Top-rated pasta, rich sauces, and more great Italian fare await your palate at Paradiso Ristorante.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the restaurant's menu.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
At Paradiso Ristorante, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Wifi is on the house at Paradiso Ristorante, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Dine out in the open during Paradiso Ristorante's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Jeans are a no-go at Paradiso Ristorante; suits and dresses are the standard here.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Paradiso Ristorante prides itself in its delicious catering.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Paradiso Ristorante will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Paradiso Ristorante is well worth every penny!
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Paradiso Ristorante.
Whether you like it rare or well-done, Five Guys Burgers & Fries is a burger spot that won't disappoint — pull up a seat at Swampscott's Swampscott location.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this burger joint with its kid-friendly fare.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Five Guys Burgers & Fries for a group meal.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this burger joint, though, as it can get quite loud.
Tables at Five Guys Burgers & Fries are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this burger joint.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Five Guys Burgers & Fries.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Five Guys Burgers & Fries for delicious quality you just can't beat.
So amp up your burger game and visit Five Guys Burgers & Fries for a tasty and casual meal.
Beijing Palace does a Chinese dumpling justice, and diners come here to enjoy a five-star meal.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Beijing Palace. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Beijing Palace.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Don't let that new dress go to waste! Dress it all the way up at Beijing Palace, where fine formal wear is the norm.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Beijing Palace to your next party or event.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Park in the open lot next to Beijing Palace and score easy and free parking.
Beijing Palace provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
The menu at Beijing Palace is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
So pay Beijing Palace a visit today and treat yourself to come upscale Chinese fare.
Get ready to savor all the wonderful flavors of traditional Chinese cooking when you stop by for a meal at Beijing Palace.
Captain Pizza in Swampscott does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Captain Pizza is come-as-you-are.
This pizzeria serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Captain Pizza cater for you.
Captain Pizza is located near endless free parking options.
Prices are downright affordable at Captain Pizza, with most items well under the $15 mark.
Make your way to an ATM before you make your way to the restaurant — Captain Pizza is cash-only.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Captain Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Captain Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Captain Pizza.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Captain Pizza?
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Boston Market for all of your favorite American dishes.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Boston Market, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Boston Market can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Boston Market, which embraces a casual vibe.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Throwing a big party? Count on Boston Market to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Dining at Boston Market? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Boston Market.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Boston Market.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Boston Market today.
Treat yourself to a morning delight with a tasty bagel from Panera Bread.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this bakery's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
For comfortable outdoor service, Panera Bread sets up a seasonal patio.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Panera Bread with their complimentary wifi.
Panera Bread welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this bakery.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Panera Bread.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Panera Bread.
Prices at Panera Bread are super affordable.
Bagels are easy to like, but the bagels at Panera Bread are easy to love. Stock up each and every morning!
You'll never go wrong with a cake or brownie from Panera Bread.
If you love bakeries as much as the next person, Panera Bread will surely exceed your expectations.
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.
Still hungry? Check out Groupon’s latest deals on restaurants in Boston.
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