This weekend: Local restaurants are offering Election Night packages and voting incentives

Plus, the food news you may have missed this week.

Tacos at Bodega Canal
Guests who voted can score a complimentary taco at Bodega Canal on Tuesday. Bodega Canal

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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 dine indoors 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:

Lamb plate at Gourmet Dumpling House

Lamb plate at Gourmet Dumpling House. readers shared their favorite takeout spots around Boston, and we mapped them all out for you.


Murder mysteries, Halloween dinner kits, ghoulish pop-ups: Get in the spooky spirit with these festive Halloween food events in Boston.

“I think we’re bringing some happiness up here to Coolidge Corner.” Here’s what you need to know about The Novel Kitchen, coming soon to Brookline Booksmith.

Sligo Pub, Trillium, The Asgard, and The Kinsale all joined the list of restaurants that have made the decision to hibernate for the winter. See y’all in the spring!

Speaking of hibernation, our readers had thoughts. Here’s what Bostonians had to say about restaurants choosing to hibernate.

Drink this:

I love a good chocolate cake. Stouts? They’re not usually my thing. But I am more than intrigued by Remnant Brewing‘s upcoming release of Ritual Cake, a barrel-aged stout that promises to be the best of both cake and stout worlds. The Bow Market brewery crafted this beauty using Dominican and Haitian cacao nibs, along with vanilla beans, cinnamon, and coconut sugar, and is celebrating its bottle release on October 31 and November 1 with a little shindig. Make a reservation here to try the imperial stout, which will be served alongside a flight of handmade chocolate mousse from neighbors gâté commes des fille.

Eating and cooking alone, together:

Halloween! It’s here. What are you doing to celebrate? I’m likely picking up a bag of candy before settling in to watch “Truth Seekers,” a new movie from the hilarious duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (catch it on Amazon Prime!). If you’re looking for a food-related Halloween event — murder mystery dinners, spooky dinner kits, festive pop-ups — I’ve rounded up a handful of them here. But there are also some creative menu items to order that might get you in the Halloween spirit. The Butcher Shop in the South End has a slew of special desserts offered through November 1, including ghost cupcakes, gravestone chocolate bars, and pumpkin petit gateaux. Union Square Donuts has a delightful Frankenstein doughnut in its lineup this year, featuring a green vanilla bean glaze, chocolate sprinkle hair, Belgian dark chocolate smile, and sprinkle eyes (but hurry, they’re low in stock). And if you have a hankering for pizza, head to Midici in Somerville’s Assembly Row. The Neapolitan pizza spot is offering a buy three, get one free special on Halloween — don’t ignore their pumpkin pizza.


So everyone has a plan to vote if they haven’t already done so, right? Good. Here’s what you can do once you have that “I voted” sticker in hand: Stop by Pauli’s in the North End between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. for a buy one, get one free breakfast sandwich. Sweet Basil in Waltham will offer a $25 gift certificate to anyone who orders a dish on its Bulk Take Out menu the evening of November 3. Score a complimentary dessert at Ciao Bella, a free meatball at Tony & Elaine’s, a $5 Ward 8 cocktail, and a free taco at Bodega Canal just by telling your server that you voted. Or prep for Election Night ahead of time by pre-ordering packages this weekend. Fresh Food Generation has partnered with Dorchester’s Sweet Teez Bakery to create the Election Comfort Package, featuring jerk chicken, coconut rice, salads, salmon, salsa, and cupcakes ($75), and The Monumental Market in Jamaica Plain has a $17 self-care kit, which includes a cinnamon bun, apricot pop tart, apple cheddar biscuit, a sample bag of coffee beans, and a tube of bubbles — “to use when you have to take a break and remind yourself to breathe!”

Read this: A pioneer in bringing authentic Chinese food to America, Cecilia Chiang died earlier this week at the age of 100. Though she was best known for her San Francisco restaurant Mandarin, her style of cooking reverberated throughout the country, guiding Americans away from the chop suey they had come to think of as “real Chinese food” and toward more upscale, Sichuan-centric dishes like tea-smoked duck and Kung Pao chicken. I highly recommend this interview with Chiang from 2018, as well as the documentary “The Search for General Tso,” which features Chiang’s journey and her impact on Chinese food in America. Maybe order some takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant, too, in her honor.


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