The mingled scents of coffee and fresh-baked donuts greet visitors at Verna's Coffee & Donut Shop, whose baked creations were named Best Donuts Around Boston by CBS Boston. Amid sage-green walls, visitors lean over a glass case that displays traditional glazed donuts and pert jelly donuts infused with cherry or strawberry filling. A pot of coffee stands at the ready to perk up tired eyes, much like a sentry who yells, "Wake up, there's a bear behind you!"
This eco-friendly spot looks more like a '50s diner than a coffeehouse. Nevertheless, baristas do concoct lattes, pouring their creations into cups made from corn syrup and composting any trash. If that’s not enough to soothe your over-caffeinated soul, maybe a round of pool—yes, at a coffee shop—will do the trick.
According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Barbers’ Rebellion. Today's Groupon gets you in on the hallowed and delicious tradition: $15 for $30 worth of authentic down-home eats at Redbones. Redbones is a juicy barbecue joint in Somerville that serves wings, ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other southern specialties.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Flora serves beautifully presented American cuisine infused with French and Italian flavors by chef Bob Sargent and made using fresh vegetables and locally sourced ingredients. Flora's menu, like the direction of the wind or the guest on a morning talk-radio show, is subject to change, but recent enticing entrees have included petite lamb chops and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb ($26) as well as pan-crisped Giannone chicken, which is partnered with whipped potato, broccoli rabe, and truffle butter ($23). Enjoy baited bites of aquatic edibles such as Southern-fried fish, enhanced with a shrimp remoulade slaw and warm potato salad ($20), or New England seafood “bouillabaisse,” stocked with lobster, mussels, clams, and fish ($28). Each of flora's small plates includes a smattering of assorted bites, such as its tray of pickled-beet salad, smoked salmon, and creamy dill dressing ($13). Selfish meteorologists can frighten off tablemates with predictions of indoor thunder blizzards, then horde the precipitous palatability of chocolate cloud cake ($8) for dessert.
Ball Square Café prides itself on a casual hang-outable atmosphere, accented by a staff that's warm and friendly without asking a lot of intrusive questions about your apartment layout. And though the café's servers are no longer shirtless and its bus staff no longer sleeping dogs, their hospitality will take care of all the details so that you're free to lounge and people watch as you like. Ball Square is best known for its bountiful breakfast menu of omelets, Belgian waffles, pancakes, breakfast plates, and beyond—all of which are available at any time of day. Gird yourself for the day's or night's adventures with delightful diurnal delicacies such as the Tunisian omelet ($8.95), stuffed with green olives, scallions, tomatoes, and feta, or the toothsome tower of caramelized-apple and cinnamon Belgian waffles ($8.50). And if you're drawing undue attention because you accidentally wore the same outfit as Lady Gaga that day, a macchiato ($3.25) will disguise you with a cream mustache so that you can finish your mango-banana pancakes ($7.95) in peace.
Judy Rosenberg didn’t set out to be an award-winning chef or an NPR-lauded cookbook author. The owner of Rosie’s Bakery found her calling in 1974 after attending art school and gobbling desserts at some of New York’s finest bakeries, becoming inspired to forge her own batch of sweets. When the staff of a local cheesecake shop got hooked on her homemade cookies, she knew she’d found a recipe for success. Since then, she’s expanded her culinary repertoire to include fudge-nut brownies, bavarian-cream fruit tarts, and more than 14 types of muffins and scones.
Each recipe teems with real, old-fashioned ingredients, such as butter, cream, sugar, and edible monocles. Cakes come in circular layers and rectangular sheets, boasting flavors such as carrot and mocha. Filled with snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip rounds, the cookie lineup conjures more childhood memories than a psychiatrist who rides to work in an ice-cream truck.