Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Liberty Pizza of Cochituate's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Liberty Pizza of Cochituate's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Seating is readily available at Liberty Pizza of Cochituate for those with large parties.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Liberty Pizza of Cochituate won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Liberty Pizza of Cochituate prides itself in its delicious catering.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Liberty Pizza of Cochituate.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Liberty Pizza of Cochituate.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Liberty Pizza of Cochituate serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Liberty Pizza of Cochituate come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
For a pizza that is out of the world, call or make a visit to Liberty Pizza of Cochituate.
Build your own burger at The Coach Grill — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at The Coach Grill, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Private rooms make any group feel like VIP guests at The Coach Grill.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for The Coach Grill's business casual code.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of The Coach Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to The Coach Grill.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at The Coach Grill.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Villa Restaurant, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Villa Restaurant honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Villa Restaurant as well.
Don't spend time circling the block — parking is available in a nearby lot, and valet is provided, if preferred.
For those who travel by bike, Villa Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Villa Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
While high-priced, the Italian food at Villa Restaurant is well worth every penny!
If you're looking to give your dining routine the Italian boot, Villa Restaurant is just the place to try.
Jonesing for a cup of your favorite java? Starbucks in Cochituate's got you covered.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Starbucks, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Starbucks' beautiful outdoor seating area.
Get online for free courtesy of Starbucks' wifi.
Starbucks' diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Starbucks.
Chow down for less at Starbucks, where a meal almost always costs under $15.
When you have a long and busy day scheduled, head on over to Starbucks and enjoy a cup of Joe.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Luigi's Italian Grille in Wayland will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Luigi's Italian Grille's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
At Luigi's Italian Grille, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
Luigi's Italian Grille's moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Luigi's Italian Grille time and time again.
Make it a marinara night at Italian eatery Villa Restaurant.
At Villa Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Fancy food can be a little pricey, but as Villa Restaurant proves, it can be a little bit of heaven.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Villa Restaurant serves up all three meals.
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Villa Restaurant.
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
If you look at the ground in downtown Boston, chances are you might see a red line beneath your feet. This crimson path, famously known as the Freedom Trail, snakes from Boston Common up to the glinting dome of the State House, as many Bostonians already know. It travels past the Old South Meeting House, meanders through Faneuil Hall, and then winds through the North End, eventually leading over the bridge into Charlestown. Created in 1951, the Freedom Trail links all the city’s major historical sites together and makes them easy to visit for residents and tourists alike. But you may not know that there are also some pretty darn delicious food spots along the way. Here are a few:
Fuel Up in Beacon Hill
While visitors tend to flock to the Faneuil Hall area for fast food, I’d urge you to break away from the crowds and check out Piperi Mediterranean Grill (1 Beacon St.), located across the street from King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. Everything on the casual spot’s menu—whether it’s falafel, a full-on mezze plate, or a flavorful salad—is incredibly fresh, as the chefs make all of their dishes in small batches. The menu also accommodates vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets, and the plates can be customized to fit your cravings. Ample portions and energy-boosting fare will definitely keep your spirits up for a full day of exploring.
Cool Down in the North End
For obvious reasons, the Freedom Trail is very popular in the summertime. Boston’s summer temps can soar into an uncomfortable territory, which makes cooling off a necessity. In my mind, there is only one option when the heat is bearing down and refreshment is needed: gelato from Caffe Paradiso (255 Hanover St.). The trail will take you right past it, and it would probably be an offense to our forefathers if you didn’t stop and have a taste of the gelato, especially my favorite flavor, pistachio. This sweet treat is sure to keep you cool through your journey.
Unwind with Wine in Charlestown
The best way to end a day on the Freedom Trail is dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar (1 First Ave.). This little tucked-away gem offers incredible food, from appetizers such as buttermilk-fried oysters and duck wings to entrees like my personal favorite, a rum- and rosemary-brined pork chop so succulent and flavorful that you’ll feel like you’ve gone to pork heaven. Beyond the food, however, there is an impressive wine list, which won acclaim from Wine Spectator. The list is a perfect combination of affordable and splurgy, with a glass or bottle for every taste and price point. The bistro is cozy and inviting, and with something for everyone, it’s a delicious place to relax after a long walk through the city.
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Photos by Fiona Coxe