For those tired of guacamole and sour cream surcharges, Cambridge’s new El Jefe’s Taqueria (83 Mt. Auburn St. at John F. Kennedy Street) is a welcome switch. The Harvard Square restaurant — open until 4 a.m. in the old Taco Truck spot — sells burritos loaded with as many toppings as desired for a flat $6.99. El Jefe’s also serves soups, chimichangas, tacos, and burrito bowls. Breakfast (huevos rancheros, steel-cut oatmeal) starts soon. It’s the latest from Fire + Ice founder John Schall.
Down the block, Harvard Square’s Parsnip is slated to open on Nov. 3. It replaces the much-loved, zebra-printed UpStairs on the Square (91 Winthrop St. at John F. Kennedy Street). General manager Ian Rose describes the restaurant’s menu as globally influenced; early social media photos reveal lardo and pork crackling with passion fruit, lamb noisettes, and veal chop caponata.
Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill (1265 Boylston St. at Ipswich Street) now serves brunch at its Fenway location. Feast on lobster benedict, chicken and biscuits, and corned beef hash from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There’s also a DIY Bloody Mary bar.
Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake (384 Boylston St. at Arlington Street) celebrates its 25th anniversary through Nov. 25. Chef Brian Poe serves a favorite taco recipe every Wednesday for lunch and dinner, including Serrano-stuffed boar and his popular fig-and-thyme-stuffed quail. Mini-margaritas are $2.50, the original 1990 price.
Dinner Lab, a national members-only culinary pop-up that launched in Boston last year, eliminated its mandatory annual dues this week. Until now, diners paid $175 for access to tickets for multi-course meals at mystery locations around town, revealed 24 hours in advance and prepared by up-and-coming chefs. Sign up for free at dinnerlab.com. The original membership remains available, with perks such as chef’s tables and demos.
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