Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Caffe Italia Trattoria, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Caffe Italia Trattoria has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this bar.
Caffe Italia Trattoria is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Caffe Italia Trattoria promotes formal attire, so you can finally get some use out of your favorite, dressiest dress.
Caffe Italia Trattoria will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
This bar offers carryout for your convenience.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
A visit to Caffe Italia Trattoria will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Caffe Italia Trattoria!
Do you hear your stomach growling? Answer the call with a tasty Italian meal from Caffe Italia Trattoria.
Reviews don't lie: Marblehead's Thai Market Restaurant's authentic Thai fare is chock-full of grade-A goodness.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Thai Market Restaurant.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Free wifi is available as well.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Thai Market Restaurant's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
At Thai Market Restaurant, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
You won't have to hand them your (whole) wallet at Thai Market Restaurant — meals often run less than $15.
When you want to experience the very best in Thai cuisine, pay a visit to Thai Market Restaurant.
So get a taste of the best Thai around when you swing by Thai Market Restaurant for a quick bite to eat.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and Thai Market Restaurant makes it easy.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to Thai Market Restaurant for some classic dishes.
Visit Jack Tar Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar.
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.
On warmer days, take advantage of Jack Tar Restaurant's outdoor seating.
Jack Tar Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Keep it casual at Jack Tar Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Jack Tar Restaurant offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Jack Tar Restaurant.
Expect your bill at Jack Tar Restaurant to come in at around $30 per person.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Jack Tar Restaurant to have a bite of deliciousness.
Make your way over to Jack Tar Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Driftwood Restaurant.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Host your next casual meeting at Driftwood Restaurant, a local restaurant with affordable wifi.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
You can't reserve a table at Driftwood Restaurant, so be sure to show up early.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Driftwood Restaurant won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Driftwood Restaurant.
Your bill at Driftwood Restaurant will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Make sure to hit the ATM before heading to Driftwood Restaurant — it's strictly cash-only.
The friendly staff at Driftwood Restaurant are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Marblehead House of Pizza is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
The chefs at Marblehead House of Pizza know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Marblehead House of Pizza.
Marblehead House of Pizza welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
You can also grab your grub to go.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Marblehead House of Pizza.
Marblehead House of Pizza offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Make your way to an ATM before you make your way to the restaurant — Marblehead House of Pizza is cash-only.
Marblehead House of Pizza serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
There's no doubt about it. Marblehead House of Pizza out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
Fresh fare can be found at Maddie's Sail Loft, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Maddie's Sail Loft does not prepare their menu with low-fat items, though, so those following a strict diet may have better luck elsewhere.
The bar at Maddie's Sail Loft is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at Maddie's Sail Loft with its kid-friendly fare.
Your large group can all sit together at Maddie's Sail Loft.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Maddie's Sail Loft — it's strictly casual.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Maddie's Sail Loft.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Maddie's Sail Loft — swing by for your favorite 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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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