We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining by fire pits. 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:
Local architects weighed in on the future of Boston restaurant design. So what’s on the horizon? More outdoor dining space, booths, touchless bathrooms, and the proliferation of QR codes.
Glasser Coffee Co. debuted in Brighton this week with Peaks coffee and breakfast tacos. “I wanted the coffee shop to be able to offer something unique,” owner Alex Kim said.
Could Doyle’s be making a comeback? A developer wants to restore the iconic pub while adding a new grocery market and condominiums to the neighborhood.
Plum Island Coffee Roasters will close at the end of March. Its customers are pushing back.
Mamaleh’s is expanding to Brookline, and a new crowdfunding company hopes to help with the cost.
Fans of Shōjō, take note: The modern Asian restaurant will open a new location in Cambridge this fall.
It’s been a banner week for new coffee shops, first with the debut of Glasser Coffee Co. in Brighton, and now with the opening of Cicada Coffee Bar in Cambridge’s Central Square. The Vietnamese coffee shop, which launched Friday morning, is fueled by Vietnamese women-owned roasters: Nguyen Coffee Supply in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Càphê Roasters in Philadelphia, Penn. The menu includes cappuccinos, coconut affogatos, and the Cicada Latte, but the honey mousse espresso, or cà phê trứng, looks particularly delightful. It’s traditionally prepared with egg yolks, condensed milk, coffee, and, in Cicada’s case, local knotweed honey instead of sugar. To eat, the cafe also has a variety of bánh mì sandwiches and pho salads, plus pastries from Butternut Bakery in Arlington. Orders can be placed for pickup here.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Downtown Boston received a new sushi bowl spot on Thursday with the addition of Love Art Sushi, the fifth concept from the Love Art brand. While similar to poke bowls, Love Art Sushi’s bowls use sushi rice as the foundation of their dishes, topped with options that include both marinated and unmarinated fish. Diners can also find Makirittos on the menu, a mashup of maki and burritos, with a premium sushi bento program, ASUNA, launching sometime in late April. Takeout and delivery via Uber Eats is currently available, or stop by 40 Water St. to order in person.
Happy birthday, Juliet! The Somerville restaurant turns five on Sunday and is celebrating with a Sunday Supper, available for $30 per person. Each meal includes baked mac and cheese, roasted broccoli, a biscuit with maple butter, and a slice of birthday cake, with the option to add tomatoes, caramelized onion, or pork belly to your mac and cheese, plus additional sides like Roman braised beef or extra broccoli. The birthday feast is available on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; order takeout or delivery on Toast.
You’ve nailed down banana bread, Dalgona coffee, and TikTok’s latest viral recipe, baked feta pasta. How about switching it up with some shrimp and grits? On Sunday at noon, join Teresa Maynard of Dorchester’s Sweet Teez Bakery as she hosts a demo and discussion with chef Maryam Boddie. Boddie will be making shrimp and grits on @hotbreadkitchen‘s IG live; she recently told Hot Bread Kitchen that her cooking is rooted in Southern traditions — but with her own personal spin. “The result is something I call ‘Mediterranean Soul Food,’ classic comfort dishes made with a lighter Mediterranean sensibility,” she said.
I miss everything about grabbing a drink at a local bar. I miss reading every drink description on the menu while the bartender pours a glass of water and tells me to take my time, or maybe recommends a couple of her favorite cocktails to try. I miss meeting new people and swapping stories. And I miss the sounds — the thoughtful playlists, the ice rattling in a shaker, the low murmurs of a conversation in a far dark corner. So when I found “I Miss My Bar,” a website that lets you recreate the sounds of your neighborhood watering hole, I spent a good deal of time coming up with my own ideal background noise. Users can adjust levels in various categories like “bartender working,” “people talking,” “night ambiance,” and “serving drinks,” while a new playlist each week gives you a great soundtrack to have in the background while you mix your own drinks at home. It’s not as satisfying as a visit to your favorite bar, of course, but it’ll do for now.
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