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The Dish: 5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

Including a vegetarian Reuben sandwich, dirty rice arancini, and watermelon beer.

Anthony Caldwell cooks shrimp at 50Kitchen. David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Wondering what to eat and drink in Boston this weekend? The Dish is a weekly guide to five things in the local restaurant and bar scene that are on my radar right now. Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] to let me know what other dishes and drinks I should check out.

1. Sink your teeth into the vegetarian Reuben sandwich at Mamaleh’s new Brookline outpost

Call it Mamaleh’s 2.0: The Kendall Square delicatessen opened a second location this week in Brookline, operating daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1659 Beacon St. More Mamaleh’s, more excellent bagels and lox — but also more of their fantastic sandwiches, like this vegetarian Reuben special that’s running throughout August. It’s got everything that a typical Reuben has — rye bread, Russian dressing — but the deli uses Mrs. Goldfarb’s plant-based “corn’d beef” instead of the usual corned beef. A portion of the sandwich’s proceeds will go toward the Anti-Defamation League.

2. Premiere on Broadway is open, and it’s serving dirty rice arancini

When I chatted with Dan Bazzinotti in June, the chef at Somerville’s new Premiere on Broadway ran through a list of Italian-American dishes that he was planning to serve at the restaurant and live music venue. Among the carbonara and fresh pasta and mozzarella antipasti, Bazzinotti told me about his plans for dirty rice arancini, giving the classic Sicilian appetizer a Cajun spin (the chef spent some time cooking in New Orleans). Premiere on Broadway debuted on August 5, so now we can all try these fried mozzarella balls filled with expertly spiced rice.

3. Knock one back with a bone marrow luge at JM Curley

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a shot via bone marrow luge, but after coming across JM Curley’s new menu addition, I might have to get back in the game. The downtown eatery recently started offering a roasted bone marrow dish for lunch and dinner, complete with onion jam, pressed ciabatta, and decadent garlic butter. After you finish scooping out the rich bone marrow, order your shot of choice — or maybe even a small glass of sherry — and send it down the luge straight into your mouth.

4. This watermelon ale has summer written all over it

One look at Lamplighter’s newest beer and suddenly I’m in the mood for a huge slice of watermelon. The Cambridge brewery released Little Slice on Friday, a refreshing ale brewed with watermelon and Hüll Melon hops. It’s juicy, it’s sessionable (4.6 percent ABV), and it’s available both on draft and at Lamplighter’s retail counter. Bonus: There aren’t any seeds to contend with.

5. Dine Out Boston is back — here are some standout dishes

For the next two weeks starting on Sunday, more than 100 participating restaurants across the Greater Boston area will take part in Dine Out Boston, when multi-course lunches ($15–$25) and dinners ($28–$33) abound. The list can be a little overwhelming to choose from, but here are a handful of options that caught my eye: 50Kitchen in Dorchester will offer both lunch and dinner, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to try chef Anthony Caldwell’s chicken and waffle sliders or chicken satay with peanut sauce, now is the time. TsuruTonTan in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood specializes in udon, and during Dine Out Boston you can get a side of udon noodles with both the omakase dinner and the three-roll combo lunch. And because I can never say no to a great taco, I’m planning to visit Para Maria, which started popping up at the Seaport’s Envoy Hotel in May. Both the three-course lunch and dinner menu feature tacos, but also patatas bravas and cheese and shrimp quesadillas.

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