Six Things to Know About b.good
Best buds since meeting in sixth grade in 1987, Anthony and Jon's friendship has been tested many times, from the time they fought about who was the better middle-school basketball player to their first business failing because they included the wrong phone number on the fliers. But they've persevered and created the b.good healthful fast-food franchise. Read on to learn more about the duo and their restaurant:
It all started in Uncle Faris's kitchen. Anthony and Jon grew up eating homemade food at Anthony’s uncle's place. Uncle Faris always left them with words of wisdom, including this simple nugget that would be the basis for their future endeavor: "be good."
Harvard University football influenced the restaurant, too. Anthony played for the team, and weighed nearly 300 pounds. It led him and Jon to see how unhealthy eating could affect someone’s physical abilities and appearance.
There's no limp iceberg-lettuce salads here. Instead of nutritionally weak veggies, b.good whips up salads full of quinoa, kale, and spinach.
But a healthy menu doesn't mean abandoning burgers and fries. The burgers can be turkey, veggie, or all-natural beef, and the fries are finished in the oven instead of a greasy frier.
Ingredients come from hundreds of local farms. Plus, b.good grows thousands of pounds of tomatoes, kale, mint, and cilantro in its own gardens.
"Cousins" eat for free. Along the way, b.good's adopted several "cousins"—beloved customers—who have earned family status by doing everything from naming menu items to making a comic book about the restaurant.
Visit Bickford's Family Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Burlington's Wynnmere.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Bickford's Family Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Bickford's Family Restaurant, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Bickford's Family Restaurant.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bickford's Family Restaurant offers catering.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Bickford's Family Restaurant.
Bickford's Family Restaurant welcomes diners of all budgets to enjoy its savory fare (and its cheaper-than-cheap menu items).
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Bickford's Family Restaurant's restaurant today.
At Bickford's Family Restaurant you can find great American food at any time of the day.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Bickford's Family Restaurant today.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Not Your Average Joes caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Not Your Average Joes offers a wide variety of gluten-free menu items.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Not Your Average Joes is a prime location to dine with a group.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Not Your Average Joes' free wifi.
On warmer days, take advantage of Not Your Average Joes' outdoor seating.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Can't get enough of Not Your Average Joes' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to patrons.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Not Your Average Joes offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Not Your Average Joes serves up all three meals.
Not Your Average Joes is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
At Not Your Average Joes you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Cheesecake Factory is sure to take care of those post-supper sugar cravings.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
At Cheesecake Factory, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Dine out in the open during Cheesecake Factory's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Cheesecake Factory is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Or, take your food to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Cheesecake Factory cater for you.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Cheesecake Factory offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Snacks, nibbles, and treats are all priced reasonably here.
Cheesecake Factory dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
When you need a taste of paradise, stop by Cheesecake Factory and indulge in one of the many dessert offerings.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Cheesecake Factory, and they're waiting to serve you!
Cheesecake Factory serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Chili's for American-style cuisine.
Healthy eaters will love Chili's' fresh selections, including a number of gluten-free options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Chili's is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Chili's — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Chili's cater for you.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Chili's offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Chili's s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
When American food comes to mind, Chili's should be your first choice.
So round up your friends and head over to Chili's for a casual American meal.
Dress up your ice cream with a side of fudge or a handful of sprinkles — Schoolhouse Ice Cream is an ice cream shop everyone can enjoy.
At Schoolhouse Ice Cream, you can score healthy food such as gluten-free, low-fat and vegan eats.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this ice cream shop — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Wifi is on the house at Schoolhouse Ice Cream, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Your group can sit comfortably at Schoolhouse Ice Cream, a local restaurant.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Schoolhouse Ice Cream.
Schoolhouse Ice Cream is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
For the tastes of Schoolhouse Ice Cream from the comfort of your next party, the ice cream shop also offers catering services.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this ice cream shop.
Diners at Schoolhouse Ice Cream will love the free parking nearby.
Prices at Schoolhouse Ice Cream are super affordable.
The menu at Schoolhouse Ice Cream includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
So when the temperatures rise, stop by Schoolhouse Ice Cream and cool off with some delicious ice cream.
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