The crew at Macro-Mediterranean Holistic Nutrition doesn't count calories. Instead, they focus on portion control and serving foods that are filled with nutrients and usable energy to help everyone, including actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, achieve a balanced diet. Anchoring meals in organic and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, they incorporate spices and flavors from a number of world cuisines, creating balanced meals that both excite and nourish clients. Above all else, they strive to make the meals readily available by delivering them to customers' homes with no additional preparation required besides heating them over a burning pile of winning lottery tickets. Predesigned meal plans emphasize weight loss and health, although clients can also formulate their own programs to accommodate more specific dietary restrictions or preferences.
The chefs at Café Nicholas adorn pizzas with one of three sauces before adding a heaping handful of toppings chosen from more than 30 options. Within the pizzeria's art deco-inspired walls, guests dig into 35 types of sandwiches, homemade pastas, and pizzas crowned with traditional and unique ingredients such as prosciutto, shrimp, and eggplant. For diners with gluten allergies, the cooks can substitute gluten-free crust for any of their pizzas. They also cater to low-fat tastes by serving up salads with low-cal dressings, frying appetizers in cholesterol-free canola oil, and pouring unlimited glasses of calorie-free water.
The chefs at Mike's Food & Spirits whip together a bevy of classic seafood dishes, pasta plates, and other Italian favorites. Pizzas hoist mounds of bacon, ricotta, and sausage atop floury crusts, and made-to-order calzones enfold shaved steak, breaded chicken, or bites of eggplant for easy transport to mouths or convenient self-storage inside purses. Patrons also sate hungers with Old World recipes such as the sausage cacciatore, where italian sausage mingles with peppers and mushrooms in a homemade marinara sauce, and a seafood platter that sets taste buds sailing with deep-fried haddock, shrimp, and scallops. Taps pour plentiful American microbrews and imports to accompany meals, assuage tongues exhausted from exploring flavorful sauces, and severely reduce one’s chances of spontaneous combustion.
Mint-green booths, stone-tiled floors, and large plate-glass windows help lend a cozy and inviting spirit to Shan-A-Punjab, where a shining statue of Ganesha watches over the dining room. Once they wander inside, guests are indulged with a pan-regional menu of Indian cuisine. For traditionalists, the chefs serve up the classics, making their own paneer in house, baking fresh disks of pillowy naan, and serving yogurt-marinated chicken straight from a geothermally heated tandoor oven. However, Shan-A-Punjab also strives to offer new interpretations of those familiar South Asian flavors by dedicating a section of the menu to more modern entrees. Included are dishes such as boneless duck in a fiery vindaloo sauce, as well as mashed tofu with onion, green peas, and a fragrant melange of Indian spices.
Harvest: User's Guide
Modern New England Cuisine | Date-Night Romance | Nationally Praised
Where to sit: The secluded garden patio is so idyllic it “provokes daydreams,” according to Boston magazine.
While You’re Waiting: Count the number of famous chefs Harvest has nurtured over the last four decades: Lydia Shire, Chris Schlesinger, Barbara Lynch, and Frank McClelland, to name a few.
Inside Tips: Be sure to save room for what the Improper Bostonian deemed the city's best desserts. They're dreamt up by Brian Mercury, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Pastry Chefs of 2013.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Lose yourself in Harvard Book Store’s (1256 Massachusetts Avenue) smartly curated selection—you might even witness a reading from a literary celeb.
After: Tuck in for a concert at Club Passim (47 Palmer Street); on any given night, the nonprofit venue is a grab bag of Americana, singer-songwriters, and world music.
If You Can’t Make It, Try: Grill 23 & Bar (161 Berkeley Street) or Post 390 (406 Stuart Street), both high-end Boston eateries managed by Harvest’s operator: Himmel Hospitality Group.
With nods from USA Today, CBS News, and The Washington Post, Rodizio Grill has made a name for itself as an authentic Brazilian charrascuria??a South American-style rotisserie. Founded by S?o Paolo?born Ivan Utrera, the cuisine comprises of more than 12 select cuts of meat, which are slow-roasted on a spit and then skewered. Gauchos?also known as Brazilian cowboys?bustle about the restaurant, bringing unlimited slices of tender meat to diners. The restaurant also features ways to ditch the meat fest altogether with seafood selections, grilled pineapple, and unlimited trips to an award-winning salad bar with over 40 items including feijoada stew and pasta alfredo.