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


‘The ability to text a restaurant and get a quick direct answer to one’s question seems like a game changer’

Boston-based startup Open City aims to simplify communications between restaurants and customers.

Zucchini rosti.

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Recipes: Three ways to prepare all that surplus zucchini

Awash in squash? Fear not — we have three recipes to keep you ahead of the August onslaught.

A “solidified whitish mass,” believed to be the oldest solid cheese ever discovered, was found in a jar in an Egyptian tomb.

Now that’s some aged cheese: Researchers say world’s oldest known solid cheese found in an Egyptian tomb

Alas, there were no crackers. The world’s oldest known cheese was found in an Egyptian tomb that dates back to the 13th century BC.

19nodine -- Torta Cubano at Chimichurris Mexican Taqueria in West Medford. (Stephanie Schorow)


In West Medford, tantalizing tastes of Mexico

Chimichurris offers tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and other dishes based on tried-and-true recipes.

The lounge at the Seaport’s Tuscan Kitchen.

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At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

Lamb casserole at Home Taste in Arlington Heights.

Quick Bite

Home Taste comes to Arlington Heights

Why the new digs? “Many of our Watertown customers are from Arlington and were asking us if we’d deliver,” she tells me. It takes over the La Posada space not far from the Lexington border.

Tables: Fool’s Errand opens at last

Tiffani Faison says that she modeled the standing-room-only space after her favorite tapas bars in Barcelona and Madrid.

The port and village of Mousehole in Cornwall.

Ice cream, seascapes, and charm in a Cornish port

We wanted to get away for a week where no one we knew had ever traveled. Mousehole fit that bill and so many others.

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple — an argument partly supported by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state again for opposing his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday.

Coin-operated telescopes enhance the view along Stacey Boulevard in Gloucester.


How to spend a perfect weekend in Gloucester

Tell me, fellow Bostonians, why are you torturing yourselves in Cape Cod traffic?

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New England’s many ties to space exploration

The path to space runs through Worcester.

Marshall Crenshaw

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The VIP Lounge with Marshall Crenshaw

We caught up with the “Someday, Someway” rocker to talk about all things travel.


Here, there, and everywhere

Sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers during the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Sept. 20-23.

How to get ready for the next fun-filled chapter in Maine

The “Maine Play Book” is organized by season, and each section features farms, nature preserves, and parks, as well as events and activities for families.

You might think there are more vegetarians than ever. You’d be wrong

The number of Americans who self-identify as vegetarian or vegan has remained steady over the past 20 years — and it’s still a pretty small group, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Pass the grated cheese: MIT researchers uncover major spaghetti findings

MIT researchers have discovered a way to break uncooked spaghetti noodles in two. Stop smirking — they say the breakthrough could have implications far beyond the kitchen.

Produce at the Clark Farm stand at the Salem Farmer's Market.

How to make the most of farmers’ markets now

Here are six things to know before you hit that local farmer’s market. And if you don’t know where the closest one is, we’ve got you covered.

There’s a new Girl Scout cookie in town (but not all towns): Caramel Chocolate Chip

The gluten-free, peanut-free treat is made with caramel, chocolate chips, and sea salt. The new flavor was announced today, and selling season begins Dec. 4.

Pattypan squash and candy-striped beet salad with basil pistou and peppercress

Recipe: Pattypan squash and candy-striped beet salad with basil pistou and peppercress

This hot-weather medley is a game changer to the eyes and palate.

B.L.T. (bacon, lobster, and tomato) pasta salad

Recipe: B.L.T. (bacon, lobster, and tomato) pasta salad

This salad is a stunner at swanky patio dinner parties, but also casual enough to take on a beach picnic.

This is Benedetto's mozzarella  and anchovies extravaganza.

Summer salads to keep your tastebuds guessing

These recipes from local chefs are both deliciously unusual and unusually delicious — a snap to toss together at home.

Microwave blueberry jam

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Welcome to the modern pantry. You can make blueberry jam in the microwave.

A single jar of jam, made in minutes, comes in handy when you want to coddle houseguests or take a homemade jar to a friend.

Spicy chicken thigh sandwiches with sriracha mayonnaise

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Guests will cry with joy over crispy chicken sandwiches with sriracha mayo

Add golden, spicy chicken thighs to rice dishes, top a salad with big chunks, use them shredded as the centerpiece of tacos, or tuck them into soft, toasted buns.

Grilled swordfish steaks with corn relish

The confident cook

Recipe: Local grilled swordfish steaks are spectacular with fresh corn relish

North Atlantic swordfish and a relish made from freshly picked corn are the best of the sea and fields in this region.

Jeff Soderbergh handcrafts cutting and serving boards from trees that came down in storms or are at the end of their life.

Beautiful upcycled cutting and serving boards

Like he does with his furniture, Jeff Soderbergh handcrafts the boards from trees that came down in storms or are at the end of their life.

Coffee Crunch is party of GrandyOats’s “Coconola” line.

This ‘granola’ has no grains and oats, but it does have coffee and coconut

The new product from GrandyOats is gluten-free, organic, and made in a solar-powered bakery.

Another Sun God is River Bar’s spin on the margarita.


Sips: Another Sun God is a tribute to the classic margarita

About 56 percent of women and 44 percent of men rank it as their favorite. It’s also a top pick among bartenders with a penchant for taking creative license.

Man linked to reality TV star Bethenny Frankel found dead

Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel.

Korean-style ribs.

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Recipes: Spicy Korean-style ribs, on the grill

A complex red chili paste called gochujang gives these tasty treats just the right amount of heat.

Get some fried chicken and beer at the Summer at ’72 block party.

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Toast summer at ’72 block party

The 72 Shrewsbury Street restaurant building hosts its first annual block party on Aug. 26.


Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The ruling concluded that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of agency scientists that chlorpyrifos is harmful.

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

Agency had overruled its scientists, who determined that chlorpyrifos is harmful.

The Seaport restaurant Chickadee features a menu inspired by the Mediterranean.

Quick Bite

Chickadee takes flight in the Seaport

The Mediterranean-influenced restaurant from No. 9 Park alums is located in the Innovation and Design Building.

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure could harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

A court ruled that the Trump administration kept the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite scientific evidence that it can harm babies’ brains.

James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz is planning to open Fox & The Knife in South Boston.


A Latin vibe at Casa Caña in Allston, and a celebrated chef settles on Italian in South Boston

Restaurant news you can use.

 To highlight New Hampshire’s tax-free status, the state liquor commission is offering discounts at its liquor and wine outlet stores.

Mass. residents can save 13 percent on liquor in N.H. through Sept. 3

To highlight New Hampshire’s tax-free status, the state liquor commission is offering discounts at its outlet stores for out-of-staters equal to double each state’s sales tax rate.

Globe Magazine

Where to have fun with your dog around Boston

Summer and fall are the perfect seasons for hitting the road and getting outside with your dog. And the adventures range far beyond your local dog park.

Restaurateur Garrett Harker (above at Row 34 in 2015) closed Les Sablons last week. The Cambridge restaurant had been open about a year.

Shirley Leung

Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners?

The closing of Cambridge’s Les Sablons sent chills through the industry as a growing list of experienced owners call it quits on some spots.


UMass Amherst chef Tony Jung gets cooking on the ‘Today’ show

The university won Princeton Review’s Best Campus Food award for the third year in a row.

The salted caramel pretzel milkshake is one of many over-the-top flavors at Kaffeology.

Food Find

Over-the-top milkshakes at Kaffeology in Newport

Try the s’mores shake — with graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, and torched marshmallows — or this summer’s special “unicorn” shake.

R.I. Police shut down kids’ lemonade stand at tourist spot

Officials shut down the stand at Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, citing a local ordinance aimed at keeping the trail commercial free.

Squid ink fettuccine at Talulla in Cambridge.

Dining Out

The art and the deal at Talulla

What’s on the plate here? Precision and prettiness.

A customer couldn’t find any ginger in Canada Dry ginger ale, so she’s suing

It’s not the first lawsuit to hold the company to task for its ingredient list.

A Katz’s Deli hot pastrami sandwich at DeKalb Market.


A food hall tour of the Big Apple

In addition to choice, the one-stop-shopping eateries offer shelter and a feeling of community.

From left: Jad Torres, Zoe Bates, Ella Maher-Santarpia, and Suriya Keshava conduct a test at America’s Test Kitchen.

America’s Test Kitchen welcomes kids into the kitchen

The brand officially debuts with the ATK Kids Fest on Sept. 16, featuring cooking demos, food-related science experiments, and samples.

Devin Adams, owner of Quincy’s Townshend and Belfry.

Getting Salty

Devin Adams on Hawaii, Hemingway, and why simpler is better

Adams owns Quincy’s Townshend and plans to open Belfry in the city this fall.

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.