Back Bay Grill crafts upscale American dining with a delectable twist, all within the confines of an intimate, yet casually cool bistro environment. The culinary concoctions of award-winning chef Larry Matthews harness the power of the season’s most plentiful ingredients, resulting in an always-evolving menu that changes with the time’s ever-changing whims and hairstyles. Embark on a tasty expedition with the Maine crab cakes, paired with rouille aioli, shaved radishes, and frisee ($12), or the Bangs Island mussels, steamed in a savory mist of white wine with chorizo, saffron, and herbs ($11). Greener fare includes the poached Bartlett pear salad, adorned with a delightful dusting of watercress, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sherry ($11), or a hearts of romaine salad drizzled with garlic dressing ($9). For the main-course minded, the sautéed duck breast, with potato gnocchi, chanterelle mushrooms, and haricot vert ($27), and the grilled, all-natural flat-iron steak keep incisors occupied from their ongoing online poker games ($26).
Lobster benedict, BLT croissants, and seafood chowder are just a handful of the homestyle comfort foods one may find scrawled on the Daily Specials chalkboard at Charlie's Diner. The small restaurant specializes in homemade dishes, desserts, and making your grandmother jealous of its biscuits. Run by a mother-and-daughter team, the diner serves its comforting classics for all meals of the day
In Foley, Alabama, the name Kathleen Baskin is synonymous with pecan-smoked pork. In Brunswick, Maine, the same is true. As the proprietor and chef at Sista's BBQ in Brunswick, Baskin imports the grilling techniques she learned while managing a catering business in Alabama and feeding pioneers who were passing through her yard. In addition to pulled pork, she prepares whole racks of ribs, butter biscuits, and fruit cobblers.