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.

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// Where should you eat this week?

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

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Lili Almog’s “Muslim Girl #14” (2009), part of “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home” at the Harvard Art Museums. The exhibit is on display through January 5. Photograph from harvard art museums/fogg museum/©lili almog; courtesy of the artist

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 26-Sept. 8

An art installation explores immigration, the Spencer Fair helps close out summer, an Asian street festival comes to the Seaport, and more.

25WedinePhoShaWatertown - Shrimp pad Thai, which draws its flavors from the restaurants housemade tamarind sauce. (Prasert Pathammavong)


Pho O-Sha is a sure winner in Watertown

A 1½-year-old Watertown restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

A flight of basil chip, saffron passionfruit, strawberry jam, dark chocolate chunk, sweet cream & sprinkles, and exotic fruit sorbet from OddFellows in Chestnut Hill.

Quick Bite

OddFellows, Brooklyn’s finest — and most peculiar — ice cream, comes to Chestnut Hill

At OddFellows Ice Cream Co., a Brooklyn-based ice cream parlor now at The Street Chestnut Hill, you’ll find ice cream flavors served in a 1950s ambiance, plus boozy sweets.


Say hello to Shy Bird and soon-to-arrive Orfano

Krasi, Hecate, and Pink Taco are not far behind.

The best eco-friendly containers to save you from Sad Desk Lunch syndrome

If you bring food to work with you each day, it helps if the containers provide a little more pizazz than a cheap plastic deli container.

Boston, MA., 02/26/2019, Lydia Shire, who has been on the Boston dining scene for a long time and is still cooking. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

What are local chefs’ favorite restaurants?

They’re not looking for elaborate tasting menus. They want simplicity, seasonality, and soul. (And sushi. Lots of sushi.)

Grilled Chicken Salmoriglio

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Recipes: Say farewell to summer with easy Italian grilled chicken and a bold dessert

Fresh and simple ingredients combine in chicken salmoriglio, shaved zucchini and herb salad, and caramel oranges.

Poetica #3 is a Czech-style pilsner from Hill Farmstead brewers in Greensboro Bend, Vt.


5 beers to enjoy in Vermont

I recently found myself back in Vermont for a guys’ weekend, trekking to some of my old haunts and visiting some new ones.

A tuna, tomato, and Swiss cheese sandwich at Via Lago in Lexington.

What She’s Having

At Via Lago, dinner is great, but lunch is the true scene

In a lunch-scape that has grown rife with assembly-line burritos and grain bowls; smoothie bars and juiceries; ordering by app and cooking by robot; well, Via Lago is a salty throwback to a simpler time.

The confident cook

Recipe: Ripe tomatoes, pickling cukes, and crispy croutons are tossed together in this panzanella

In the author’s kitchen, traditional panzanella — tomatoes and soaked stale bread and little else — takes a sharp turn into modern times, or rather, into her bag of farm produce.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Bake brown sugar slice-and-bake cookies at a moment’s notice

Think of slice-and-bake cookies as just a little more work than buying cookies — and far more satisfying.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: For a spicy twist on egg salad sandwiches, add chipotle, paprika, and lime to the mayo

Top these sandwiches with shrimp or bacon , or use the salad to fill avocado halves.

Dried fruit that’s not overly sweet and fake

Even with all the glorious summer fruits making their seasonal appearances, sometimes dried fruits are a better solution. They’re less juicy and drippy and mostly squish-proof when packing for summer hikes, camping, and long, hot car and plane rides.

A soap dispenser you don’t need your dirty hands to pump

This is no small matter when the reason you’re washing your hands is they’re messy with poultry drippings, cookie batter, meat ball mixture, whatever, that you don’t want to get on the pump.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Rob Wong, chef de cuisine at Hojoko and two others

These are high-profile positions for a guy who almost became an engineer.

Lobster and chocolate: Great tastes that go great together?

Provincetown chocolatier Paul John Kearins uses a highly flavored, pure lobster powder made from cooked wild-caught Atlantic lobster, and blends in lemon oils and parsley, to make his Cape Cod bar.

Protestors are walking sheep past government buildings as part of 'Farmers for a People's Vote' to highlight the risk Brexit presents to livestock.

Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

British government documents have warned of disruptions across the country in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31.

Flowers bloom in front of the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name.

Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors.

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Where to eat in Hull

New restaurants are helping to transform Hull from a sleepy town known mostly for an amusement park that closed in 1984 into a foodie destination.

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Sipping coffee by the sea in Scituate on a summer day

The Lucky Finn Café, which also offers pastry and sandwiches, is a sweet retreat along the shore.

Duck breast frites with orange bearnaise and watercress herb salad at Black Lamb.

Quick Bite

Black Lamb is a rare beast: Equal parts elegance and comfort

The new South End spot is from the team behind Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, and No Relation.


Grab-and-go at Dolce in the North End, and Burger Dive goes under

Restaurant news you can use.

Miss Conduct

She helps her husband cut his food. Why can’t other diners mind their own business?

He has disabilities and needs some assistance, and people sometimes stare at us.


Boston-style Italian restaurant coming to Rockland

Lucca South Shore is moving into the building where Bella’s restaurant served classic Italian food for 33 years.

Green zebras and various heirloom tomatoes.

3 recipes to help you make the most of tomato season

Like summer itself, tomato season is sweet, but far too short.

Grilled Vietnamese Skirt Steak Sandwiches (Banh Mi).

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Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill

Spice up your barbecue with recipes that make it easy to pull these classic dishes together.

Boston - 08/08/19 - OG burger with fries. Craigie Burger in the Time Out building in the Fenway. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Sheryl Julian) Topic: (14shehaving)

What She’s Having

At Craigie Burger in Time Out Market, the famous stack is astonishingly good

There are four burger options at Craigie, all fashioned from sustainably grown beef, perfectly done to medium — bright pink inside, juicy, meaty, and delicious.

08/08/2019 Boston MA -Brooke Bogin (cq) left and Charlie Canova (cq) right at the Sevens Ale House on Beacon Hill. They are photographed for Eat Like a Local Column. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)


How to eat like a local on Beacon Hill

I didn’t know what to expect — I’d been told this area was a dud, food-wise — but I am here to tell you that I had four of the best dishes of my Bostonian eating life in this neighborhood. Five, if you count the fro-yo. And each for under $15.


It’s OK to have warm thoughts of Cognac on summer days

Thoughts of Cognac remain deeply lodged in that part of the brain responsible for dreaming about skiing, fireplaces, epic novels, and Merino wool. And that’s a shame, because the Champs Elysees is bright and sunny.

The confident cook

Recipe: Thin rounds of zucchini in this lemony spaghetti are never cooked — and they’re delicious

Use slender, young zucchini for this dish because they’re sweeter and drier than the large squash, which have a high water content.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Shi Mei, opening his own South Boston restaurant in the fall

Lenox Sophia will be “fine dining without the sticker shock,” Mei says.

Peachster makes pitting peaches easy

The Peachster slides into the fruit, cuts it neatly in half, and “grabs” the pit.

It’s a wrap: Tortillas made with quinoa flour

Gluten-free and vegan, they’re oven-baked with avocado oil and free of artificial ingredients.

Savory biscuits for grown-ups

The Essex company Lark Fine Foods is known for its Cookies for Grown-Ups, but now there’s a new line for when you’re not craving sweets.

Salad of yellow tomatoes with pickled mango, yogurt, and toasted almonds

Recipe: Salad of yellow tomatoes with pickled mango, yogurt, and toasted almonds

“Pineapple tomatoes are bright yellow, and about the size of a baseball,” says Carl Dooley.

Green zebra tomatoes with grilled shrimp, nuoc cham, and toasted peanuts

Recipe: Green zebra tomatoes with grilled shrimp, nuoc cham, and toasted peanuts

“Nuac cham is terrific on all kinds of other dishes, so I like to make extra,” Carl Dooley says.

Courtesy of The Table at Season to Taste

Recipe: Grilled flank steak with carbon tomatoes, guajillo chile salsa, and queso fresco

The charred onion and garlic with vinegar in this easy entree create a bracing acidity that works incredibly well with grilled red meat and juicy, fruity carbon tomatoes.

Savory corn custard

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: An eggy batter with native corn, cream, and cornmeal turns into a savory summer custard

Many cooks make this dish year round with frozen corn, but fresh kernels cut from cobs picked at your local farm is the best way.

Melon-cucumber-feta salad with pickled chiles

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A salad of melon, cucumber, avocado, feta, and pickled chiles is cooling and a little spicy

Use a large farmers’ market slicing cucumber and don’t bother peeling it (unless it’s waxed), and don’t peel the cantaloupe either; both will make your prep quicker.

Leticia Crosby, 14, of Miami, talks to Executive Chef Kelli Scott during lunch at Alford Lake Camp in Hope, ME on Thursday, August 8, 2019

These campers will sing for their supper — and for the chefs who are opening their eyes to a whole new world of food

Kelli Scott and Nui Grube have cooked for all kinds of venues — fast food joints, high-end restaurants, and even the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. But nowhere quite like Alford Lake, a summer camp for girls in Maine.

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Bill Murray crashes R.I. beach party after hunting for pierogies in Fall River

The actor’s latest random adventure began last weekend when the actor was spotted eating pierogis in Fall River with “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly.

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday.

A teacher lines up the students for school-prepared lunches at Madison Crossing Elementary School in Canton, Miss., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Scott Clements, director of child nutrition at the Mississippi education department, said they've ordered two truckloads of trade mitigation pulled pork and four loads of kidney beans for use in their cafeterias. The products are coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is giving away the foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays.

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Louis DiBiccari opens a lounge with craft cocktails and artwork in Somerville’s Bow Market

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is coming to The Street Chestnut Hill, a new Clover will open in Back Bay in the fall, and the team from Moody’s Delicatessen is opening Pollo Club in Waltham.

Shake Shack, which opened in Chestnut Hill in 2013, will open a location in downtown Boston this fall.


Shake Shack to open new location, this one in Downtown Crossing

We can smell the ShackBurgers already.

A special of sliced pork loin with tri-colored carrots.


Dal Mare in Beverly Farms offers a classic night out

The vibe is tony without being intimidating, fancy enough for an anniversary dinner but low-key enough as a place to grab a bite.

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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.