The up-close sounds of waves crashing onto Revere Beach permeate the soundscape at Antonia's at the Beach Restaurant, an eatery that embraces the dual cultures of Italy and the New England coast. The menu reflects this duality by placing Old World dishes, such as homemade ricotta gnocchi and veal parmigiana alongside maritime-influenced staples, including fried haddock and cedar-plank-smoked Atlantic salmon.
The decidedly rustic decor draws much more inspiration from the area's coastal influences, with nautical lanterns hanging from the exposed rafter beams and wooden ship's wheels fastened to the bar area's walls. Small aesthetic touches adorn the space and help capture the historically inspired ambience, including an antique sewing machine, a rotary telephone, and a dial-up modem.
Blu's location inside of The Sports Club/LA lifts gravity-grounded gourmands into the air for a breathtaking view of Boston, best enjoyed with fare from Chef Kathleen Smith's hunger-slaying dinner menu. Seafood features prominently into Blu's bounty, with aqueous appetizers such as calamari ($12) and seared scallops ($12) paving the waterway for entrees like a lobster club sandwich ($27) stuffed with shiploads of the shelled sea-samurai. Exploring eats elsewhere on Blu's board of fancy fare, you'll find that polenta fries ($9) pair well with a roasted duck-breast entree ($26) with crispy polenta cake, garlic chard, and pear chutney, or a New York strip steak ($32) with potato puree and sweet and sour onions. Round out your rendezvous with crème brûlée ($9) or pumpkin-spice cheesecake ($8) from Blu's wheel o' desserts.
The menus at Barlow's combine traditional American recipes with a creative gourmet flare. Inaugurate your dinner with a helping of minted lamb skewers, served with sweet soy-and-almond pesto ($11). The fig and prosciutto pizza woos weary taste buds with its sweet saltiness, sealing the deal with added gorgonzola and arugula ($13) . Childhood nostalgia is deliciously evoked with thick slices of bacon-wrapped meatloaf saddled with mashed potatoes, garlic spinach, and mushroom gravy ($17). Hungry ears can feast on live jazz Tuesday nights, and pigskin buffs can catch up on NFL games throughout the season.
Where would we be without food? On a planet dominated by merciless banana overlords, that's where. With today's Groupon, $35 gets you $75 worth of soup, salad, meat, fish, and drinks at the Oak Room, located inside Back Bay's Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. This elegant eatery has won numerous honors from Boston Magazine, including Best Steakhouse Restaurant in 2003. Your Groupon is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, but cannot be used on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day Eve, Valentine's Day, or in doppelganger dimensions where Picasso was an art thief and the sun wears cool shades.
Turner's dinner menu brims with cleanly executed, fresh seafood dishes. Start by coating your mouth in Turner's velvety clam chowder ($8), which comes with homemade oyster crackers that have been suited up in scuba gear and treasure maps for their deep-soup-diving adventure. Otherwise, attempt the seared diver scallops ($15), which are succulently stained in blood-orange pep-rally paint and served with a firm helping of crystallized leeks. Discriminating seafarers and disguised grizzly bears, however, will want to save themselves for a main course of wild salmon ($29), a lively filet waltzing with laughing bird shrimp fried rice, succulent mango, and green papaya in a robust tamarind reduction. For a taste of the sea that doesn't require an enormous straw, try the seafood risotto's ($35) eclectic balance of Maine lobster, bay scallops, and Caribbean shrimp delicately dotted within a Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto. Turner's lunch menu includes several dinner-menu favorites, and adds on midday satiations such as seafood dip ($10), lobster rolls ($17), and fish and chips ($12). The express lunch menu, which offers three courses for the Groupon-covering cost of $19, fits neatly into the time-crunched schedules of gourmands on the go, overbooked killer whales, and freelance haberdashers.