Munch Madness

Munch Madness | Final

// And the Munch Madness winner is . . .

Beloved Boston bakery Flour takes the cake over Sarma to clinch Munch Madness 2019.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

Tony Maws (left) opened Kirkland Tap & Trotter six years ago.

Somerville’s Kirkland Tap & Trotter restaurant is closing

Owner and chef Tony Maws said the restaurant would be shutting down Saturday night after six years of business.

Boston, MA - 7/15/19 The Ban Toi Beef Noodle Soup is served with a side of bean sprouts, basil, chili peppers, and lime. ($12.50) The new Ban Toi Restaurant (cq) is located at 1035 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 21quickbiteBanToi Reporter: Devra First

Quick Bite

Ban Tôi chef-owner Chieu Nguyen used to run a nail salon. Now he’s doing what he loves.

The new Dorchester restaurant’s offerings are tightly edited.


Sally’s Sandwiches at Blackbird Doughnuts, and a Craigie on Main pop-up at Alcove

Here’s some restaurant news you can use.

 Smashed Cucumber Salad With Peanuts, Scallions, and  Cilantro.

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Recipes: Three refreshing salads to beat the heat

Cucumbers, tomatoes, and melon are the stars of these summer dishes that strike a balance between sweet and salty.

Neon-lit Beale Street, home to more than two dozen bars and nightclubs, is TennesseeÕs most-visited attraction. (Diane Bair) 16memphis

You can visit, as long as you promise not to sing ‘Walking in Memphis’

Even after a few days of biscuit-and-gravy-fueled sightseeing, you’ll barely capture the city’s flavor.

Mr. Tamole team brings authentic tamales to town

For years, Andres Medina Carreto told his mother, Margarita Carreto, it’s not easy to come by authentic tamales in the Boston area, or for that matter, mole sauce like hers. Finally, she joined in a mission to solve that problem.

This is nuts: Peanut butter, now in powder form

Made by pressing gently roasted peanuts to remove most of the fat and calories, then dried and ground into an easy to reconstitute powder, PBFit powdered nut butter has 87 percent less fat and only a third of the calories of traditional peanut butter.

Curio Coffee in Cambridge becomes Curio Wine Bar on Thursday through Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m.


Swapping daytime coffee with nighttime wine

Several nights a week, the lights dim at Curio Coffee in East Cambridge.

The confident cook

Recipe: Marinate pork chops with mustard, then grill them beside juicy tomatoes

Pork loin chops still on the bone have the best protection from the coals because they’ve got bone on two sides and a very thin rim of fat along the curved edge.

Nick Santerre is chef at Cork Wine & Tapas in New Bedford. “Fresh! Never frozen,” he says of the locally sourced scallops he proudly serves.

Gift from the sea: New Bedford’s bounty starts with scallops

Between the good scalloping years, there were bad ones, and a valuable lesson was learned about how to turn sea scallops into a sustainable fishery.

Project Bread’s Kristen Ciarlo speaks with Javan Ene at Boston’s Summer Eats kickoff.

Q&A with Project Bread president Erin McAleer, on feeding kids through the summer

In Boston and many other communities, Sumer Eats programs kicked off in early July, but there are plenty of children whose families could use the help who aren’t taking advantage of the programs.

Portland restaurants you can actually get into

Those long waits at some of the Maine city’s top restaurants are a good excuse to branch out and try some spots that may not currently be on the hot list, but are spectacular nonetheless.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Ming Cao of JP Fuji Group

Under his cousin Jimmy Liang’s tutelage — “I was his student; he was my sensei,” Liang says — Cao rose to become the group’s executive chef, specializing in sushi. Whatever you do, don’t try to feed him noodles when he ordered dumplings.

Cosmetically challenged produce, delivered straight to your door

Now, fruits and vegetables that aren’t attractive enough for grocery store shelves — but edible and tasty just the same — have a new purpose, thanks to Imperfect Produce.

story by Liza Weisstuch photo by Liza Weisstuch Bee's Knees (classic drink, not venue-specific.)


When it’s hot, buckle and make a Bee’s Knees

Its chill, which ushers in a muted botanical kick, is the opposite of the sizzling heat, and in this case, opposites certainly attract.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: It couldn’t be easier (or better) to grill pizza dough, then add zucchini slices and ricotta

Part of the fun of making pizza at home is tinkering with the process. One method is to grill the dough, which takes minutes. Add toppings and grill briefly again. You’re done. You’ll love it.

Boston, MA - 7/8/17 - Giovanni Corbo of Da Peppe e Figili Pizzeria prepares pizzas for the oven during the first annual Boston Pizza Festival at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The Boston Pizza festival is a two-day event giving local pizzerias the opportunity to show-off their pizzas and visitors the chance to learn more about pizza making. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 09pizzafestival

Here’s what you need to know about the Boston Pizza Festival happening this weekend

Thirty pizzerias from around the Northeast — and a few all the way from Italy — will pack City Hall Plaza on Saturday and Sunday for the third annual pizza festival.


Art with your meal, and a new patio opens at Eataly

Restaurant news you can use.

Focaccia with cultured butter and anchovy at Peregrine.

Quick Bite

Peregrine in Beacon Hill is several cuts above a traditional hotel restaurant

At this second creation from the culinary power couple behind Juliet in Somerville, prices match the neighborhood. Happily, the quality matches the price.

Don Henley of The Eagles performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, October 17, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP) 27crit Austin City Limits 9 p.m., ‘GBH Kids


Don Henley to host Walden Woods gala at Boston Park Plaza, and Billy Joel will be in the house

Tickets for the Sept. 6 fund-raiser are on sale now.

Boston, MA - 7/11/19 The Patios at Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 13BarsRoofsPatios

Five rooftop bars and patios where you can beat the heat

It’s time to brace ourselves for the worst of the summer heat.

Champon originated in Kyushu, Japan, where Migaku head chef Manabu Ito grew up eating the noodle dish.


Migaku champions the unique taste of champon

Don’t miss Champon, a seafood-based Japanese noodle dish, at Migaku Noodle House in Brookline.

Herbed Bulgur Pilaf With Fried Chickpeas

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Recipes: Three new ways to love grains

Bulgur, couscous, and rice get a makeover with these international recipes.

Mitchell Simpson, tasting room manager, pours Sweet Tea Vodka at Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, S.C.

At this S.C. distillery, creativity seems to be the main ingredient

When I first heard about Sweet Tea Vodka, I knew that Firefly Distillery had created it just for me, combining two of my favorite drinks in one bottle.

Stephanie Lay and son Bryce in their kitchen. He holds a jar of their Maine-Tex Grilled Salsa. Right: Bennett, of the Maine-Tex work program, tends the grill outside of the Lays’ home

Maine mom uses grilled salsa to advocate for autism

When Stephanie Lay posted a photo on Facebook of her son grilling salsa ingredients, she never imagined the order requests that would follow, and in a short period of time, the 100 stores, restaurants, and hotels on board with her vision and her three salsa products.

Recipe: A simple chickpea salad is sold as street food in Turkey

Chickpeas are soaked overnight, then tossed with sauteed onion, pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, sumac, cumin, lemon juice, and herbs.

Cookbook Review

A cookbook that offers Turkey’s history, agriculture, daily life, and culinary culture

Musa Dagdeviren’s “The Turkish Cookbook: The Culinary Traditions & Recipes from Turkey” offers a sweeping overview of the food of his homeland.

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The Confident Cook

Recipe: Turn zucchini and corn, a favorite summer duo, into crisp fritters with spicy mayo

Akin to latkes or other savory fried rounds, these rustic little patties make a satisfying summer nibble on the patio before dinner or as a side to grilled chicken or fish.

Chef and owner Douglass Williams at MIDA.

Douglass Williams is many things — including one of Boston’s only black chef-owners — but he just wants to be great

Williams, at the intersection of lots of stuff, owns the restaurant MIDA, which straddles borders, too.

These sauces are simmered in history

Meal Mantra is a new company founded by Newton residents Tarun and Anu Bhalla. The origin of the sauces goes back to Anu’s grandfather, the famous Delhi chef Kundan Lal Gujral.

Sixth annual A Taste of Ethnic Boston is not to be missed

This year, the festival will be held at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub at Faneuil Hall on July 30 from 5:30-8 p.m., showcasing the diverse cuisine of at least 16 restaurants, food trucks, and caterers from around the region.

Cara Marie Nance is executive chef at Lower Mills Tavern in Dorchester.

Getting Salty

A conversation with chef Cara Marie Nance of Lower Mills Tavern

Most pubs specialize in heavy, meaty treats. Not Dorchester’s Lower Mills Tavern, where the executive chef happens to be a vegan. (She’ll also happily cook a burger.)

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Open a can of white beans, add harissa and olive oil, and puree. You’ll look brilliant.

For those moments when you need a snack for drinks and it has to be something easy, this white bean spread, spicy with harissa, takes minutes and tastes delicious. Garnish with olives.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A pasta dish with tuna and olives is ideal hot-weather fare

This lemony pasta is delicious hot or cold, making it a perfect dish for picnics or potlucks.


Are you a craft-beer drinker suffering from flavor-bomb fatigue? Idle Hands feels your pain.

The Malden outfit’s newest release, Slate, doesn’t require drinkers to take a master class in zymology (that’s fermentation science) to enjoy.

Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of “MasterChef,” which aired June 19.

Harvard student manages to compete in ‘MasterChef’ cooking show and graduate, all in one very surreal spring

Nick DiGiovanni of Milton is going strong on this season of Fox’s reality cooking competition that pits home chefs against one another.

Mambo’s coconut shrimp is prepared in a light batter.


Lap up Mediterranean by the beach

After nearly two years of construction, Mambo’s Kitchen & Bar, which offers a variety of pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more, opened on Nantasket Beach.


Wachusett Brewing Co. comes to Cambridge, and Peregrine serves up the flavors of Italian islands

Restaurant news you can use.

Ron Suhanosky (a.k.a Chef Ronsky) serves beautifully prepared Italian dishes such as arancini.

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In a tiny spot in Chestnut Hill, Chef Ronsky is turning out a smart, traditional Italian menu

Ron Suhanosky started Ronsky’s as a pop-up breakfast and lunch cafe three years ago; it eventually became permanent. The spot is now a small restaurant with 14 seats inside (10 more outside).

VIP LOUNGE | Matthew Lombardo

The VIP Lounge with playwright Matthew Lombardo

Playwright Matthew Lombardo’s Broadway-bound play, “Tea at Five,” is now in Boston for an extended run. We caught up with him to talk about all things travel.

Sicilian trapanese pesto (gemelli with tomato-almond pesto and croutons).

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Three light and easy pasta dishes for summer

Bright flavors make these recipes just right for warm weather dining.

 renderings are credit National Development V1 - View from intersection of Dorchester Ave and Old Colony Ave, looking south

Tatte Bakery and Cafe to anchor South Boston redevelopment

The new 30,000 square foot space will include not only a full cafe but also a test kitchen, production spaces, and offices.

On board with functional art

But if you can’t bring yourself to chop onions on one of these beauties, use it for serving cheeses, charcuterie, crudites, sliced fruit, sushi, and other finger foods.

Chocolates from Tick Tock Chocolates, a new shop in Belmont. Photo by Jim Chaplin, co-owner of Tick Tock Chocolates, Jim Chaplin from Tick Tock Chocolates confirms that the Boston Globe can have permission to use the photos on all platforms and also confirms that the company owns the rights to the photos. Contributor: Ann Trieger Kurland, 617-763-1128

It’s time to enjoy Tick Tock Chocolates

At the small shop in Belmont, Dee Chaplin has crafted chocolate bonbons with boldly flavored ganaches and she’s impressed customers at farmers markets and pop-ups with her artistry and adornments.

By the Glass

Women winemakers tell their stories at Portland Wine Week

If Carol Shelton and Brianne Day are any indication, the intergenerational sisterhood of wine is alive and well. That spirit of camaraderie shows up in every wine they make.

t's an octopus. :) Courtesy of Josh Livsey.

Yes, you can have your 3-D octopus-shaped cake and eat it, too

In an age of over-the-top gender reveal cakes and party planning via Pinterest, one might think that bakers get annoyed by customers’ more fanciful requests. Not so, they say.

Double shot

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// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.