The Urban Grape pushes the fermented philosophy that wine and beer drinkers should explore its vast variety of flavors without intimidation. The shop’s extensive lineup of red wines ranges from the dark-chocolate aromas of Charles Krug’s cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley ($24) to the full-bodied O.Fournier tempranillo from Spain ($16). Have the ideal white wine for a gorgeous afternoon firing nukes at incoming asteroids with the Ken Forrester chenin blanc from Stellenbosch ($10), boasting subtle grapefruit and green-apple notes. Beer buffs may blissfully quiver while looking at The Urban Grape’s selection of brews, including a 22 oz. Brew Dog Punk IPA from San Diego ($7). The store offers a number of other libations as well, from organic and biodynamic wines to a stellar array of sake. Drop by for The Urban Grape’s scheduled complimentary wine tastings every Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and every Saturday from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. to introduce taste buds to up to 16 different types of wine.
Judy Rosenberg didn’t set out to be an award-winning chef or an NPR-lauded cookbook author. The owner of Rosie’s Bakery found her calling in 1974 after attending art school and gobbling desserts at some of New York’s finest bakeries, becoming inspired to forge her own batch of sweets. When the staff of a local cheesecake shop got hooked on her homemade cookies, she knew she’d found a recipe for success. Since then, she’s expanded her culinary repertoire to include fudge-nut brownies, bavarian-cream fruit tarts, and more than 14 types of muffins and scones.
Each recipe teems with real, old-fashioned ingredients, such as butter, cream, sugar, and edible monocles. Cakes come in circular layers and rectangular sheets, boasting flavors such as carrot and mocha. Filled with snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip rounds, the cookie lineup conjures more childhood memories than a psychiatrist who rides to work in an ice-cream truck.
For more than 20 years, Angora Ice has served up healthy, low fat frozen treats. Dig into signature frozen yogurt combos such as pumpkin pie, pina colada, or chunky monkey—a blend of chocolate yogurt, peanut butter, banana, butterfingers, and gorilla tears. Smoothies are crafted from organic fruit juices and fresh fruit, with a sorbet or yogurt base. Lavazza brand coffee and a selection of fresh baked goods round out the ice cream parlor’s menu.
Moogy's Sandwich Shop was born from its owners' love of their hometown Philadelphia and the sandwiches made there. Today, more than 15 years later, that once-small eatery has expanded to twice its original size with specialty sandwiches forming the core of its menu. Many feature playful names as well as unorthodox combinations of ingredients: the Moogalopagus comes piled with salami, bologna, and spiced ham, while the Mother and Daughter Reunion is filled with fried chicken and egg. Burgers, such as the Reuben with sauerkraut and Russian dressing, or the Mushaki with mushrooms and teriyaki sauce, also push the limits of culinary convention. To complement these mains, Moogey's tops crispy fries with toppings that range from Old Bay seasoning to beef chili.
Inside their quirky space, guests can socialize with a sandwich and beer sitting at a 50-foot bar or around a cozy fireplace. The space is also equipped with board games that give patrons a way to unwind before a meal or gather vital insider knowledge to prepare for their upcoming vacation to Candyland.
The menu of the recently renovated Eagles Deli and Restaurant crams gastro-caverns with fresh Angus-beef patties as well as healthy salads and wraps, its savory eats garnering attention from culinary programs such as the Rachael Ray Show and Man V. Food Nation. The Cowabunga challenge invites diners to try to consume two pounds of burger, eight pieces of American cheese, and two pounds of fries while pretending to surf on an ironing board ($25.99). Slightly less colossal cravings are curbed with the Hot Dog Lovers two-pound frankfurter ($15.99). Herbivorous fangs are kept at bay with delicious greenery such as Wafa's Heavenly salad, packed with torrents of sun-dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic dressing swirl atop a bed of baby spinach and romaine lettuce ($7.59).
Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.
Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.