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.

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Recipes: Fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon swirl bread

Show dad or another deserving soul some love with this sweet treat.

Small, whole grilled dorada is one of the menu highlights at the Faialense Sport Club in Cambridge.


Where to eat in Greater Boston

A selection of recent dining reviews from around the region, by Globe critics.

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too.

Karen Akunowicz

Tables: Akunowicz ready to strike out on her own

Myers + Chang partner, executive chef, and recent James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz will leave the South End restaurant on June 30 to open her own venture.

Versus | Magazine

A cold war: Which is better, hard or soft-serve ice cream?

Serving up a debate over New England’s favorite cool indulgence.

Quick Bite

Two souls hanging at Two Saints Tavern

Come here for all-day pub food from Brian O’Donnell and Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey.

The University of Maine last month announced the release of the Pinto Gold, a new variety of gourmet potato developed by the school's potato breeding program.

In northern Maine, a new spud rises

Is it really possible to improve upon a product that has been farmed, cultivated, and enjoyed by the human species since approximately 8,000 B.C.? The answer, apparently, is yes.

The classic with bacon, one of the new burgers at IHOb.

Devra First

I just ate IHOb’s new burger. Here’s how it was

IHOP temporarily changed its name in a stunt to draw attention to its new Ultimate Steakburgers, and it is working — so well that I just went and consumed one.

Edward Lee


Q&A with chef Edward Lee, who’s on a quest to ‘discover America’s new melting-pot cuisine’

Lee sets out to put a human face on the story of how immigrants shape the American food landscape in his book “Buttermilk Graffiti.”

Purple Carrot is switching over to 100 percent curbside recyclable packaging to help minimize its ecological footprint.

Purple Carrot digs in on ecological packaging

The plant-based meal kit company is putting its money where its mouth is.

Pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto

The confident cook

Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish

“Melt” cherry tomatoes in a heavy-bottomed pan with garlic and olive oil to amp up their sweetness; the tender texture integrates well with small curly pasta.

Le Bon Magot condiments

So many chutneys, so many uses

A unique line of artisan chutneys and condiments from Le Bon Magot captures flavors of North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Michelle Mulford is the owner and chef of Uncommon Feasts, a Brookline boutique catering company that specializes in intimate home gatherings.

Let Uncommon Feasts do the cooking

Helmed by Michelle Mulford, the Brookline boutique catering company specializes in intimate home gatherings.

Oh-J is a double IPA from Lone Pine Brewing Co.


Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits

It’s not as if we were lacking before, but the Boston beer scene is now even more flush with New England-made craft brews.

Tomato-goat cheese tart in a basil crust

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A buttery crust made with fresh basil holds goat cheese and sliced tomatoes

A simple summer tart is baked in a basil crust filled with Dijon mustard, creamy goat cheese, and tomatoes sliced and arranged in concentric circles.

Mango-cornmeal muffins

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: If you’re craving a big muffin, these mango-cornmeal giants are for you

The muffin batter is mixed with yellow cornmeal — try a stoneground variety — along with buttermilk and diced fresh mango.

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Anthony Bourdain arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Writer of viral Olive Garden review grateful for Anthony Bourdain

A North Dakota newspaper columnist who received online vitriol in 2012 for her glowing review of an Olive Garden in Grand Forks said Saturday she was grateful that Anthony Bourdain came to her defense as others ridiculed her prose about the town’s hottest new Italian restaurant.

Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57, where he is planning to open Bourdain Market, in New York, Sept. 20, 2015. The market will hold a vast collection of about 100 retail and wholesale food vendors from New York, the nation and overseas, including fishmongers, butchers, bakers and other artisans, and eventually at least one full-service restaurant. (Alex Welsh/The New York Times)

Local chefs mourn Bourdain, hope his death can serve as wake-up call in a stressful industry

Bourdain’s death brings into focus the brutalizing disconnect between the supposed glamour of restaurant life and the despair that often simmers beneath the surface: long hours, easy access to drugs and alcohol, the constant pressure to succeed.

In this photo taken on Monday, June 4, 2018, Anthony Bourdain is seen with a film crew at Wistub de la Petite Venise, a restaurant in Colmar, France. Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room Friday, June 8 in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. (Etienne Butterlin via AP)

Boston chefs reflect on Bourdain’s life and legacy, many through tears

His candor and unexpected fame gave hope to countless chefs and lost souls, showing that second acts really are possible.

Braised Chicken With Peas and Mushrooms

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner

Two chicken dinners starring early summer’s favorite vegetable: peas.

Anthony Bourdain in Las Vegas.


Remembering Anthony Bourdain, the ‘bad-boy chef’ who was so much more

The writer and television host became known for his in-your-face portrayal of restaurant culture. But it was his humanity that made him matter.

Anthony Bourdain


‘Skip Sunday brunch buffets’ and other lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Although I read “Kitchen Confidential” a long time ago, several lessons from the book shaped the way I approach eating and fine dining to this day.

People walk past a billboard for the CNN television show

Fans flood social media to remember Anthony Bourdain’s wit and fearless food explorations

News of the suicide of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain unleashed a wave of shock and despair on social media from fans around the world.

hot ticket

Get fired up at Branch Line

Area Four parks its wood-fired mobile oven on Branch Line’s patio for a one-night-only “Cook With Fire” feast.

quick bite

At Boston Chops in Downtown Crossing, your 20-ounce prime chateaubriand is ready for its closeup

At the new Boston Chops downtown, you’ll find fancy steaks, an Instagram table with special lighting, and more marble per square foot than at most other Boston restaurants.

Tables: Some big closings in Southie, and welcoming The Wellington

Stephi’s in Southie closed on June 3, part of a restructuring as restaurateur sisters Kathy Sidell and Stephanie Sokolove combine their businesses. The sisters now run Sidell Hospitality Group together.


Wine class and happy hour rolled into one

On Tuesdays to Fridays in the late afternoon, and on the first Monday of the month, the bar at the tasting-menu focused restaurant of chef Alex Crabb and Shish Parsigian transforms into Wine School.

The Yotel Sky Lounge in the Seaport.

Eight romantic summer dates in the Boston area

Here are eight summertime date ideas in Boston and beyond, whether you hope to woo a potential paramour or rekindle a flame.

10cheapcape -- The view from the tables at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis can’t be beat—and the lobster rolls are pretty wonderful, too. (Diane Bair)

How to do Cape Cod on a budget

The good news is, you don’t have to be a one-percenter (or Kennedy kin) to have a total blast on that jacked arm of sand that lies over the bridge.

Shoal Hope Ciderworks produces four flavors of cider.

Where better to enjoy a local craft cider than the Cape?

Shoal Hope Ciderworks combines Robert Brosofsky’s loves: Cider and Provincetown.

Christopher Wilson in front of the Belfry Inn & Bistro, the former Corpus Christi Church.

Christopher Wilson is buying into the future of Sandwich

Wilson has developed a host of successful properties in the historic district.

A view of the convention center at Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett as construction proceeds.

North End businessmen team up to open an Italian restaurant at Everett casino

Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano’s Fratelli will seat 135 people, Wynn Resorts said.

Knockerball at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Bertucci’s has been bought by Planet Hollywood owner

Bertucci’s has a new owner, but the rolls and pizzas will remain the same. 

Nothing Gold, a double IPA from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.


Bissell Brothers beers are beautiful on the inside and out

The Portland, Maine, brewery is made for the Instagram age. Colorful cans and graphic B’s fill Bissell’s feed. Good light (and tacos) fill the tap room. And the hazy IPAs don’t need a filter.

Collapsible cooler from CleverMade

Picnics with pizzazz

Some fun and useful new products that can make your outdoor meal memorable.

from the bar

At Eataly’s Terra, white wine from an unexpected grape

The white is excellent with “cuore di lattuga,” a salad prepared by Terra’s chef de cuisine Dan Bazzinotti.


Dining Out

How does Fenway Eventide stack up to the original?

The Fenway seafood restaurant is a quick-service version of the Portland, Maine, original. Is it as good?

Aw, shucks! Give dad the gift of oysters

Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury offers free overnight shipping to send oysters from the bay to his doorstep.

‘Life’s short. Eat freaking ice cream.’

Eating Vice Cream won’t help you lose weight, but it might make you happy, and you’ll be helping fight cancer.

Kale Caesar salad with grilled chicken

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A rehearsal dinner main course tops kale Caesar with grilled chicken

The main course for a rehearsal dinner should be simple, elegant, and a crowd-pleaser. This kale Caesar can be prepped ahead and tossed before serving.

Co-owner Mary Kurth greets friends and patrons during the anniversary party at Spoke Wine Bar, Somerville, reopening a year after the death of the original owner Flea Foster. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Names, morris)

Keeping the spirit alive at Somerville’s Spoke Wine Bar

They knew what Felisha Foster created in the years before her death from ALS was something special.

Mezze platter

The confident cook

Prepare several mezze plates for this rehearsal dinner, which won’t cost a crazy amount of money

Though mezze plates in the Middle East typically begin dinner, this array can be substantial enough to make a meal. Put together your own small plates from any part of the world.

Getting Salty with Lauren Friel, who’s opening wine bar Rebel Rebel at Somerville’s Bow Market

Rebel Rebel will pay homage to bars Friel enjoys in places like London and Paris.

People dressed in white share a diner during the 30th edition of the

Paris’ 30th ‘Diner en Blanc’ starts at Les Invalides

The location of the dining event known as ‘‘Diner en Blanc,’’ or ‘‘Dinner in White,’’ was revealed to participants in a series of text messages up until the last minute.

Make your vegetables stand out with homemade, fruity dressings. Here, Grilled Zucchini and Bell Peppers With Lemon, Almond, and Aleppo Pepper Dressing.


Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals

Turn simple salads or grilled veggies into appealing meals with these easy vinaigrettes and dressings.

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.