Restaurants

Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Lion's Tail - The Food Lens

Amid the sanitary glass constructions that line a recently transformed stretch of the South End’s Harrison Avenue, a wooden door with a lion-shaped knocker sticks out from the squeaky-clean mean. If this were 2009, you might need a password to get in. But it’s 2019 and you’re about to enter Lion’s Tail, a bar that manages to capture all that was good about the Great Cocktail Revival while avoiding its excesses.

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The Publick House - The Food Lens

The Publick House - The Food Lens

Beer bars have gotten a bit of a bad rap of late. There seems to be a widening gulf between bars where people drink beer to relax and have fun, and bars where people drink beer to take notes and wax poetic on the difference between East Coast and West Coast IPAs (presumably while stroking an unkempt beard).

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Yume Ga Arukara

Yume Ga Arukara

“If my kids ask me ‘Why do you work every day?’ I want to tell them ‘Because I have dreams.’”

That message, scrawled messily in big blue letters against a white wall, may be the only element of Yume Ga Arukara not specifically tied to the preparation and consumption of udon noodles. But it speaks volumes about the spirit that goes into making each bowl.

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Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline may not be anyone’s idea of a food mecca at first glance—but those who pass it off as another Boston suburb do so at their own peril. That’s because it’s home to some of our favorite neighborhood destinations, from line-drawing independent bakeries and sandwich shops to tiny spots bursting with fierce flavor.

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A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

Finding a plant-based meal in Boston hasn’t always been easy. But that has changed recently, as a new generation of meat-free options has sprung up to complement long-standing vegetarian and vegan favorites. That’s great news for a lot of us, whether you’ve decided to go sans-meat yourself or are just looking to do 2019 on a new foot. Here are 16 places to start.

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Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston has outgrown its reputation as a student-packed 'hood filled with greasy slice joints and fast food. Well, the students are still there-but they now have access to innovative fast-casual spots, excellent ethnic fare, and plenty of independent restaurants and bars that won't break the bank.

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16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

The West End is chock-full of Irish pubs and sports bars, with buffalo wings and burgers to satiate post-Celtics game appetites. Yet the West End has begun to diversify in recent years, with new openings from local restaurant groups and hospitality vets who have strayed from the tried-and-true formula. From sports bars to sit-downs, here are 16 hot spots to try.


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Why are so many popular Boston restaurants closing? - Metro Boston

Why are so many popular Boston restaurants closing? - Metro Boston

It’s not news that the restaurant industry is tough. But it’s hard not to consider the high profile closures of Boston restaurants over the last 12 months—Townsman, Les Sablons, L’Espalier, Erbaluce and Cultivar, just to name a few—and see a trend. I spoke to local industry figures to see if recent closures were business as usual or out of the ordinary, and what restaurants could do to stay afloat. 

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Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings may be as close as we get to a universally beloved food. Whether they’re filled with pork and pan-fried or full of vegetables and steamed, these stuffed starch packets are what comfort food dreams are made of. From Chinatown to Brookline, Greater Boston has no shortage of places to get your fill.

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Maccabee Bar - DigBoston

Maccabee Bar - DigBoston

Better Sorts Social Club, which opened in the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in October, has had only two months to be itself. But the downtown bar is already becoming something different, albeit for five nights: from Dec 4 to Dec 8, it will become “Maccabee Bar,” a Hanukkah-themed pop-up.

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22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

Clam chowder can sometimes feel more like a regional stereotype than an actual food consumed by locals, so there’s no shortage of disappointing swill aimed at Freedom Trail trekkers. But anyone tempted to turn their back on clam-based broth for good does so at their own peril: Boston is filled with tempting cups and bowls of the classic soup — if you know where to look. 

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19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

Given its location in the heart of a rapidly changing city, it feels like a small miracle that Boston’s Chinatown has remained independent, authentic, and blissfully chain-free (mostly). From no-frills mom-and-pops to slick outposts of the growing Shojo empire, here are 19 spots that will satisfy your comfort-food cravings, test your taste buds, and maybe even remind you of home.

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Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Mar-gar-it-a: Not so long ago, uttering those four syllables would earn you a neon-hued libation served in a fish bowl with enough sugar to fill a Pixy Stix. Somehow, the tequila-based classic that became synonymous with bad decisions and even worse Tex-Mex has been redeemed—and Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar is leading the local charge.

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Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

The unmarked second-story bar above Central Kitchen feels like a microcosm of Central Square itself. It’s tough to figure out whether Brick & Mortar is a funky dive packed wall-to-wall with Budweiser-gripping college kids, or a serious cocktail lounge where startup staffers congregate for high-end drinks.

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