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


Cocoa loco

Spice up your winter: sip chocolate with a bite.

Chef Moe Kuroki prepares an order at Oisa Ramen.

By Devra First Globe Staff

Squeeze in, slurp up at Oisa Ramen

Barely bigger than a shoebox, it is downtown Boston’s tiniest new lunch option.

Terra restaurant at Eataly


Southern food comes to the South End

Southern Proper is set to open, as is Bootleg Special, which will serve Southern food with a Creole twist.

George Washington’s recreated distillery at Mount Vernon.


Whiskey. By George.

Anyone who ushered the United States into nationhood couldn’t be expected to drift off into the hazy bliss of retirement, and so George Washington became a distiller.

Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists this year?

The Boston area made a strong showing in national as well as regional categories for 2018.

Emilio Garcia (at right) in Barcelona with Connecticut chef Eric Stagl.

The VIP Lounge with chef Emilio Garcia

Chef Garcia has worked at many well-known area restarurants. We caught up with Garcia, who hails from Guatemala and lives in Revere , to talk about all things travel.

Karen Akunowicz at Myers + Chang in Boston.

Check out the 2018 James Beard award semifinalists from the Northeast

The final restaurant and chef award nominees will be announced March 14.

Boston Beer Co. names a new president and CEO

Dave Burwick, the former CEO of Peet’s Coffee, will succeed Martin Roper, who led the company for 17 years.

Boulders Beach, home to the endangered African Penguin.

A vacation sequel as good as the original

Could our recent South African trip possibly measure up to our best-ever family vacation a dozen years back? My daughter and I investigated.

Cakey chocolate-chip brownies

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Rich cakey brownies are studded with chocolate chips. Wrap up a few for your valentine.

Lush with melted chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and sour cream, these brownies are rich and cakey (as opposed to fudgy).

Chicken breasts with dates, oranges, and olives

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Dates, oranges, olives, and other tastes of the Middle East in an elegant chicken dish for two

Chicken breasts for you and your sweetie are cooked with Middle Eastern flavors and served on a bed of couscous.

A hands-on pasta-making class from a pro

On the first Wednesday of each month, Framingham restaurant Volturno offers a hands-on pasta-making class.

Restaurateur Brian Moy at BLR.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year now — and Chinatown always

In many ways, the Moys represent a changing Chinatown, demonstrating how the neighborhood increasingly blends East and West, past and present, traditional and contemporary.

Gobi Manchurian at Little India Express in Lexington.

What She’s having

What She’s Having: Don’t let the drab strip mall fool you — find amazing food at Little India Express

The Lexington takeout spot is in Commuter Dream World: It’s at an intersection close to Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Winchester, and Woburn.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Solomon Sidell

He works from midnight until 7 a.m. at his landmark South Street Diner, feeding eggs and good cheer to Boston’s creatures of the evening.

The new tap room at Lamplighter Brewing Co.


Bottles: Lamplighter Brewing doubles capacity, which should delight thirsty fans used to standing in line

The brewery debuted its new taproom last weekend with a soft launch, but it opens in earnest this weekend.

A chocolate tart perfect for your valentine.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A decadent chocolate tart to whip up for your valentine

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an indulgent chocolate dessert that says “I love you.”

Where to eat

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A sampling of the area’s best restaurants, from Globe critics.

Chef Tim Maslow at Ribelle in Brookline in 2013.

Chef Tim Maslow to open a new restaurant in the Tremont 647 space

The South End’s Tremont 647 is closing after more than 20 years, confirms chef Andy Husbands. Former Ribelle chef Maslow plans a Japanese brasserie.

Give me a toy: Florida boy gets trapped in vending machine

When a young Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one. And, he got stuck inside the glass-encased structure.

A flight of beers from Lookout Farm.


So many brewers, so little time

In an effort to help consumers keep up with new arrivals, the Mass Brewers Guild is hosting its second annual “Meet the Brewers” event.

Biscuits and more at Sweet Cheeks.


Tables: Sweet Cheeks to serve up breakfast sandwiches, and Davis Square gets a casual Thai spot

Restaurant news you can use.

quick bite

Cava brings yummy D.C. casual food to Boston

The motto? “Food that fills you, and fulfills you, too.”


Post-race beers are nothing new, but a beer with electrolytes? That sure is.

Geoffrey Pedder founded ZēLUS for runners and other athletes to drink after races, and for active folks to enjoy in general.

from the bar

This drink is no cliché

Not every couple is into wine and roses for Valentine’s Day.

Pammy’s Pork chop with cream of wheat, matchstick-cut radishes, and pancetta dashi.

Dining Out

At Pammy’s, pleasure is the principle

This Cambridge trattoria serves up everyday dishes done better.

These girls from Wayland are among the many Scout troops selling cookies this time of year.

Not your imagination: N.H. Girl Scout cookies taste different

Historically, two bakeries have manufactured Girl Scout cookies: ABC Bakers, a division of Interbake Foods, and Little Brownie Bakers, owned by the Kellogg Co.

Spaghetti with mushroom sauce.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: An embarrassingly simple mushroom sauce is tossed with spaghetti

Chopped mushrooms simmer with white wine and parsley to make a quick, easy, memorable sauce for spaghetti.

Sweet-and-sour braised beef.

The confident cook

Recipe: Hearty braised beef simmers with currant jelly in a sweet-and-sour sauce

A hearty pot of braised beef served with noodles or potatoes makes a warming end to a frosty winter day.

Sumiao Chen is a pharmaceutical researcher at Novartis by day and a restaurateur by night.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Sumiao Chen

The pharmaceutical researcher at Novartis by day is a restaurateur by night.

Justin Springer of Outside the Box DJs at Suya Joint during a Boston Black Restaurant Challenge event.

Have you visited a black-owned restaurant this month?

The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge asks diners to support the community by eating well.

Rachel Herz


Q&A with Rachel Herz, author of ‘Why You Eat What You Eat’

The neuroscientist has been obsessed with food since she was a little girl who couldn’t resist squeezing the bread.

In the second edition of the “Boston Public Market Seasonal Cookbook” the staff has assembled recipes using local and seasonal ingredients found at the Public Market.

Boston Public Market cookbook helps you shop there

Amid the hubbub, you may overlook some of the unique, local items available in baskets or on vendors’ shelves. The recipes help by directing you to the right place.

Western New York’s Ribbon Road Farm transforms fresh elephant garlic into black garlic.

One benefit of black garlic, besides great taste? No garlic breath.

Black garlic, long a cooking staple in Korea and other Asian countries, is recognized for its antioxidant properties.

Chocolate-pecan fudge cake with chocolate icing.

Recipe: Your Valentine will love this fudgy chocolate-pecan cake with chocolate icing

When you present this fudgy chocolate cake to your Valentine, the accolades will begin.

hot ticket

Vacation destination: Boston Public Market

The market hosts several kid- and parent-friendly activities throughout the week of Feb. 19.

Boston, MA - 2/5/2017 - New England Patriots fans react to a first down as they watch the fourth quarter of SuperBowl 51 between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at the bar Game On in Boston, MA, February 5, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

For many local restaurants, Sunday is not so Super

Some places go all in for the game, while others opt-out entirely.

beef jerky

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: DIY beef jerky

The high-protein, delicious snack is having a moment.

Tacos at Anna’s Taqueria


Anna’s Taqueria opens in the Pru and MidiCi pizza comes to Somerville

Restaurant news you can use, including that Tatte Bakery & Café will open in the new PIER 4 office building.

When he returned to New England after 20 years in Philadelphia, Bob Gesek opened the area’s only Philly Pretzel Factory, located on a busy rotary on Squire Road in Revere.

In Revere, a lifelong Patriots fan with a baked-in love of Philly pretzels

Inside New England’s only Philly Pretzel Factory outpost is a sight that would make any Eagles fan a little salty.

Buttonwood, the former site of 51 Lincoln, is more modern and streamlined.

quick bite

Buttonwood is your new Newton watering hole

From the team behind Sycamore and Little Big Diner, this suburban restaurant would play well anywhere in the city.

Daniel Bruce (left), Julia Child, and Tom Burgess in 1992.


Celebrating past and present at the Boston Wine Festival

Chef Daniel Bruce loves to talk about the early years of the annual event he founded at the Boston Harbor Hotel almost 30 years ago. A cherished photo captures a favorite memory.


Dogfish’s new beer is made with ingredients from Mace pepper spray

IN YOUR MACE! is a stout brewed with coffee, chicory, milk sugar, and two varieties of mace, the active ingredients in Mace brand pepper spray.

Globe Magazine

Will my genes doom my young daughter to a weight problem?

Research points to genetic factors in obesity, so what’s a parent who has struggled with overeating to do?

from the bar

A lively white wine pairs with an adventurous duo of meats

At Oak + Rowan, “snails and organ meat” are elevated. The wine helps.

Crispy stuffed small Yukon Gold potato skins with Monterey Jack and chiles.

Five Super Bowl snacks with all the major food groups: salty, fatty, cheesy, creamy, smoky, meaty, buttery, sticky, and sweet

During the last quarter, don’t bite your nails. Feed your anxiety with these five irresistible snacks.

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.