On the hunt for the perfect pad Thai? Try the dish at Patou, or sample some other tasty Thai menu options.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Patou for easy seating.
Patou provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Patou's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Catering from Patou will take your party to the next level.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Parking is made simple at Patou, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Patou.
A typical meal at Patou will set you back less than $30.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Patou.
Share a plate of pasta at this five-star restaurant, and enjoy an easy Italian date night at Il Casale.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Big groups always enjoy coming to Il Casale.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Il Casale's gorgeous patio.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Il Casale is come-as-you-are.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Il Casale as well.
Patrons can park in a lot near Il Casale or take advantage of the generous street parking.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
The 21st-century is here at Il Casale. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
So plan your next date night at Il Casale, where you'll enjoy incredible Italian cooking in a richly romantic setting.
See for yourself why Il Casale's Italian food is so highly considered.
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Il Casale and taste some great eats.
Five Things to Know About Ani Armenian & Middle Eastern Cuisine
Taking its name from the legendary medieval capital of Armenia, Ani Armenian & Middle Eastern Cuisine honors the region's legacy with a menu of delicious sandwiches, pies, and grilled meat dishes from across West Asia. Read on to learn more about this local Armenian outpost.
* They serve more than just kebabs. Of course the shawarma here is cooked to succulent perfection, but be sure to try the restaurant’s Armenian specialties, such as lamajun--a pita-sized disc of dough topped with ground beef and spices and baked like a pizza.
* They’re serious about catering... Ani’s hardworking catering staff lays out delicious spreads of salads, baked goods, and roast beef and chicken for any formal event.
* ...and speedy delivery. A separate wing of the restaurant’s brick-and-mortar location on Belmont Street whips up takeout orders, while Ani’s “ShawarmaMobile” smartcar handles deliveries.
* They're not just carnivores. There’s plenty of fried kifta and grilled lamb for lunch here, but veggie options abound, too. Enjoy healthy bites of eggplant and pomegranate salad, crispy falafel, or meatless kufta made with lentils.
* They've got an early bedtime. Ani’s is closed every Sunday and shuts down by 7:45 p.m. all other days, so plan on stopping by for lunch or an early dinner.
At Shangri-La, guests can sample the Chinese menu and choose from numerous highly-rated options.
Shangri-La serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Shangri-La is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Shangri-La does not accept reservations.
Put the suit away when heading to Shangri-La — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
You can also grab your food to go.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Shangri-La to your next party or event.
Shangri-La patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Belmont St location.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Shangri-La.
Dining at Shangri-La will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Eat your way through the day at Shangri-La — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Shangri-La takes Chinese cuisine to the next level. Stop by today and indulge in an upscale meal.
So head on over to Shangri-La, where you can experience authentic Chinese cuisine without a plane ticket.
Delight in a sweet treat at Vicki Lee's, a dessert shop sure to please the palate.
Vicki Lee's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Bring the whole clan to this bakery — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Vicki Lee's has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The dress code is strictly casual at Vicki Lee's, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
You can also have Vicki Lee's cater your next event.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Vicki Lee's.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Vicki Lee's.
Tasty bites are priced fairly here, so you can have a delicious time out without breaking the bank.
When it comes to desserts, Vicki Lee's serves up a variety of options. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
There's no better place to go to get your pastry confections than Vicki Lee's' exquisite bakery.
Remember to keep Vicki Lee's in mind when you need that last-minute sugar fix, and eat your way through a bakery of deliciousness.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Kitchen On Common, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Kitchen On Common's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Kitchen On Common.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Kitchen On Common's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Kitchen On Common.
Kitchen On Common makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Kitchen On Common s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Kitchen On Common.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Kitchen On Common and load up on some classic American dishes.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Kitchen On Common.
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
If you look at the ground in downtown Boston, chances are you might see a red line beneath your feet. This crimson path, famously known as the Freedom Trail, snakes from Boston Common up to the glinting dome of the State House, as many Bostonians already know. It travels past the Old South Meeting House, meanders through Faneuil Hall, and then winds through the North End, eventually leading over the bridge into Charlestown. Created in 1951, the Freedom Trail links all the city’s major historical sites together and makes them easy to visit for residents and tourists alike. But you may not know that there are also some pretty darn delicious food spots along the way. Here are a few:
Fuel Up in Beacon Hill
While visitors tend to flock to the Faneuil Hall area for fast food, I’d urge you to break away from the crowds and check out Piperi Mediterranean Grill (1 Beacon St.), located across the street from King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. Everything on the casual spot’s menu—whether it’s falafel, a full-on mezze plate, or a flavorful salad—is incredibly fresh, as the chefs make all of their dishes in small batches. The menu also accommodates vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets, and the plates can be customized to fit your cravings. Ample portions and energy-boosting fare will definitely keep your spirits up for a full day of exploring.
Cool Down in the North End
For obvious reasons, the Freedom Trail is very popular in the summertime. Boston’s summer temps can soar into an uncomfortable territory, which makes cooling off a necessity. In my mind, there is only one option when the heat is bearing down and refreshment is needed: gelato from Caffe Paradiso (255 Hanover St.). The trail will take you right past it, and it would probably be an offense to our forefathers if you didn’t stop and have a taste of the gelato, especially my favorite flavor, pistachio. This sweet treat is sure to keep you cool through your journey.
Unwind with Wine in Charlestown
The best way to end a day on the Freedom Trail is dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar (1 First Ave.). This little tucked-away gem offers incredible food, from appetizers such as buttermilk-fried oysters and duck wings to entrees like my personal favorite, a rum- and rosemary-brined pork chop so succulent and flavorful that you’ll feel like you’ve gone to pork heaven. Beyond the food, however, there is an impressive wine list, which won acclaim from Wine Spectator. The list is a perfect combination of affordable and splurgy, with a glass or bottle for every taste and price point. The bistro is cozy and inviting, and with something for everyone, it’s a delicious place to relax after a long walk through the city.
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Photos by Fiona Coxe