One of the most enjoyable ways to experience different cultures is by exploring their cuisines, and at Maxwells 148, guests can zoom around the globe with bites from an international menu. Executive Chef Mitchell Maxwell sees to it. More than just a passive admirer of the Asian and Italian foods that stand out on the Zagat-rated menu, the experienced kitchen master has trained in the lands from which these cuisines originate. His passion for Asian food has taken him to Honolulu, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore—he spent time in a kitchen in each of those locations. And his love of Italian fare dovetailed neatly with his pan-Asian education when he learned how to cook in the style of the Friuli region of Italy with chefs who hailed from there, but who were in Hawaii with Maxwell.
The results of Chef Maxwell’s globetrotting education are palpable in the flavors of appetizers such as Maine lobster or Hudson Valley foie gras. Or, they emerge from a pasta dish of Cantonese noodles with shrimp or linguini siciliana with cauliflower. His house specialties include classic chicken marsala, gnocchi ai aragosta, and kaffir-lime seared scallops.
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.
At Buff's Pub, you can snack away on tasty pub grub.
If slimming down is on the agenda, note that the food here is anything but low in fat.
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You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Buff's Pub — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Buff's Pub doesn't take reservations, so it tends to get especially busy on weeknights.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Buff's Pub is come-as-you-are.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers will be happy to know that Buff's Pub is located near many street and lot parking options.
Buff's Pub is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
A meal at Buff's Pub will typically set you back about $30.
At Buff's Pub, you will need cash to pay for your expenses.
Guadalajara, nestled in the state of Jalisco, was the birthplace of many of the flavors used in Mexican food. Those influences shine through in the recipes at Taqueria Mexico, where the chefs draw on family recipes brought by over from the inventive city. The dishes have helped earn the eatery very good to excellent ratings on Zagat.
As at any good taqueria, the gorditas, tacos, tortas, and burritos can be stuffed with a wide range of meats and veggies. Carnitas, pork traditionally slow cooked with green chilies, is nearly as tender as steamed beef al vapor. Lengua, or beef tongue, is also a time-tested taqueria meat. And like the dependents section of a scarecrow’s taxes, the eatery’s quesadillas brim with squash.
Embracing the regional Asian flavors and French influences that characterize so much of Vietnamese cuisine, Pho Dakao presents diners with comfort foods inspired by recipes from half a world away. Those deep roots are evident in the crispy spring rolls, the steamed bass with ginger and scallions, and the bowls of fragrant pho in which rare steak or vegetables are equally powerful. The recipes' French influences pop up from dish to dish, most notably
in the rice powder crepe stuffed with
shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts. Cocktails here
to complement the food, and
frosty beers and wines from Europe, South America,
and the famous chardonnay-spewing geysers of California are also on the list.
Casual American fare can be found at John Harvard's Brew House.
Calories take a backseat at John Harvard's Brew House, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to John Harvard's Brew House — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
John Harvard's Brew House offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to John Harvard's Brew House.
Your group can sit comfortably at John Harvard's Brew House, a local restaurant.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table if you're headed over on a weeknight — it can get quite busy with the after-work crowds.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back John Harvard's Brew House is come-as-you-are.
Sometimes you need food fast, and John Harvard's Brew House totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Your tab at John Harvard's Brew House will generally run you about $30 per person.