Category Archives: Dining

La Motta’s in South End is closing and will be replaced by Burro Bar

The Aquitaine Restaurant GroupApproximately two years after opening their doors, The Aquitaine Group’s restaurant, La Motta, on Washington Street in the South End says it will close. Marc Hurwitz writes in the blog Hidden Boston, that a Mexican eatery in Brookline called the Burro Bar will take over the space.  I took a quick look at their menu and if the prices remain the same, this looks like it could be an affordable dining option with most plates ranging from $12-$16.

The Burro Bar in Brookline’s Washington Square is under the same ownership as the Painted Burro. Joe Cassinelli, who founded the Alpine Restaurant Group, also runs Posto and Rosebud in Davis Square and Osteria Posto in Waltham.

Although I hate to see restaurants close, I was never able to appreciate La Motta’s and after several disappointing tries I stopped going. I’m unfamiliar with the new owners and don’t have any details when La Motta’s will finally close and the Burro Bar will open in its place but stay tuned.

New restaurant, Lobstah on a Roll, coming to South End

Lobstah on a Roll, South End restaurantEater Boston first broke the news that a new restaurant called Lobstah on a Roll will open in the South End in the space formerly occupied by Emma’s Pizza on Columbus Avenue. The restaurant has been planning to open in Arlington so the expansion to two locations comes as a bit of a surprise and it is unclear which location may open their doors first.

According to a previous article on Hidden Boston, the Arlington location  will serve breakfast sandwiches on weekdays, “crazy breakfasts” on weekend mornings, and lunch/dinner options such as soups, chowders, burgers, steak dishes, lobster rolls, and baked stuffed lobsters. It is unclear if the South End location will have a similar menu. The address for the upcoming location of Lobstah on a Roll in the South End is 537 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

Stay tuned for more to come on this.

Time Out Market Boston to open in Fenway

Last year when Sergio and I were visiting Lisbon, we stumbled upon a beautiful food hall called (appropriately enough) Time Out Lisbon. It turns out that the Lisbon Market is the original Time Out (opening in 2014) but at the time we’d never heard of this international food hall that now operates in more than 100 cities and nearly 40 countries.

Earlier this month The Boston Globe wrote that Time Out Market Boston will open in the Landmark Center building in the Fenway in 2019 and will feature 16 culinary offerings, outdoor patios, two bars, a cooking academy, and a retail shop. The market will operate in a newly revitalized Fenway / Kenmore neighborhood which in recent years has seen a lot of residential development.  More news about the vendors that will participate and the opening for Boston’s TimeOut Market is sure to come in 2018.

Below are a couple of photos that I snapped when visiting Time Out Market Lisbon in September 2016.

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Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

Restaurant review: Cafe Heaven (Provincetown)

Provincetown, Ptown

Painting of Cafe Heaven by Paul Schulenburg

Restaurants come and go but Cafe Heaven, conveniently situated on Commercial Street in Provincetown is a favorite that has stood the test of time. However, after one of the owners tragically died this spring I didn’t know quite what to expect when we visited. I’ll admit I was sad to walk in and not be immediately greeted by Alan, but the restaurant in every other way is as good as ever thanks to Patrick who runs the kitchen and the dedicated staff.

Cafe Heaven is probably best known for their breakfast, which is consistently excellent. The menu includes eggs benedict, omelettes, granola, yogurt etc. along with a few French Toast and pancake options always served fresh maple syrup.

Raspberry Pecan Pancake stack $13

On this visit two specials caught our eyes, the first was a  stack of raspberry and pecan pancakes and the “scramble special” which changes regularly but on this day consisted of tomato and bacon, served with breakfast potatoes and toast.

The stack of pancakes were served warm and the maple syrup was soaked up by the large, fruit and nut filled pancake. By contrast, the scramble special of the day was much more savory. Both were excellent and I would most definitely recommend should you see them on the menu when you visit. However, over the years I’ve learned that everything on their breakfast menu is delicious and worth the calories so check out Cafe Heaven on your next visit to Provincetown.

Scramble of the Day: Tomatoes and Bacon $14.95

Cafe Heaven is open daily (in season) from 8AM – 2PM for breakfast and lunch and from 6PM-10PM for dinner.

BosGuy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Wicked Awesome.

Cafe Heaven
199 Commercial Street in Allston
(508) 487-9639

In loving memory of Alan Cullinane who Sergio and I miss.

Boston Pizza Festival is this weekend

Boston’s first ever Pizza Festival is this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, July 8th and 9th). Local and international vendors will be selling their own product, giving you an opportunity to try pizza from all over. Vendors will also have the chance to enter and win “Boston Pizza Festival Pizza Champion” contest.

Note that you need to buy tickets to the festival and prices are cheaper if you purchase your ticket before the event. For more information visit, bostonpizzafestival.com.

Boston Pizza Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 8 & 9th
11:00 AM  to 10:00 PM
Boston City Hall Plaza

Boston JerkFest & Rum Tasting this weekend

The Boston JerkFest is an outdoor/indoor family-friendly Caribbean style foodie festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot on Saturday, June, 24, 2017 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in the South End with two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm.

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The Rum & Brew Tasting @ Boston JerkFest will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017 , 6:30-9:30pm (6pm for VIP) at the same location.  This 21+ event  features live music and unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and a variety of Caribbean themed libations.

For more information visit the event website, bostonjerkfest.com.

UberEats launches in Boston

Last week Boston joined a short list of cities that UberEats operates. The delivery service operates much like the company’s ride-sharing app. You download the app, log in, select a restaurant and order. You pay with the card you have on file and can watch as your order is delivered to wherever you are.

UberEats Boston

UberEats launched in 2015, and is available in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Everett, Chelsea, Medford, and Brookline, with plans to expand to Arlington and Belmont.