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:
Not closed, not quite open: These restaurants are taking the unique approach to go into hibernation for the long winter ahead.
Michael Serpa debuted his new restaurant, Atlántico, on Thursday, an ode to Spanish and Portuguese food and wine.
Call it a comeback. Taqueria el Barrio reopened a few weeks after announcing its closure, finding a new home at Time Out Market.
It took two years, but it’s finally here: Café Beatrice opens in East Cambridge this weekend with decadent sticky buns and sourdough pan pizza.
House of Siam will close its Tremont Street outpost on Saturday, but don’t worry — its original Columbus Avenue location is sticking around.
Treat or trick? Dunkin’ debuts a ghost pepper donut for Halloween.
Boston.com readers share their favorite picks for Halloween candy (Hint: Jolly Ranchers was not No. 1).
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 couple of recently-opened outdoor dining spaces to lounge on this weekend.
Atlántico: Here’s what you should order on the dreamy patio at Michael Serpa’s new South End seafood spot: The pan con tomate. The salt cod croquetas. The pulpo. The paella, if you’re with a group. And yes, all the sherry. Reservations for the cafe and tapas bar are encouraged.
Café Beatrice: Will Gilson’s latest project is actually part of three — yup, three — new concepts located at Cambridge Crossing in East Cambridge. While we all wait for The Lexington and Geppetto to open, we can check out Café Beatrice, an all-day cafe that debuts on Saturday. Snag one of pastry chef Brian Mercury’s excellent salted hazelnut sticky buns and soak up some sunshine on the patio.
Revolution Hall: Meet Lexington’s brand new food hall. Revolution Hall, part of Craft Food Hall Project, will host its grand opening on Friday, bringing pizza, Ayurvedic foods, pour-your-own beer and wine stations, and more under one roof. The space promises to blend indoor and outdoor dining with a spacious patio and garage doors that function as walls, swinging open to allow for better air flow. See you there?
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Because everything requires a little extra planning these days, I’m already thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner on Tuesday night. That’s when South End wine shop The Urban Grape will launch its weekly restaurant pop-up, offering a two-person meal kit from a local restaurant that comes with an expertly paired bottle of wine. A plus: 100 percent of the money from the food order goes straight to the restaurant. Next week’s featured meal is chicken parm from the award-winning Fox & the Knife, while the following week will see bulgogi beef bibimbap and veggie bibimbap from Perillas. Orders should be placed by Monday at noon, and can be picked up at The Urban Grape.
The forecast is looking a little dreary this weekend, so I’m thankful for a couple of online food events that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the couch. The first is the 6th annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, a three-day event hosted by the Smithsonian Food History project at the National Museum of American History. It began on Thursday, but you can still register (it’s free!) for a couple of online events on Friday and Saturday, including a “Beer Futures” discussion (did you know that the Smithsonian has its own beer historian?) and a Deep Dish Dialogue titled “A Better Deal for Food Workers.” The renowned Great American Beer Festival has transported its annual event online this year, streaming its jam-packed, two-day festivities that are now available to everyone through a $20 “passport.” Tune in for the awards ceremony on Friday, followed by hours of tastings, panels, food and beer pairings, and entertainment. Finally, the Wellfleet Oyster Festival has also moved online, and kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday with local hosts Jamie Bissonette, Elle Simone Scott, and Ming Tsai. Order some oysters, get your shucking knife ready, and settle in for live entertainment, tips and recipes, and more.
In the world of drinks, there are a few exciting developments happening this week. Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square launched 90s week, so you can now order cheekily-named libations like Chumba Wumba (it’s a whiskey/vodka/cider drink, obviously), Gin Blossoms, and Mango #5 to go. Bully Boy Distillers reopened its indoor bar area for the first time since the pandemic hit; make a table reservation for Thursdays through Sundays. And there’s still time to snag a Halloween kit from The Koji Club, a virtual sake bar pop-up led by local sake pro Alyssa DiPasquale. The club’s next meeting is on Saturday at 5 p.m., and there are some incredible Japanese snacks and candies involved.
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