For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Alberto's Italian Kitchen is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Warm weather brings out Alberto's Italian Kitchen's highly coveted patio seating.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Alberto's Italian Kitchen.
Tables at Alberto's Italian Kitchen are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Alberto's Italian Kitchen in jeans and a hoodie.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
If you need to feed a big crowd, Alberto's Italian Kitchen also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
For those who travel by bike, Alberto's Italian Kitchen offers bike racks for diners.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Alberto's Italian Kitchen.
From pasta to paninis, Alberto's Italian Kitchen has all the Italian food you love and then some.
Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Norton's McDonald's will fill you up in a hurry.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at McDonald's, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Free wireless Internet is also available at McDonald's, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, McDonald's can seat both large and small groups.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at McDonald's.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at McDonald's is all about comfort.
Can't get enough of McDonald's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
At McDonald's, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
McDonald's offers safe bike parking outside.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at McDonald's, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you need a quick and tasty meal, stop by McDonald's and pick up some great eats.
Head to Great Woods Mandarin in Norton and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
The menu at Great Woods Mandarin is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Great Woods Mandarin.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Great Woods Mandarin prides itself in its delicious catering.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Great Woods Mandarin is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Great Woods Mandarin also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you are craving some egg rolls or fried rice, pay Great Woods Mandarin a visit and satisfy your craving.
A culinary gem, Fisherman III in Norton is an acclaimed spot for superb seafood and good sandwiches. Come by for the excellent quality and stay for friendly service. You'll be a repeat customer in no time.
Streetwear attire is acceptable, so feel free to come as you are. Also, only cash is accepted, so you'll definitely want to swing by the ATM beforehand. Glancing at the menu prices, one person can definitely dine for less than $20, and can probably get in and out somewhere in the $10-to-$15 range, if you try.
If you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids. WiFi is available if you want to get some work done, and in addition to its convenient take-out offerings, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town.
A breakfast, lunch, and dinner staple in the community for more than 25 years, there's never a bad time to swing by Fisherman III. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Wendell's is a top pick.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
You'll want to time your arrival to Wendell's just right since reservations are not accepted.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
Don't be caught empty-handed — make sure to grab enough bills for this cash-only venue.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Wendell's' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Isn't it time to go to a pub that doesn't take their food lightly? Wendell's makes tasty bites that maximize the meaning of indulgence.
Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Mike's Famous Pizza in Norton.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Mike's Famous Pizza.
Toast your evening out at this pizzeria with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Mike's Famous Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the pizzeria dress informally.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Mike's Famous Pizza.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Mike's Famous Pizza.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Mike's Famous Pizza.
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