis, tandoori dishes, and Punjabi-style sandwiches—sometimes with an unexpected, modern twist. Sparkling chandeliers gently illuminate the dining room as patrons dine at half-booths or tables.
James's Gate Restaurant & Pub, named and designed after Dublin's St. James's Gate Brewery, site of Arthur Guinness' famed stout, serves traditional Irish and American cuisine in a classic, inviting setting. Diners can take a seat in the restaurant section of James's Gate, filled with bright colors and elegant décor, such as local artwork depicting kings getting facials. After taking a gander at the restaurant menu patrons can stick a fork in the pan-seared duck, served with traditional roasted potatoes and a spinach salad ($21), or sink sharpened incisors into the hand-cut salmon, a savory combination of a grilled filet, red-beet risotto, and arugula salad ($22). For a more casual outing, patrons can pop into the pub, where a wood-burning fireplace and authentic Irish church pews support a pub menu spouting imported appetizers, including bangers and chips ($9) or chips and curry ($6), that open for a classy cast of sandwiches ($9+) and entrees such as the Gate meatloaf ($13) or shepherd's pie ($11).
Each morning at Fazenda Coffee Roasters Cafe, coffee specialists roast batches of fair-trade coffee beans from growers in Africa and Latin America. The aromas blend with fresh-baked breads and pastries, filling the sun-flooded café from its hardwood floors to its brick walls to its secret underground laboratory. Featured art pieces hang throughout the café, overlooking breakfast dishes, salads, and sandwiches from the full menu. Every Sunday afternoon, live musicians play, providing diners with engaging string-instrument sounds.
Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, a winner of several “Best of Boston” awards from The Improper Bostonian, and a 2013 nominee for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year award, is renowned for its upscale and creative twist on traditional Italian fare. Dig into gourmet pizzas, butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli, eggplant puttanesca, and ribs braised in Sam Adams “Wee Heavy” scotch ale. Behind a U-shaped bar, bartenders craft signature cocktails and pour pints of American craft beers, including Allagash White, Harpoon IPA, and Left Hand Milk Stout.
The eatery is decorated with a subdued sci-fi theme, with dangling star lights, sparkly blue barstool cushions, and Martian bouncers. Try your hand at Ms. Pacman or MegaTouch, or listen to live music on select nights.