Monday, October 31, 2011

Highlights for the Week Ending October 28, 2011

Several stories focusing on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a name change for an Italian eatery south of the city, a national survey on dining out frequency, and another upscale Mexican restaurant coming to Boston's waterfront. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had a featured review on a deli in Newton as well as a blog entry on restaurants in New Hampshire and a photo of a classic Greek dish from a dining spot in East Cambridge.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

JM Curley to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing

Nocera's Restaurant in Stoughton Is Now The Chateau

Salem Fall Restaurant Week 2011 to be Held November 6-10, 13-17

2012 Zagat Survey: Bostonians Dine Out the Least

Rosa Mexicano to Open at Seaport Place on the Boston Waterfront

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Review: Inna's Kitchen in Newton, MA

Photo: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie from Congdon's in Wells, ME

Blog Entry: An Autumn Weekend in New Hampshire

Updated Review: Dogwood Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA

Photo: Pastichio from Desfina in Cambridge, MA

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News Elsewhere: Domino's Managers Burn Rival Papa John's Location to the Ground

It appears that a couple of workers at a Domino's Pizza in Florida recently had what they thought was a good idea on how to lure Papa John's customers over to their store. The solution? Burn the competition to the ground.

According to firstcoastnews.com, two managers from the Domino's location in Lake City apparently set fire to a rival Papa John's less than a mile west of their store. The article mentions that the workers torched the place to "increase sales." Papa's John's was completely destroyed in the fire, and the two managers were charged with felony arson, according to the article.

Plans are currently in place to rebuild the Papa John's store in Lake City.

For more on this story, please go to the link below.

Lake City Papa Johns Burned to Ground; Domino's Managers Accused

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UFood Grill To Give Free Meals to Veterans on November 11

The group behind several fast-casual restaurants in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas is going to be doing something special on Veterans Day at two of its Boston locations.

According to Marketwire, UFood Restaurant Group Inc. will be offering free meals to all veterans on Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day) at its UFood Grill locations on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and on Brookline Avenue in the Fenway section of the city. All veterans need to do is to show their military ID and they will be eating for free at these two locations.

UFood is currently expanding into the military channel, with new locations coming to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and, eventually, at U.S. military installations around the world.

UFood Grill, which was used to be known as Know Fat Lifestyle Grille, offers such items as soups, salads, rice bowls, wraps, burritos, burgers, panini, and pizza. In addition to its Downtown Crossing and Fenway locations, it also has two outlets at Logan Airport as well as one in Watertown. Its website can be found at http://www.ufoodgrill.com/

For more information on this story, please go to the Marketwire link below.

As UFood Grill Prepares to Expand Into the Military Channel, the Company's Boston Restaurants Mark Veterans Day With Free Meals for Veterans at Local Restaurants

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Red-Eyed Pig Is Opening in West Roxbury

It looks like a new restaurant featuring BBQ and Southern-style food is coming to West Roxbury.

According to the Facebook page of the Blue-Eyed Crab in Plymouth, the Red-Eyed Pig is planning to open on Centre Street at the end of November, taking over the space where Fresh Catch used to be (a short distance west of the West Roxbury Parkway). Based on a wall photo within the Facebook page, the Red-Eyed Pig will focus on "downhome," "Southern," and "BBQ" dishes, though no specific menu items have been mentioned as of yet. This will be the second restaurant from the people behind the Blue-Eyed Crab, a seafood spot on Water Street along the Plymouth waterfront that first opened in 2007.

[December 9 update: According to their Facebook page, the Red-Eyed Pig is opening tonight. Also, an article on the Eater Boston site mentions that the new restaurant will feature such items as a crispy smoked pork belly sandwich, fennel and hot pepper sausage, smoked chicken, St. Louis style ribs, and pork belly "donuts," along with pulled pork, brisket, and burgers.]

The address for the new Red-Eyed Pig in West Roxbury is: Red-Eyed Pig, 1753 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132.

Thanks to a poster on the Chowhound site for bringing this to our attention.

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Whole Foods Market Opens in Jamaica Plain

A national chain of supermarkets that focuses on natural and organic foods has just opened a new location in Boston after many months of controversy.

According to Grub Street Boston, Whole Foods Market is now open in the Hyde Square section of Jamaica Plain, moving into the space where Hi Lo Foods had been for nearly a half century. There has been much opposition to the opening of Whole Foods since plans were first announced nearly a year ago, with protestors being upset for a number of reasons, including the upscale market's higher prices, the closing of a neighborhood grocery store, and the gentrification of this Boston neighborhood.

Whole Foods has approximately 20 locations in the Boston area, including three others within the Boston city limits (Beacon Hill, near Symphony Hall, and Brighton).

The address for the new Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain is: Whole Foods Market, 450 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The website for Whole Foods can be found at http://wholefoodsmarket.com/

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King of the Wing Returns to Game On! Fenway in Boston, November 1

A charity event that focuses on chicken wings is returning to the Fenway neighborhood of Boston this week.

According to Adam's Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog,
the King of the Wing competition is going to be held at Game On! Fenway on Lansdowne Street on Tuesday, November 1. The article mentions that the event pits local chefs against each other, with the wings being judged by guests and a panel of celebrity judges. Competitors include chefs from the Cask n' Flagon, East Coast Grill, Game On!, Jake n Joe's, Jerry Remy's, Joe Sent Me, King's, Ned Devine's, and Remick's. Categories for the competition include "Best Buffalo" and "Most Creative" wings.

Tickets cost $30, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester and the Rodman Ride for Kids.

Game On! Boston is a multimedia sports bar, restaurant, and entertainment destination that is located at 82 Lansdowne Street (in front of Fenway Park). Their website can be found at http://gameonboston.com/

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Kee Kar Lau in Somerville Suffers Extensive Damage in Fire

A Chinese restaurant that has been in the Teele Square section of Somerville for more than a decade was one of at least three businesses that was damaged or destroyed in a major fire over the weekend.

According to the Somerville Journal and Wicked Local, a three-alarm fire hit a block of businesses on Broadway where Kee Kar Lau is located. The article states that the eatery was "gutted," though a Somerville Patch article mentions that the fire stopped before it reached Kee Kar Lau, with "extensive damage" including three feet of water in its basement. The fire began behind Hawk Cleaners, which appears to have been destroyed, and then spread to the Nail Image nail salon, which is between Hawk Cleaners and Kee Kar Lau.

The Patch article says that no injuries were reported in the fire, and that as of this time, it has not been determined what started the blaze.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

jm Curley Is Opening in Boston's Downtown Crossing

A new restaurant and bar is coming to the Downtown Crossing section of Boston, and it gets its name from one of the most famous politicians in the history of Massachusetts.

A note sent via Twitter indicates that jm Curley will be opening soon on Temple Place, bringing to the neighborhood a restaurant that Zagat says will be a two-level eatery and watering hole with the option for private dining. (jm Curley gets its name from James Michael Curley, who was the mayor of Boston and governor of the commonwealth during the early and middle parts of the 20th century.) Zagat mentions that the new place will feature American cuisine, with lunch items being around $10 and dinner items being under $20.

The group behind jm Curley also runs the nearby Bina Osteria as well as Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, according to Zagat.

[December 6 update: jm Curley is planning to open the week of the December 19, and it will basically be a barroom serving lunch and dinner, with more than 30 craft beers in bottles along with six taps, and an "approachable" wine list. The cuisine will be regional American and as indicated above, "priced for an emphasis on repeat guests."]

[December 14 update: According to UrbanDaddy, jm Curley is planning to soft-open this Friday (December 16).]

[December 16 update: A note from the restaurant today indicates that jm Curley had to move their opening back a bit, with a soft opening now planned for this coming Monday (December 19).]

[December 18 update: jm Curley will not be opening tomorrow, but hopes to possibly open the week after Christmas. (As soon as we get another update, we will post it here.)]

December 26 update: A note from the restaurant indicates that jm Curley is planning to open today.]

The address for this new restaurant and bar in downtown Boston is: jm Curley, 21 Temple Place, Boston, MA, 02111. Their Twitter page can be found at http://twitter.com/#!/jmCurleyBar

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Nocera's Restaurant in Stoughton Is Now The Chateau

A small local chain of family-friendly Italian restaurants has made some changes to its Stoughton spot, re-branding it to match its other locations.

According to the chain's Facebook page, Nocera's Restaurant on Park Street (Route 27) is now The Chateau, joining other locations of that restaurant in Andover, Braintree, Norton, Norwood, Waltham, Westboro, and soon, a new one in Burlington. Like the other Chateau locations, the new spot in Stoughton features classic Italian and Italian-American dishes, including spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, chicken parmigiana, pan-seared salmon, Italian sausage, and veal marsala.

The Chateau has been in existence since 1933, with Waltham being their original location.

The address for The Chateau in Stoughton is: The Chateau, 1165 Park Street, Stoughton, MA, 02072. The phone number is (781) 341-2503. And the website for the chain is at: http://www.chateaurestaurant.com/

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Descent Is Opening Underneath the W Hotel in Boston's Theatre District

A new cocktail lounge is getting ready to open in Boston, and it is located underneath a hotel in the downtown area of the city.

According to Thrillist Boston, Descent is planning to open tomorrow below the W Boston Hotel on Stuart Street in the Theatre District. An earlier article from UrbanDaddy indicates that the lounge will have a sleek, modern look, with a 40-foot bar along with pewter banquettes in the back. Handcrafted cocktails will be offered at Descent, and patrons will have the chance to do some dancing, with DJ's "remixing the hottest sounds," according to Descent's Facebook page.

[October 28 update: Descent will not be opening today. We will post another update once we get word when the lounge will open its doors.]

[November 18 update: According to Eater Boston, Descent is currently having a soft opening. More details on a grand opening should be coming soon, so keep checking back for updates.]

The W Boston Hotel is also home to Market by Jean-Georges, an upscale restaurant that is known in part for having a three-star Michelin chef behind it.

The address for Descent (as well as the W Boston Hotel) is 100 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Their website can be found at http://www.descentwboston.com/

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar Coming to Watertown, November 4-5, 2011

A food festival and bazaar featuring an array of Armenian foods is coming to East Watertown in early November.

According to the St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church website, the 55th annual St Stephen's Church Bazaar will take place on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center on Nichols Avenue, with a huge selection of baked goods, gourmet items, and hot meals available. Some of the items offered at the festival will include choreg (Armenian sweet bread), salads, pahklava, spinach and cheese beoregs, tourshi (pickled vegetables), yalanchi (grape leaves), string cheese, shish kebab, rice pilaf, and much more. In addition to food, the bazaar will also feature arts and crafts along with live and silent auctions.

The address for is Armenian Cultural and Educational Center is 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA, 02472.

For more information on this event, please go to the link below:

http://www.soorpstepanos.org/

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Salem Fall Restaurant Week 2011 to be Held November 6-10, 13-17

A restaurant event returns to the North Shore next month, and as always, a number of local dining spots will be participating.

An email sent by the Salem Chamber of Commerce indicates that the 5th Annual Salem Fall Restaurant Week 2011 is going to be starting on Sunday, November 6 and running through Thursday, November 10. It will then start up again on Sunday, November 13 and end on Thursday, November 17. Participating dining spots will offer two-course prix-fixe dinners for $15, or three-course dinners for $25 (drinks are extra). A few of the restaurants that will be taking part in Salem Fall Restaurant Week 2011 include 43 Church, 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bella Verona, The Great Escape, Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel, Regatta Pub at the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Seaport Cafe, Thai Place, and many others.

For more information on Salem Fall Restaurant Week 2011, please go to the Salem Chamber of Commerce link below.

http://salem-chamber.org/

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2012 Zagat Survey: Bostonians Dine Out the Least

A popular restaurant guide has just come out with a 2012 survey that includes stats on dining out in America, and Boston comes out at the bottom in one of the categories.

According to PRNewswire, Zagat's 2012 America's Top Restaurants Survey indicates that people in Boston and Philadelphia dine out less frequently than folks in any other major market in the United States. The survey states that diners in Boston and Philly go out to eat approximately 2.5 times per week, as compared with people in Houston, who dine out about 4.0 times per week. Texans seem to dine out more often than folks in the rest of the country, with the top four markets for dining out frequency being in Houston, Austin (3.8), Dallas/Ft. Worth (3.6), and San Antonio (3.5). The average weekly frequency for dining out in America is 3.1 times per week, according to the survey.

Zagat's survey results for 2012 are based on more than 156,000 respondents in 45 major markets.

For more information on this (including other results from the survey), please go to the PRNewswire link below.

Zagat 2012 America's Top Restaurants Survey Reveals 81% of Diners Support Posting Health Letter Grades

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Monday, October 24, 2011

A New Restaurant May Be Coming to Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood

It looks like a new restaurant may be on its way to the Fort Point district of Boston, and this could be the one of the only eateries in the immediate area to have outdoor dining.

According to the Boston Redevelopment Authority news blog, a proposal to renovate a warehouse building on Congress Street includes plans for housing units as well as a possible 6,000 square foot restaurant that would have 1,200 square feet of space for an outdoor patio. A Boston Globe article mentions that Berkeley Investments Inc. gained approval from city regulators last week for this project, though it does not give any indication as to a starting date or an end date to the renovations. Also, at this point in time, the restaurant does not have a name.

The address for this proposed restaurant would be 381 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

Thanks to Adam's Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog for initially bringing this to our attention.

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Los Amigos Is Opening in West Roxbury

It looks like yet another new Mexican restaurant is on its way to Boston, with this one opening in the West Roxbury neighborhood of the city.

Based on information from their Facebook page and website, Los Amigos is planning to open on Centre Street (between the West Roxbury Parkway and Corey Street), moving into the space where Nightingale Health Care used to be. The eatery will be a fast-casual restaurant that, according to its website, will feature "an authentic and contemporary twist on Mexican Cuisine," including such dishes as beer-battered codfish tacos and shrimp burritos.

[December 29 update: According to The West Roxbury Transcript and Wicked Local, Los Amigos may be opening shortly after the new year, though it still needs to go before the city for a common victualler and takeout license in early January before it can officially open for business. The article mentions that Los Amigos will be a takeout-only spot, featuring burritos, quesadillas, and salads, and it will be open for both lunch and dinner.]

Over the past couple of years, a number of Mexican restaurants have opened within the Boston city limits, including North of the Border, a West Roxbury restaurant about a mile and a half away from the future site of Los Amigos that opened this past winter.

Thanks to a poster on Chowhound for bringing this to our attention.

[January 27, 2012 update: According to their Facebook page. Los Amigos may be having a soft opening either tonight or tomorrow.]

[January 30, 2012 update: Los Amigos is now open for business.]

The address for the new Los Amigos is: Los Amigos, 1743 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132. Their website will be at http://amigosburritos.com/

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Typhoon Asian Bistro in Hingham Has Changed to Zendo Asian Bistro

An Asian restaurant that opened in Hingham last year now has a new name and a slightly different menu.

According to a poster on the Hiddenboston Twitter page, Typhoon Asian Bistro & Lounge is now called Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge. The website for Zendo mentions that the place that "is formerly known as Typhoon Asian Bistro & Lounge...has been re-branded to reflect the taste and lifestyle of today's customers," though the Facebook page for the now-closed Typhoon Asian Bistro seems to distance that restaurant from the new spot, implying that a new location of Typhoon could be in the works for the Hingham area at some point.

Typhoon Asian Bistro & Lounge first opened in Hingham in August of 2010, featuring sushi and teppanyaki, along with an array of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai dishes. (The original Typhoon Restaurant on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay remains open.) Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge appears to have similar fare, though the menus at the two restaurants are not identical.

The address for this new Asian restaurant in Hingham is: Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge, 25 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA, 02043. The website can be found at http://www.zendobistro.com/

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Highlights for the Week Ending October 21, 2011

A number of stories centering around the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a National Sandwich Day competition coming to Cambridge, news on a South End restaurant closing soon, and the introduction of food trucks to the Longwood and BU areas. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had a new photo slideshow on good macaroni and cheese dishes as well as a live online food discussion on dive bars in the Boston area and a photo of a red velvet whoopie pie from a bakery in the North End.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

National Sandwich Day Face-Off Coming to Chez Henri in Cambridge, November 3

Good Belly Project: Helping UNICEF's East Africa Relief Efforts

Columbus Cafe in Boston's South End to Close

Clover Food Lab Adds New Trucks to Longwood and BU Areas

Bossa Nova Steak House to Open in Malden

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Photo Slideshow: Five Great Macaroni and Cheese Dishes

Photo: Glass Noodles from Sichuan Garden, Brookline, MA

Vote for the Best Restaurants of 2011

Panel Discussion About Dive Bars in the Boston Area

Photo: Red Velvet Whoopie Pie from Bova's Bakery in Boston, MA

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rosa Mexicano Is Opening at Seaport Place on the Boston Waterfront

Approximately six months after an upscale Mexican restaurant opened on the Boston waterfront, it looks like another high-end Mexican spot will be opening in the same general area.

According to The Boston Globe, Rosa Mexicano is planning to open in Seaport Place at the corner of Seaport Boulevard and B Street, joining three other dining spots in the development--Morton's, Aura, and Tamo. The restaurant, which will have about 8,000 square feet of space and a patio with views of the water, will also be a very short distance west of Temazcal Tequila Cantina, a Mexican dining spot that opened at Liberty Wharf in April. The Globe article mentions that Rosa Mexicano is part of a small chain of eateries with 13 other locations in the United States, with the restaurant's website showing branches of the place including three locations in New York City and one in Hackensack, NJ.

Expect Rosa Mexicano to open sometime in 2012.

[October 30 update: According to the Boston Magazine Chowder blog, Rosa Mexicano will be opening around April 1, 2012. The article also mentions that the outdoor patio will have a capacity of about 75, and prices will generally be in the "mid-to-high $20s."]

[May 8, 2012 update: According to their website, Rosa Mexicano will be opening its doors to the public tonight. (It will start serving lunch next Monday.)]

The address for this new Mexican restaurant on the waterfront is : Rosa Mexicano, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website can be found at http://rosamexicano.com/

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Some Supermarkets Decide Not to Carry Ben and Jerry's Schweddy Balls Ice Cream

It appears that some supermarkets have decided not to carry a Vermont-based ice cream company's new flavor, and it could be because of its rather quirky (and to some, controversial) name.

According to the Huffington Post, Ben & Jerry's "Schweddy Balls" ice cream is not being carried at some markets, including Quincy-based Stop & Shop (though the chain has not given a specific reason for not having the flavor on their shelves). The article mentions that a group called One Million Moms has been pressuring stores to resist carrying the item, as they believe that the name is inappropriate for children. A Ben & Jerry's spokesperson did mention, however, that Schweddy Balls is currently one of their most popular limited-edition flavors.

The name for the ice cream comes from a 1998 Saturday Night Live skit starring actor Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, a baker who made such items as popcorn balls, rum balls, and Schweddy Balls.

For more information on this story, please see the Huffington Post link below.

Supermarkets Give Ben and Jerry's Schweddy Balls The Cold Shoulder

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

National Sandwich Day Face-Off Coming to Chez Henri in Cambridge, November 3


National Sandwich Day is quickly approaching, and a competition between a French-Cuban restaurant and a grilled cheese food truck will be taking place that day.

An email sent to us by Ill Repute PR indicates that Chez Henri in Cambridge will be hosting a National Sandwich Day Face-Off on Thursday, November 3 (which is National Sandwich Day), with the restaurant competing against Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Chez Henri will be pitting its Cuban sandwich against Roxy's grilled cheese in a three-course competition, with diners voting for a winner for each course. Throughout the course of the evening, Chez Henri will be giving updated results via live Twitter posts (Twitter name: @chezhenri).

The National Sandwich Day Face-Off starts at 5:30 PM and is open to the public (advance reservations are recommended), with the cost being $39 per person for the three courses. The ballots will be tallied at 10:00 PM.

Chez Henri is located at 1 Shepard Street in Cambridge, which is just off Mass. Ave. between Porter Square and Harvard Square. Their phone number is (617) 354-8980, and their website can be found at http://chezhenri.com/

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Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen to Be Held in Brighton, October 23, 2011

A culinary event that centers around the updating of traditional Jewish recipes is returning to Boston this month, and once again, a number of local chefs will be participating.

According to the New Center For Arts & Culture website, Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen will be held on Sunday, October 23 at WGBH in Brighton (at the corner of Market Street and Guest Street, just south of Soldiers Field Road). Guests will be able to sample foods made by chefs from such restaurants as Area Four in Cambridge, Foundry on Elm in Somerville, The Fireplace in Brookline, Grill 23 in Boston, the Russell House Tavern in Cambridge, Woodward at the AMES in Boston, and several others. A few of the dishes offered will include updated takes on borscht, kishka, knishes, latkes, and rugelah.

Tickets to Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen, which starts at 5:00 PM, cost $72 for adults ($36 for young adults).

For more information on this event, please go to the New Center For Arts & Culture link below.

http://www.newcenterboston.org/

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Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival to Be Held October 22, 2011

The group behind the WZLX Monster Food Truck Festival which was held in Framingham earlier this month is at it again, hosting another food truck event in the area this weekend, with this one being just north of downtown Boston.

According to the Suffolk Downs website, Food Truck Festivals of New England is bringing the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival to the East Boston racetrack on Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event, which is sponsored by MAGIC 106.7 FM, will include a number of food trucks, including Away Cafe, Captain's Coffee Brewers, Franca's Wood Fired Catering, The FroYo Truck, Lobsta Love, Sweet Truck, The Happy Taco, and several others. Tickets to enter the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival cost $5, with all proceeds benefiting local charities. Parking for the event is free.

In addition to the food trucks, there will also be a full afternoon of live racing as well as children's activities, with face painting and balloon artists being included.

The address for Suffolk Downs is 111 Waldemar Avenue in East Boston (a short distance southeast of where Routes 16, 1A, and 145 intersect).

For more information on the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival, please go to the link below.

http://www.suffolkdowns.com/events.html

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Belly Project: Helping UNICEF's East Africa Relief Efforts

A Boston-based advertising agency is partnering with a number of Boston-area restaurants to help feed children halfway around the world.

According to their website, Mullen launched the Good Belly Project on Sunday, October 16 (which is World Food Day) and will continue it until Sunday, November 6. The goal of this social-media powered project is to aid UNICEF's efforts to help lessen hunger in East Africa, including the country of Somalia. The idea behind the project is a pretty simple one--diners take photos of food at participating restaurants using Instagram (a free photo-sharing mobile app), then tag the photos with #goodbellyproject along with the restaurant's location. For each tagged photo, participating restaurants donate $1 to the cause.

Restaurants that are involved with the Good Belly Project include Abigail's, Bambara, Bergamot, Bon Me Truck, Figs, Fillbelly's, Hillstone, Isabelle's Curlycakes, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Kingfish Hall, KO Prime, Market by Jean Georges, Naked Pizza, Rialto Restaurant + Bar, Sibling Rivalry, and Stephi's On Tremont.

For more information on the Good Belly Project, please go to the links below.

http://www.goodbellyproject.org

http://www.mullen.com/2011/10/the-good-belly-project-launches/

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Columbus Cafe in Boston's South End Is Closing

It looks like an eclectic restaurant in the South End of Boston that has been in business for about six years is apparently going to be closing its doors next month.

According to a post on the BosGuy blog, the Columbus Cafe on Columbus Avenue is going to close sometime toward the end of November. The eatery, which had been put up for sale earlier this year, first opened in the fall of 2005, offering an offbeat mix of dishes, including Swedish meatballs, calamari, deviled egg, enchiladas, Southern-style catfish, macaroni and cheese, pork chops, Moroccan lamb shank, Argentine steak, and Tuscan meatloaf.

[October 25 update: A Groupon has just been issued for the Columbus Cafe and it is good until February, 2012, so either the new restaurant that is apparently replacing the Columbus Cafe (as indicated by BosGuy) will honor the Groupon, or perhaps the Columbus Cafe will not be closing in November after all. We will try to get more information on this, with any updates being posted here.]

The address for this restaurant in the South End is: Columbus Cafe and Bar, 535 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website can be found at http://columbuscafeandbar.com/

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Sausage Fest Coming to Dante Restaurant in Cambridge

A sausage competition is coming to an East Cambridge restaurant in November, and it will feature some of the Boston area's best chefs.

According to Grub Street Boston, Dante on Edwin H Land Boulevard (near the Museum of Science and the Charles River) will be hosting "Sausage Fest ," a cook-off that will take place November 20 on the restaurant's patio. The lineup for this event will include Dante de Magistris from Dante, Jamie Bissonnette from Coppa in the South End, Evan Deluty from Stella in the South End, Louis DiBiccari from Storyville in the Back Bay, Mary Dumont from Harvest in Harvard Square, Tiffani Faison from the upcoming Sweet Cheeks in the Fenway area, William Kovel from Cataylst in Kendall Square, Colin Lynch from Menton in the Fort Point District, Marc Orfaly from Pigalle in the Theatre District, Brian Poe from the Rattlesnake in the Back Bay, and Patricia Yeo from OM in Harvard Square.

Tickets to Sausage Fest cost $20, and can be ordered by calling Dante at (617) 497-4200.

For more information on this event, please go to the Grub Street Boston link below.

Dante de Magistris Will Host a Sausage Fest

[November 21 update: The Sausage Fest was held yesterday, and Evan Deluty from Stella in the South End was the winner of the competition. Thanks to Grub Street Boston for the info.]

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Tokyo Steak House to Move into Former Twitters Space in Saugus

A Japanese restaurant is going to be opening in Saugus, and it will be replacing a family-friendly dining spot that closed earlier this year.

According to the Saugus Advertiser and Wicked Local, the Saugus Board of Selectmen voted in favor of a liquor license and an entertainment license transfer application for Tokyo Steak House, which will begin to renovate the space where Twitters Bar and Grille had been (Twitters was open for less than a year, shutting down this past January). The article mentions that the new eatery, which may have a capacity of approximately 160, looks to feature hibachi, sushi, and hotpot, and it will be open for lunch and dinner.

If all goes as planned, Tokyo Steak House could be open by the holidays, according to the article.

It is not known whether Tokyo Steak House is connected with the group of Tokyo Steakhouses in Andover, Nashua, and Salem, NH, or the Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Braintree; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

The address for this soon-to-open restaurant in Saugus will be: Tokyo Steak House, 1201 Broadway (Square One Mall), Saugus, MA, 01906.

For more information on the opening of Tokyo Steak House, please go to the Saugus Advertiser/Wicked Local link below.

Tokyo Steak House to open at Square One Mall in Saugus

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Clover Food Lab Adds New Trucks to Longwood and BU Areas

The people behind three vegetarian food trucks (and a bricks-and-mortar restaurant) in the Boston area have just added two new trucks, with these two being just west of downtown Boston.

According to the Chowder blog of Boston Magazine, Clover Food Lab now has trucks at the Longwood Medical Center and at Boston University. These two join existing trucks at MIT in Cambridge, City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and Dewey Square, as well as a permanent restaurant in Harvard Square. Another truck can be found during the warmer months at the SoWa market in Boston's South End, and another new restaurant--and future headquarters for Clover--is coming to Cambridge's Inman Square area soon.

The Longwood and BU trucks can be found at Blackfan Street and the Boston University Bridge, respectively.

The website for Clover is at http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

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Bossa Nova Steak House Is Opening in Malden

A new Brazilian restaurant is coming to Malden, moving into the space where an upscale restaurant and martini lounge had been.

An email sent to us by one of our readers indicates that Bossa Nova Steak House is planning to open on Main Street in Malden, taking over the former Two Ninety Main space (Two Ninety Main Restaurant and Lounge closed in September of 2010 after being in business for approximately a year). Based on the menu, it appears that Bossa Nova will feature such items as linguica with fried yucca, grilled calamari, codfish balls, bruschetta, grilled sirloin, chicken wings, grilled salmon, shrimp scampi, and flan.

[December 8 update: According to posters on Chowhound and Yelp, Bossa Nova Steak House is now open.]

The address for this new Brazilian restaurant in Malden is: Bossa Nova Steak House, 290 Main Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Their website can be found at http://www.wix.com/alexpsba/bossa-nova

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Highlights for the Week Ending October 14, 2011

Several stories focusing on the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a best new restaurants list from Esquire magazine that includes three Boston spots, a Turkish food truck on the way to the city, and a casual upscale restaurant in the Fenway area closing. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had a new review of a restaurant and bar near the Fens in Boston as well as a live online food discussion with college students and a photo of an appetizer from a Japanese restaurant in Roslindale.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Five Guys Burgers and Fries to Open in Downtown Boston

Home Sweet Home Dessert Tasting Event to Be Held in Cambridge

Esquire's Best New Restaurants List Includes Three Boston Dining Spots

Turkish Delight by Meatballs and ETC. Food Truck Coming to Boston

Burton's Grill in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood to Close

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Review: Woody's Grill and Tap in Boston, MA

Blog Post: A Couple of Restaurants along Route 9 in Southern Vermont

Restaurant Closings and Openings in October, 2011

Discussion with College Students about Boston-Area Restaurants

Photo: Beef Gyoza from Village Sushi and Grill in Roslindale, MA

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"Occupy Fenway" Coming to Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill on Boylston Street

A restaurant owned by a former Red Sox player (and present-day TV announcer) is going to be hosting an event loosely based on the team's 2011 collapse as well as an ongoing series of demonstrations in Boston.

According to their Facebook page, Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill on Boylston Street in the Fenway neighborhood of the city is planning to have an "Occupy Fenway" event at the restaurant tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 19), complete with fans voicing their anger at an open mic, $5 burgers and fries, and Twitter posts from followers being displayed on one of the dining spot's "Screen Monsters." The Facebook page also mentions that no chicken will be allowed--a dig on the controversy over Red Sox players allegedly eating fried chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse during games. The name of the event comes from Occupy Boston, which is a continuing demonstration in Dewey Square (near South Station) against inequality and corporate greed.

The address for Jerry Remy's in the Fenway neighborhood is: Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill, 1265 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. The phone number is (617) 236-7369. The Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerry-Remys-Sports-Bar-Grill/246447931841

Thanks to Adam's Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog for bringing this to our attention.

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News Elsewhere: Ming Tsai to Run a Pop-Up Restaurant in a Cranberry Bog

Pop-up restaurants seem to be all the rage these days, and a particularly unusual one is coming to Manhattan today and tomorrow.

According to the Mass. Market blog, celebrity chef Ming Tsai (of Wellesley's Blue Ginger) is going to be running a pop-up dining spot within a "cranberry bog" at Rockefeller Center. The article mentions that the restaurant will feature cranberry-infused drinks as well as appetizers, and there will be a simulated bar section as well as tables for approximately 30 people (diners need to enter a drawing to get one of the spots). Guests of the pop-up restaurant will have to work their way through a large pool that contains 2,000 pounds of floating cranberries to get to their tables, according to Mass. Market.

Ocean Spray, a cooperative of cranberry and grapefruit growers that is based in Lakeville-Middleboro, MA, is behind this pop-up restaurant.

For more information on this story, please go to the Mass. Market link below.

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai opens a new restaurant – in the middle of a cranberry bog

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Is Jamie Bissonnette Opening a New Restaurant in Boston's South End?

A new restaurant is coming to the South End of Boston, and it looks like a well-known chef may be behind it.

According to a job post within the BostonChefs.com site, an "eclectic neighborhood restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner" will be opening somewhere in this Boston neighborhood, and the eatery is currently in need of a general manager. The email on the post directs job applicants to Jamie Bissonnette, who is chef and one of the owners of Coppa, an enoteca on Shawmut Avenue, and Toro, a tapas restaurant on Washington Street (both of which are in the South End).

Neither a name nor an address seem to be given for the new dining spot at this point in time. As soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pops Restaurant in Boston's South End Has Closed

It looks like a South End restaurant that has offered diners a variety of inventive comfort food dishes since opening a few years back has closed its doors.

According to a source within the Boston media, Pops Restaurant on Tremont Street shut its doors over the weekend. A call placed to the eatery yesterday evening could not go through as no one was answering, and OpenTable is no longer taking reservations for the place.

Pops first opened in the winter of 2007, featuring a mix of classic American, New American, and comfort food items, including baked macaroni and cheese, braised short ribs, meatloaf, lamb bolognese, and chicken pot pie. The restaurant served dinner seven days a week, with breakfast/brunch offered Friday through Sunday.

The address for Pops was: Pops Restaurant, 560 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

Thanks to Boston-area food/drinks writer MC Slim JB for helping out with some of this information.

[October 17 update: According to a Facebook post from CBH Communications, Sunday was closing day for Pops Restaurant, and it appears to have been strictly a business decision. The post also mentions that it now looks like the Pops space is for sale. Thanks to Christine Liu for sending this information via Twitter.]

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Food Day Is Coming on October 24, 2011

Food Day is on its way to the Boston area and the rest of the country, and a number of events are being planned for it in and around Beantown.

An email sent to us by CBH Communications indicates that Food Day will take place on Monday, October 24, with the focus of the day being on the production of healthy and affordable food in a humane and sustainable way. Restaurants, chefs, food activists, writers, and elected officials will be involved in various events, including a community-sourced potluck in South Boston, a conference on food policy in Cambridge, a free screening of the documentary Food Fight at the Museum of Science in Boston, a food day and film screening at Clark University in Worcester, and gleaning network events in Worcester County and Suffolk County.

For more information on Food Day events in the Boston area, please go to the link below.

http://www.foodday.org/participate/events/search/42.062449/-71.718185/2

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Flavors of Fall Coming to Cambridge, November 14, 2011

A culinary event is coming to the Harvard Square section of Cambridge in November, and it will feature some of the best chefs in the city.

An email sent to us by BostonChefs.com indicates that the Eighth Annual Flavors of Fall will be held at Regattabar in the Charles Hotel on Monday, November 14 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will focus on sweet and savory fall dishes created by chefs from Area Four, Bergamot, The Blue Room, Bondir, Catalyst, Evoo, Garden at the Cellar, Harvest, Henrietta's Table, Russell House Tavern, Sandrine's, and UpStairs on the Square. Beer, wine, and cocktails will also be available at the Flavors of Fall, and live music will be provided.

Tickets to the 2011 Flavors of Fall cost $65 each, with proceeds benefiting Tutoring Plus, an organization that helps the academic, personal, and social growth of youths in Cambridge.

For more information on this event, please go to the BostonChefs.com link below.

http://bostonchefs.com/static/events/flavors/2011/

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Will Gilson to Have Pop-Up Restaurant at Newbury College in Brookline

A well-known chef who temporarily left the Boston area to set up a pop-up restaurant on the Cape is planning a new pop-up, with this one being closer to Boston and within a college campus.

According to the Boston Magazine Chowder blog, Will Gilson is working on a new pop-up restaurant that will be held at Newbury College in Brookline, where he is currently teaching a course to culinary students. The article states that the pop-up will basically be a final project for the students, with the temporary restaurant focusing on inventive takes on dorm food (grilled cheese sandwiches, ramen noodles, soft-serve ice cream, etc.). Expect this new pop-up, which will be held at The Mitton House, to take place in December, with tickets being available in a month or so.

[November 17 update: According to Grub Street Boston, the pop-up restaurant at Newbury College will take place on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 PM, with tickets being available now. A few of the items on the menu will be a mac and cheese pop-tart with goat cheese; spaghetti "ohs" with herbed meatballs, piquillo pepper sauce and pecorino romano; and cereal-milk panna cotta with cocoa-krispy treat and melted ice cream sauce. Tickets cost $50 and can be ordered at http://collegepopup-estw.eventbrite.com/]

Will Gilson and his Eat Boston business partner Aaron Cohen have helped create a number of pop-up restaurants in the Boston area over the past year, including ones at the Mizu Salon in the Back Bay, the Boston Center for Adult Education in downtown Boston, Taza Chocolate and Bloc 11 in Somerville, and Mohr & McPherson in the South End. Over the past summer, Gilson worked at a large-scale pop-up restaurant at Adrian's Restaurant in Truro on the Cape, leaving Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge in order to do so.

Newbury College is located on Fisher Avenue in Brookline, a short distance south of Cleveland Circle.

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A Taste of Arlington to Be Held October 25, 2011

A culinary event is coming to a northwest suburb of Boston later this month, and a number of local restaurants will be participating.

According to the town's chamber of commerce site, A Taste of Arlington will be held at the town hall on Tuesday, October 25 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will feature samplings from such dining spots as Acitron Mexican Bistro, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Flora, Gemma Ristorante, Little Q Hot Pot, Punjab Fine Indian Cuisine, Sabzi, Tryst, Za, and others. In addition to food tastings, A Taste of Arlington will also have live music from the Don Hemwall Jazz Trio.

Tickets to the 2011 Taste of Arlington cost $35 in advance ($40 at the door, if available).

For more information, please go to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce link below.

http://www.arlcc.org/taste/index.htm

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Miller's Ale House to Open in Watertown

A Florida-based chain of casual-dining restaurants and sports bars is getting ready to open its first location in New England, and it will be moving into a Watertown space that was formerly the site of another chain.

According to a job post on the Craigslist site, Miller's Ale House will be opening on Arsenal Street, taking over the old Bugaboo Creek spot (the Watertown location of Bugaboo Creek closed in November of 2010 when the chain filed for bankruptcy). Once it opens--apparently sometime before the end of the year--the new restaurant will feature a variety of steak, seafood, and pasta dishes, along with soups, salads, sandwiches, and wings. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks will also be available at Miller's Ale House, and the restaurant will likely have a number of HD screens around the bar as well as in the dining area.

Miller's Ale House first opened in Jupiter, FL, in 1988, and today has approximately 50 locations, most of which are in Florida (outlets can also be found in Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania).

[December 9 update: According to the Watertown Patch, the new Miller's Ale House in Watertown is planning to open on Tuesday, December 20.]

The address for this upcoming restaurant in Watertown will be: Miller's Ale House, 617 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. The website for the chain is at http://www.millersalehouse.com/

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries Is Opening in Downtown Boston

A chain of burger places with a number of locations in the Boston area is getting ready to open its first restaurant in Boston proper.

According to a job post on the Craigslist site, Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning to open on Summer Street, with a retail update page from The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District indicating that it will apparently be moving into the space where a location of the McDonald's chain used to be. This will be the first Five Guys to open within the Boston city limits, with the closest location to downtown Boston currently being in Medford.

[January 17, 2012 update: According to Eater Boston, Five Guys hopes to open their downtown Boston location in either June or July.]

[July 25, 2012 update: Five Guys is one step closer to opening in downtown Boston, as EveryBlock Boston posts that the burger place has received a business license to operate.]

[November 15 update: A message sent to us from Five Guys indicates that the new location in downtown Boston will be opening on Monday, November 19.]

[November 15 update #2: A newer message from Five Guys mentions that they were incorrect with the above opening date. It will actually be opening on Saturday, November 17.]

In addition to its Medford location, Five Guys Burgers and Fries can also be found in Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Framingham, Gloucester, Hanover, Marlborough, Natick, Randolph, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, and Walpole. New locations are also coming to Burlington and Chelsea soon.

The address for this new burger place in downtown Boston is: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 58 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110. The website for the burger chain can be found at: http://www.fiveguys.com/

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Update: The Greenway Mobile Food Fest in Boston Has Been Canceled

A food festival that was supposed to come to downtown Boston this weekend has been canceled due to an ongoing series of demonstrations near where the event was supposed to happen.

According to Grub Street Boston, the Greenway Mobile Food Fest will not take place on Saturday, October 15 at Dewey Square Park due to the continued Occupy Boston movement. Grub Street includes a quote from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy that states "The decision is based on the fact that the number of attendees we're expecting for the Greenway Mobile Food Fest, combined with the Occupy Boston encampment on Dewey Square, would simply be too crowded to be considered safe for the public."

The event was supposed to take place from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, with such vendors as BBQ Smith, Clover Food Lab, Lefty's Silver Cart, Mobile Home, Silk Road BBQ, and others taking part in the festival.

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Great New England BBQFest Coming to Wachusett Mountain, October 22-23, 2011

An event that features chili, pulled pork, and more is coming to a ski area in the central part of Massachusetts later this month.

According to the Wachusett Mountain website, the 2nd annual Great New England BBQFest is going to be held on the weekend of October 22-23, with hours being 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day. The event will feature some of the region's top barbecue vendors, along with an oyster shucking contest, a pig roast, a beer tent, a farmers' market, live music, and children's activities.

Ticket prices range from $8 for admission only (purchased in advance) to $90 for a "Festival 4 Pack," which includes 4 admission tickets, 4 SkyRide Plus, and 4 $10 Food Coupons for the cafe. The admission price for children between 6 and 12 years old is $4 if purchased in advance. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greg Hill Foundation, whose mission is to respond to the immediate needs of families touched by tragedy. (Greg Hill is the morning radio host on WAAF.)

The 2011 Great New England BBQFest will take place rain or shine.

For more information on this event, please go to the link below.

Great New England BBQFest

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Bivalves and Bubbles Coming to Boston's Legal Harborside, October 15, 2011

An event featuring oysters and champagne is on its way to the Boston waterfront, and a well-known street performer from New York will be there.

According to the restaurant's website, Legal Harborside in the Seaport District of Boston will be the site of "Bivalves and Bubbles," which will take place on Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The event, which will be held on the roof deck of the restaurant, will feature at least eight different varieties of oysters, including from Wellfleet Harbor, Cotuit, and Prince Edward Island, and champagne options will include Gosset Brut "Excellence" and Laurent Perrier Brut. Special guest Robert John Burck--who is also known as the Naked Cowboy--will be at Bivalves and Bubbles, and his brand of oysters (Naked Cowboy Oysters from Long Island Sound) will be available at the event as well.

Tickets to Bivalves and Bubbles cost $80 each, with the price including tax and gratuity.

For more information on this event, please go to the link below.

http://www.legalseafoods.com/index.cfm/cdid/44924/pid/43564

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Home Sweet Home Dessert Tasting Event to Be Held in Cambridge, October 22, 2011

A dessert tasting event and competition that raises money to help the homeless is coming to Cambridge later this month.

An email sent from Image Unlimited Communications indicates that the fourth annual "Home Sweet Home" charity event will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM in the Presidential Ballroom of the Cambridge Hyatt Regency on Memorial Drive. The event, which is presented by The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund, will include a dessert competition, with local dessert chefs having their creations judged by Annie Copps (food/wine writer; host of Daily Dish on WGBH; contributor to the Today Show on NBC), Andrew Rimas (Editor, The Improper Bostonian), Amy Traverso (Senior Lifestyle Editor at Yankee Magazine), and Jill Epstein (Publisher of Where to Eat Boston). Home Sweet Home will also feature music, dancing, wine tastings, raffles, and auctions. Billy Costa of NECN's TV Diner will be hosting the event.

Tickets to Home Sweet Home cost $50 for regular admission, and $100 for VIP admission (which includes a buffet dinner and the wine tasting).

For more information on the event--including how to purchase tickets--please go to the link below.

http://www.chafund.org/dessert2011.html

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cafe Kafofo Is Opening in East Cambridge

It looks like a new coffee shop is on its way to East Cambridge.

According to a License Commission Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Cafe Kafofo is planning to open on Cambridge Street (at the Eighth Street intersection). A poster on the Chowhound site mentions that a handmade sign is now up for the coffee shop, stating that the place will be opening soon, though it is not known at this time exactly when the place will open.

The City of Cambridge page mentions that Cafe Kafofo is looking to have a capacity of 20, with hours being 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week.

[December 18 update: According to their Facebook page, Cafe Kafofo is now open, and it is offering items such as coffee, croissants, muffins, and sandwiches.]

The address for this new coffee shop in East Cambridge is: Cafe Kafofo, 594 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141. Their website can be found at http://cafekafofo.com/

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Esquire's Best New Restaurants List Includes Three Boston Dining Spots

A popular men's magazine has come out with its top 20 picks for new restaurants in the United States in 2011, and three Boston dining spots have made the list.

According to the article (which is in their November issue), Esquire magazine included Legal Harborside in the Seaport District, Towne Stove & Spirits in the Back Bay, and Tico in the Back Bay among its picks for best new restaurants in 2011. The list was created based on a number of criteria, with Esquire excluding chains, crossing off eateries that opened before mid-August, 2010, and taking off points for restaurants that don't take reservations and are extremely noisy, while favoring places that are chef-driven and eateries that are "mom-and-pop" spots. The article also mentioned (tongue-in-cheek, most likely) that points were taken off for such items as having "beets-and-goat's-cheese salad on the menu 365 days a year" and "waiters who have more tattoos than at a circus sideshow."

In addition to Legal Harborside, Towne Stove & Spirits, and Tico, Esquire also included five New York restaurants--Ai Fiori, Boulud Sud, Lincoln Ristorante, Millesime, and Salinas.

For the complete list of best new restaurants in 2011 as picked by Esquire magazine, please go to the link below.

Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2011

Thanks to Grub Street Boston and Regan Communications Group for bringing this to our attention.

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Highlights for the Week Ending October 7, 2011

A number of stories centering around the Boston-area restaurant scene came out over the past week, including a music club and lounge closing, a 3,999-pound plate of nachos created by a local restaurant chain, and a tortilla bakery opening just north of the city. In addition, our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had a new blog review of a seafood restaurant on the Outer Cape as well as a photo slideshow of great pizzas in the Boston area and a photo of a "magic cube" from a new dessert stand in Allston.

Below are links to these and other items from the past week:

Boston Restaurant Talk

Enormous Room in Cambridge's Central Square Is Closing

Greenway Mobile Food Fest to Be Held in Boston, October 15, 2011

Ninety Nine Restaurant in Billerica Creates 3,999-Pound Plate of Nachos

Expansion Plans Are in the Works for South End Buttery on Shawmut Avenue

Tortilleria La Nina Opens in Chelsea

Boston's Hidden Restaurants

New Blog Review: Pearl in Wellfleet, MA

Photo: Bob's Barbecue Pit in Danvers, MA

Photo Slideshow: Six Great Pizzas in the Boston Area

Photo: Magic Cube from Licki Licki in Allston, MA

Updated Review: Grumpy's in Dennis, MA

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