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International Fare | Small Plates | Housemade Ingredients | Full Bar
Asian dish: Thai pumpkin-coconut soup
American dish: mac 'n' cheese with corn and bacon
Spanish dish: seafood paella
Dessert: churros with spicy chocolate sauce
Be sure to arrive early and with everyone in tow—the restaurant doesn't accept reservations or seat incomplete parties.
Though the menu is set up tapas-style with most items made to share, it also lists larger entrees for those looking for a solitary dish.
Wheat not your thing? There's a sizeable gluten-free menu.
Bibimbap: A Korean rice dish that's traditionally made with leftovers such as vegetables, kimchi, and, more recently, meat.
Lomo saltaldo: A Peruvian stir-fry made with marinated beef, vegetables, and rice.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Pick up a bouquet for your dinner date at Bra Wey Florist (94 Washington Street, Waymouth).
After: Keep the party going with some small-batch brews from around the country at Craft Beer Cellar (28 Commercial Street, Braintree).
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at El Sarape — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Plan your next big gathering at El Sarape — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at El Sarape — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? El Sarape also offers catering.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Tired of long commutes? Dine at El Sarape and enjoy the nearby parking and public transit access.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at El Sarape.
A visit to El Sarape will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
So head to El Sarape, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
When you just want to relax and indulge in some Mexican fare, El Sarape has you covered.
With all the spices and flavors you love, El Sarape is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
Five Things About: Rye Tavern
Tucked in an antique cabin on a remote rural road outside of Plymouth, Rye Tavern isn't the kind of restaurant that relies on foot traffic to drum up new business. Instead, Executive Chef Andrew Swain and his team let their reputation do the heavy lifting. From their homey locale, chefs turn out gourmet reimaginings of New England classics, from juicy scallops to tender duck breasts. Before you make the trek, here’s a little more about this hidden gem:
The surroundings are straight out of the 18th century. The restaurant's colonial home dates back to the 1700s. The address comes with a little extra history, too: Rye Tavern is located on Old Sandwich Road, a rustic trail known as the oldest public road in America.
Chefs grow their own produce. Rye Tavern's sprawling 2,100-square-foot garden provides the building blocks of the restaurant's seasonal cuisine, with frequent harvests including tender spinach, earthy beets, and loads of fragrant herbs.
The clam chowder isn't actually clam chowder. With fried whole belly clams perched atop a bed of bacon-infused mashed potatoes, the appetizer captures the spirit of the iconic dish without requiring a soup spoon.
As the name suggests, there's plenty of rye whiskey. 13 different kinds, in fact.
The chefs love a good theme night. In addition to their ever-changing seasonal menus, Rye Tavern's chefs also periodically design one-night-only meals celebrating a specific theme; past events include hog roasts, scotch dinners, and a Prohibition night replete with clams casino and delmonico steaks.
Italian eats can be found at Alma Nove, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Alma Nove, a local favorite.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Alma Nove, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
At Alma Nove, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Alma Nove, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Alma Nove's tasty dishes at your next party.
At Alma Nove, you can valet park or park in a lot next door in a matter of seconds.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
The average check at Alma Nove will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Alma Nove is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Alma Nove.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Hingham Beer Works.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
The patio seating at Hingham Beer Works is perfect for those warm summer days.
Get online for free courtesy of Hingham Beer Works' wifi.
Hingham Beer Works is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Hingham Beer Works, so plan accordingly.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Hingham Beer Works.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
At Hingham Beer Works, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Hingham Beer Works welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Hingham Beer Works.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Hingham Beer Works is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Show up a bit early if you want to be seated right away — Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza doesn't take reservations.
At Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Those driving to Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
Fight for a great pizza pie by placing your order into Gio's Roast Beef and Pizza today.
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
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