Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe has returned to the South End

Neighborhood favorite Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe has reopened. The South End mainstay, known equally for its turkey hash and its rich history, closed last year after 87 years of lunch-counter service and fanfare. Business resumed on Friday, January 22nd, with new ownership under Stella's chef/owner Evan Deluty, but the same old charm.

Don't be fooled by the name, Charlie’s currently serves just breakfast food, with omelettes, pancakes, and their famous turkey hash comprising the bulk of the menu. It’s classic food in a classic setting. This is a place where you sit in a stool along the counter, or cozy into one of the small tables, and enjoy a bottomless mug of fresh coffee. In a time of preciously composed dishes, Charlie’s serves plates of food. The thrill at Charlie’s is in the comfort and nostalgia of a neighborhood diner.

Conveniently located less than 2 blocks away from the Clarendon Square Inn, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe has fed celebrities, athletes, at least one President, and our neighbors for generations. Visiting Charlie’s is a way to experience one piece of Boston’s rich history.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Where to Spend a Cold, Winter Day in Boston

While the weather may be colder , there are plenty of things to do in Boston that will get you out while still staying warm.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way, Boston

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to a significant art collection of European, Asian and American art. The ISGM reached international notoriety in 1990 when thirteen priceless works of art were stolen and never recovered. As per the will of Isabella Gardner, discounted admittance is given to those wearing Red Sox apparel and anyone named Isabella gets in for free.

Improv Asylum
216 Hanover Street, Boston

The Improv Asylum is located in the heart of the North End on Hanover Street. Offering both improv and sketch comedy shows, there is a little something for everyone. Most shows start at 8pm or later so grab a bowl of pasta at one of the North End's many Italian restaurants before settling in for a night of comedy.

1271 Boylston Street, Boston

Hojoko is a fun Japanese pub, filled with colorful cocktails and 80s video games. In addition there is a "rock n roll" inspired Japanese menu with everything from sushi to ramen.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston

The Boston Public Library's central branch is located right in the center of Copley Square. Admittance is free and it is very easy to get lost among the stunning architecture and millions of books. There is also a delicious restaurant and cafe located inside to grab lunch between pages.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Best New Boston Restaurants of 2015 (And What to Look Forward to in 2016)

2015 has come to an end. This marks the perfect opportunity to reflect back on the best new restaurants to join the Boston cityscape this year.

Boston Public Market
100 Hanover St., Boston, bostonpublicmarket.org
Following in the footsteps of places like LA and New York, the Boston Public Market opened, offering a year round farmers' market that also serves as a "food court." Although the term food court seems like a disservice to this expansive "food hall." You can get foods such as smoked-haddock tacos, yellow fin tuna rolls, and freshly brewed beer. With over 40 merchants, there is always something new to try at the Boston Public Market.

Banyan Bar + Refuge
553 Tremont St., Boston, 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com
Banyan, about a 7 minute walk from Clarendon Square, has replaced Hamersley's Bistro, which was a cornerstone of the South End neighborhood for over 20 years. Taking the place of an icon is no easy feat, but Banyan has done that successfully with Chef Phillip Tang's asian fusion menu. The delicious dishes include pickled sea beans, Korean fried chicken, lobster rolls with honey-miso butter, and Kewpie-mayo potato salad. Banyan marks the next spot in the ever growing Gallows Group South End culinary empire.

Tasting Counter
14 Tyler St., Somerville, 617-299-6362, tastingcounter.com
The Tasting Counter is an exciting dining experience. Chef Peter Ung├ír and Chef Marcos Sanchez serve nine courses of their choosing. Some past dishes have been urchin and kelp custard, dry aged sirloin cap and burdock root puree. If you want a front row seat to this personal dining experience, you must buy a seat in advance. Looking to 2016, the chefs plan to customize their menus for repeat guests, so they will never experience the same dishes twice.

Tiger Mama
1363 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, www.tigermamaboston.com
Sweet Cheeks owner and Top Chef Finalist, Tiffani Faison has opened her second Boston restaurant, Tiger Mama in 2015. The cuisine is Southeast Asian inspired and feats include lobster curry, pad thai, and lettuce fried rice. The dishes are meant to share in a tapas style dining. The cocktails are equally delicious and there is one whole bar devoted to tiki drinks.

And 2016 promises to deliver as well...

According to Boston Restaurant Talk, a fine casual Greek restaurant could open as early as March. Behind it? Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali brings Eataly to Boston in 2016! Diners will be able to pick up freshly made pasta at a vast gourmet marketplace, nibble on prosciutto with a glass of chianti classico, or sit down for a gourmet meal made with local ingredients at a rooftop grill — all within a three-floor food emporium that would cover an acre of space.
Eataly emporium in Chicago