Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at T.G.I. Friday's.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Your group can sit comfortably at T.G.I. Friday's, a local restaurant.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so T.G.I. Friday's encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Through their catering service, T.G.I. Friday's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The parking lot near T.G.I. Friday's will have you in and out in a jiffy.
At T.G.I. Friday's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Expect your bill at T.G.I. Friday's to come in at around $30 per person.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try T.G.I. Friday's.
When you come to T.G.I. Friday's, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Ninety Nine Restaurant, a local pub.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Ninety Nine Restaurant's happy hour is a steal.
At Ninety Nine Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
At Ninety Nine Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Ninety Nine Restaurant provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Ninety Nine Restaurant's menu is decked out with all your pub favorites, so you won't need to worry. There's definitely something for everyone!
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Lodge Pub and Eatery.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Lodge Pub and Eatery, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Lodge Pub and Eatery's complimentary wifi.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Lodge Pub and Eatery as well.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
Lodge Pub and Eatery wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Lodge Pub and Eatery's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
At Lodge Pub and Eatery, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Lodge Pub and Eatery accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
When you want to relax and grab a quick bite to eat, come munch on some pub fare at Lodge Pub and Eatery.
Enjoy a perfectly cooked steak and a generous portion size at Longhorn Steakhouse in North Attleboro.
Longhorn Steakhouse is serving up delicious dishes that are, as an added bonus, also healthy.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Longhorn Steakhouse is a great location to host a group dinner.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Take it nice and easy at Longhorn Steakhouse, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
A visit to Longhorn Steakhouse will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
For a great steak at a great price, look no further than the highly-rated Longhorn Steakhouse.
Overtime Bar and Grille is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Happy hour at Overtime Bar and Grille is filled with deals and steals.
The pizzeria's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The pizzeria is quite lively during the week, so seating may be hard to come by.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
Overtime Bar and Grille provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Overtime Bar and Grille.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Overtime Bar and Grille.
Take a dessert detour to Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe — situated in Lincoln's Lincoln community — and boost your mood with a simple scoop of ice cream.
Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe's low-fat fare and fresh offerings appeal to anyone searching for great taste and a healthy diet.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe's moderately priced fare.
For innovative and creamy ice cream, look no further than the highly-rated Whistle Stop Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe.
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