Named a Hidden Jewel by Phantom Gourmet, The Farm Bar & Grille's rustic wood furniture and floors and exposed brick walls inform the eatery's comforting vibe. To craft a menu of comforting Southern-style fare, the kitchen team doesn't skimp by pulling ingredients from the freezer. Instead, they put together entrees from all-fresh components, including some of the vegetables they grow themselves in the on-site garden and the 90-acre cornfield they fit in their endless broom closet. As baby back ribs bask in the smoke from a hardwood fire, the kitchen crew bastes them every half-hour, in between searing burgers made from fresh Angus chuck. Starters such as fresh beer-battered jalapeño poppers are made to order. The staff also pours a large selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails.
In Focus: La Casa de Luis
Specialty: authentic dishes from South Central Mexico
Where Chef Luis was born and raised: Mexico City
Must-try dish: the chiles en nogada—poblanos stuffed with pork and dried fruit and smothered with a creamy walnut sauce
Perk of the eatery being by the water: its massive selection of seafood, including apricot-chipotle tilapia, fried haddock burritos, and lobster tacos
What to drink: a massive margarita or a mojito served in a coconut
Regulars rave about these things: the complimentary chips with homemade salsa and the scenic patio
Best day for families to visit: Wednesday, when kids eat free
J R's Route 22 serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Essex's Essex district.
No need to dress up for a trip to J R's Route 22 — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Catering from J R's Route 22 will take your party to the next level.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at J R's Route 22.
You can take it easy on your wallet at J R's Route 22 — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than J R's Route 22.
Cala's aims for a local flavor, to the extent that one of their regular patrons catches the lobsters that go into dishes such as their lobster rolls. Local flavor infuses their menus, as well, with New England clam chowder among the appetizers and haddock and scallops among the choices for entrees. Diners can build their own pizzas with as many toppings as they please, and many dishes can be made vegetarian-style or without gluten.
Satisfy your hunger with your purchases from Gloria Food Store in Beverly.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Gloria Food Store will be tasty no matter what.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Gloria Food Store.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Gloria Food Store and slurp your way to happiness.
A can of soup is a must-have on a rainy day. Pick one up here.
Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to one of the freshly baked sandwiches from Gloria Food Store.
The seasonings and spices here will make any cook feel like a true chef. Pick some up today.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Gloria Food Store.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Gloria Food Store offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Gloria Food Store.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Gloria Food Store for all your protein and calcium needs.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Beverly (Newburyport/Rockport).
At Gloria Food Store, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the store.
So save some extra cash by eating at home and pick up some must-have grocery items from Gloria Food Store in Beverly.
Prides Pizza Plus does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Keep your health in check at Prides Pizza Plus, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Seating is readily available at Prides Pizza Plus for those with large parties.
No need to dress up for a trip to Prides Pizza Plus — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Bring the Prides Pizza Plus' great food to your place.
Diners at Prides Pizza Plus will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
Prides Pizza Plus is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Prides Pizza Plus.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Prides Pizza Plus.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Prides Pizza Plus' pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Prides Pizza Plus is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Prides Pizza Plus a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Prides Pizza Plus boasts one of the best delis around, and they're awaiting your visit today!
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