In 1935, it was a one-room bar, but today, Mount Vernon Restaurant lets guests stretch their legs between the bar and four dining rooms, whose tables groan under the weight of boiled lobsters, juicy steaks, and frosty local beers. Part of its charm, according to a review published on the restaurant's site, is its unexpected ambiance. Though positioned on a quiet, modest street, says writer Alisa Valdes, doors open to reveal a "swank" interior accented with aquamarine, peach, and fresh flowers. Fireplaces, filled with flames donated by local dragons, anchor two of the dining rooms, along with exposed beams and hanging lamps.
With two locations situated in the heart of Harvard Square and Natick, Dolphin Seafood Restaurant reflects the unique maritime flavors of Boston and the Atlantic coast, receiving daily shipments of fresh seafood such as Chesapeake Bay oysters and Maine clams. Cooks stir fresh pots of New England clam chowder and broil filets of Bluefish, Idaho rainbow trout, and swordfish swathed in butter and garlic over their breadcrumb-flavored scales. At each restaurant, patrons can unwind in the evenings in a lounge with beers on tap, sports on the TV, and martini glasses filled with specialty cocktails.
The recently renovated Zephyr dishes out elegant New England–inspired cuisine while treating doe-eyed diners to a scenic picture-windowed view of the Charles River. For lunch and dinner, reel in a native lobster roll (5 oz. lobster salad on an egg roll served with homemade potato chips and cucumber salad, $17) or use your tongue to weave through a culinary tapestry of flatbread pizzas ($11 each). Savory breakfast bites, such as the ham and white-cheddar panini (fried egg, shaved ham, and dijon spread, $11) and salmon benedict (smoked sliced salmon, sautéed spinach, and hollandaise sauce, $14) start the day by luring the hungry, hibernating sun out of its winter cloud hole. Sunday brunch ($32 for adults, $16 for 6- to 12-year-olds, free for 5 and under) livens mundane midmornings with hybrid meal fare.
As the seasons change, so too do the styles. The stylists at Bangs of Boston understand that the haircut that gets you through the winter might not be the one that makes a splash during your spring debut. That’s why they consult with each client before the first snip, collaborating to craft a new cut that’s both fashionable and functional. From traditional to funky, they can create any desired look, and provide Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts in addition to cuts and colors. Plant-derived Aveda haircare products enhance the already relaxing styling experience with whiffs of soothing scents like rosemary mint, signifying the botanical therapies taking place within the serums.
A restored, 14-foot whaling dory hangs from the ceiling at the Barracuda Tavern—a tribute to the tavern's husband-wife owners' honeymoon in Key West, according to The Thrillist Boston. It's one of many nautical accents in the eatery, which also features nautical wheels, an antique ship lamp, a menu packed with seafood specialties, and an overprotective clownfish just looking for his son. An L-shaped bar juts out from exposed-brick and blue walls and it's where guests dine on tapas like buffalo shrimp, spicy scallops, and Key West conch fritters or sip seasonal drafts and glasses of wine. Along with small plates, the menu catalogs seafood specialties such as clam dinners and New England clam chowder, plus crab-cake sandwiches and burgers.
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.
The experienced chefs—Chris Masco and Armand Toutaint— at Turner Fisheries enlist a stock of regional ingredients and sustainable seafood to populate a mouthwatering menu with innovative cuisine. Dining duos or quartets gear up for three-course dinners with starters such as the lobster tacos, which opt for soft corn tortilla shells in place of red exoskeletons or chainmail. Main courses manifest in a number of creative ways, making taste buds swoon over hybrid striped bass with butternut ragout, or salsified grilled salmon with cara cara orange horseradish sauce. Northern shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, and haddock bask in saffron tomato broth, imbuing New England bouillabaisse with local flavors and a savory fragrance, reminiscent of Paul Revere's cologne. To finish off three-course culinary expeditions, desserts including mountain berry cobbler with vanilla-bean gelato or mocha semifreddo massage uvulas into satisfied indulgence.