There is no freezer in the kitchen at Pearl Restaurant. Instead, chefs leave the eatery each morning to purchase ingredients from local farms and markets. That means that by the time the afternoon sun hits the shop, there is a new menu incorporating shark steaks, butternut squash, Maine crab, watermelon, and whatever else happens to be fresh. Using those seasonal ingredients and housemade pastas, chefs come up with unique dishes bound for the softly lit dining room. Past menu items have included a pear-and-goat-cheese salad, pan-roasted Boston cod, and slow-braised boneless short ribs with parmesan risotto. To eliminate the time and space between the cooking process and the diner, chefs also carefully craft most desserts right next to tables using fresh fruit and recently snared chocolate rabbits.
There's a low-key vibe to Smith Brothers Steak & Chophouse—its simple wood tables are surrounded by vintage liquor ads and a shiny granite bar that reflects the flat-screen TVs behind it. But the team here takes steak seriously. Each signature cut is made with certified Black Angus beef, including a 16-ounce flat-iron sizzler with mushrooms and their signature 6-ounce filet with caramelized onions. Aside from steak, you can also try the shrimp scampi, chicken francese, or center-cut pork chops. Live musicians play on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as whenever it's not Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
Muscle Maker Grill grew out of a small smoothie shop, where owner Rod Silva prepared health-conscious alternatives to fast food. The restaurant has since expanded with a menu tailored to accommodate diners with vegetarian, carb-free, and gluten-free diets. The crew prides themselves in creating healthy versions of popular foods, and continues to serve the shop’s original protein shakes with favorites such as chocolate peanut butter and strawberry banana. Additionally, Muscle Maker Grill displays the calorie count for each dish on the menu.
The chefs at Chok-Dee Thai craft an array of Thai and Asian dishes?from saut?ed sweet and sour chicken to fiery green curry infused with hot pepper and basil. Pineapple and tamarind juice add a bright dose of citrus to the tamarind duck curry, and lemon grass freshens the grilled pork chops. The decor reflects the fresh, lively ingredients with verdant plants, marigold yellow walls, and images of a peaceful river hanging in the dining room instead of just the chefs' vision boards.
Tabboule welcomes visitors to enjoy a fragrant and colorful spread of Middle Eastern eats, with familiar dips such as hummus and baba ghannouj leading into entrees of chicken shawarma and spiced Armenian sausages. Dancers twist and turn as diners munch on kabobs and sautéed eggplant, recreating the atmosphere of the faraway Levant without dusting the restaurant floor with dirt from ancient Phoenicia.
Bella Notte Italian Bistro delights diners with traditional and creative Italian eats. The chefs' nightly specials are the perfect example, with recent menus including shrimp mac 'n' cheese, linguini and meatballs, arugula and goat cheese salad, and veal saltimboca.