Friday, March 30, 2007

Morton's Steakhouse Coming to the Seaport District of Boston

According to WBZ and the Boston Business Journal, Morton's Steakhouse will soon have another location in Boston. The new Morton's will be in the World Trade Center over by the Seaport District in South Boston.

The new Morton's probably won't be open until sometime in early 2008.

Currently, Morton's has a restaurant in the Back Bay, as well as a number of other locations across the United States.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bubbling Brook in Westwood is NOT Closing

Just to shed some light onto a false rumor about Bubbling Brook closing down and being replaced by a Dunkin' Donuts. It is NOT happening. In fact, Bubbling Brook opened up for the season last Friday, and is now serving food and ice cream once again.

Not sure how the rumor started, but enough people believed it that a petition was started in one of the local schools to keep Bubbling Brook open. Well, there is no need for that petition, as Bubbling Brook is still around, which is fortunate to ice cream lovers (and lovers of good cheap eats) who live southwest of Boston.


Monday, March 26, 2007

TWO More New Reviews: Monte's in Lynn and Bostone Pizza in the Back Bay

photo of Bostone Pizza, Boston, MAThe two latest reviews on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site are Monte's Restaurant in Lynn, and Bostone Pizza in the Back Bay of Boston.

Monte's and Bostone Pizza are very different from each other, but both have excellent pizza, and neither one is well-known. If you like old-school restaurants that serve pizza, Monte's might be worth a look; if you want good cheap eats right on Newbury Street, Bostone Pizza is tough to beat.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Todd English to Open a Burger Joint in Boston

According to the Boston Herald, it looks like Todd English may be opening a burger joint in the Financial District of Boston. The restaurant, which might end up being called Oliver's (which happens to be the name of one of his children), and will likely feature gourmet burgers as well as other comfort items, including milkshakes.

It looks like Oliver's will be located somewhere in or near Post Office Square, which has lots of foot traffic on weekdays, though relatively little traffic at night and on weekend.

The restaurant will probably open sometime in the fall of 2007, according to the Herald.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Latest Review: Pasta Lina's Restaurant, Medford

photo of Pasta Lina's Restaurant, Medford, MAThe latest review that is on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site is Pasta Lina's Restaurant, which is on Route 60 in Medford (near the Malden border). Pasta Lina's is a true hidden gem, as it is almost completely unknown, yet has some of the best Italian food north of Boston.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Burger That Competes With O'Sullivan's and Mr. Bartley's

Maybe I was just extra hungry last night, or perhaps it was the appetite-inducing walk through Jamaica Plain beforehand, but last night I had a burger that nearly knocked me off my feet (in a good way!). The place? Zon's, on Perkins Street in JP.

Zon's is a funky, quirky dining spot that wouldn't be out of place in Greenwich Village or Haight-Ashbury, and is certainly a restaurant that just feels "right" in Jamaica Plain, being that it is one of Boston's most offbeat neighborhoods. The food there is terrific, but the burger that I had there last night particularly impressed me. It was a big meatball of a burger, placed (along with a piece of cheddar cheese) in a big onion roll. The burger had a decent amount of pepper and some other seasonings in it and it was basically a big, juicy, piece of heaven--as big as it was, I could have had two, I think.

I have been to O'Sullivan's in Somerville countless times, and Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Cambridge a number of times, too, and to me, these are the two burger joints that set the bar for all the others in the Boston area. Does Zon's come close? I would say so. But because of the size and shape of the burger at Zon's, perhaps it should be compared more closely to O'Sullivan's. And in my opinion, O'Sullivan's does get the nod, but not by much. And if you include the fries in this comparison, it may be a dead heat, since Zon's has delicious hand-cut fries that are browned and salted just right, while O'Sullivan's has those rather nasty potato wedges that have little flavor.

It is all a matter of opinion when it comes to burgers (or any kind of food, for that matter), and the bottom line is, you can't go wrong with O'Sullivan's, Mr. Bartley's, or Zon's when it comes to grabbing a burger that will put a smile on your face. As for Zon's, I know I'll be back soon--I just wish it were a little closer to where I live.

Zon's on Urbanspoon


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ground Round in Cambridge Closed for Good...Again

Not to sound like a broken record, but the Ground Round in Cambridge appears to be closed for good once again. For awhile, they had a sign up that said they were closed for renovations, but it now looks like they will not re-open after all.

In related news, according to the Boston Business Journal, a company involved in retail properties has bought the building that housed the Ground Round, as well as the building next door that houses Newbury Comics, CVS, and a few other businesses.

It is unknown at this point what kinds of changes will be made to either building, and it is also unknown what will be going in the former Ground Round space.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Boston's Hidden Restaurants Has A New Section on Irish Pubs in Boston

photo of O'Leary's, Brookline, MAA new section on Irish pubs is now within the "Search by Cuisine" section of Boston's Hidden Restaurants. And with it are two new featured restaurants: Spirit in Cambridge and O'Leary's in Brookline.

The new section on Irish pubs can be seen at


Friday, March 09, 2007

Pete's Pub in Boston's Haymarket Square Closing; Durty Nellie's to Take Its Place

Pete's Pub, a no-frills Haymarket Square watering hole that has been serving drinks to working folks and locals for many years, is closing down. Replacing it will be a place called Durty Nellie's, which will be a two-floor Irish pub and restaurant.

The upstairs section of Durty Nellie's will have a handful of tables for dining, while the downstairs area will remain a pub, though likely more upscale than Pete's Pub.

Pete's will be missed by many (including Haymarket Pizza next door, where people could buy pizzas and bring them into Pete's to enjoy with a beer). Indeed, another bit of "Old Boston" is no more...


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Rio Brazilian Barbeque Coming to Arlington

A new Brazilian restaurant is coming to Arlington Center.

Rio Brazilian Barbeque is going to take over the old Punjab location (Punjab moved a few doors down to a bigger space). It is still unknown as to when Rio will open, but word has it that the son of the owner of the Midwest Grill in Cambridge will be heading up the place.

Brazilian restaurants seem to be popping up all over the Boston area, but this Arlington dining spot may become a big hit if it is anything like the Midwest Grill. More news to come soon on this, hopefully...


Monday, March 05, 2007

Our Latest Review: Grotto in Boston

photo of Grotto, Boston, MAAnother new review is on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site. The restaurant is called Grotto, and it is on Beacon Hill in Boston. Grotto is perhaps one of Boston's best restaurants, though other than food critics and hardcore diners, it is not all that well known. A shame, as the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at Grotto is outstanding, and the intimate, seductive atmosphere helps make for a memorable dining experience.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

70-Cent Hot Dogs... Sullivan's at Castle Island in Southie this weekend. I am there at this exact moment, actually!

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Friday, March 02, 2007

C.F. Donovan's Opening Soon in Hyde Park

C.F. Donovan's is soon coming to Hyde Park. This great little neighborhood restaurant and pub in the Savin Hill section of Dorchester will be opening a second location sometime this month (hopefully!) in the center of one of a neighborhood that sorely needs a dining spot like this. Based on how Donovan's is doing in Dorchester, this second location should surely do well in Hyde Park, especially since there are relatively few places to eat in the immediate neighborhood.