We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining under heat lamps. 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:
From honey-glazed ham to a traditional Bûche de Noël, these restaurants are offering Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at home.
Boston’s outdoor dining program may have ended on Dec. 1, but Brookline recently announced the launch of its Winter Outdoor Dining Pilot Program. Now: Who wants to brave dining outside while it snows?
Widowmaker represents the rare small brewery that has not only survived 2020, but appears to be thriving.
A flood of restaurants announced this week that they would be hibernating for the winter, including Brass Union, Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina, and Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen.
If you’ve been seeing hot chocolate bombs everywhere recently, you’re not alone. They’ve gone viral on TikTok, were featured in The New York Times, and are all over Etsy. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: A chocolate ball that transforms your mug of hot milk into hot chocolate. At Chickadee in the Seaport, you can now find both white and dark chocolate bombs on the restaurant’s holiday essentials menu, sold for $8 each. Yes, they’re stuffed with mini marshmallows; yes, you should find a fireplace to post up next to while you drink one; and yes, feel free to add a little rum in there if the occasion calls for it.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Christmas is still a week away, but The Anchor in Charlestown is channeling the holidays this weekend with the launch of its Winter Garden on Dec. 19. Come for the annual holiday tree lighting, stay for the made-to-order s’mores, hot cocoa, or a piping hot glass of mulled wine. If you’re planning to hang out for a while, reserve a waterfront igloo, which you can enjoy with your bubble while sipping on hot apple cider or something from The Anchor’s beer and wine garden.
I have never wanted to get on a plane so badly in my life, but it’s not happening anytime soon. So far, my attempts to replicate some kind of vacation experience have been relegated to watching travel shows and experimenting in the kitchen, but Rebel Rebel‘s new Armchair Travel Packs are another great way to travel without, well, traveling. The Somerville wine bar put together a France ($50) and Italy ($75) pack, each including a bottle of wine, “something special to eat,” a recipe card featuring a shopping guide that highlights local shops, a playlist, and some movie recommendations. The wine bar will be adding new destinations in the coming weeks, but for now, France and Italy sound pretty great.
Though I’ve never celebrated this tradition, you can find Feast of the Seven Fishes takeout options in abundance this year. Head to Strega North End, where a $65, three-course menu highlights zuppa, scampi, and a main course featuring Chilean sea bass, lemon risotto, and half of a lobster. Order it at Atlantic Fish, where the $250 meal serves four and includes smoked bluefish rillettes, Italian seafood stew, chilled octopus salad, stuffed calamari, and more. At Lucia’s in the North End and Winchester, choose from an à la carte menu that features salted cod fritters and baked stuff clams; at Tuscan Kitchen, the $65, five-course menu highlights baccala soup, herb-crusted cod, and clams served with creamy polenta. Do you celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes in your family? If so, I’d love to hear about what you’re making this year in the comments below.
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