Lorenz Island Kuisine?s roots are immediately visible on its ceiling, where a Jamaican flag proudly hangs. A few more steps inside the warmly lit eatery and more roots begin to show. There?s the orange walls with green trim, and the smell of Jamaican food wafting from the open kitchen. There, the kitchen staff cooks curry goat and plates crispy, brown pieces of jerk chicken. Other dishes include oxtail, plantains, rice and beans, beef patties encased in flaky crust, and almond cake made with rum and topped with icing. Many of the dishes double as loveable characters in the eatery?s recipe book.
Judging from the mural of Bird, Brady, Big Papi, and Bobby Orr painted on its wall, Jit's Sports Lounge & Grill isn't bashful about its love of Boston sports. The establishment, which is marked by a full wraparound bar, boasts more than 15 televisions?each tuned to a sports package or the occasional pay-per-view match. During the game, fans can drink draft beer and feast on sports-bar food such as wings, pizza, and burgers. Afterward, friends can keep the competitive spirit alive by playing arcade games, shooting pool, or running for political office on opposing platforms.
For nearly 80 years, Costello's Tavern has doled out cocktails and brews from within its rustic brick walls. A rotating selection of draft beers includes classics such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and libations from Dogfish Head and other craft breweries. Beer is also available by the can and bottle, and mixed into special beer cocktails, which includes the Citrus Moon crafted with Absolut Citron, Grand Marnier, and Blue Moon belgian white.?
From the kitchen, a spread of comfort food treats guests to pizzas and bowls of macaroni and cheese. Chefs top burgers with fried eggs, jalape?os, and a taco-themed combination of sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. While relaxing with a beer and basket of fried pickles, guests can watch live sporting events that play over the tavern?s squad of flat-screen televisions, or sidle up to the dart board to perfect their hand-eye coordination. On select nights, a corner of the tavern hosts musical acts and karaoke events set to a live band or yodeler.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience different cultures is by exploring their cuisines, and at Maxwells 148, guests can zoom around the globe with bites from an international menu. Executive Chef Mitchell Maxwell sees to it. More than just a passive admirer of the Asian and Italian foods that stand out on the Zagat-rated menu, the experienced kitchen master has trained in the lands from which these cuisines originate. His passion for Asian food has taken him to Honolulu, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore—he spent time in a kitchen in each of those locations. And his love of Italian fare dovetailed neatly with his pan-Asian education when he learned how to cook in the style of the Friuli region of Italy with chefs who hailed from there, but who were in Hawaii with Maxwell.
The results of Chef Maxwell’s globetrotting education are palpable in the flavors of appetizers such as Maine lobster or Hudson Valley foie gras. Or, they emerge from a pasta dish of Cantonese noodles with shrimp or linguini siciliana with cauliflower. His house specialties include classic chicken marsala, gnocchi ai aragosta, and kaffir-lime seared scallops.
With two locations situated in the heart of Harvard Square and Natick, Dolphin Seafood Restaurant reflects the unique maritime flavors of Boston and the Atlantic coast, receiving daily shipments of fresh seafood such as Chesapeake Bay oysters and Maine clams. Cooks stir fresh pots of New England clam chowder and broil filets of Bluefish, Idaho rainbow trout, and swordfish swathed in butter and garlic over their breadcrumb-flavored scales. At each restaurant, patrons can unwind in the evenings in a lounge with beers on tap, sports on the TV, and martini glasses filled with specialty cocktails.