Load up on meatballs and marinara at Bobby C's Ristorante, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Bobby C's Ristorante, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
On warmer days, take advantage of Bobby C's Ristorante's outdoor seating.
Bobby C's Ristorante will be able to accommodate your large party.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
No need to dress to the nines here — Bobby C's Ristorante's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Bring the Bobby C's Ristorante's great food to your place.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Bobby C's Ristorante offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Bobby C's Ristorante s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Bobby C's Ristorante!
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Bobby C's Ristorante and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Petrone's Deli and Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings for this Downtown Melrose joint.
Petrone's Deli and Pizza serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Show up a bit early if you want to be seated right away — Petrone's Deli and Pizza doesn't take reservations.
Come in or stay home. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Petrone's Deli and Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Safely and quickly park your car on the street at Petrone's Deli and Pizza.
Cyclists are in luck. Petrone's Deli and Pizza provides bike parking.
Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than Petrone's Deli and Pizza.
Convenience is essential at Petrone's Deli and Pizza, and food is served from morning until night.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Petrone's Deli and Pizza is at the top of the list.
Just because Petrone's Deli and Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Petrone's Deli and Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Petrone's Deli and Pizza.
Petrone's Deli and Pizza certainly has any kind of deli meats you need to make your meals taste great.
Swing by Stearns and Hill's Bistro in Melrose for your next meal.
Stearns and Hill's Bistro is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Skip long waits and head to Stearns and Hill's Bistro with your large group for easy seating.
Tables at Stearns and Hill's Bistro are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Treat yourself to a high-end evening at Stearns and Hill's Bistro, where formal attire is the only acceptable attire.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Throwing a big party? Count on Stearns and Hill's Bistro to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Stearns and Hill's Bistro offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Stearns and Hill's Bistro is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Stearns and Hill's Bistro has to offer.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
Fans of Coffee Tea and Me enjoy the fresh flavors of this Melrose creperie nestled in the city's Downtown Melrose neighborhood.
At this coffee shop, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Wifi access is totally free at Coffee Tea and Me, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Dine out in the open during Coffee Tea and Me's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Keep it casual at Coffee Tea and Me — the coffee shop is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this coffee shop.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Coffee Tea and Me and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at Wyoming Hill (Haverhill) and Melrose Cedar Park (Haverhill).
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Prices at Coffee Tea and Me are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
At Coffee Tea and Me, you can pay with any major credit card.
No matter what sort of filling you prefer, there's something for everyone among the excellent selection of crepes at Coffee Tea and Me.
So sit back, relax, and have a delicious cup of joe at Coffee Tea and Me.
Fresh fare can be found at Turner's Seafood Grill and Market, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Turner's Seafood Grill and Market will leave you happy and full.
Turner's Seafood Grill and Market's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Parents appreciate Turner's Seafood Grill and Market's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Turner's Seafood Grill and Market.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Turner's Seafood Grill and Market for catering.
Free parking is always available just seconds away from Turner's Seafood Grill and Market.
Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Melrose Cedar Park (Haverhill) and Wyoming Hill (Haverhill).
No matter what you choose off the menu at Turner's Seafood Grill and Market, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Casa Mia Restaurant, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
Casa Mia Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Casa Mia Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Main St business.
Casa Mia Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Casa Mia Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Casa Mia Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Casa Mia Restaurant.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Casa Mia Restaurant for a tasty Mexican 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
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