Though it has been many years since I lived anywhere near the South End, I have recently found another reason (other than my long-time fave, Tremont 647) to head back to the old neighborhood.
Frenchie (www.frenchieboston.com) is a new twist on classic French cuisine that is authentically, beautifully, and deliciously pulled off by French natives Sandrine Rossi and Loic Le Garrec (who, as may not surprise anyone who loves good French food with flair, also runs Petit Robert Bistro).
I have seen the future of fast casual pizza- right before my eyes!
While many places allow you to (ostensibly) design your own pie, Blaze Pizza (www.blazepizza.com) literally lets you do it step by mouth-watering step as you move through their blaze-ingly efficient line. From crust (regular, double-thick or gluten-free) to sauces (including a cream, pesto, and super-delish spicy tomato sauce) to cheeses (multiple mozzarellas, as well as gorgonzola, goat, ovalini, and other dairy (or dairy-free) delights) to toppings (too many to list- but they include a deli case-load of meats of all kinds and a produce section’s worth of veggies) to finishing drizzles of balsamic, olive oil, or even ranch dressing, Blaze offers enough options to keep even the most methodical pizza-file busy for years. And as each pizza is fired in 180 seconds, (that’s three minutes to the rest of us!), it is a place where you can just as easily run by for a quick (and we mean “quick”) bite or linger and take in the sights and sounds of other savory selections. With their new app, you can even order ahead and have the freshly fired when you arrive.
As I was a music writer before I was a food journalist, I have a long and storied history with the Charles Hotel and its world-famous Regattabar. Many has been the night when I would enjoy an evening repast at one of the Hotel’s many fine dining establishments and then head to the second floor to catch a legend close up and personal.
So you can imagine my dismay when I learned that Jody Adams’ equally legendary Rialto was moving out and how worried I was that its successor would not live up to its reputation or classy deliciousness.
I need not have worried!
With its famous Mall and other assorted shopping centers, Burlington has more than its share of places to grab a bite between stores. If you are looking for a high-quality, reasonably-priced meal, however, the options are more limited. Among them is Chopps (www.choppsamericanbarandgrill.com), the restaurant in the Marriott Burlington that is overseen by Boston Harbor Hotel Chef and Boston Wine Festival organizer Consulting Chef Daniel Bruce and Executive Chef Stefano “Steve” Zimei and that is also quickly becoming a favorite for hotel guests, locals, and many others.
For those who miss Po’Boys in Newton and those who may not have the time to luxuriate in a repast at Chef Jason Santos’ new Buttermilk and Bourbon, there is now a N’awlins flavor source that can literally come to you!
Revelry Nawlins Cuisine (www.revelryboston.com) is one of the latest and most follow-worthy food trucks on the burgeoning Boston scene. More than just Southern, this authentic Crescent City carrier offers everything from Barq;s root beer, Zapp’s potato chips, and legendary Leidenheimer bread (which is dern hard to find outside of the Big Easy) to Crystal Hot Sauce and Zatarain’s spices.
Years ago, there was an ad on TV that suggested that a night at Rosalie’s in Marblehead was like a night in Milan.
While Rosie’s may be no more, it is still possible to find out-of-the-way gems that not only offer delicious family fare but, if given the opportunity, transformative and transporting experiences.
Tartufo Cucina Abruzzese in Newton Centre (www.tartuforestaurant.com) is one such place.
Despite the recent explosion of food options in the Downtown area- from the Mediterranean masterpieces at Bonapita and Verts to all the delicious options at Boston Public Market – one category has been notably absent. That is until now.
After 20 years of holding down the corporate lunch gig through their popular Viga, TX natives Edward and Shawn Wilson (who cleverly combined not only their Lone Star loves but their names to put this new place together) have opened Shed’s on Bromfield Street (www.shedsbbq.com).
As more and more companies pour into the 128 corridor in Waltham, the hospitality industry has being working overtime to handle the traffic. From new eateries like Whole House Group’s family-friendly Flank to suburban outposts of Bonefish Grill, Posto and Ruth’s Chris, the area is getting to be known for much more than a highway-side Market Basket. While the hotel scene also strives to keep pace, one rentable residence offers the best of both worlds, having tucked into its lower corner a hotel restaurant that is well worth a visit even if you do not intend to stay.
With its tap-laden bar and beer-inspired décor, Copper House Tavern (http://copperhousetavern.com) in the Best Western may appear at first like an after work bar. And it is that- with over 40 craft beers that are conveniently organized by type (e.g., IPA, Pilsner, Belgian-style, cider, etc.) and available in flights so guests can find new favorites all the time, as well as glasses and bottles of wine from near and far, entire menus of Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch Tequila, Port, and Cognac, and craft cocktails that range from a signature Tito’s vodka-based Kicking Mule to a tantalizingly tasty cinnamon-spiced cranberry whiskey sour to seasonal selections and a handcrafted Sangria.
There are always new things starting up in Kendall Square. What was once more true of the biotech field is now also true of the food scene. As more and more major players like Akamai and Google pack into the “Third Square” neighborhood, more and more places are popping up to please them.
One of the newest places to start is Catalyst Café (www.catalystcafecambridge.com). As its name implies, the Cafe intended to help people get things started in the morning or to replenish their creative stores at lunch. The name also reveals that it is related to Catalyst, the popular nearby home of brilliant chef William Kovel.
After being buffeted by rave reviews for years as the chef at Harvest and other top-flight eateries across the country (including many in CA), long-time Medfield resident Josh Foley has come home to spruce up a booming food scene in this ever-more-snazzy suburb.