McFaddens Restaurant and Saloon combines the warm atmosphere and decadent fare of a family restaurant with the all the rowdy good times of an old-fashioned saloon. In the dining room, the wait staff shuffles around plates of classic fare for both lunch and dinner, including Black Angus burgers, roasted vegetable flatbread pizzas, and slow-roasted prime rib, with a few treats for kids, such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, cheeseburger sliders, and ice-cream pie for dessert. After dark, the bar comes alive with trivia and karaoke on Wednesday nights, supplemented by liquid courage in the form of beer towers and Ciroc ultra-premium vodka. Weekends start on Thursday with a live DJ and wrap up on Sunday with game-day specials during NFL games and professional rock-paper-scissor smack downs.
It’s a good thing that firemen no longer sleep upstairs at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill, as they would surely be awakened by the boisterous cheers that follow every Red Sox homerun broadcast across the sports bar’s 18 high-definition TVs. Built in 1902 as the Douglas Avenue Fire Station, the bar pays homage to its rich history with antique furnishings and a menu headlined by Firehouse wings that range from the routine Firefighter to the blazing Deputy Chief. The station’s original woodwork remains above the bar, and the turn-of-the-century firefighters’ dressers have been converted into service tables. The bar itself—a solid mahogany relic of the 1800s—hosts taps for more than 10 draft beers and converts into a hot sauce slip’n’slide after local teams’ victories.
Chefs at Little India's four locations infuse authentic Indian dishes with fresh and exotic ingredients, earning Top of the Town awards from 5280 magazine for "a decade running." The culinary creatives concoct a taste-bud-tempting lot of specialty dishes, from the butter chicken to the super-hot lamb madras, which makes taste buds sweat with scantily clad seasonings. Vegetarians can spoon a kaleidoscope of meat-free dishes, including the dahl makhani, lentils cooked with tomato and savory spices. Guests sip mood-enhancing beverages from the bar, and the friendly wait staff places plated Indian delicacies and unplated charades suggestions at their fingertips.:m]]
With recipes that call to mind the towering spires of the Khmer Empire’s antique capital, the chef at Angkor Restaurant recreates modern Cambodia’s favorite dishes. Nam yaa, the restaurant's most popular dish, is also known as medicine soup for the restorative qualities of its lemongrass, ginger, and garlic and the tradition of serving it in a tiny childproof bottle. Distinct Cambodian sauces, such as tamarind and spicy garlic, douse crispy fish, and peanut sauce tops banh hoi, whose steamed noodles are accompanied by lettuce and mint.
Skarr introduces visitors to an exotic culture and tradition with its Lebanese-style menu and Middle Eastern-inspired ambiance. Tangerine-colored walls create a fitting aura amid hookah puffs, which fill the air with fruity traces including bananas foster and raspberry lemonade. Similarly, the cocktails menu features an assortment of sweet elixirs, such as the Godiva Seduction—a blend of Godiva white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and crème de cacao served in a chocolate-lined glass.
Red curry, green curry, mango curry—at Pakarang Restaurant, who's celebrating their 20th anniversary this year— the kitchen crafts nine different fragrant curries in varying levels of heat, in which chicken, beef, or seafood simmer. Specialty dishes include the bangkok beef and crispy duck. All the cuisine is artfully made, matching the casual yet modern, underwater-themed decor that includes dark-stained wood floors and mottled walls.