Category Archives: Dining

Taste of the North End – tickets give away

The Taste of the North EndThe Taste of the North End – one of Boston’s most popular festivals of food – is taking place on Friday, May 1st.  The popular event includes more than 35 North End eateries, showcasing a wide array of appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, accompanied by plenty of wine and beer. is giving away a pair of tickets to this year’s Taste of the North End.  The winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday, April 30th for the foodie festival that takes place on Friday, May 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Should you not win this contest, tickets can be purchased for $99 each on their website, here.

How to Win a Pair of Tickets to the Taste of the North End:  Every time you send a Tweet to @BosGuy using the hashtag #TOTNE I will enter you in the drawing, starting today through Thursday, April 30th.  Then on Thursday afternoon I will announce the winner, so please be sure you are following @BosGuy so I can DM you if you win.

Example Tweets (feel free to get creative):
Hey @BosGuy I really want those #TOTNE tickets for this Friday!

I really need those tickets to #TOTNE for date night. Help me @BosGuy!

.@BosGuy I want to live La Dolce Vita! Give me those #TOTNE tickets.

Remember: The more you Tweet the better your chances.

Boston Chops two year anniversary party

Boston Chops Anniversary PartyLast night Boston Chops rolled out the red carpet (literally) to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

The party included great food, plenty of alcohol and music. The friendly crowd was comprised of past and present staff, patrons and neighbors. Below are some photographs that Sergio snapped on my behalf from last night’s party.

Thank you to everyone who posed for a photograph and congratulations again to Brian, Chris and the Boston Chops team on the second year anniversary.

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Boston Globe reports Eataly will open in Boston in 2016 at the Prudential Mall

BostonFollowing rumors that were reported a few months ago that Mario Batali was looking to open a third US location for the Eataly chain here in Boston, one day after his Babbo Pizzeria opened in the Seaport, The Boston Globe reports that Battali’s Eataly is close to signing a lease at the Shops at Prudential Center.

Early plans call for the marketplace to take over the existing food court at the Shops at Prudential Center. Eataly will add a street-level entrance with a cafe, leading up to the marketplace and connecting to a new building under construction on the Pru property. A new rooftop restaurant and brewery, seating up to 300 people, will be added above the space currently occupied by the food court.   Saper said plans for the Boston Eataly may change and his team has yet to sign a lease with Boston Properties Inc…Eataly hopes to open in mid- to late-2016, he said.

You may read the full article in The Boston Globe here.  I’m bragging a bit too since I told Eater Boston that this was the year Eataly would come to Boston. Mario Batali

Foodies rejoice: Mario Batali’s Babbo Pizzeria opens at Fan Pier today

Babbo Pizzeria BostonAccording to reports from The Boston Globe earlier this week, Mario Batali’s long awaited Babbo Pizzeria – an 8,700 square foot pizzeria and Italian tapas restaurant – opens for dinner today in their new space at Fan Pier in the Seaport District. If you can’t make it to dinner, Babbo’s Twitter handle Tweeted that they will open for lunch starting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Babbo Pizzeria is at 11 Fan Pier Blvd in the Seaport District

According to a great article from The Boston Globe, the prices and menu is similar to Batali’s East Village, Otto Enoteca (a personal favorite of mine).  Pizzas range from an $8 marinara pizza to a $15 goat cheese pizza with pistachios, red onion, and truffle honey; small plates vary from $5 vegetable plates like cauliflower “alla Siciliana” to a three-cheese tasting for $11; larger plates range from grilled meats such as the $18 skirt steak with charred onions and aceto to pastas priced from $10 to $15.  The most expensive plate is a $35 chefs selection of grilled meats. pizzeriaI’ll give this place a few weeks before heading over to the madness that is certain to ensue, but I’d love to hear from you if you happen to stop in before I do. Let me know your thoughts. I’m a big fan of Batali’s Otto Enoteca and have high expectations for Babbo Pizzeria.

Win a pair of tickets to LifeSavor 2015

Community ServingsEarlier this month I wrote about Community Servings’ spring fundraiser, LifeSavor, hosted at the Langham Hotel in Boston on Thursday, April 30th. The event draws approximately 900 patrons who come together to help raise money for Community Servings by bidding on items included in their amazing silent auction and by dining out at one of the 75 participating restaurants.

Win a pair of tickets to LifeSavor 2015   Tickets LifeSavor2015 start at $200 per person but Community Servings has kicked off a fun contest that could win you a pair of tickets to this program.

Contest Rules are as follows:
1 – Snap a photo at a LifeSavor-participating restaurant (full list of restaurants is included here:
2- Share it on either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #LifeSavor2015 and the restaurant name.

NOTE: The contest closes on Thursday, April 23rd at Midnight.

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Contest winners will be selected at random so the more photos you submit the more you increase your chances of winning.  If you are not one of the few lucky ones to be selected you can still purchase tickets to the event via the link below.

LifeSavor 2015 at The Langham Boston – Thursday, April 30

SELECT Oyster Bar opens in Back Bay

Boston seafood restaurant

Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar

I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay.  I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood.  This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.

The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon.  If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.

For more information visit their website

Banyan to open in space formerly home to Hamersley’s Bistro

Rebecca Roth, South End restaurantEarlier today Eater Boston reported that Rebecca Roth Gullo (Owner) and Seth Yaffe (General Manager) of The Gallows South End – will name their new restaurant, Banyan.

Banyan will open later this year in the space formerly home to Hamersley’s Bistro located on the corner of Clarendon Street and Tremont Street.

It was previously reported that Banyan would serve contemporary Asian cuisine with a focus on small plates. While I applaud Rebecca and Seth on opening a new restaurant, I’m not particularly interested in seeing anymore small plate menus.  I am starting to equate “small plate” with “spending a fortune and leaving hungry”. However, Rebecca has proven time and again that she knows how to run and manage a successful restaurant so I’ll be watching with curiosity.