Although the North End is thought of as the go-to for Italian food in Boston, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on authentic pastas, housemade sausages, and imported olive oils. Perched far from clamoring tourists on Main Street in Medford, Bob's Italian Foods—a 2012 Medford Patch Readers' Choice winner—has been dishing up and importing traditional Italian foods for more than 70 years. Under the guidance of the DiGiorgio family, its butchers craft their own italian hot, sweet, and fennel pork sausages each day and slice quality meats, such as Angus sirloin and new york strip steaks. The deli counter wraps up to-go foods ranging from eggplant parmigiano with meatballs to hefty prosciutto-and-provolone subs. Shoppers also wander down aisles filled with imported goods including virgin olive oils, Italian cheeses, and pastas shaped like spirals and lock-picks. In addition to equipping customers for their own lunches or dinners, Bob’s helps them feed guests during parties with catered buffets.
For more than 40 years, the fearless team at Joseph's Catering, Deli & Wholesale has effortlessly taken on catering challenges for groups of up to 10,000 guests. With a menu that includes Italian-style deli platters, sandwiches, and entrees such as stuffed pasta shells and chicken cacciatore, the team efficiently keeps guests' stomachs from growling during company meetings or library camp outs. For daily meetings, company picnics, or holiday parties, the team also prepares dishes such as marinated barbecue steak tips or deli-style sandwiches with roast beef, roast turkey breast, or chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts.
When Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and The Boston Globe's resident foodies all flock to a restaurant—praising the Hot Mess, Mac Attack, and The King, respectively—you know it’s a hit. That's the Boston Burger Company, whose founders have created a destination burger joint to rival the best of America's burgeoning burger scene.
Of their 24 burgers, all but three boast an eight-ounce certified Angus burger patty. But even their veggie, conch, and turkey burgers get the same creative, careful preparation—they can be beer-battered and fried or rubbed with Cajun seasoning, but all are cooked to perfection. Each burger is crowned with some inventive and surprising toppings, including balsamic mayo, fried bananas, and mac and cheese, to name a few. These seriously imaginative recipes have garnered a lot of attention, winning Rachael Ray's Battle of the Best Burger competition, Boston Magazine's Battle of the Burger, and a place in Guy Fieri's heart on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
The burgers are not the menu's only notable edibles, however. Besides creating a collection of classic salads and chicken sandwiches, chefs also fry up boneless wings tossed in one of eight sauces—including honey barbecue, garlic parmesan, or terodactyl sauce, a tangy fusion of teriyaki and barbecue sauces.
Since 1986, the chefs at Sabatino’s Italian Kitchen have been preparing entrees; making pastas such as scampi, marsala, and cacciatore; and stuffing calzones and hot subs with tried-and-true Italian ingredients. The restaurant's pizzas are loaded with whole-tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and accoutrements such as roasted peppers, pesto sauce, and roasted eggplant. Toppings choices abound for thin-crust pizzas, while set gourmet combinations such as the four-cheese and meat-lovers pizzas take the guesswork out of ordering. They can also pack up cold cuts such as salami, sweet capicola, and prosciutto by the pound for at-home meat-shrine building. Though not valid with this Groupon, Sabatino's also features an extensive wine list.
With a stay at Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston in Cambridge, you'll be in the historical district and convenient to Boston University and Fenway Park. This 4-star hotel is close to Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Copley Place.
Make yourself at home in one of the 470 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and river views. Satellite programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 10 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Cambridge? This hotel has 25,000 square feet (2323 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Cafe Barada invites diners to sample a rarely experienced side of Lebanon with a menu that won Boston magazine's Best of Boston 2007 for Middle Eastern fare. Owners and chefs for more than two decades, the Salameh family named the restaurant for the Lebanese village that nourished their ancestors, filling plates with favorites passed down through several generations. Flavorful favorites such as stuffed grape leaves rolled with ground beef ($11.95) pay homage to Lebanon's famed steak vineyards, while vegetarian-friendly pumpkin kibby layers ground pumpkin, cracked wheat, spinach, and chickpeas ($13.95) to provide a colorful feast for the senses. Ardishokee showcases tender lamb and artichoke hearts simmering in a savory tomato-based stew that blends in seamlessly with the restaurant's rich, paprika-hued walls ($13.95). Or go green with slices of flaky, cheesy spinach pie ($13.95) or a plate of meshi flefli, a baked green pepper brimming with rice, tomatoes, and ground beef and topped with a garlicky tomato sauce that doubles as a repellent for vampire skunks ($13.95).