Freda’s: A User’s Guide
Dry Rub Steaks | Martinis | Neighborhood Restaurant | Vegetarian Menu
Dinner: sauteed pork calvados with pork medallions in apple brandy sauce with mushrooms and apple
Steak: dry rub sirloin with port wine sauce
Dessert: slow-baked chocolate torte drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with ice cream and whipped cream
Who to Bring: the whole family. With pizza, steaks, a vegetarian menu, a category of “old-school” dishes, a kids menu, and homemade desserts, even the pickiest teenagers should find something.
When to Go: Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night for roast prime beef of beef au jus.
While You’re Waiting
Strike up a conversation at the bar—due to its secluded location and rich history, Freda’s attracts faithful and outgoing patrons.
Fish for stories of January 22, 1987, the night Freda’s opened its doors and diners battled vicious snowstorms to drop in for steaks and drinks
Introduce yourself to Freda, the inspiration for the name and the owner’s mother. She’s always happy to chat and wax poetic on the restaurant’s 28-year history.
If Thai cuisine is your not-so-guilty pleasure, sample some (or all) of the delicious dishes diners can't stop raving about at Chatta Box.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Chatta Box offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Chatta Box's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Chatta Box offers catering.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
Chatta Box's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Meals at Chatta Box usually set you back about $30 per diner.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Chatta Box serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Come see what all the hype is about and head to Chatta Box for star-studded Thai cuisine.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, Chatta Box takes casual Thai to the next level.
The flavorful and delicious Thai food at Chatta Box will make for a unique option for dinner.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Chatta Box.
Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine's top-rated Thai dishes are a cherished staple among serious diners.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
At Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Catering from Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine will take your party to the next level.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Come see what all the hype is about and head to Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine for star-studded Thai cuisine.
Five-star food doesn't have to be fancy. For the very best in Thai cuisine, swing by Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine for a quick and easy meal.
So keep it casual this weekend with a fabulous Thai meal at Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine.
If you're seeking some creative and tasty Thai food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated Sugarcane Thai, Korean and Chinese Cuisine.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Boston Tavern.
Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Boston Tavern offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Boston Tavern, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
The restaurant is quite lively during the week, so seating may be hard to come by.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Boston Tavern in jeans and a hoodie.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Boston Tavern's diners.
Boston Tavern is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Your tab at Boston Tavern will usually run to about $30 per guest.
At Boston Tavern, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
When American food comes to mind, Boston Tavern should be your first choice.
Pay Boston Tavern a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Boston Tavern today.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place — this Bridgewater pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place has something that every stomach will enjoy.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
The large dining space at Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place.
Bring the Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place's great food to your place.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
At Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
At Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place, you will need cash to pay for your expenses.
Everyone's talking about Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Nick's and Angelo Pizza Place.
Come to Barrett's Ale House for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Barrett's Ale House also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Warm weather brings out Barrett's Ale House's highly coveted patio seating.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Barrett's Ale House's live musical groups or DJs.
Work off your meal with a little music and dancing — live tunes are often featured at the restaurant, and a dance floor is open to all.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Barrett's Ale House — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
For the tastes of Barrett's Ale House from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
You can also grab your food to go.
Forget circling the block, Barrett's Ale House has plenty of nearby parking options.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Barrett's Ale House and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Barrett's Ale House and enjoy some great American classics.
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