Made up of a team of culinary creatives, Niche Hospitality Group has carved out four hubs of gourmet extravagance in the greater Worcester area. Yet apart from belonging to the same parent umbrella, the restaurants show few commonalities. Each outpost champions its own distinctive vibe and cuisine, from Spanish tapas and modern Mexican dishes to classic American seafood and pizzas.
At Bocado, chefs showcase imported Spanish meats and cheeses in 40 hot and cold tapas, which favor complex flavor pairings such as bacon-wrapped scallops with white-truffle honey. Wines from an exclusively Spanish list and in-house sangria complement the small bites. While guests delve into the signature paella, they lounge amid rustic brick walls, curvy leather upholstery, and lighting as sultry and alluring as a chocolate sculpture of Marilyn Monroe.
The Citizen Wine Bar / The People's Kitchen / Still & Stir
The Citizen Wine Bar introduces newcomers to the finer things in life. There, a vast selection of wine, cheese, and chocolate combine and intermingle to awaken taste buds and deepen appreciation. In the same building, The People’s Kitchen anchors that triumvirate with a menu of house-butchered and dry-aged steaks, and Still & Stir’s mixologists invite visitors to wind down with old-fashioned cocktails served until 2 a.m.
Mezcal Tequila Cantina
Chefs at Mezcal don’t shy away from bold flavors. To wit: they whip up six globally inspired varieties of guacamole by hand, and toss southwestern shrimp scampi with tequila-butter sauce and pickled jalapeño. Dishes from Mexico and the southwestern United States combine with a checklist of aged tequilas to fuel long conversations and marathon sessions of Truth or Dare.
Rye & Thyme American Tavern
Situated in the 120-year-old historic Wood Block Building, Rye and Thyme has all the trappings of a classic American tavern. It’s a fitting locale for devouring wood-fired steaks, pizzas, and seafood, whose smoky flavors stand up to the bourbons and ryes that dominate the drinks menu.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at C and M Pizza House, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Wifi access is totally free at C and M Pizza House, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
At C and M Pizza House, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
C and M Pizza House is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
At C and M Pizza House, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
At C and M Pizza House, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
At C and M Pizza House, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at C and M Pizza House.
So bring your appetite to C and M Pizza House. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from C and M Pizza House.
C and M Pizza House serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
As its multi-star ratings show, Longhorn Steakhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Longhorn Steakhouse.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Longhorn Steakhouse will be able to accommodate your large party.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
The dress code at Longhorn Steakhouse is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Longhorn Steakhouse.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Longhorn Steakhouse.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Longhorn Steakhouse s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
For that extra special sizzle, it doesn't get much better than an all-star steak dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.
In addition to great service, Longhorn Steakhouse serves up juicy and flavorful steaks. Make your way over to the restaurant today and indulge in a good meal.
At Outback Steakhouse in Leominster, you can treat yourself to a hearty meal of steak and potatoes.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Outback Steakhouse, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Outback Steakhouse.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Put the suit away when heading to Outback Steakhouse — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
You can also serve food from Outback Steakhouse at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Outback Steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Outback Steakhouse, so plan your budget accordingly.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Outback Steakhouse — swing by for your favorite meal.
Outback Steakhouse serves up steaks that are filled with endless flavor notes, so head on over today and see what the buzz is all about.
Build your own burger at Applebee's — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Applebee's for easy seating.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
The dress code is strictly casual at Applebee's, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Applebee's for a great bite.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Applebee's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Applebee's' restaurant today.
When you come to Applebee's, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Barbers Crossing North for some good home American cooking.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Barbers Crossing North frequently features a DJ or live music.
Music lovers will appreciate Barbers Crossing North's freshly mixed tunes spun by live DJs.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Barbers Crossing North as well.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Barbers Crossing North's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
The restaurant is within walking distance to a number of parking options.
Commute by bike to Barbers Crossing North and find easy bike parking.
The menu at Barbers Crossing North is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Barbers Crossing North.
When you come to Barbers Crossing North, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
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
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