Tag Archives: Dining

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.