You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Not Your Average Joe's for some good home American cooking.
Not Your Average Joe's is creating great gluten-free versions of its best dishes.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At Not Your Average Joe's, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Not Your Average Joe's' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Catering services are also available.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers will be happy to know that Not Your Average Joe's is located near many street and lot parking options.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Not Your Average Joe's.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Not Your Average Joe's s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Not Your Average Joe's and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
Not Your Average Joe's has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
So head on over to Not Your Average Joe's and enjoy some delicious and trendy American classics.
Pop over to Needham House of Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Health nuts will love Needham House of Pizza for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Tables at Needham House of Pizza are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Needham House of Pizza, where business casual attire is standard.
Catering from Needham House of Pizza will take your party to the next level.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the pizzeria's carryout and delivery options.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Needham House of Pizza is close to multiple parking options and public transportation.
At Needham House of Pizza, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Needham House of Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Needham House of Pizza.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Needham House of Pizza has to offer.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Needham House of Pizza and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Spiga Ristorante is serving you great Italian cuisine in an atmosphere you'll love.
Spiga Ristorante will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At Spiga Ristorante, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Spiga Ristorante's beautiful outdoor seating area.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Spiga Ristorante's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
This restaurant also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Can't get enough of Spiga Ristorante's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Spiga Ristorante.
Spiga Ristorante may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
All the best flavors of Italy await you at Spiga Ristorante.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Blue On Highland.
Blue On Highland's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Skip long waits and head to Blue On Highland with your large group for easy seating.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations.
Blue On Highland honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Blue On Highland will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Blue On Highland.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Blue On Highland.
Blue On Highland accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Blue On Highland.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Blue On Highland today.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Rice Barn serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Rice Barn.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Seating is readily available at Rice Barn for those with large parties.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Rice Barn can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Rice Barn is located near both options.
Tired from driving? Enjoy a relaxing ride when you take public transportation; accessible stops include Needham Center (Needham) and Needham Junction (Needham).
Rice Barn makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Rice Barn s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Rice Barn.
Order up your favorite Thai creation at Rice Barn. You won't be disappointed.
Pop over to Oak Hill Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
For fresh and healthy eats, head to Oak Hill Pizza.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Wifi is on the house at Oak Hill Pizza, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Oak Hill Pizza is ultra casual.
Oak Hill Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Diners at Oak Hill Pizza will love the free parking nearby.
Oak Hill Pizza has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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 Oak Hill Pizza.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Oak Hill Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Oak Hill Pizza cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
A tasty pizza form Oak Hill Pizza is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
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