Tag Archives: Dining

Chef Mario Batali to open Babbo Pizzeria in Seaport

Babbo Pizzeria BostonThe Boston Globe reported that celebrity chef Mario Batali will open an 8,700 square foot restaurant at 11 Fan Pier in the Seaport District by the end of this year. The restaurant will be called Babbo Pizzeria and will include three bars – one each for cocktails, pizza and antipasti.  Plan designs also include a large patio and private dining space.  While the Seaport has seen many restaurant openings in recent years, this is one of among a handful that I’m excited about.  I have high hopes and expectations for Babbo Pizzeria’s wood-fired pizzas and pastas.

Boston JerkFest is June 28th

Boston JerkfestThis isn’t a celebrations of jerks. This is a Caribbean style food festival that takes place later this month and focuses on delicious Jamaican jerk spiced food.  The festival includes live music as well as a rum and brewing tasting.

All the fun takes place here in the South End at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, (41 Berkeley Street). The festival offers two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm.

Note that tickets are $12 and only gives you access to the festival – not the food that is sold by individual food vendors.  More details here.

Moksa all you can eat sushi tonight

Moksa OverboardMoksa in Central Square is celebrating that their patio is back open by hosting a patio party from 5 – 8 PM tonight. They are offering an all you can eat sushi menu for $15.  I’ve never been to Moksa. Has anyone tried their all you can eat sushi parties before? I’m curious to hear more about this regularly occurring promotion.

 

South End cheap eats

South End cheap eatsThe reopening of Delux Cafe in the South End today ends what seems to have been a rash of new restaurant openings here and around the city that only have dishes in the $20 – $30 price range.

So I wanted to dedicate this post to Delux and all the other cheap eat alternatives here in the South End.  For the sake of argument I’m suggesting a restaurant with the majority of main plates priced less than $15 constitutes a “cheap eat”.  Aside from Delux Cafe, here are a few restaurants to consider.

ADDIS RED SEA is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant located in the heart of the neighborhood on Tremont St. Main dishes range in price between $8-$15; sharing plates makes dining even more affordable.

ANCHOVIES is nestled discretely on Columbus Avenue and serves home style Italian-American cooking. Main dishes for dinner all come with bread and a house salad and range from $12-$15.

PARISH CAFE S.E. is on the corner of Tremont and Mass and serves up American style comfort food for $14-$15 in such large servings half portions are worth considering unless you are really hungry.

PICCO The Pizza & Ice Cream Co. (PICCO) menu is mostly pizza, sandwiches and pasta. This place has a large patio that also provides excellent people watching. Main dishes range from $8-$14. For an even cheaper option; split a large pizza and delicious dessert.

What are some of your favorite cheap eats for dinner in the South End and around the city?

 

Delux Cafe reopens today at 5pm

Dexlux CafeYou may recall Delux Cafe was incorrectly reported that it had closed earlier this year (for the record, that incorrect report didn’t come from this blog – at least not this time).  The restaurant had actually been sold to a longtime employee and they closed temporarily to give the place a good cleaning and do some remodeling.

It appears the remodeling is now complete because the Delux Cafe Twitter handle today has indicated they will be reopening at 5pm.

A guide for wine and food pairings

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Source: Barina Craft LLC

Although I am a firm believer in people drinking what ever wine(s) they like, I also agree that guidelines can be very helpful.

If you are planning to host or have been invited to a dinner party and you know what will be served, use this as a guide for wines to serve or bring for the occasion.

P.O.V. Washington, D.C.

POV view of white houseLast week I stayed at the W Washington D.C. in my review I commented on the P.O.V. roof terrace bar and restaurant that features beautiful views of The White House and Washington Monument.  While the menu is very limited and the food best described as “okay”, the view and the vibe make it a place better suited for a cocktail and conversation. Unfortunately it was so cold when I was there the patio was enclosed so I’ve included this photograph from Starwood Hotels.

W Washington D.C.Should you be visiting D.C.,  skip the grub and come here for an early evening cocktail; the sunset can be beautiful.  The subdued lighting facing the Washington Monument has more of a club vibe with the black and red decor where as the black and white checkered flooring and open terrace overlooking the White House has a more casual feel so choose the side you’d like to visit depending on your mood and preferred view.

P.O.V. is located atop the W Washington Hotel at 515 15th St NW.