Whether you need help waking up in the morning or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the coffee at Starbucks will do the trick.
Starbucks' low-fat fare and fresh offerings appeal to anyone searching for great taste and a healthy diet.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Starbucks' wifi.
At Starbucks, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Starbucks.
If you need a midday pick-me-up, you can count on the coffee from Starbucks to do the trick.
Grab a homemade soup and sandwich for lunch or dinner at Subway.
Is it healthy? Yes. Is it gluten-free? Yes. What are you waiting for? Come to Subway.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Subway, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So munch and crunch your way through a signature sandwich from Subway and enjoy your lunch hour.
When your sweet tooth takes control, Somerville's 3 Little Figs is one of the best bakeries in Powder House.
You'll definitely want to leave room for dessert when you see the huge offering of cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this bakery — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at 3 Little Figs and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at 3 Little Figs, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
For those in a hurry, the bakery lets you take your grub to go.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the bakery's Highland Avenue location offers nearby street parking.
Take public transit and take a break from the wheel; stops are not far from 3 Little Figs at Porter Square Station (Red) and Porter Square (Fitchburg/South Acton).
For those who prefer to travel by bike, 3 Little Figs is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at 3 Little Figs since prices are so low.
When your sweet tooth is calling, make your way over to 3 Little Figs and treat yourself to some bakery goodies.
For a sandwich loaded with all your favorite toppings, be sure to eat at Spring Hill Variety and Deli — this deli will keep you coming back for more.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Spring Hill Variety and Deli also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Score a close parking spot at Spring Hill Variety and Deli.
So next time you're looking for some items or sandwiches, Spring Hill Variety and Deli is your best option in Somerville.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Supreme Kitchen is a local favorite.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Street parking is the only parking option close to Supreme Kitchen.
At Supreme Kitchen, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Supreme Kitchen for tasty American fare.
Supreme Kitchen serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Bostons The Gourmet Pizza, located in Somerville's Ward Two neighborhood, is a great spot to grab a hot slice.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Bostons The Gourmet Pizza's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Bostons The Gourmet Pizza.
Tabs at Bostons The Gourmet Pizza almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Bostons The Gourmet 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