Union Street: A User’s Guide
American Comfort Food | 32 Draft Beers | Wine on Tap | Spacious Outdoor Patio
Sample Food Menu
Appetizer: Angry Ale chicken wings tossed in a spicy beer glaze
Sandwich: chorizo burger with hatch-chili relish and three cheeses
Entree: buffalo mac and cheese loaded with buttermilk-fried chicken
Sample Drink Menu:
Beer: rotating draft beers such as Harpoon Summer Kolsch
Cocktail: Southern Charm with Four Roses bourbon, Apry liqueur, apricot jam, and peach bitters
Wine: Italian pinot grigio on tap
Where to Sit: In warm weather, it's hard to do better than the outdoor patio—one of the largest in the area. There are also two dining levels indoors, rife with dark hardwoods and tufted leather banquettes.
While You’re Waiting
Check out the display cooler, which is packed with bottled beer from around the world.
Watch sports on the 80” HDTV at the bar.
Inside Tips: There are several gluten-free options on the menu for those with dietary restrictions.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse the Eastern-inspired decor, jewelry, and ceramics at Karma Fine Imported Crafts (57 Union Street).
After: Dive into a lesser-known work by Beethoven or Mozart performed by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (1301 Centre Street).
Fiorella's does pasta right — this Nonantum restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
It's pizza (and pasta) time! Find an endless selection of the foods you crave, and have fun eating your way through this Italian menu.
Don't go without drinks at dinner — Fiorella's is BYOB, so make sure to grab a bottle of your own for the table.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
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.
Wifi is on the house at Fiorella's, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Eat outdoors Fiorella's (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
At Fiorella's, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Fiorella's' business casual code.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Fiorella's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
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.
At Fiorella's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Fiorella's accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Fiorella's is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
So head on over to Fiorella's and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
Located in The Biltmore, The Biltmore's crepes have a gooey inside and crisp outside.
The restaurant's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Don't be alone on gameday, come have a great drink and great fun.
Sit outside at The Biltmore and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
The Biltmore tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
The Biltmore is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Street and lot parking is simple near The Biltmore.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to The Biltmore since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So head on over to The Biltmore, your amazing neighborhood creperie.
The Biltmore is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at The Biltmore and load up on some classic American dishes.
Simply put, you need to make plans to try The Biltmore for breakfast or brunch this weekend.
Take the time to catch breakfast at The Biltmore, and you won't regret it.
If you're craving food from one of the top British pubs in Newton, The Biltmore is the place to go.
Enjoy an Irish car bomb at West Street Tavern, one of the hottest Irish bars in town.
West Street Tavern is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
West Street Tavern also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with West Street Tavern's complimentary wifi.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Those hoping to avoid the weekend rush will do best visiting the restaurant during the week.
West Street Tavern's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
You can also have West Street Tavern cater your next event.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at West Street Tavern.
No matter what you choose off the menu at West Street Tavern, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
If you're looking for a classic Irish pub, West Street Tavern should be your next destination.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to West Street Tavern and treat yourself to an American classic.
Pay West Street Tavern a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
West Street Tavern has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
For British pub food in Newton, there's nothing better than West Street Tavern.
Café St Petersburg: A User’s Guide
Elegant Russian Cuisine | Upscale Ambiance | Blinis with Caviar | Tchaikovsky Concertos on Piano | Buttery Chicken Kiev
Marinated lamb shashlik on skewers
Pan-fried trout in almond sauce
Siberian pelimeni meat dumplings with sour cream
When to Go: Call ahead to see when the restaurant’s pianist is performing. On some nights, the skilled musician entertains diners with romantic Russian music from the 19th century. Occasionally, friends of the owners—accomplished theater producers in their native Russia—are in town to deliver impromptu concerts and poetry readings.
Piroshki: a baked or fried pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, and/or vegetable fillings, such as potatoes, mushrooms, and cabbage
Schnitzel: a thin cutlet of meat—often veal or pork—that's typically battered and fried
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse the selection of literature at Newtonville Books, an independent bookstore (10 Langley Road).
After: Walk a couple doors down to Union Street, a friendly neighborhood pub with 32 draft craft brews and plenty of wine on tap (107 Union Street).
Dress down for your next pizza party — Bill's Pizzeria serves a low-key slice.
Bill's Pizzeria is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Bill's Pizzeria.
Wifi is on the house at Bill's Pizzeria, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
For comfortable outdoor service, Bill's Pizzeria sets up a seasonal patio.
Tables at Bill's Pizzeria are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Bill's Pizzeria is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Bill's Pizzeria will ensure that it is delicious.
This pizzeria serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Newton Centre Station (Green).
Parking is easy at Bill's Pizzeria, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Bill's Pizzeria makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Bill's Pizzeria serves three meals a day.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Bill's Pizzeria.
With a pizza from Bill's Pizzeria, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
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