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.
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).
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.
A commitment to traditional Latin flavors is the number-one priority at El Oriental de Cuba, though the kitchen staff isn't afraid to add a touch of New England flair. These bold combinations have been lauded by both local culinary and cultural institutions. Through a large, open window, diners watch as haddock is prepared spicy, garlicky, or coated in a coconut sauce, and lobster is stuffed into empanadas. In creating other dishes, the cooks reach for ingredients such as plantains, yucca, and pigeon peas, and slow-cook their meats to transport minds to Caribbean sunsets.
Though the atmosphere may be casual, the decor in the dining area isn't without touches of refinement. Sage-green walls surround the long space, whose high, peaked ceiling supports hanging lamps and fans. As guests bite into classic cuban sandwiches and fried pork chops, they gaze at colorful paintings and photographs of children playing in the old country.
Wildfire Wings is a quick-service restaurant. That doesn't mean fast food, it means Wildfire is constantly cooking so the wait is more like a pizza place than a sit down restaurant. Wildfire's so fast, you actually pass yourself entering on the way out with your order. For just an extra $1.50 delivery charge plus gratuity, Wildfire will deliver to Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, parts of Dorchester, NE University Area, and the Longwood Medical Area.