Food & dining


From Boston Wine Expo to Viale’s brunch

Boston Burger Co.

  • Harvard Square is now home to a Boston Burger Co. (1105 Massachusetts Ave. at Remington Street). It’s the third branch of the madcap protein palace, which also has restaurants in Somerville’s Davis Square and in the Back Bay. The menu here is identical to the others, including the deep-fried “Artery Clogger,” draped with bacon, and “The King,” slathered with peanut butter and fried bananas. There’s one twist, though: This branch has a full bar. A few stiff drinks might make “The Kitchen Sink”—adorned with fried eggs, ham, bacon, cheese, and grilled vegetables — go down even smoother.


  • A few blocks away, Central Square’s new Mediterranean-inflected spot, Viale (502 Massachusetts Ave. at Brookline Street), now serves brunch. Here, brioche French toast and a smoked-fish plate share menu space with a Sicilian-style breakfast pizza topped with smoked marinara, pecorino, bacon, and a baked egg. Drinks are equally adventurous: Bar manager Patrick Gaggiano encourages guests to try his “Gatorade flip.” Surely this is the only spot in town where you can start your morning with egg whites, gin, Aperol, lemon, and red Gatorade. “It has a nice, fruit-punchy flavor. It’s fluffy and white,” he promises. Try it Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Boston Wine Expo

  • The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo takes place Feb. 14 and 15 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center (200 Seaport Blvd.). An impressive collection of local chefs will appear for wine pairings, tastings, and cooking demos, including Aaron Chambers (Bar Boulud); Chris Coombs (Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar); Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road); Barbara Lynch (Barbara Lynch Gruppo); Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon and Blue Ginger); and Brian Poe (Bukowski Tavern, Estelle’s, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and The Tip Tap Room). Tickets are on sale at

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