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

MillerCoors’ beers have been the target of recent Anheuser-Busch advertising suggesting the beers contain corn syrup.

Judge: Anheuser-Busch must pull some ads about MillerCoors

A Wisconsin judge ordered the Missouri brewer to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors’ light beers contain corn syrup.

Louis Osteen, chef who championed Southern food, dies at 77

Louis Osteen was a gregarious chef whose influential South Carolina restaurants helped elevate Southern cuisine to a new respectability in the 1980s and ’90s.

Lauren Friel, owner of Rebel Rebel, has raised more than $18,500 for the Yellowhammer Fund selling $12 glasses of rose, an effort that will continue through Memorial Day. The GoFundMe campaign has already exceeded its $25,000 goal.


With bake sales and rosé sales, city’s hospitality industry is supporting reproductive rights

When Alabama passed a near-total abortion ban May 15, wine bar owner Lauren Friel responded: Her Somerville spot would donate 100 percent of rosé sales to a fund providing financial support to women seeking abortions at one of that state’s three clinics. A hastag — #roseforresistance — was born.

Mario Batali’s culinary empire included flashy spaces like Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca on the South Boston waterfront, Batali’s first Boston-area restaurant.

A look at Mario Batali’s rise and fall

The celebrity chef is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Boston on charges that he groped and kissed a woman in a Back Bay restaurant two years ago.

Protesters rallied in front of the State House in April 2016 as part of the Fight for 15 campaign.

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

Almost every Democrat running for president next year agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

Sharon 05/17/19: Simcha in Sharon- Quick Bite- The fried chicken at Simcha's, an Israeli inspired soul food restaurant in Sharon. Photo for the Boston Globe by Debee Tlumacki (arts)

Quick Bite

Restaurants across the country are serving interpretations of Israeli cuisine. Simcha is part of that conversation.

Chef Avi Shemtov of the Chubby Chickpea and Tapped Beer Truck is behind the Sharon spot.

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


Now’s your chance to buy something Lydia Shire owns — and eat an egg salad sandwich

Shire will appear at the SoWa Open Market on May 26 from 10 a.m. until closing time because she’s selling some of her prized belongings before relocating to a new apartment: expensive vases, teddy bears, designer purses, and yes, even some kitchen tools.

An artist’s rendering of GreCo’s new spot at One Milk Street complex in Downtown Crossing, set to open this fall.

This fall, eat gyros and feta fries at Ben Franklin’s birthplace

GreCo will launch its third location at the new One Milk Street complex in Downtown Crossing this fall.

Joy Lim Nakrin (pictured in Cambodia) has been to five continents.

The VIP Lounge | Joy Lim Nakrin

The VIP Lounge with TV anchor Joy Lim Nakrin

We caught up with Nakrin, who lives in a Boston suburb, to talk about all things travel.

DoorDash is sprinting to Cape Cod

The food delivery service launched on the Cape this May.

Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

The SlotZilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience allows visitors to fly like Superman high over downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: A kids paradise

Yes, it still has the casinos, the clubs, and the adult scenes that make it a draw for the 21-and-older crowd. But it’s also a fantastic kids destination. Here’s why.

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What She’s Having

At Baraka in Cambridge, a meal flavored by memory

When a restaurant you have history with relocates, is it still the same restaurant?

Get that corn off the cob quickly and safely

The Corn Prep Peeler ($6.99) is OXO’s recent addition to its Good Grips line.

Chew on this: Eastern Standard Provisions launches a pretzel line

Made with malted barley flour and malt syrup, the chewy, bronzed beauties are hand-rolled, twisted, looped, and knotted, and go great with dipping sauces.

Chef/Owner Karen Akunowicz at Fox & The Knife in South Boston.

Food & Wine says this Southie spot is one of the nation’s best new restaurants

The Italian restaurant opened in February and is run by Karen Akunowicz, longtime chef at the South End’s Myers + Chang.

From top: a slugburger, Borroum’s Drug Store, and the Coca-Cola Museum.

Food & Travel

Corinth, Miss.: The slugburger capital of the world

Don’t even think of asking for ketchup or you’ll get a blank stare like I did. You get the same look if you ask for the recipe.

Grilled pork chops with herb sauce

The confident cook

Recipe: Light the grill for thick, juicy pork chops served with a bright, fresh herb sauce

The chops are “dry-brined,” which is a confusing term because the meat does not actually sit in a liquid brine, but instead is salted and refrigerated before cooking.

New England winners

New England has a strong showing in annual specialty food awards

It’s the Oscar of food awards: Goodnow Farms Chocolate just won a Gold Sofi Award in the Specially Food Association’s annual contest for its 70% dark chocolate bar crafted with cacao beans from the jungles of Peru.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Charred eggplant spread with mint, parsley, and a chile pepper is creamy and smoky

Though the eggplant here is charred like it is in the popular Middle Eastern dip, baba ghanoush, this spread is quite different.


You missed Chartreuse Day, but now you can celebrate it any day you want

When it comes to imbibing, there are certain events best celebrated in a specific place: Kentucky Derby in Louisville; Oktoberfest in Munich, etc. And, as I learned a few weeks ago, May 16 in Detroit.

Seasonal recipes

Recipe: Irresistible sweet and smoky grilled shrimp skewers with pineapple and sausage

Choose very large shrimp so that they cook in the same amount of time it takes to reheat the sausage slices; you can save time by buying the shrimp already peeled and deveined.

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One way to get back at that invasive plant strangling your garden? Eat it

If you can’t beat them, eat them. That’s the approach Cambridge restaurant Forage is taking to invasive species.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Chef José Andrés speaks with Martha Stewart at the TIME 100 Summit on April 23, 2019 in New York City. The day-long TIME 100 Summit showcases the annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Celebrity chef José Andrés calls fired N.H. cafeteria worker a ‘hero’

The plight of a fired school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire has caught the attention of award-winning chef José Andrés.

Planet Oat, Hood’s first standalone plant-based brand, joins a rapidly expanding market for oat milk.

Why is oat milk suddenly so popular, and what’s it actually like?

After Swedish brand Oatly made inroads into the US, HP Hood brought its own oat milk to market. In Boston, baristas are having a hard time keeping cartons on hand.

The Boston Calling Block Party brings free concerts to the Greenway on Thursdays.

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Boston Calling Block Party returns to the Greenway

Free concerts will take place on Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.

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Jenny Dell is heading to the kitchen for her next venture

The former NESN sideline reporter is whipping up something with one of her best friends from college.

A grain bowl at Café Beatrice in Allston.

Quick Bite

Lunching and lingering at long-term pop-up Café Beatrice in Allston

Allston resident and restaurateur Will Gilson (Cambridge’s Puritan & Company) helms the six-month pop-up, named after his newborn daughter.


Ronsky’s cafe transforms in June, and a Seaport beer garden blossoms with lobsters, pizzas, tacos

Restaurant news you can use.

A coveted glass orb made by Eben Horton.

The treasures of Block Island

There is something very special, and different, about this pork chop-shaped island set 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island.

Greek Cabbage Salad With Carrots and Olives (Politiki Salata)

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Coleslaw gets a makeover

When picnic weather finally returns, try these slaws and slaw-like salads inspired by the flavors of Greece, Thailand, and Morocco.

John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House is closing its Harvard Square location

The storied pub on Dunster Street in Cambridge will close on May 30.

Diners including Vai Patel and Jose Ramirez (front right), both of Washington, D.C., enjoyed a kamayan dinner at Tanám in Somerville.

Dining Out

At Tanám, a meal tells a story about Filipino food

More than a restaurant, the Somerville project serves up a rich experience.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Roy Antonuccio Jr. of Roy’s Cold Cuts: ‘I call this Roy-merica. I only worry about what goes on in here.’

Antonuccio is the friendly face behind the counter in East Boston, catering to a lunchtime crowd who rely on his Italian sub — “the best one around,” he says — and creations such as the Dog Did It, a chicken cutlet topped with broccoli and melted American cheese on a toasted roll.

A day at the museum never tasted so good

At Chocolate Nation, a new museum in Antwerp, Belgium, dispensers filled with candy await visitors. And it only gets better.

(Left to right) WBUR reporter and anchor Jack Lepiarz, Rosie’s Place president and executive director Leemarie Mosca, former WCVB reporter Susan Wornick, and Rosie’s Place board chair Deb Pasculano.


Rosie’s Place gala raises more than $800K

The Rosie’s Place annual Safe & Sound gala at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts drew 350 partygoers on May 8.

This undated photo shows a student eating lunch at school.


Lunch-shaming is not the lesson we need to teach

No one should go to school and starve. All students, regardless of income, deserve to be fed.

BETHPAGE, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Tiger Woods of the United States speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 14, 2019 in Bethpage, New York. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Lawsuit blames Tiger Woods for drunken driver’s death

The parents of a drunk driver who died in a car crash say the golfer and his girlfriend allowed their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated.

The eco-friendly meal delivery service you can only get around here

With Family Dinner, you sign up online for the share size that is right for your family. They e-mail you recipe ideas when your order is on the way, and it’s hand-delivered in a reusable bag that you give back the next time you order. Almost everything is wrapped in paper. It’s that simple.

Waging a ‘Chai-volution’ with The Boston Chai Party

Rushil Desai and Vishal Thapar launched The Boston Chai Party because they couldn’t find an authentic cup of chai at cafes they frequented.

Vitamin Sea Brewing’s headquarters in Weymouth.


There’s a reason Vitamin Sea Brewing keeps running out of beer

On both of my recent visits to Vitamin Sea the place was packed, with parking spilling onto the street and into adjacent lots. The brewery is only open on Saturdays, and on a warmish, misty spring day, it seemed like all of the South Shore knew it.

Iced coffee minus the melted-ice taste, courtesy of the Snapchiller

An MIT graduate was tired of how insipid the flavor of iced coffee becomes as the ice starts to melt. So he used his knowledge of thermal dynamics and heat-exchange technology to create a device that makes an icy cold drink in a minute or less.

A wholesome treat straddles a brownie and truffle

There are plenty of nutrient-rich snack bars out there, but Honey Mama’s Cacao-Nectar Bars made in Portland, Ore., takes the category up a notch.

Bow-ties with ricotta, peas, and Parmesan crumbs

The confident cook

Recipe: Bow-ties with ricotta, peas, and Parmesan crumbs feel like spring is on the table

Every spring, the wait for farmers’ markets to fill with local bounty seems to take an eternity. We’re eager to collect it and begin cooking. This pasta with peas and herbs gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Lemon-tarragon aioli

Recipe: Homemade aioli with lemon and tarragon whips up quickly in a blender

Aioli, a versatile cold sauce of olive oil and garlic, made like mayonnaise, is native to the Mediterranean and on menus everywhere.

Golden beet salad with pickled rhubarb

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Pickle a stalk of fresh rhubarb and use it to garnish a salad of golden beets

Wrap beets in foil and roast them with an orange and fresh dill tucked into the packet.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

// 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.