If you need to stock up on groceries for the week, Alexander's Convenient Food in Medford has great deals and steals.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
At Alexander's Convenient Food, you can stock up on all of your favorite sandwiches for your work week.
Hungry for a tasty meal but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen? Frozen food is an easy solution.
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Alexander's Convenient Food and feel energized all day.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
For cool, refreshing H20, Alexander's Convenient Food's got you covered.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
When you have little time to prep lunch or dinner, cook up some canned goods from here and have a meal done in no time.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Alexander's Convenient Food and pick up some fresh noodles.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Grab a loaf of bread from Alexander's Convenient Food and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you can find safe parking options nearby.
Bring your grocery list to Alexander's Convenient Food and stock up the fridge.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Health nuts will love Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria does not accept reservations.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria in jeans and a hoodie.
Or, take your grub to go.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria to your next party or event.
Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria hits the nail on the head.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria is at the top of the list.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
There's no doubt about it. Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria is well worth every penny!
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Bocelli's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Pick up a pair of chopsticks at Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar — situated in Medford's Wellington district, this Japanese eatery prepares a mean roll.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar's wifi.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is business casual all the way.
Catering from Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar will take your party to the next level.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Parking is made simple at Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Travel by bike to Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Yoki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar has such a wide array of flavors on display in their cooking that there's a dish for just about everyone.
Bistro 5: A User’s Guide
Tuscan Cuisine | Local, Organic Ingredients | Handmade Pastas
Appetizer: house-cured duck prosciutto
Entree: barn-raised veal milanese
Dessert: homemade gelato and sorbet with maple cookies
When to Go: Check out the restaurant's special meals, such as the North Coast Brewing Company dinner, in which four courses are paired with beer.
“Vittorio Ettore’s modern Italian menu is absolutely worth the trek, with hands down the best homemade gnocchi around (and we’ve tried them all).” — Boston magazine
“...Bistro 5 is, overall, a lovely neighborhood restaurant with plenty of character. West Medford is lucky to get to keep coming back.” — Boston Globe
Milanesa: a thin cut of breaded and pan-fried meat.
Profiteroles: a kind of cream puff made from ultra-light pastry, filled with either regular or ice cream.
Pizzeria Regina is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Pizzeria Regina can seat both large and small groups.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Pizzeria Regina, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
The pizzeria's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Pizzeria Regina in jeans and a hoodie.
Pizzeria Regina can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
You can travel my car, train or bus to Pizzeria Regina, a local restaurant near parking and public transportation.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Pizzeria Regina.
Prices at Pizzeria Regina are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
So grab a group of friends and head to Pizzeria Regina, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
After learning about Pizzeria Regina, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is a Tex-Mex favorite amongst locals and tourists.
At Chipotle Mexican Grill, you can impress your healthy friends with the vegan and gluten-free menu.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a great summer destination.
You can't reserve a table at Chipotle Mexican Grill, so be sure to show up early.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Chipotle Mexican Grill also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Dining at Chipotle Mexican Grill? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
Take advantage of the nearby public transit or convenient parking options at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
For those who travel by bike, Chipotle Mexican Grill offers bike racks for diners.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Chipotle Mexican Grill for lunch or dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a Texan twist on all your favorite tacos, burritos, and enchiladas at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So switch up your normal dining routine and head over to Chipotle Mexican Grill for some delicious Tex Mex.
So swing by Chipotle Mexican Grill to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
Chipotle Mexican Grill serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
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
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