BondiR CONCORD Concord

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe/file

Sweet potato custard tartine with almond flour crust, sprouted teff, Boxborough chestnuts, and autumn vegetables at Bondir Concord.

The suburbs are brimming with ambitious diners, chefs

Restaurants in the western suburbs are now helmed by chefs with big-city pedigrees. By Kara Baskin

FROM THE BAR

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Besito-1A.jpg Spirited margaritas just a drive away at Besito Mexican

Besito Mexican Restaurant in Burlington offers an impressive list of over 80 different agave spirits and an extensive menu of refreshing margaritas.

BOTTLES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/EJ_Can_HiRes.jpg Easy Jack is bright without a hoppy wallop

Easy Jack, from California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co., is being made year-round with German hops.

DINING DECOR

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/0416InsiderDecor_templetaj.jpg Shirley Temple and The Cafe

At The Cafe at the Taj Boston, a framed photo of child star Shirley Temple, snuggled up in bed, is on the wall.

dining out

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There are a lot of great places to tame hunger in the Fenway neighborhood.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_4877.jpg Overflowing plates at Benton’s Sugar Shack

A restaurant wasn’t Jacob Benton’s vision in the 1830s when he began selling his maple syrup products.

Cheap Eats

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/royaleast_10.jpg Royal East’s Malaysian fare is a secret worth sharing

When Karen Yee and Evans Fu bought the 30-year old Chinese restaurant near Central Square they rolled out their Malaysian menu a few dishes at a time.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/AEB_6921.jpg Model goes the distance in first Marathon training

One of Boston’s top working model’s decision to race in her first Boston Marathon has been an exercise in diet.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/31/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/08brisket2.jpg Two rabbis and a cantor taste 16 briskets and 13 kugels

The Sisterhood of Temple Shalom Brisket (& Kugel) Throwdown was held as a social event for the Newton congregation to kick off a cookbook.

Q&A

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/AdelineMyersA.jpg Adeline Myers celebrates meatballs from around the world

In “Global Meatballs,” Myers celebrates the imperfections that make these “humble, misshapen rounds” a home kitchen favorite.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/06snappy2.jpg Almost a no-go, Hopkinton hot dog truck reopening as usual

While the Marathon start was a sure thing, this season’s opening of Hopkinton’s Snappy Dogs hot dog truck was not.

Asparagus, ham, and ricotta crostata

Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

seasonal recipe

Recipe for asparagus, ham, and ricotta crostata

This buttery free-form crust makes a casual, unfussy tart.

seasonal recipe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_0721A.jpg Recipe for creamy hummus

The secret to this creamy hummus is Soom tahini.

seasonal recipe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/oranges&anglaise2A.jpg Recipe for oranges with custard sauce

Custard sauce, also called creme Anglaise, is a lightly sweetened dessert sauce thickened with egg yolks.

seasonal recipe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/lamb_vindalooA.jpg Recipe for lamb vindaloo

The word vindaloo comes from the Portuguese dish, “carne de vinha d’alhos,” which is meat marinated in wine and garlic.

Sunday Supper & More

Lamb stew for chilly evenings, then shepherd’s pie

Casseroles like this will tie you over until the real spring arrives.

insider

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/15ingelatopix06.jpg Gelato roses bloom on Newbury Street

The new gelato cafe, Amorino, on Newbury Street is the first New England location for the French chain.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/07/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/brussels1.jpg Cooking tip from food editor Sheryl Julian

Last call for Brussels sprouts. Once asparagus and artichokes take over, the little sprouts will disappear from menus and nightly suppers. Before you bid them adieu, glaze a panful of the little green rounds: Halve them, steam for 4 minutes or until almost tender. In a skillet with 2 tablespoons hot olive oil, lay the sprouts, cut sides down, and cook 2 minutes or until browned. Turn and cook until tender. Mix 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon honey and add to the sprouts with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.

Dining capsules

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/diningout4-3603.jpg Where should you eat this week?

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

The best and worst from Boston dining

devra first

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/30/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/09dining1--90x90.jpg The 2014 Boston restaurant awards

Boston ate well in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the highs and lows — the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

Best wines under $20

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/31/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/05plonkapix17.jpg 10th annual Plonkapalooza: Best wines under $20

Sommeliers sampled 25 whites, 25 reds, all under $20, and uncorked some surprises among the winning wines.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/doubleshot-5060.png 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.

Bottles

BOTTLES

Harpoon employee has bragging rights

Braggot Rights, a cross between a honey braggot and a double IPA, won Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series of limited-edition beers this time around.

New England diners

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/p24_Jamie_Floyd.jpg 16 must-visit New England diners

These restaurants greet their guests with good food, down-to-earth atmosphere, and friendly prices.

Barbecue in Boston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/p22_opening_photo.jpg Boston’s 10 best BBQ joints

We decree which spots serve the tastiest ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked specialties.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/headmag0803_Cover-1956--90x90.jpg The food issue

How “Top Chef” Kristen Kish entertains, plus Clover Food Lab’s secret ingredient.