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.
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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 handful of recently-opened outdoor dining spaces to lounge on this weekend.
District 7 Tavern: It’s back! District 7 Tavern in Roxbury made its highly anticipated return this week with a brand new beer garden located in a spacious courtyard behind 2565 Washington St. Enjoy beer, wine, and food from local food trucks at one of the scattered patio tables throughout the space, which is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3 p.m. to dusk.
Lord Hobo: Last weekend, Lord Hobo quietly debuted the first iteration of its massive Seaport space, a 240-person patio that will eventually be accompanied by indoor seating. Choose from six beers on tap, 10 beers in cans, and food from the Bon Me truck, which will be a permanent fixture at the taproom.
Tawakal Halal Cafe: East Boston’s celebrated Somali restaurant has built a charming parklet with a handful of tables, string lights, and a full menu. Stop by Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thistle & Leek: This newcomer recently opened with a 24-seat patio on a corner in Newton Centre, serving London gastropub-inspired fare like lamb meatballs with garlic flatbread and potato rosti with clam dip. For dessert, I’ve got my eye on the stone fruit bakewell.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
You can now count Puritan & Co. among the restaurants that have stepped outside of their regular dining room boxes. The Cambridge eatery launched Puritan Provisions on Thursday, a neighboring space that that serves ready-to-reheat dinners, pantry items, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and more. Consider it a one-stop-shop where you can pick up pistachio pesto and granola alongside a braised pork sandwich and baked lobster pasta. Puritan Provisions is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Haven’t been out for brunch in a while? Same. Here’s something new that might motivate you, though: Fox & the Knife in Southie is launching a brunch series starting this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with chef Molly Dwyer in the kitchen making breakfast sandwiches like the Spicy Boy, which features a green chorizo patty, egg, and avocado on a potato bun. To drink, the honey coconut iced coffee sounds incredibly refreshing, as does a slew of brunch beverages like frosé, mimosas, bellinis, and Aperol spritzes. Order takeout or sit outside on the patio, which is available on a first come, first serve basis.
My neighborhood kitchen supply store, the incredibly wonderful Kitchenwitch, has been closed for in-store shopping since the pandemic began, and without an online store to order from, I was wondering if I’d ever be able to peruse their collection again. Thankfully, they heard the people and launched an online Kitchenwitch shop a couple days ago, where you can buy everything from adorable oven mitts to a sleek French Press to patterned cocktail strainers. Pick up is at the Jamaica Plain store on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do.
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