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This weekend: A new taco truck pops up at Northeastern

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

UNI taco truck
UNI taco truck. Handout

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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:

The Dial patio

Patio at The Dial.

Patio season is upon us, and these restaurants and bars have outdoor dining available. Plus, see who’s opening their patios in the coming months.

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Roughly one year ago, Massachusetts restaurants were ordered to shut down indoor dining, a mandate that ended up lasting more than three months. We asked chefs and restaurateurs to reflect on this notable milestone.

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but the Irish pub scene in Boston still faces some unique challenges.

Outdoor dining in Boston gets an earlier start date (except for North End restaurants).

Trifecta, a new lounge in the Back Bay, is set to open in early May with cocktails and high tea.

This week, the Boston.com Cocktail Club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with two cocktails: The Dubliner and the hot toddy. Plus, hear from local bartender Patrick Sullivan about what he’ll do first after the pandemic ends.

Drink this:

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If you’re over your usual coffee order, may I suggest a peanut butter cup mocha instead? Tokava recently took over 7 Pond Coffee Bar in Jamaica Plain, and has injected a bit of whimsy into its coffee lineup with drinks like the Heart Beet latte using beet powder, a cinnamon toast coffee, and a peanut butter cup latte made with peanut butter chocolate sauce and, if you’d like, crumbled peanut butter cup pieces. The move? Order one of these playful drinks and then take a stroll around nearby Jamaica Pond. The coffee shop also delivers bottles of cold brew to Jamaica Plain and parts of Chestnut Hill, Dorchester, and Brookline.

Eating and cooking alone, together:

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On Tuesday, a Georgia man killed eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors; six of the victims were women of Asian descent. The horrific event is the latest in a series of racist attacks against the Asian American community that have escalated since the beginning of the pandemic — roughly 3,800 incidents in the past year, according to Stop AAPI Hate. Restaurants have been directly affected: When the pandemic initially made its way to Boston, Chinatown establishments were the first to suffer within the restaurant industry. Asian-owned restaurants need your support more than ever, and one way to show that support is by ordering takeout and delivery, or dining in at their restaurants (though it’s certainly not the only way — here are some additional organizations to support). Some businesses are donating a portion of their proceeds to various AAPI causes: On Friday, 5 percent of sales from Ghost King Thai, UNI, Toro, and Coppa will be donated to the sons of one of the victims, Hyun Jung Kim; and Rebel Rebel has released a limited-edition baseball cap, with 100 percent of the sales after shipping costs going directly to the Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network.

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There’s a new taco truck in town, and it has a well-known name attached to it. High-end izakaya UNI recently launched the UNI Taco Truck on the Northeastern campus, operating Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parked at 120 Forsyth Street, the trailer offers taco options like carnitas, jackfruit, and carne asada, along with quesadillas, street corn, and chips and guacamole.

During the pandemic, Café du Pays in Kendall Square morphed into Vincent’s Corner Grocery, offering groceries as well as lunch and dinner takeout options and, when the weather was nice, a charming patio to sit down and enjoy your meal. Vincent’s Corner Grocery recently announced that it is transitioning again, this time to Vincent’s, a restaurant that offers a succinct cafe menu during the day and a larger dinner menu at night, with plenty of wine, cocktails, and craft beer. Vincent’s patio is currently open, and you’d be wise to stop by this weekend for the Bodega Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Texas-style kolaches and breakfast tacos.

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