Tag Archives: Dining

Mean Girls super fan brunch at Back Bay Harry’s

Mean GirlsBack Bay Harry’s is hosting yet another “Super Fan” brunch this Sunday.  This week’s theme is a “Mean Girls” brunch.  For  $35 you can enjoy a three course brunch while the movie is shown on the big screen.  There will be two seatings- one at 11:30a and a second seating at 1:30p.

Mean Girls Brunch – Sunday, July 12, 2015 – at Back Bay Harry’s

Tickets can be purchased by calling Back Bay Harry’s at 617-424-6711.

Eater Boston’s $1 Oyster guide

Oysters in BostonAlthough Eater Boston published this list late last month they continue to update it, providing you with a detailed list of where you can slurp your way through as many oysters as you like all for just a $1.

At that price oysters might be the most affordable aphrodisiac on the market. Oysters contain dopamine, that increases both sexual desire and levels of testosterone.  The bivalve is also high in zinc, which is necessary for proper sexual function in men and increases semen production.   But enough of that sort of thing. Check out the full list of 50+ restaurants serving $1 oysters.

Eater Boston’s Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide

Merrill & Co. to close after 15 months

BiNA Family Hospitality Merrill and CompanyMerrill & Co. was an eagerly anticipated (and hyped) South End restaurant that opened in March 2014 with quite a splash.  For about three months it was the “IT” place to dine, but after an initial honeymoon it didn’t have the staying power and earlier this month several food blogs published what everyone in the neighborhood already knew — nobody eats at Merrill & Co.  All one had to do was walk by on a weekend evening and you could see the place half empty.

Merrill & Co. will close Friday, June 19th

In an interesting twist the owners are creating a competition to find the right person to take over the space.   While I don’t pretend to know how to run a successful restaurant or even what the rent there might cost here are some thoughts on what I think one needs to do to succeed in that space.

  1. The neighborhood doesn’t need anymore small plates restaurants.
  2. Unless you are going consistently crank out amazing food (and not just claim to) bring your average entrée price down to $18-$22.
  3. Do great comfort food or something ethnic the neighborhood doesn’t have to stand out.  Some suggestions include: Greek, Moroccan, or a Japanese Noodle Bar — I’m thinking Ramen and Karaoke Bar.
  4. Create great bar scene at your restaurant where people can pick from a number of easy to eat options bar side.
  5. Do something with that beautiful patio while the weather is warm.


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.

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.

Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel Taco Tuesday

Andy HusbandsAndy Husbands is making his Taco Tuesdays an all day event at his South End restaurants, Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel starting Cinco De Mayo.

In honor of Cinco De Mayo, next Tuesday both restaurants will be open at 11:30 a.m., serving their $2 Tacos until closing so take advantage of the cheap lunch and score a seat early; people watching is always great on Tuesdays at Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel.

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.

BosGuy.com 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.

Dinnerfest 2015 is this Sunday

victory programs, blc, boston living centerVictory Programs will hold their annual Dinnerfest fundraiser on Sunday, April 26th from 3-6PM at The Red Lantern Restaurant in Boston in the South End and tickets still remain.

This fundraiser has been going on in Boston for years and helps this organization provide critical services to our community.   With more than 100 packages from Boston’s best restaurants it also provides you with an opportunity to feel good about donating to a worthy charity and getting a chance to bid on dining packages from some of the best restaurants in Boston.  Get your tickets to the event here.

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: lifesavor.org/restaurants).
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.

Community Servings

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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 selectoyster.com.

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.