Category Archives: Dining

Madonna super fan brunch at Back Bay Harry’s June 14th

MadonnaSunday, June 14 Back Bay Harry’s is hosting a Madonna Super Fan Brunch. 

Two seatings are available at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM but are expected to book quickly so if you feel the need to “Express Yourself” or are simply looking to “Get into the Groove” before you head over to Boston Pride’s Back Bay block party, which is conveniently just two blocks away then make your reservations sooner rather than later.

The Madonna Super Fan Brunch includes a three-course prix fixe accompanied by champagne, all-Madonna music and videos on large-screen TVs. The cost is $44 – call ahead (617-424-6711) to make your reservation. 

Boston Bacon and Beer Festival tickets on sale

Bacon and Beer festival BostonBoston’s sixth annual Bacon and Beer Festival will be at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 20th from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in the concourse at Fenway Park.

Tickets go on sale this evening and the festival will sell out so don’t hesitate if you want to check out this fun event.

The festival doubles as a fundraiser for The Red Sox Foundation, Community Servings, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls so tell your friends about the event.

More event info and ticket information here!

Banyan Bar + Refuge to open in South End in July

Rebecca Roth Gullo, Seth Yaffe, chef Phillip Tang The self-described “Asian-inspired gastropub” from the team behind The Gallows and Blackbird Doughnuts are saying they will open in July in the South End.  This restaurant will open in the space previously occupied by Hamersley’s Bistro on the corner of Tremont and Clarendon Street.

Eater Boston dishes with Owner, Rebecca Roth Gullo, and COO, Seth Yaffe, sharing more about the restaurant’s layout, menu and their executive chef, Phillip Tang, formerly chef/owner of East by Northeast in Cambridge.  More about that interview on EaterBoston here.

American Burger Revival at Boston Chops

Samuel Monsour, Richard Chudy, Boston ChopsLast night Sergio and I joined the throngs of burger fans who came to Boston Chops American Burger Revival, which featured three chefs burgers; Samuel Monsour, Richard Chudy and of course resident chef, Chris Coombs.

On the menu were two burgers featured in the book, LTO Intermezzo which includes raw kale sofrito, smoked heirloom tomatoes, pickled red onions, parmigiano reggiano and Dan’s rib rub. And #Grimetime which included Pop’s Dirty Slaw, frito pie crumble, and what was described on the menu as “way too much KFC buffalo blue cheese dip”.

Sergio and I had the classic a.k.a. The Coombs, a.k.a. Boston Chops Late Night Burger. which is served 7-nights a week after 10PM at the bar only for just $6; tack on just a few bucks more for fries and a cold beverage.

Last night the featured burgers were $9 each and came with Chops addictive, crispy fries.  If you are a burger fan or know someone who is, you may want to consider buying a copy of this book.

Are the Franklin Cafe South End days numbered

Franklin Cafe South EndLate last year Franklin Southie closed and now rumors are swirling that the days of the South End location may be numbered. This listing for 276 Shawmut which includes 6,000 square feet of residential and restaurant space is currently for sale.

David DuBois emailed me yesterday after I inquired about the potential sale and he said, “The landlord has listed the building on MLS. He is wanting to retire and selling all his property. It does not involve the Franklin“.

Considering the success of DuBois chain of Tasty Burger restaurants (its 5th location opens tomorrow at the Back Bay T station)  I’m not quite sure what to make of his response – even though I want to believe him.  Restaurant owners rarely level with me about their future plans.  The Franklin Cafe is a longtime neighborhood favorite, but this neighborhood has changed and maybe the lure of growing a nascent burger chain is of more interest. Time will tell. Anyone with details can contact me at

Tipping etiquette

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I’ve been known to vary widely with my tipping; taking extra offense at bad or rude service and adding extra $ when the service is personal or coming from someone I feel like I know. I’ve had people mostly from outside the US reach out to me with questions about tipping in the past so when I saw this chart assembled by I thought I’d share it.

Jae’s Cafe in the South End may be replaced by new restaurant

Jaes Cafe South EndBoston Restaurant Talk blog wrote that Jae’s Cafe on Columbus Avenue in the South End may cease to exist and be replaced by a new restaurant called Shun’s Kitchen.  I have a lot of happy memories at this restaurant but haven’t been there in quite a while.  I thought I’d share the news with my readers who may also have similar happy memories of this restaurant.

…According to a licensing board page within the City of Boston website, Jae’s Cafe in the South End of Boston is seeking to transfer its stock and have new officers, directors, and shareholders for the space, with the Columbus Avenue restaurant being replaced by a new spot called Shun’s Kitchen. If the request is approved, this will be the final location of Jae’s to shut down….Jae’s Cafe, which first opened in the South End approximately 25 years ago, has been known as a spot to get a variety of  Korean, Japanese, and Thai dishes, along with other Asian fare.

The address for Jae’s in the South End (and the proposed Shun’s Kitchen) is 520 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

You may read the full blog post on Boston Restaurant Talk here.