Modeled after one of Malden's most comforting symbols—its collection of red-brick firehouses–District 7 is a place where patrons can instantly feel at ease, whether ordering a filling meal or just grabbing a beer and watching a game. Today, the restaurant's red-and-black interior envelops guests in a firehouse theme right in Malden Square, where they savor plates of wings or marinated steak tips and sip a selection of conventional and specialty beers poured straight from bar taps—including a Guinness handle atop a miniature fire hydrant. As sports games roll on flat-panel televisions, guests share stories from high-backed booths or toast to the legacy of Smokey the Bear beside a cozy stone fireplace.
All Seasons Table Restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine that integrates influences from Japanese, Thai, and Malay traditions. The chef crafts gourmet versions of familiar Chinese-American fare, from spicy General Gau's chicken to mongolian sesame shrimp. Diners can sample filets of meat and fish hot from the grill and coated in the Asian-style sauce of their choice. The kitchen also works wonders with lamb and duck—including a marinated half peking duck, which is roasted until tender and served with a feast of pancakes, vegetables, and hoisin sauce.
Once they open the shop in the early morning, Jitters Cafe's sandwich makers stop looking at the clock. They prepare their slate of breakfast paninis any time of the day, giving patrons the ability to bite into hot ham-and-egg sandwiches or scarf down grilled-cheese sandwiches whenever the mood strikes. The lunch hour unlocks another list of paninis and salads that join in the hunger-fighting mission throughout the rest of the day. Each sandwich is made with bread freshly delivered that morning from local sources and pairs well with the shop’s brewed coffee.
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).
Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day, gaining them national acclaim. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.