Find something on the menu for everyone at Coriander Bistro in Sharon.
For fresh and healthy eats, head to Coriander Bistro.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The large dining space at Coriander Bistro provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Coriander Bistro's gorgeous patio.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Coriander Bistro, where business casual attire is standard.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Coriander Bistro cater for you.
For those who need access to public transit or parking, Coriander Bistro is your spot.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Coriander Bistro.
Dining at Coriander Bistro will set you back about $30 per person on average.
The menu at Coriander Bistro includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the pizzeria does not accept reservations.
Through their catering service, Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
For quick and easy parking near Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop, park on the street.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop — they're open for all three meals.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Apollo Sub and Pizza Shop's great restaurant.
Grand Slam Deli's fresh deli offerings attract lunchtime visitors looking for a simple sandwich or salad.
Skip long waits and head to Grand Slam Deli with your large group for easy seating.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Grand Slam Deli.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Grand Slam Deli is come-as-you-are.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Catering from Grand Slam Deli will take your party to the next level.
Grand Slam Deli is located near endless free parking options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Grand Slam Deli s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Grand Slam Deli, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So the next time you're looking for delicious items from a classic deli, Grand Slam Deli has you covered.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Ninety Nine Restaurant.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Ninety Nine Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
You can also serve food from Ninety Nine Restaurant at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
A meal at Ninety Nine Restaurant will typically set you back about $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Ninety Nine Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Stop waiting to order that burger you're craving and come into Ninety Nine Restaurant for some terrific pub food.
Known for its noodle and rice dishes, Alice's Mandarin Taste serves excellent Chinese cuisine to Sharon locals.
Is it healthy? Yes. Is it gluten-free? Yes. What are you waiting for? Come to Alice's Mandarin Taste.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Alice's Mandarin Taste to create the perfect night.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; Sharon (Providence/Stoughton) is an accessible stop.
The lot adjacent to Alice's Mandarin Taste provides free parking for diners.
At Alice's Mandarin Taste, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Alice's Mandarin Taste.
Make your way over to Alice's Mandarin Taste today for some fabulously authentic Chinese cooking.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Amber Road Cafe.
Your body is a temple, so why not opt for healthy food that also tastes great? Amber Road Cafe serves shockingly delicious vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free dishes.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this coffee shop just as much as mom and dad.
Throwing a big party? Count on Amber Road Cafe to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If time is of the essence, this coffee shop's take-out option may be a better fit.
Commuting to Amber Road Cafe is a breeze with close parking and public transit options.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Amber Road Cafe.
Cyclists are in luck. Amber Road Cafe provides bike parking.
Amber Road Cafe offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Amber Road Cafe and stay energized all day long.
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