Food & Drink in Watertown

$30 for $50 Worth of Italian American Dinner for Two or More at The Talk. Two Options Available.

The Talk Restaurant

Downtown Watertown

$50 $30

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Chef Billy Holt prepares housemade pasta, steak, and seafood served in elegant dining area with black-and-white photos

Mediterranean Food at Ani Take Out. Three Options Available.

Ani Take Out

Ani Take Out

$25.98 $16.50

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Mediterranean menu features lamb, falafel, and eggplant-pomegranate salad topped with walnuts, molasses, and cumin

Sushi and Pan-Asian Dinner Food at Sushi Box (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Box

Waltham

$30 $15

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Eatery praised by the Boston Phoenix cooks up Korean-style beef ribs, pad thai, and specialty sushi rolls

Dining for Two or Four at Social Restaurant & Bar (Up to 37% Off)

Social Restaurant & Bar

Newton Corner

$62 $39

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Grab a drink and relax with friend over a round of appetizers like Brie fondue or lobster roll sliders then enjoy steak, pasta or seafood

Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two or Four, or Japanese Cuisine for Four or More at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

$40 $22

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Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

$30 $15

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

$42.85 $21

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Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

Four-Course Dessert-Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Finale Desserterie (Up to 52% Off)

Finale Desserterie

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Chocolate-dipped strawberries start off a sojourn through such desserts as apple a la mode and a chocolate plate

Tacos, Enchiladas, and Margaritas at José's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

José's Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

$35 $17

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Classic Mexican dishes include a kaleidoscope of tacos, tamales made by the chef's mother, and specialty margaritas

$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

$25 $15

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

$51.86 $25

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For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

$10 $5.50

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

$40 $29

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

Gourmet Asian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Moksa (50% Off)

Moksa

Cambridgeport

$40 $20

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Gourmet pan-Asian cuisine ranging from spicy sushi rolls to veggie teriyaki and steamed bao

Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

$40 $20

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

$40 $25

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35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

The Gas Show for Two or Four Presented by Anderson Comedy (Half Off)

Anderson Comedy

Great Scott

$10 $5

Friday-night comedy shows see sketches and local comedians

Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

$33.50 $24.79

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Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$15 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

ComedySportz Boston at Davis Square Theatre, August 8-November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

ComedySportz Boston

Davis Square Theatre

$30 $15

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Two comedy teams compete against each other with improvised games called by a referee during family-friendly shows

American Cuisine for Two or Four at East End Grille (47% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

$30 $16

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This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Diva Indian Bistro (Up to 63% Off)

Diva Indian Bistro

Davis Square

$67 $27

Samosas packed with minced lamb and spices precede lamb curry, chicken dosas, dishes baked in clay tandoor oven, and vegetarian entrees

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food for Lunch or Dinner at El Potro

El Potro

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Festive eatery serves sizzling fajitas, fish and pork tacos, steaks, and chicken enchiladas alongside live mariachi band on weekends

Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

$50 $25

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Flavorful dishes from southern Italy's Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

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$50 $30

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Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

Italian Food for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

$40 $25

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Chef presses fresh pastas, hand tosses wood-fired pizza & grills salmon for dinner & serves brunch dishes such as gourmet paninis

Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

$50 $25

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

"Bye Bye Liver" for Two at Hennessy's on August 1–September 26 (Up to Half Off)

"Bye Bye Liver"

Hennessy's

$40 $20

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

Second Annual Costume Crawl for Two or Four on Saturday, October 25, from Beantown Pub Crawls (50% Off)

Beantown Pub Crawls

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Donning a Halloween costume, crawlers visit 15+ bars and restaurants to receive drink and food specials and prizes

2-Hour Dinner Cruise Sunday–Wednesday, or 3-Hour Dinner Cruise Thursday-Saturday from Odyssey Cruises (40% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Boston

$112.53 $68

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The Odyssey I glides across Boston Harbor during elegant evening cruises, complete with a three-course meal and live music

Upscale American Dinner for Two on a Weekday or Weekend at Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

East Boston

$81.50 $49

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Plates of goat cheese and beet salad or grilled-eggplant caprese paired with pan-seared salmon or braised short rib

Standup Show for Two at Nick's Comedy Stop Through December 6 (Up to 52% Off)

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

$45.70 $22

The intimate 30-year-old venue hosts both emerging and established comedians

$40 for One-Hour Chocolate-Tasting Course for Two at Gourmet Boutique ($80 Value)

Gourmet Boutique

Back Bay

$80 $40

Held on Sundays and Mondays, tastings include nibbles and knowledge about where chocolate is sourced, how it's made, and how to read labels

$59 for a Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two at Pellino's Ristorante (Up to $102 Value)

Pellino's Ristorante

North End

$102 $59

The chef, a native of Naples, crafts rustic northern Italian cuisine with housemade breads, pastas, and desserts

Southern Cuisine at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

Downtown - Leather District

$25 $15

Eatery dishes out southern and Caribbean small plates such as shrimp & grits, fried catfish, cornish hen & waffles, and macaroni and cheese

Turkish Cuisine at Saray Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Saray Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $15

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Lamb, seafood, and vegetarian entrees come together in Turkish menu of kebabs, salads, and soups; full menu is valid for lunch option

Pizza and Italian Food for Dine-in, Carryout, or Delivery at Rock City Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Rock City Pizza

Allston/Brighton

$30 $15

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Innovative thin-crust pizzas topped with steak, pesto, or chicken and buffalo sauce; entree options include subs, burgers, and pasta

Pub Food at The Red Hat (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Red Hat

West End

$50 $30

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Wings, fish 'n' chips, and burgers in a century-old establishment with a colorful history

Ethiopian Dinner for Two or Four at Addis Red Sea (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Addis Red Sea

South End

$31.90 $17

Ethiopian eatery populates colorful wicker tables with spicy lamb, fish, chicken, and vegan dishes

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Bukhara Indian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Bukhara Indian Bistro

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$57 $28

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Menu of northern and southern Indian cuisine with tandoori chicken, lamb-stuffed dosas, and curries

Indian Meal with Appetizers and Naan for Two or Four at Mela (Up to 56% Off)

Mela

South End

$71 $32

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Enlisting a traditional tandoor oven, housemade cheese, and Indian spices, chefs whip up classic Indian staples with varying spice levels

Tapas for Two or Four at Mojitos (Up to 51% Off)

Mojitos

Downtown

$40 $20

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Dine on small plates of chorizo-stufffed potatoes, baked avocados, and slow-roasted pork sliders

Cider House Tour for Two or Four at Downeast Cider House (Up to 50% Off)

Downeast Cider House

Boston

$14 $7

Guests sip refreshing, freshly brewed, farm style ciders during tours, and leave with 64oz souvenir growler

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza, Paninis, and Roll-Ups at Angora Café ($30 Value)

Angora Café

Coolidge Corner

$10 $5

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Cooks at European-style café focus on Mediterranean and Italian flavors in dishes such as hummus-filled roll-ups and meatball-topped pizzas

Distillery Tour for Two or Four of Bully Boy Distillers (Up to 56% Off)

Bully Boy Distillery

Boston

$40 $20

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Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

$17 for $30 Toward Baked Goods — So Sweet Confections

So Sweet Confections

On Location

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Frozen Yogurt or Smoothies at FroyoWorld (Up to 47% Off)

FroyoWorld

Allston

$6 $3.25

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Rotating menu of 16 frozen yogurts infused with live and active cultures; smoothies made to order with fresh fruit, ice & signature fro-yo

Indian Food for Dinner at Ghazal Indian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ghazal Indian Cuisine

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$25 $14

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Authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist

$15 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Café Food at Oakleaf Cakes ($30 Total Value)

Oakleaf Cakes

Boston

$6 $3

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Bakery stocks the shelves of its attached café with scrumptious pastries and cupcakes alongside familiar coffee classics

Italian Cuisine at Filippo Ristorante (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Filippo Ristorante

North End

$35 $20

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Owners who spend part of the year in Sulmona, Italy, treat taste buds to the region's cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and veal dishes

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $7.50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Cafe Hemshin ($30 Value)

Cafe Hemshin

Downtown

$7.50 $4

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Sample Turkish and Mediterranean favorites such as lamb kebabs, hummus, tabouleh, and Greek salads

Frozen Yogurt at Fresh Mango (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Fresh Mango

Fresh Mango

$58.50 $29

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Customize a frozen-yogurt concoction using homemade, all-natural yogurt and any of more than 50 toppings, including fresh fruit

$11 for $20 Worth of Chinese Food — Chili Hot Pot

Chili Hot Pot

Boston

$20 $11

Traditional Chinese Sichuan cuisine made with famous, spicy Sichuan sauce

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

$10 $5

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

Casual Cuisine for Two or More at 15 Walnut (50% Off)

15 Walnut

Hamilton

$30 $15

Menu full of items made using seasonal ingredients includes wood-fired items, burgers, sushi, and more; suitable for family dinners & dates

Italian Dinner or Takeout at Arcenia Cucina Rustica (Up to 42% Off)

Arcenia Cucina Rustica

Downtown Woburn

$50 $29

The menu includes chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, and homemade fettuccine pasta tossed with bolognese sauce, as well as wood-fired pizzas

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Brazilian Steak House (37% Off)

Brazilian Steak House

North Woburn

$61.97 $39

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All-you-can-eat steakhouse features tender cuts of Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef sirloin, and an extensive salad bar

Peruvian and Latin American Food at Nazca Cafe (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Nazca Cafe

Boadway

$38 $19

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Vibrant preparations and hearty portions of cebiche, seafood medleys, roasted pork, and grilled steak

Pizza for Takeout or Delivery, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday from John's Pizza (40% Off)

John's Pizza

Across from the ELC

$20 $12

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Hand-tossed pies topped with freshly shredded cheese, a family-recipe sauce, and toppings such as buffalo chicken, shrimp, or eggplant

Thai Food at Maekha Thai (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maekha Thai

West Revere

$20 $11

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Eatery dishes out authentic Thai cuisine such as tom yum soup, ginger chicken, basil fried rice, pad thai, and panang curry with scallops

Italian-American Dinner of Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at Sebastian's on Broadway (Up to 46% Off)

Sebastian's on Broadway

Revere

$60 $35

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Pastas, seafood, and steak made with local ingredients and set to live cabaret performers every Thursday night

Italian Food for Two or Four at Volare Revere (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Volare Revere

Downtown Revere

$30 $15

Fig and pancetta pizza and seafood pasta prepared by a native Sicilian chef at a restaurant with complimentary valet parking on weekends

Fresh, House-Made Diner Food for Two or Four During Breakfast or Lunch at Revere Center Café (50% Off)

Revere Center Café

Bell Circle Plaza at Revere

$20 $10

Diner serves made-to-order comfort food, such as grilled cheese with bacon and Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

$10 $5

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Peets Coffee, or Personal Pizza at Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe (50% Off.)

Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe

Crossroads Plaza

$5 $2.50

Yogurt comes in 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, whereas pizzas are made in front of you and come with a choice of organic crust

Pizzeria Cuisine or Family Dinner with Two Large Pizzas, Two Salads, and Two Garlic Breads at Deli Max (Up to 53% Off)

Deli Max

Natick

$10 $5

New York–style pizzas come topped with steak tips, banana peppers, scallions,

American Meal for Two or Four at Pantry Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Pantry Restaurant

The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel

$71 $39

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Americana in the form of a bacon burger made of scallops, 10 oz. aged striploin, and grilled salmon with risotto verde and lemon crema

Two or Four Tickets to Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Saturday, October 18 (Up to 51% Off)

Boy Scouts of America Pumpkin Fest 2014

Milton

$50 $25

Celebrate autumn with a day of hayrides, pumpkin bowling, rock climbing, and more

Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

$50 $25

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

American Pub Food for Two or Four at Lakeside Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lakeside Bar and Grill

Wakefield

$10 $5

Omelets and pancakes start the day before chefs craft barbecue chicken sandwiches and fish and chips for dinner

Italian Dinner at La Vita Mia (45% Off). Two Options Available.

La Vita Mia

Downtown Saugus

$30 $17.50

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Flat-bread pizza with spicy shrimp, prosciutto, and capes, create-your-own pastas, and sirloin steak in a balsamic sauce

Beer- or Wine-Making Class with Equipment, or Bartending Class at The Wine Shop of Reading (Up to 61% Off)

The Wine Shop of Reading

Reading

$200 $99

The best student-made wine and beer will be sold at local stores

Authentic Swiss Style Baked Goods at swissbäkers (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

swissbäkers

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli and more.

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

$5 $3

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Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at BonCaldo Restaurant (Up to 43% Off)

BonCaldo Restaurant

Norwood

$53 $30

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Wood-fired cuisine from all 20 regions of Italy, served in an opulent, yet cozy dining room

Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner Fare at Spettu's Steakhouse in Quincy (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Spettu's Steakhouse

Quincy

$30 $15

Servers carve slices of spit-roasted lamb, chicken, and beef from skewers tableside

Stone-Baked Pizza Meal for Two or Four at Maggy's Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Maggy's Lounge

Quincy

$28 $14

Enjoy stone-baked pizzas with thin, crispy crust in a casual, lively space that has frequent live music performances

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Those seeking Grappa Restaurant might be surprised by where they find it—nestled inside a small building that used to be a house, in the middle of an industrial-warehouse street, between two commercial districts. But behind the front door lies a different atmosphere—only 11 tables sit inside the 700-square-foot space, surrounded by walls striped in pale yellow and blue and decorated with Botticelli paintings. At the center of the room, venetian Fortuny lamps cast light from behind white and yellow silk emblazoned with gold designs. The petite restaurant reverberates with classic pop tunes by singers such as Frankie Valli, often accompanied by crooning from the restaurant's three servers—Will, Carol, and Natalie—who also urge the regular clientele to join them.

Grappa Restaurant's chefs base their menu of traditional Italian food on dishes from the owner's childhood, when her grandmother and mother would fill the kitchen with aromas of seared veal, chicken, and marsala-wine sauce. The chefs conjure these familial scents and flavors as they stuff veal or chicken saltimbocca with ham and mozzarella; toss fettuccine bolognese with chicken sausage, meat sauce, and basil-almond pesto; and drape spinach-and-ricotta ravioli in housemade tomato sauce. Servers often end meals much like sophisticated elementary-school students end food fights: with traditional Italian desserts such as housemade ricotta cannolis.

71 Elm St
Watertown,
MA
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Though lunch cars were everywhere when Deluxe Town Diner was built in 1947, these precursors to the diners of today have all but vanished. But the 65-year old building—which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999—has continued to thrive well into the 21st century. Today, the Levy family runs the place, adding fair-trade coffee and cage-free eggs into the mix of make-your-own omelets, steak and eggs, and signature pancakes that they serve all day long. Garnishes of Merton’s maple syrup or mixed berry compote with whipped cream crown the selection of blue-cornmeal, sweet-potato, and fruit-infused flapjacks, a blueberry version of which Boston magazine called "rich and velvety, like blueberries bathed in sweet cream." At 4 p.m., the cooks begin slinging classic diner fare ranging from southern-fried chicken platters and tuna salad sandwiches. The desserts fit the diner theme as well, as fountain soda floats pair with flaky slices of apple or cherry-crumb pie. Should customers feel the urge to recreate the house pancakes at home or make snowmen that actually last for once, Deluxe Town Diner offers their signature pancake mix and Merton’s syrup for sale.

627 Mount Auburn St
Watertown,
MA
US

Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.

Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.

407 Washington St
Brighton,
MA
US

“It’s the next best thing to having Greek friends who put a spit in the yard come Easter,” proclaims The Improper Bostonian of Aegean Restaurant. The glowing review should come as no surprise—for one thing, Aegean’s founders Nicholas and Toula Ntasios hail from Greece, and for another, they've been working at it for nearly three decades. In 1972, the pair left their small village to chase after success in America. Their gamble paid off in 1980 when they opened the first Aegean Restaurant. As locals discovered the strip-mall eatery, a spot as deceivingly nondescript as a fortune cookie that contains the president’s phone number, business went from sparse to thriving. In the three decades since, Nicholas and Toula (eventually joined by sons Arthur and Chris) have drawn customers not with glitzy marketing campaigns, but with authentic, personalized food. The Improper Bostonian deems their braised lamb “especially worth the trip,” but Mediterranean influences shine through most in seafood dishes, such as the charcoal-grilled, lemon-kissed swordfish steak.

640 Arsenal St
Watertown,
MA
US

Fresh from his homeland of Brazil, Chef Rodney Moreira set himself on a path to become a master of Italian cuisine, beginning humbly as a prep cook at Pizzeria Uno. Ultimately, Moreira found his culinary muse, cooking his way up the ladder to his current position as head chef at Porcini's Italian Restaurant, where he holds numerous awards for his pasta and risotto. Building a menu off of these staples, Moreira crafts Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine finished with homemade sauces and fresh herbs. The restaurant's nightly specials and permanent entrees include grilled swordfish steak and pounded veal cutlets, and pair easily with varietals from around the world represented on the carefully curated wine list. The intimate dining room features the warming tendrils of a crackling fireplace, and the garden patio invites guests to indulge in meals under a sky filled with more stars than the sun's rolodex.

68 School St
Watertown,
MA
US

The Talk's owners keep their family recipe book wide open, just like the thick steel bank vault in their dining area, which also boasts a wine bar made of polished granite and wraparound booths that hug tables. Chef Billy Holt and his kitchen staff wrap their hands around fresh ingredients when preparing heirloom dishes, such as veal piccata, eggplant parmesan, and chicken marsala, as well as sea scallops broiled with seasoned bread crumbs and pan-seared trout with sun-dried tomatoes.

Sincere servers dart around the dapper dining area, jotting down orders, balancing trays, and seating private parties behind the vaulted door of the Vault room. In the dining room, guests lounge in beige booths and gaze at black-and-white photos or read the vinyl wall print that reads La Dolce Vita. The Talk also boasts awards such as "Best of the Best" in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 from Market Surveys of America, and was voted the number one choice for dinner by Reader's Choice Awards in 2011.

116 Main St
Watertown,
MA
US

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