The bar at The Naumkeag Ordinary was made from reclaimed wood, and it's that mentality?of sustainability, renewal, making the most of what you have?that defines the restaurant's ethos. In the kitchen, for instance, chefs use local, in-season meat and produce to craft an ever-rotating menu of gourmet comfort food, which has included everything from deviled eggs with basil, pesto, and bacon to pork loin with spinach, parmesan, cornbread stuffing, and kale. Dishes as exotic as duck and sweet-potato hash anchor the weekend brunch specials, which help ease the homesickness of being away from the office for at least one more day. Patrons can always find something new on the chalkboard menus posted inside or out near the patio.
Rockafellas delights diners by dishing up a menu of fresh steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizzas in a casual, historic setting. Stop by for lunch to try a fresh lobster roll ($17) or a Missing Staircase, a shredded-chicken panini named for the building's grand foyer staircase ($8), which was demolished after the simultaneous invention of fireman's poles and jetpacks. Evening eaters can placate their palates with entrees such as the 12-ounce, brown-sugar-smothered grilled harvest pork chop, which comes plated with cranberry chutney ($21), or the fresh crab-stuffed haddock, served buttered and lightly seasoned ($17).
Formed in 1979 with the humble, noble goal of providing economical meals to the community, Holy Ghost Society blossomed into a lively cultural organization that hosts parties and dances as well as feasts and comedy shows. An onsite restaurant open Tuesday–Sunday serves up Portuguese cuisine, from steaks and seafood to cheese and linguiça, which is a mildly spicy Portuguese sausage.
Ann Supple Massey, the owner and founder of Rouge Cosmetics, has personally tested every product in her store, from the eye shadows to the moisturizers to the body fragrances. Her discerning eye is one of the reasons the store was awarded "Best of Boston" for makeup shopping in Boston Magazine in 2009. In addition to time-tested favorites from industry leaders such as Nars, Stila, and bareMinerals, clients also find products from more exclusive brands such as Darphin and Blinc, whose ?Kiss Me? mascara has graced the lashes of celebrities Jessica Alba, Rachel McAdams, and Jessica Rabbit.
Most of the aestheticians and makeup artists at Rouge have experience working at photo shoots and fashion shows, so they?re primed to help customers with a range of beauty needs. During private makeup lessons, they guide customers through popular techniques such as the smokey eye, and also acquaint them with tools and beauty products tailored to their personal style. The shop offers several other services, including bridal makeup and false lash applications.
The Gloucestershire "Old Spot" pig is a fitting mascot and namesake for The Old Spot. The breed, once a staple of English farming, is docile, warm, and always in search of tasty grub. The pub and its inhabitants are similar--a crowd of neighborhood regulars who take their Guinness at the hardwood bar. The menu of meat pies and curried chicken evokes a cozy pub dining experience. Seated near the picture windows that run the front length of the pub, diners cut into crispy portions of fried haddock, the batter dashed with spritzes of lemon, malt vinegar, and tartar sauce. Though less neighborly figures necessitated the restaurant's end as a music venue, it continues to offer weekly trivia nights where the answer is always "John Major".
One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.
Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.