Vine Brook Tavern: A User’s Guide
Farm-to-Table Cuisine |
Craft Beer | 20+ Wines | 19th-Century Building | Old-Fashioned Tavern
Appetizer: sticky pork shanks in a sesame glaze
Entree: braised lamb shoulder with ricotta gnocchi, english peas, and parmesan brown butter sauce
Veggie option: quinoa “meatballs” with spaghetti squash
Dessert: apple cinnamon bread pudding
Compliments of the kitchen: Boston baked brown bread, made in a can
Behind the Bar: Bartenders serve craft microbrews, cocktails, and more than 20 wines, pouring from a cruvinet system that keeps things at the perfect temperature.
On the Table: Many dishes are served in the same cast iron pans in which they’re cooked, just like the taverns of old used to do.
The Vibe: delightfully old fashioned—after all, the restaurant’s building served as the Lexington post office during the 19th century. Things remain casual at the bar downstairs, but get a bit more formal on the second floor. A staircase winds its way upstairs to lead customers toward classy, yet unpretentious dining rooms distinguished by American flags, wrought iron light fixtures, and rustic decor.
Straight from the Owner’s Mouth: When summing up his business, Marcus Palmer told the Boston Globe “[w]e’re trying to be an extension of a dining room in your house where everyone gathers.”
While You’re Waiting: Try to get one of the staffers sing. They’ve been know to do that here.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Shop for artisan jewelry at The Crafty Yankee (1838 Massachusetts Ave).
After: Catch the latest movie at Lexington Venue (1794 Massachusetts Ave), which has been lighting up their silver screen since 1917.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pair wine with with the braised boar at Tryst (689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington).
Relax and create your own Mexican creation at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant.
Quit fat and gluten at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
That's right! Margaritas Mexican Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Margaritas Mexican Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, pay by major credit card.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than Margaritas Mexican Restaurant.
So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and cure your hunger cravings.
Artistry on the Green: A User’s Guide
New England Cuisine | Local Ingredients | Seasonal Menus | Hotel Restaurant
Appetizer: warm roasted-cauliflower salad
Entree: wild Maryland striped bass with leeks, ham, mushrooms, and sweet-pea broth
Dessert: rhubarb crisp with sour-cream sorbet
Cocktail: Dirty Birdy with Grey Goose vodka and blue-cheese-stuffed olives
When to Go: The restaurant’s popular brunch is served every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Restaurant guests can park in the lot off of Worthen Road.
There are only 54 seats, so reservations are recommended.
Mille-feuille: French for “a thousand leaves,” this intricate dessert is traditionally made with layers of puff pastry and pastry cream.
Vichyssoise: a creamy potato-and-leek soup that's served cold
Head to Yangtze River Restaurant in Lexington and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Get online gratis thanks to Yangtze River Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Yangtze River Restaurant, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Yangtze River Restaurant, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Call Yangtze River Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Yangtze River Restaurant's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Yangtze River Restaurant.
Get ready to experience the perfect blend of sweet and spicy when you try the delicious Chinese fare at Yangtze River Restaurant.
Lexx Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Lexington's Lexington Town Center district.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Lexx Restaurant, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Lexx Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Lexx Restaurant is business casual all the way.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Lexx Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Lexx Restaurant tastes like pure heaven!
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Lexx Restaurant and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Bertucci's — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
The chefs at Bertucci's know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Come order a flavorful feast at Bertucci's, and sit outside if it's nice!
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Bertucci's, known for its laid-back ambience.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Bertucci's is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Bertucci's' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
So come taste the pizza at Bertucci's for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Bertucci's where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Bertucci's.
So grab a slice of pizza or two from Bertucci's and enjoy a great lunch or dinner.
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.
Still hungry? Check out Groupon’s latest deals on vegetarian restaurants in Boston.
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