Munch Madness

// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

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

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

From left: White wine sangria; white sangria with honeydew, kiwi, and grapes; and classic red wine sangria.


Recipes: Four ways to make summer sangria, with or without wine

Wine, well-chosen fruit, and modest sweetening are all sangria needs to be great.

Owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London, Claire Ptak (L) and head baker, Izaak Adams put the finishing touches to the wedding cake of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace in London, on May 17, 2018. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH MCKAYHANNAH MCKAY/AFP/Getty Images

An early look at part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake

The three-part layered lemon and elderflower wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an ‘‘ethereal’’ taste and an unusual display, the baker said.

An al fresco yoga class at The Street Chestnut Hill.

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Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill

Can’t make it to the beach? Go to Route 9 instead.

Maricela Salgado prepares guacamole at Blue Dalia.

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At Blue Dalia in Natick, there’s a margarita waiting just beyond the checkout lane

A look at Blue Dalia, a Mexican restaurant inside a Wegmans inside the mall in Natick.

Backyard Betty's will be opening in South Boston on May 18.


Hello Backyard Betty’s, goodbye Central Bistro

Restaurant news you can use.


Massachusetts-made wine from Portuguese grapes

Montez could have sourced fruit from California, but looked instead to Transmontano, in northeastern Portugal, where his family’s vineyard and winery are located.

Kitchen staff work in the Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle in Windsor as they begin preparations for the wedding banquet for the marriage ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Say ‘I do’ to some classic British recipes

Any wedding viewing party should certainly come with festive royal food.


A wick(ed) good time at this former candle factory

The Wick is a 55-room hotel is set in a former candle-and-soap-manufacturing facility, and there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the property.

La Vie en Rose is a creation on the menu at W XYZ Bar at Aloft Boston Seaport.

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From the Bar: La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose is a fitting a cocktail for session sipping in the afternoon sunshine.

Saison Rosé from Brewery Ommegang


Four wine beers you should try immediately

Wine-beer hybrids will soon be everywhere, brewed by your favorite brands and as on-trend as last year’s rosé-all-day movement.

Cheng Du spicy dumplings at Sichuan Gourmet in Burlington.

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Go out of your way for Sichuan Gourmet

I brave rush-hour traffic to grab takeout there. My go-to order: Cheng Du spicy dumplings, Sichuan wontons with spicy chile sauce, and green bean jelly with Cheng Du spicy sauce.

“Strip-T’s is my personality,” says Paul Maslow, who opened the restaurant in 1986. “It’s who I am. I am a little fearful of how I’m going to feel when who I am for the past 32 years is no longer.”

Strip-T’s in Watertown is closing, and with it goes a little piece of the restaurant scene’s soul

The Watertown hole-in-the-wall became an unlikely culinary destination, but the relationships forged here were always the real draw.

Emily Ryan is Share Our Strength’s New England director of development.

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Getting Salty with Share Our Strength’s Emily Ryan

Share Our Strength holds its 30th annual Taste of the Nation fund-raiser in Boston on June 5, with more than 60 restaurants serving food and drinks to benefit their No Kid Hungry campaign.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: For a crowd, serve a grilled flank steak with an aromatic Italian herb sauce

This sauce is a classic Italian salsa verde (don’t confuse it with the Mexican sauce of the same name), which combines capers, mustard, lemon juice, anchovies, parsley, rosemary, and mint.

Le Crueset’s steel pots perfect for your next seafood boil

Sturdy, but lighter than cast iron, these high-profile enamel-coated steel pots have tight fitting lids and are crafted to heat water quickly, efficiently, and evenly on any heat source for boiling and steaming shellfish.

The Kitchen Helper Guide, a source for chefs of all skill levels

The small packet is useful for cooks of all calibers because it is loaded with facts: equivalent measurements, emergency substitutions, roasting and microwave timetables, and descriptions of spices and herbs and which foods they match well with.

‘My Kitchen Chalkboard’ offers families ideas for planning a week’s menu in advance

To keep her nightly chaos in check, local author Leigh Belanger writes out weekly meals on a kitchen chalkboard so her two boys know what to expect. And she knows, too.

Monkfish tail medallions are seared in a pan and served with mushrooms in Marsala wine sauce.

Marsala brings out the beauty in monkfish

The Daily Catch has been serving monkfish Marsala since the early 1970s, before taste for monkfish expanded beyond largely Italian and Portuguese kitchens.

Strawberry shortcakes

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Strawberry shortcakes are one of the joys of berry season

Cut buttermilk shortcakes from a square of dough to form nine pieces (if you bake for eight guests, someone gets seconds!). It’s an efficient way of dividing up the dough without scraps.

Beef and ricotta meatballs

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Instead of adding breadcrumbs to beef meatballs, stir in ricotta and simmer in sauce

Drop these meatballs directly into a simmering tomato sauce, rather than browning them in oil — your stovetop will be happy. They'll keep their shape and flavor the sauce.

Recipe: The Daily Catch’s Monkfish Marsala

It has the richness of chicken Marsala with the lightness of a fish dish.

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Public market sets up shop in the Seaport

Among the maze of ritzy restaurants and elegant high-rises, there will soon be produce.

Rhubarb and rose Dutch baby.


Recipes: Soft, crisp pancakes with rhubarb, salmon, or chocolate

Impress mom on Mother’s Day with these sweet and savory Dutch baby recipes.  

Boston, MA - 5/9/2017 - Customers wait in line for lunch orders bought in store at Flour Bakery in Cambridge, MA, May 9, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Joanne Chang to open new Flour Bakery in the Seaport this summer

The bakery chain, best known for its gooey sticky buns and other blissful baked goods, will move its production kitchen to the new location, as well.

Dunkin’ celebrates wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a heart-shaped doughnut

Fittingly, it is similar to Royal Wedding doughnut the chain made for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials in 2011.

Talulla takes over the former T.W. Food space in Cambridge’s Huron Village.

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Talulla in Huron Village, where white tablecloths don’t mean you can’t have fun

Those who loved T.W. Food will find that little has changed in the small dining room.


A new place for lobster rolls in Marina Bay

Restaurant news you can use — including that a new Flour location will open in the Seaport.


It’s Greek to me

The signature drink Boston native Effie Panagopoulos created uses only lemon juice and basil leaves to boost its fresh, earthy notes.

Houses in the La Boca neighborhood of the Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s capital is a seductive pleasure that transcends the tango and Evita

What’s it like to conquer Buenos Aires in 60 hours? Picture sitting down to a nine-course meal and being told that you have 15 minutes to consume it all.

Elin Hilderbrand, who writes her best-selling novels longhand while on the beaches of Nantucket, says “It provides a calm, relaxed setting that is also inspiration.”

Elin Hilderbrand’s love affair with Nantucket

New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand eats, sleeps, and breathes Nantucket. What set it apart, she says, is the island’s authenticity.

The French onion soup at Les Zygomates is so popular, customers even order when temperatures are soaring in August.

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All hail the French onion soup at Les Zygomates

The culinary classic never falls out of favor at this established eatery.

Globe Magazine

Five restaurants that are gone from Boston but definitely not forgotten

The Globe’s former food editor remembers a handful of classic dining spots that stole our hearts. Which ones are on your list?

Pan-Roasted Icelandic Cod At Il Capriccio.

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How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula

With new spots opening all the time, it’s not easy to keep a restaurant going for decades.

Marilyn (left) and Sheila Brass, hosts of “Food Flirts” on PBS.

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Where do food pros like Gordon Hamersley eat in Boston?

Veterans of the Boston-area dining scene reminisce about restaurants from Boston’s past and recommend the spots that keep them coming back.

A minority-owned business struggles in the Seaport

One restaurant’s problems show the realities for businesses in the evolving district, where people of color occupy a tiny fraction of the market.

Musicians from the nonprofit School of HONK.


HONK if you like beer and helping aspiring musicians

Somerville breweries Aeronaut and Winter Hill Brewing Co. are teaming to provide liquid accompaniment to the city’s PorchFest. All profits support School of HONK.

Finca La Escondida Malbec Reserve alongside an open-face sandwich from Commune Kitchen.

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At East Arlington’s Commune Kitchen, a meaty tartine and an Argentine red

The chill eatery offers a relaxed space for artisanal pizza, savory snacks, and — yes! — beer and wine.

The robotic kitchen displays show what is cooking and for whom at Spyce in Boston. Marcos Lemus retrieves finished bowls.

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Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?

What happens when machines take over the kitchen? At Spyce in downtown Boston, we are about to find out.

Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang won Best Chef: Northeast at the annual James Beard awards gala.

Karen Akunowicz wins Best Chef: Northeast at James Beard awards gala

Akunowicz, of Myers + Chang, was one of five chefs up for the honor.

As many as 500 customers can dine at one time across Smith & Wollensky’s three floors.

Smith & Wollensky to close Back Bay location

Smith & Wollensky will soon be taking its banners off the Castle walls, ending a 15-year run as a fixture in Boston’s dining and hospitality scene.

Nestle to take over sales of Starbucks in the grocery aisle

Nestle is paying more than $7 billion to buy the rights to sell Starbucks coffee and tea in supermarkets and other stores outside its coffee shops.

From Frenchie, . A now extinct flamingo straw.

More restaurants opt to #skipthestraw, hoping patrons will suck it up for the planet’s sake

In 2015, a clip of a ridley sea turtle with a plastic drinking straw stuck up its nostril went viral. Those images lingered, and a backlash began.

A spiced Mexican chocolate organic rooibos is paired with a single-origin Valrhona milk chocolate from Peru to create ¡Mexican Fiesta!

Tea and chocolate for Mom

Beth’s Chocolate’s Beth Kirsch and Tea Hive’s Rebecca Sgouros collaborated on the collection of tea-infused chocolates.

Ingredients dancing in broth

Marisa Iocco, executive chef and co-owner of Spiga Ristorante in Needham, has created a half-dozen guazzetti inspired by a favorite dish from her native Abruzzo region in Italy.

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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.