A Prohibition-era pub, The Biltmore Bar & Grille is now perfectly legal but still screams hush-hush late night. Jason Owens, chef and co-owner, has created the ultimate neighborhood hang for Newton. Tin ceilings, local microbrews, Stevie Wonder on the jukebox, and a platter of chicken and waffles served until last call is an insomniac's dream. Owens, who wears a scally cap rather than a toque, is a Nashville transplant who puts a Southern spin on classics like flaky crab cakes, serving them on sweet baked beans. The fried chicken is perfect.
> Kitchen closes at midnight
> The Biltmore Bar & Grille, 1205 Chestnut Street, Newton, 617-527-2550, thebiltmoregrille.com