Food & dining


Tables: Superfine Foods heads to Newburyport, a granola cafe opens in Arlington, and Little Dipper is spotted in JP

Openings: Superfine Food has opened its third location, this time in Newburyport (17 State St. at Middle Street). It’s the latest from Matt Gaudet (West Bridge); there are other locations in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Marblehead.

The kid-friendly spot is open for lunch and dinner daily (breakfast coming soon). Unwind with crunchy barbecued chicken, ribs, Swedish meatballs, and milkshakes. There’s also a Nintendo console at the back of the restaurant, in case restless teens (or adults) need a break.

The Roasted Granola Café opens this week inside Arlington’s Artlounge (1346 Massachusetts Ave. at Park Avenue). Snack on yogurt, smoothies, and oatmeal bowls topped with slow-roasted granola (try the Carlisle honey variety). Wash everything back with Counter Culture coffee and MEM tea. Sisters Emily Patel and Sarah Short broke into the granola game selling their wares at the Lexington Farmers’ Market and Sophia’s Greek Pantry.


Little Dipper is now open in Jamaica Plain, the newest venture from the team behind Casa Verde and Tres Gatos (669A Centre St. at Seaverns Avenue). The 28-seat diner serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday, breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Feast on midday indulgences including baked potatoes topped with rarebit cheese sauce and poached eggs, homemade donuts, and a “galactic” cheeseburger with optional bacon. It replaces Centre Street Café.

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Across town in the North End, Woburn-based TreMonte Restaurant & Bar has opened a second location in the old Limoncello 2 space (76 Salem St. at Stillman Street), serving potato gnocchi, lobster ravioli, and a variety of parmesans.

Updates: For those who mourn the loss of downtown’s Townsman (120 Kingston St. at Essex Street), chef-owner Matt Jennings assures me that he’s not leaving the culinary field for good. He’ll announce new projects later this summer, he says. The restaurant closed on July 3 after three years in business.