H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Riverview Cafe.
You'll find a wide variety of canned food, among other necessities here.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Riverview Cafe and slurp your way to happiness.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Grab a loaf of bread from Riverview Cafe and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Riverview Cafe and sip your way through tasty goodness.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Riverview Cafe.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
Make use of the safe parking options near Riverview Cafe and reap the great benefits of parking close by.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Bertucci's have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Bertucci's' patio.
Hop online in no time using Bertucci's' free wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, Bertucci's' noise levels can be intense.
The pizzeria can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Bertucci's is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Bertucci's will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
This pizzeria will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Bertucci's is a prime location for commuters, especially those who need access to public transit or parking.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Commute by bike to Bertucci's and find easy bike parking.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Bertucci's for a great bite.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Bertucci's is ready and waiting to be served.
Bertucci's truly is the best pizza place for your dollar in the area.
Bertucci's is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Bertucci's.
A melting pot of global influences in Wellesley, Blue Ginger serves a blend of Asian cuisines.
Gluten-free options are also available.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at Blue Ginger instead.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Blue Ginger has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Head to Blue Ginger in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Blue Ginger offers catering.
Drivers will be happy to know that Blue Ginger is located near many street and lot parking options.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Wellesley Square (Framingham/Worcester).
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
If you can't decide on just one cuisine when it comes to dinner, Blue Ginger is home to a hybrid of Asian dishes sure to make everyone happy.
Pick up a pair of chopsticks at Yama Restaurant — situated in Wellesley's Wellesley district, this Japanese eatery prepares a mean roll.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Yama Restaurant has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Yama Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
For the tastes of Yama Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Public transit and parking are two main forms of transit convenience near Yama Restaurant.
Yama Restaurant patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Washington Street location.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Yama Restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Yama Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Yama Restaurant has such a wide array of flavors on display in their cooking that there's a dish for just about everyone.
Build your own burger at The Cottage Wellesley — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
The private room at The Cottage Wellesley is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
The Cottage Wellesley offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — The Cottage Wellesley offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near The Cottage Wellesley.
The Cottage Wellesley is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
An average meal at The Cottage Wellesley will set you back about $30.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
Don't put it off any longer, and give The Cottage Wellesley a try.
For a quick curry, Wellesley's Coconut Thai Cafe is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Load up on all of your favorite vegan fare at Coconut Thai Cafe.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Coconut Thai Cafe.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Coconut Thai Cafe.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Coconut Thai Cafe — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Bring the Coconut Thai Cafe's great food to your place.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Public transit and parking are two main forms of transit convenience near Coconut Thai Cafe.
Coconut Thai Cafe's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
Coconut Thai Cafe offers safe bike parking outside.
Coconut Thai Cafe offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Make life easy with Thai food at Coconut Thai Cafe.
When you're tired of the same old lunch options, head on over to Coconut Thai Cafe for a yummy Thai dish.
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