Alvaro Sandoval opens Davis Square branch of <b>Tenoch </b>

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Restaurateur Alvaro Sandoval shares happy news for the holidays: He’s opened the long-awaited Davis Square branch of his beloved torta parlor, Tenoch (382 Highland Ave. at Cutter Avenue). The 39-seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, though Sandoval says he’ll broaden those hours soon to offer breakfast. Tenoch is known for its majestic tortas: squishy telera bread piled with spicy mayonnaise, melted cheese, and spicy meats like chorizo sausage. There are always interesting specials, too, like squash blossom quesadillas and tamales. Tenoch operates restaurants in the North End and Medford plus a food truck.
In other Mexican news, Boston’s much-anticipated Villa Mexico plans a January opening in the Financial District, says co-owner Bessie King (121 Water St. at Broad Street). She and her friendly mom, Julie King, will serve traditional burritos, plus quesadillas, flautas, dessert, fruit juices, and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as King’s signature salsas by the bottle. Julie King was a welcome face in Beacon Hill for many years, when she sold her burritos out of a neighborhood gas station.

Jamaica Plain dumpling
spot Pink Samurai plans a Dec. 28 dinner opening, according to postings on its social media pages (658 Centre St. at Green Street). Preview photos showcase unusual dumplings filled with foie gras and cranberry kimchi, duck confit, and fried lamb.


For those suffering holiday malaise and hoping to sneak out of work for a long lunch, two appealing options: Chef Michael Schlow’s new Greek restaurant, Doretta Taverna, is open for lunch weekdays (79 Park Plaza at Arlington Street). In Waltham, Osteria Posto (99 Third Ave. at City Point) now serves lunch; it’s the latest from the team behind Somerville’s Posto.


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