Boston Because you need something to keep yourself occupied until the USA-Portugal World Cup match Sunday, may we suggest eating and drinking exceptionally well? Here’s the breakdown on newly dropped deliciousness that we're stuffing ourselves with this weekend and beyond. You should do the same.
Sushi Pizza at Itadaki
Fans of Itadaki rejoice! Boston’s only full-service (with full liquor license) Japanese izakaya has re-launched with a new menu, new patio, and a new look. Basically new everything. From bento boxes to sushi to ramen, Chef Fuji is rolling out unique bites and fusion flavors, and there are over 30 types of sake and 15 Shochus to wash it down. But enough preamble: SUSHI PIZZA! It’s a fried rice cake topped with different ingredient schemes such as the Salmon Tartar (Ikura caviar, cucumber, fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano, ponzu) and Itadaki Spicy Tuna (scallions, onions, fried garlic, fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano).
The Entourage Package at Battery Park
Assemble your crew’s Bizarro versions of Ari, Turtle, and Drama and head to Battery Park for the Entourage Package. Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (after 3pm), the feast includes a choice of two apps (Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls, Dirty Pretzels, Buffalo Chicken Rangoons...), a bucket of beer or Prosecco splits, and Fried Dough for dessert. It's $30/person, and you can call 617.350.7275 for reservations. Bonus: play Shut the Box, oversized checkers, and oversized Jenga on the newly opened patio. Then hug it out.
The Triple Threat at Del Frisco's Grille
You’re lovin’ this: Del Frisco’s Grille (at both the Chestnut Hill and new Burlington locations) unleashes the Triple Threat, a grown-up Happy Meal of epic proportions. Feed your inner child with the Grille’s Prime Cheeseburger (two patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, Sloppy Joe sauce, brioche bun), your choice of fries (Original, Sea Salt, Sweet Potato Frites), and the Adult Milkshake (Nocello Walnut Liqueur, crème de cacao chocolate liqueur, vanilla ice cream). No toy prizes or unnerving clown mascots necessary.
Fried Chicken & Donuts at Back Bay Harry's
The people have spoken LOUDLY, and Chef/owner Jason Santos of Back Bay Harry’s has listened. The major crowd-pleaser Fried Chicken and Donuts is back on Fried Chicken Mondays, and YOU should go back to BBH for the Southern-inspired deliciousness. The boneless buttermilk fried chicken comes with potato puree, seared greens, barbecue syrup, annnddd… wait for it… little honey donuts. Who says your weekend of indulgence can't extend into next week?
Market Mondays at Puritan & Company
New England farms are bursting with fresh vittles, and Market Mondays have (finally) returned to Puritan & Company in foodie haven Inman Square. Chef Will and his team are collecting local produce for an ever-changing lineup of tasty treats such as Clothbound Cheddar Gougeres, Asparagus a la Plancha (63-degree egg, queso fresco verde, brioche), Braised Artichokes (farro, Meyer lemon), and Pan-Roasted Red Fish (ramps, favas, watercress). So you should probably go every week. Just sayin’.
Open on Newbury St, this Japanese izakaya has a full liquor license, and Chef Fuji is rolling out unique bites and fusion flavors (including SUSHI PIZZA!), with over 30 types of sake and 15 shochus to wash it all down.
From the dudes behind Amesbury's wildly successful Murphy's Riverside, BPB&L is a refined 87-seat sports/after-work lounge (located in the old 360 Ultra) decked out w/ a deep red mahogany bar and 16 flat-screens.
Located in The Street and overlooking Hammond Pond, Del Frisco's in Chestnut Hill is headed by Executive Chef Layne Coppell of Legal Sea Foods, serving up delicious regional fare like Berkshire pork meatballs and East Coast fish tacos.
Stop drooling and check out this Back Bay gem, because any spot that has Fried Chicken Mondays is a spot worth checking out.
Puritan & Co. plates modern American grub with emphasis on a classic New England style, in an attractive, well-lit location that used to be home to the historic Puritan Cake Company.