As guests pass under Lewis' Restaurant and Grille's festive blue marquee, they enter an inviting world of Americana, with a bar that has been in place for generations and a kitchen offering up the appetizing aroma of freshly baked pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Guests share plates of buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict during Sunday brunches and savor the tastes of inventive burgers and sandwiches, such as caprese-salad burgers or chicken-pesto sandwiches drizzled with balsamic reduction, all week long. Upscale haddock and salmon entrees satisfy refined palates, and a spread of bar food pleases crowds with chicken-finger baskets, tots, and tuna melts.
Though it has welcomed in families and bar regulars for decades, Lewis' has recently updated its interior with new bamboo flooring in the dining room and crisp dollar bills in the bar's cash register. Patrons regularly join in special events hosted by the bar, such as Tuesday-night trivia, where first-placers win a cash prize.
The signature entree at Thai Boo Cuisine is so special it even gets its own unique serving dish: instead of merely being served upon a plate, this melange of chicken, sauteed veggies, and housemade sweet-and-sour sauce sits inside an edible egg-wrap basket. Another specialty dish is the Duck Love Boo, a boneless half duck that guests can choose to have glazed in tamaraind, hot basil, or fresh ginger sauce.
Of course, it's not all meat dishes—the selection of rice, noodle, and curry offerings is peppered with vegetarian options such as spicy eggplant sauteed with scallions, chilies, mushrooms, and basil. Plus, there are a dozen gluten-free dishes, including papaya salad with shrimp and rice fried with crab that was on a gluten-free diet.
Chef Paul Mancuso, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University's culinary college, curates the restaurant's menu of authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine. An appetizer of arancini, which stitches together English peas, buffalo mozzarella, and ground beef in a fried risotto cake covered in marinara sauce, cordially welcomes palates and their owners to the quaint eatery ($9).
Founded by a pair of Greek natives, The Feisty Greek dishes up classic Mediterranean cuisine amid a casual, colorful ambiance. Combo meals star the eatery's fleet of burgers and wraps, such as the authentic pork gyro, a tzatziki-flooded amalgam of tomato, onion, and hand-cut french fries. The Feisty burger cloaks a hand-sculpted patty in a spicy feta spread, and the middle-eastern wrap encloses its eponymous region's traditional falafel, tabbouleh, and hummus. Palates chill with cold sides such as melitzanosalata, a puréed-eggplant-and-olive-oil concoction, and hot fasolakia, a bouquet of sautéed string beans, can accessorize portable volcanoes. At meal’s end, the Greek-style rice pudding, rizogalo, assuages lingering sweet cravings. In the corner of The Feisty Greek's dining room, a flat-screen TV often glows with movies, while red, yellow, and blue walls bolster diners' knowledge of primary colors more easily than spending the night inside a prism.
Sky Restaurant's chefs prepare an eclectic menu of classic American entrees such as steaks, seafood, and pastas within a spacious, mahogany-framed dining room. A raw bar serves up fresh, local oysters ($3) and jumbo shrimp cocktail ($3) accompanied by a lemon-dijon dipping sauce, much like Atlantis' swankest velvet-rope clubs. Fire-grilled pizzas can arrive in the form of a classic cheese pie with fresh basil ($11) or decked out in specialty toppings, such as the ground beef and cheddar jack cheese found on the bacon-cheeseburger pie ($12). Guests can tear apart mesquite-rubbed baby back ribs ($22) or cut into a 14-ounce black angus new york sirloin ($29) served with house-made sauces such as béarnaise, horseradish cream, or mushroom merlot. Otherwise, a lobster club ($19) layers Maine-lobster salad, avocado, and bacon within sourdough bread, whereas grilled Atlantic swordfish ($28) drapes itself in lemon-caper butter alongside lobster risotto and grilled asparagus.
This cozy eatery welcomes growling bellies and their owners, showcasing a menu of classic seafood, chops, burgers, and more in a friendly setting. Warm taste buds on a starter of spicy boneless buffalo tenders ($7.95), or crunch into a Caesar salad to conquer an ambitious appetite ($3.95). For a main course, satiation-seekers can delve into selections such as the Texas BBQ burger, featuring fresh, ground sirloin swaddled with Cajun barbecue sauce and topped with bacon and cheddar ($7.95), or the broiled scallops, spirited from sea to silverware on a sprinkle of lemon butter (14.95). The veal marsala builds a trophy plate that awards diligent mandibles with meat medallions polished with marsala wine and mushrooms ($14.95), and the Steak Dianne, a New York sirloin grilled in seasoned dijon sauce, provides sizzling satisfaction ($14.95). Finish with a slice of sweet Boston cream pie ($3.75), or a sip from the wine list to end the meal on a smooth, grape note. Diners of all ages settle into 204's wooden booths to trade forkfuls or engage in pre-meal shadow puppetry. With high-definition LCD TVs showing local sporting events, guests can tackle plentiful platefuls without missing Tony Award worthy touchdown celebrations or triumphant goal line stands.
Inside Kings, it can be hard to pinpoint the source of clattering sounds and uproarious cheers. The noise might stem from the bowling section, where glowing squares of abstract, retro wall art bookend the alleys. It might also come from ricocheting billiard balls, a well-aimed skee-ball, or a shuffleboard shot in the game room. Maybe someone spotted a celebrity—Bill Murray, Salma Hayek, and Lady Gaga are all on an extensive list of past famous visitors.
Wherever their origins, the telltale echoes of competition and camaraderie beckon to guests throughout the venue. They're accompanied in the air by the scents of comfort food, from staples such as sesame ginger wings to inventive fusions such as cheeseburger spring rolls. Sweeter aromas waft from multiple bars as the staff flavors martinis with gummy bears, pop rocks, and ice cream instead of the traditional fixings, olives or entire lemons on toothpicks.
As for sights, the surroundings blend vintage flair with luminous technology. More than 30 high-definition televisions line the space, broadcasting sports games and bowling scores. The Back Bay location has six Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables and hosts group events, including parties and corporate getaways where you can finally laugh at your boss's ridiculous shoes. Weekly themed nights for the public also encourage dancing, karaoke, and trivia.