We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Now that Phase 3 is well underway, though, some of us are starting to sip cocktails on patios and enjoy indoor dining again. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
Gov. Baker sent bars and breweries scrambling with the news that restaurants can only serve alcoholic beverages if they are accompanied by food prepared on-site. Here’s how businesses around Boston reacted.
Once the new rules went into effect on Tuesday, several Massachusetts breweries closed their taprooms in order to comply with the governor’s orders.
And while we’re on the topic: What exactly did Baker mean when he said “bars masquerading as restaurants also need to be closed”? It’s complicated.
The North End isn’t the only neighborhood being called out for not following social distancing rules. On Thursday and Friday, the Boston Licensing Board held emergency virtual meetings to discuss complaints made against liquor license carriers in Allston/Brighton, the Seaport, and South Boston, as well as an additional hearing that focused on beer gardens and large extensions.
Stella ended its 15-year run in the South End in May, but chef Evan Deluty announced that he’s bringing it back in the form of a food truck named Stella Express.
New patios to check out this weekend:
As Phase 3 chugs along and indoor dining resumes at some restaurants, patios are continuing to pop up across the city. This week is no different — here are a few recently-opened outdoor dining spaces to lounge on this weekend.
Harvest: Harvard Square’s Harvest made its return on Thursday with a new garden patio, and is now serving lunch and dinner every Wednesday to Sunday. Stop in for a lobster roll, vegetarian chili, or a New England seafood boil.
Oleana: Yes, Oleana had some limited outdoor seating before. But it has since expanded with an additional patio in front of its restaurant and is now taking reservations, serving its acclaimed Mediterranean fare like quail kebobs, spinach falafel, and braised lamb rib. For dessert, you can never go wrong with the Baked Alaska.
The Daily Catch: A brand new location of The Daily Catch recently opened on the Waterfront, serving Sicilian-style seafood and pasta on two outdoor patios. Come for the mussels and linguine, stay for the seaside views.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Who has time to open a brand new concept while simultaneously running a wine-bar-turned-wine-shop during a pandemic? The folks at Rebel Rebel, naturally. Owner Lauren Friel and her crew just launched Wild Child at Bow Market in Somerville, a project they call “an experimental space for intentional community building.” Stop in and shop natural wines alongside classic and contemporary novels, poetry, nonfiction, and graphic novels by people of color, the LGBTQI+ community, and other marginalized communities. Wild Child has even started its own book and wine club — check it out here.
Spritz fans, this one’s for you: Back Bay hot spot Krasi will launch a new spritz menu this weekend, available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Called Love at First Spritz, the menu features bubbly concoctions like Otto’s, made with Otto’s Athens Vermouth, Hoof & Lur Moschofilero from Troupis Winery, Mediterranean soda water, and berries; and Lillet, made with Lillet blanc, “Tear of the Pine” Retsina from Kechris Winery, Mediterranean soda water, and a lemon wheel. Sip on a spritz indoors or on Krasi’s patio — and order a few bar snacks, like popcorn with tzatziki seasoning, while you’re at it.
If you’re feeling comfortable enough to go out to eat — whether on a patio or indoors — Dine Out Boston returns this weekend starting on Sunday. The biannual event features a lineup of restaurants offering multi-course meals for lunch ($15-$25) and dinner ($28-$38). Many of the restaurants are repeating Dine Out Boston participants, including MIDA, Oak & Rowan, and Strega, but you’ll also find relative newcomer Bar ‘Cino on the list. Will you be participating in Dine Out Boston this year, and where are you dining? Let me know in the comments below!
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