Thai food is always tasty, but Thai Moon in Arlington Center makes it especially delicious as its multi-star ratings show.
Traditional vegan food is offered at Thai Moon.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
The large dining space at Thai Moon provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Bring the Thai Moon's great food to your place.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
When it comes to parking, the restaurant provides convenient options — diners can leave their vehicles in the lot next door or park in a nearby garage.
At Thai Moon, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
You can fill up on Thai Moon's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Come find out for yourself why everyone is talking about Thai Moon, and take your Thai culinary experience to the next level.
Your hunt for the best Thai in town is over. A no-frills vibe and sky-high ratings make Thai Moon the spot to try.
Keep it easy and breezy with casual Thai food at Thai Moon.
If you're seeking some creative and tasty Thai food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated Thai Moon.
If Thai cuisine is your not-so-guilty pleasure, sample some (or all) of the delicious dishes diners can't stop raving about at Sweet Chili in Arlington Center.
Stop by Sweet Chili and sample a variety of vegan eats.
Sweet Chili is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Sweet Chili is a great location to host a group dinner.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Sweet Chili is ultra casual.
You can also have Sweet Chili cater your next event.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Sweet Chili is close to both.
At Sweet Chili, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
There's no need to bust your budget at Sweet Chili, with most meals costing under $15.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
So if you want your Thai with a side of five-star reviews, head to Sweet Chili.
For Thai that steps up to the plate in an oh-so-casual setting, Sweet Chili is where you want to be.
Sweet Chili's Thai cuisine has something for everyone's taste, taking the drama out of eating out.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Sweet Chili.
In 2004, Chef Paul Turano put everything he had, quite literally, into starting his restaurant, Tryst. As he explained to the_Boston Global, "I…leveraged the equity from my condo, lines of credit, and personal loans with interest to fund it." But what started off as a huge risk has turned into a satisfying pay-off as Tryst, an upscale bistro offering contemporary American cuisine, has not only earned a Zagat rating but has also gained praise from _Boston Magazine and TV Diner. But Chef Paul's determination isn’t the only driving focus behind Trysts success. It's also his ambitious culinary philosophy that cuisine should be approachable yet intelligent.
By regularly rotating the menu's entrees, diners are served fresh, seasonal dishes that take a modern approach to comfort food, such as Angus sirloin burgers, pumpkin French toast, and house cured bresola. A lengthy list of wines and specialty cocktails are always on hand to pair with the artfully-plated meals, while seasonal dessert options, such as a pumpkin pie sundae with Bourbon caramel, end meals. And to enhance each diner's experience, modern chandeliers illuminate the 100-seat bistro's dark wood accents and rich chocolate hues.
It's fitting that, from the outside, Scutra's brick-faced building looks like a family home that's been turned into a neighborhood restaurant. When you enter the cozy space—which is decorated in warm yellow and orange tones—you might see chef Didier Baugniet asking for diners' thoughts on the WiAnno oysters with parmesan-lemon-pepper butter or one of the many dishes from the constantly changing menu. Elsewhere in the welcoming, dinner-only venue, you might see patrons turning in their comfy, woven-back chairs to talk to Baugniet's wife and partner, Cesidia Cedrone, asking for recommendations from the thoughtfully curated wine list, which features varietals from all over the globe.
The international wines paired with European dishes and hospitality help diners feel like they’re thousands of miles away, dining in a cozy bistro while watching men kick a ball around in a game oddly dubbed football despite its lack of resemblance to the classic American pastime. The restaurant’s food—scallop schnitzel with sake butter, beef short-rib gnocchi, and salmon grape leaves—all made with fresh, local ingredients, is a nod to the delicious offerings of multiple countries. Restaurant manager Louie Paparella even said in a 2009 article in the Arlington Advocate, "Our Belgian chef has worked around the world and picked up little culinary traits and we use it all."
Casual American fare can be found at Not Your Average Joe's.
Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare.
Those who enjoy a drink or two with dinner are advised to take advantage of Not Your Average Joe's' BYOB policy.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Not Your Average Joe's' menu.
Got kids? No problem at Not Your Average Joe's! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
The perfect place for a large party, Not Your Average Joe's will comfortably host your friends and family.
Wifi access is totally free at Not Your Average Joe's, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
If time is of the essence, Not Your Average Joe's' take-out option may be a better fit.
Through their catering service, Not Your Average Joe's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Not Your Average Joe's offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Milkshakes and burgers come together at Flora Restaurant, a top-rated diner serving the East Arlington neighborhood of Arlington.
Flora Restaurant creates delicious dishes for those with dietary limitations, and the menu is filled with fare that's low in fat, gluten-free, and vegan.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Flora Restaurant.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Flora Restaurant — it's strictly casual.
Can't get enough of Flora Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
At Flora Restaurant, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
For a top-quality diner experience, remember to stop in at Flora Restaurant.
Don't delay — the friendly staff at Flora Restaurant is ready to serve.
In Boston, a sunny day is not complete without a delicious meal or cocktail on the patio. Of course, man’s best friend loves the warm weather as well, but not every place allows pooches to hang out with the patrons. Here are three spots that have their welcome mats and doggie treats ready to go.
The Terrace at Tamo Bistro & Bar | 1 Seaport Ln.
All summer long, the Seaport Hotel’s Tamo Terrace welcomes furry friends for Cocktails and Canines, held on Wednesdays through August from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They roll out the red carpet with plenty of fresh and organic dog treats, plus a delightful selection of human-only cocktails.
The Yard at the Liberty Hotel | 215 Charles St.
The Yard at the Liberty Hotel hosts Yappier Hour every Wednesday night from April through October. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a cocktail from the full bar while your dog sips a pup-tini. A snack menu from Clink seals the deal, though the comfy couches certainly don’t hurt.
Flour Bakery + Cafe | 1595 Washington St.
Of course, it’s easy enough to create your own puppy picnic by taking advantage of the patio spaces all around Boston. Start the day off right with a latte and a sticky bun at the South End location of Flour, where dogs can sun out on the patio.
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This article is part of Amanda Maguire’s Vegan Guide to Boston, which profiles Boston’s best vegan products and businesses.
One of the biggest concerns in going vegan is the prospect of having to give up your favorite comfort foods: the baked macaroni and cheese, the burgers with all the toppings, the old-fashioned milk shakes too thick to drink with a straw.
Fear not, because Veggie Galaxy Diner & Vegan Bakery (450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) has you covered. Owned by Adam Penn, Veggie Galaxy serves up plant-based meals that will take you right back to your childhood. Well, assuming your childhood included delicious meals made from scratch, right down to the burger buns and ketchup. I paid a visit to Veggie Galaxy to chat with Penn about his epic diner food and what makes it so noteworthy.
GROUPON: What is Veggie Galaxy's best-selling menu item?
ADAM PENN: Our best-selling item since the beginning has been the Kendall Square Burger.
[Editor’s note: It’s a black-bean or mushroom-chickpea burger topped with beer-battered onion rings, roasted red pepper purée, roasted garlic mayo, and baby arugula.]
G: Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind this dish and whether you initially expected it to be so popular?
AP: As a vegetarian/vegan diner, we knew from the beginning that there would always be some tension regarding … healthy food versus traditional comfort food. The Kendall Burger, topped with giant deep-fried onion rings, was our nod to the comfort food side of things, and it quickly became clear that that's what most of our customers are looking for. We still try to provide some healthy options as well, but most of our customers come to us because we're first and foremost a diner.
G: Are there any new menu additions you're particularly excited about? I noticed you offer Blue Plate Specials each week.
AP: Our most recent weekly Blue Plate Special is vegan chicken and waffles. It [was] a customer request a while back, and we finally got around to doing it. It's been more popular than we even imagined, so we extended it to a second week and are now planning to put it on our late-night menu. … We also recently added a Meatless Monday meatball sub, which is one of my personal favorites.
G: What makes Veggie Galaxy's food taste like home?
AP: Pretty much everything is prepared from scratch, including items that people at home would normally just buy from the grocery store, like our condiments, our seitan, and our burger buns. So, in our opinion, it's better than home.
G: Why did you opt to go plant-based with your menu and strictly vegan with your baked goods?
AP: The reasons for going vegetarian and vegan are pretty well known at this point, and it's not something we like to preach about. We're providing vegetarians and vegans the opportunity to enjoy classic diner foods without the meat. While we do have dairy and eggs on the menu, pretty much anything can be made vegan. We wanted to make sure vegans could enjoy our desserts, too, so we left the eggs and dairy out of those altogether.
G: What has been your best moment as a business owner at Veggie Galaxy?
AP: I don't know if I can point to one best moment. When we have a full dining room of happy customers, I can look back on all the effort that has been put in to get to this point and feel content in knowing that we're doing exactly what we set out to do.
G: When you're not making french toast stuffed with vanilla-nut vegan cream cheese, grilled corned-beef seitan reubens, and lemon meringue pie (my personal favorite), what are you cooking at home?
AP: Neither my wife nor I are really cooks. When we do cook, we keep it simple—herbed roasted vegetables over couscous is a favorite. I'm personally a big fan of pasta, so pasta and veggie meatballs are a favorite of mine. Though I have to admit that at home, as opposed to at the restaurant, we just buy the meatballs from the store.
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Photos: Aaron Scott
Though it had one of the quietest openings in recent history, Korean restaurant Seoul (156 Cambridge St.) is already making a name for itself. Its extensive menu of traditional Korean cuisine makes it a rarity for the area and a welcome addition to Beacon Hill.
Seoul has taken over the the space where Ma Soba used to be, and the owners obviously knew that major changes to the interior were just not needed. Still, the space somehow appears even larger than it did before, especially with floor-to-ceiling windows that push out to let in pleasant summer breezes. The decor is fresh and minimal, which keeps the spotlight on the food and its intricate flavors.
Seoul’s menu is divided into standard categories of appetizers and entrees, but it is written primarily in Korean with only the dish names translated into English. Luckily, the friendly, attentive servers are adept at guiding patrons through the menu and the different options available for each dish. To further customize each plate, banchan—a collection of small condiments—are delivered to each table and rotate for variety. My personal favorite was the kimchi, whose perfect blend of spice and tangy vinegar made it a great accompaniment to the already flavorful dishes.
To start, I had the scallion pancake, which was absolutely fantastic. Served on a cast-iron dish sizzling with heat, it was browned to perfection and chock-full of scallions for maximum flavor. The cake itself was light and not greasy despite its sizzle. The exterior was crunchy, while the insides were bursting with light onion flavor and gentle heat from the spicy kimchi that I elected to add. Personalization may be one of the best parts of this dish—you have the option to add different proteins or extra spice, if you so desire. I wanted to eat every single bite of this, and it’s enormous.
The japche quickly became another of my favorites here: vermicelli is stir-fried with lots of vegetables, soy sauce, and a bit of sweetness—and, in my case once again, some extra heat (though diners can also request it mild). As a spice lover, I thought it could have been a tad hotter, but it had a great kick that mingled with the umami and sweet flavors. The noodles were perfectly cooked and held the sauce well, whereas the vegetables and chicken (beef, tofu and seafood are also available) added textural contrasts to complete the dish.
With its large menu of traditional, customizable dishes, Seoul has been making its mark on the Boston restaurant scene as the new go-to spot for Korean food. Though it’s definitely still stretching its legs, I see great things for Seoul.
Fiona’s rating: 3.5/5 stars
Good for: date night, family dinner, lunch, spice lovers, adventurous eaters
Alcohol: beer and wine only
Outdoor seating: no
Photos by Fiona Coxe