The signature entree at Thai Boo Cuisine is so special it even gets its own unique serving dish: instead of merely being served upon a plate, this melange of chicken, sauteed veggies, and housemade sweet-and-sour sauce sits inside an edible egg-wrap basket. Another specialty dish is the Duck Love Boo, a boneless half duck that guests can choose to have glazed in tamaraind, hot basil, or fresh ginger sauce.
Of course, it's not all meat dishes—the selection of rice, noodle, and curry offerings is peppered with vegetarian options such as spicy eggplant sauteed with scallions, chilies, mushrooms, and basil. Plus, there are a dozen gluten-free dishes, including papaya salad with shrimp and rice fried with crab that was on a gluten-free diet.
As guests pass under Lewis' Restaurant and Grille's festive blue marquee, they enter an inviting world of Americana, with a bar that has been in place for generations and a kitchen offering up the appetizing aroma of freshly baked pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Guests share plates of buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict during Sunday brunches and savor the tastes of inventive burgers and sandwiches, such as caprese-salad burgers or chicken-pesto sandwiches drizzled with balsamic reduction, all week long. Upscale haddock and salmon entrees satisfy refined palates, and a spread of bar food pleases crowds with chicken-finger baskets, tots, and tuna melts.
Though it has welcomed in families and bar regulars for decades, Lewis' has recently updated its interior with new bamboo flooring in the dining room and crisp dollar bills in the bar's cash register. Patrons regularly join in special events hosted by the bar, such as Tuesday-night trivia, where first-placers win a cash prize.
Chef Paul Mancuso, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University's culinary college, curates the restaurant's menu of authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine. An appetizer of arancini, which stitches together English peas, buffalo mozzarella, and ground beef in a fried risotto cake covered in marinara sauce, cordially welcomes palates and their owners to the quaint eatery ($9).
Inside Kings, it can be hard to pinpoint the source of clattering sounds and uproarious cheers. The noise might stem from the bowling section, where glowing squares of abstract, retro wall art bookend the alleys. It might also come from ricocheting billiard balls, a well-aimed skee-ball, or a shuffleboard shot in the game room. Maybe someone spotted a celebrity—Bill Murray, Salma Hayek, and Lady Gaga are all on an extensive list of past famous visitors.
Wherever their origins, the telltale echoes of competition and camaraderie beckon to guests throughout the venue. They're accompanied in the air by the scents of comfort food, from staples such as sesame ginger wings to inventive fusions such as cheeseburger spring rolls. Sweeter aromas waft from multiple bars as the staff flavors martinis with gummy bears, pop rocks, and ice cream instead of the traditional fixings, olives or entire lemons on toothpicks.
As for sights, the surroundings blend vintage flair with luminous technology. More than 30 high-definition televisions line the space, broadcasting sports games and bowling scores. The Back Bay location has six Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables and hosts group events, including parties and corporate getaways where you can finally laugh at your boss's ridiculous shoes. Weekly themed nights for the public also encourage dancing, karaoke, and trivia.
Founded by a pair of Greek natives, The Feisty Greek dishes up classic Mediterranean cuisine amid a casual, colorful ambiance. Combo meals star the eatery's fleet of burgers and wraps, such as the authentic pork gyro, a tzatziki-flooded amalgam of tomato, onion, and hand-cut french fries. The Feisty burger cloaks a hand-sculpted patty in a spicy feta spread, and the middle-eastern wrap encloses its eponymous region's traditional falafel, tabbouleh, and hummus. Palates chill with cold sides such as melitzanosalata, a puréed-eggplant-and-olive-oil concoction, and hot fasolakia, a bouquet of sautéed string beans, can accessorize portable volcanoes. At meal’s end, the Greek-style rice pudding, rizogalo, assuages lingering sweet cravings. In the corner of The Feisty Greek's dining room, a flat-screen TV often glows with movies, while red, yellow, and blue walls bolster diners' knowledge of primary colors more easily than spending the night inside a prism.
Isabella Restaurant is situated next to a movie theater, so perhaps that’s why its cuisine is so visually captivating. Under the guidance of executive chef John Mahoney, the eatery offers up succulent Atlantic salmon tossed in whole-wheat pasta and spicy hong kong noodles, served with wok-fried veggies and peanuts plus a choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp. Hardwood flooring bespeaks a muted elegance and pea-green walls help vegetables to feel relaxed.