Waltham’s<b> Flank</b> isn’t an ordinary steakhouse

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Waltham's Flank (74 Tower Road at Main Street) opens for dinner on Feb. 10. This isn't your ordinary 300-seat steakhouse, however: The restaurant pays homage to the freewheeling, early-20th-century tradition of beefsteak — a male-only feast in which meat was consumed with one's bare hands in clubby quarters. Flank considers itself a modern rendition, catering to women and even vegetarians. Beefsteak-style meals are available (silverware optional), as well as throwbacks like beef Wellington and steak Diane. For those craving a post-prandial smoke, there's a cigar garden. It's the latest from the Whole House Group, helmed by WAAF's Greg Hill. Look for more suburban steakhouses from the group this year, including the West Concord Beef Company.

Arlington's busy Tryst (689 Massachusetts Ave. at Court Street) tries a new concept beginning Feb. 1 with Italian pop-up Convegno. Chef Paul Turano serves a menu that includes gnocchi, house-made sausage, and cannoli starting at 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.


Cambridge's The Rising replaces Hit Wicket, which had been one of the city's only places to watch cricket matches (1172 Cambridge St. at Tremont Street). The newly renovated gastropub from the team behind Cambridge's Phoenix Landing and Boston's The Merchant serves jerk wings, mussels, and poutine until midnight.

Dosa-n-Curry — Somerville's spot for all of your Indo-Chinese, South Indian, and vegan needs — has reopened after a hiatus caused by utility issues (447 Somerville Ave. at School Street). The restaurant had been closed since August.

Get a preview from chef Rachel Klein (Asana, Liquid Art House) of her upcoming Needham restaurant RFK (948 Great Plain Ave. at Dedham Avenue) on Feb. 2. She'll cook at a pop-up hosted by the Envoy Hotel (70 Sleeper St. at Northern Avenue) to benefit the New England Center and Home for Veterans, alongside Outlook Kitchen + Bar chef David Verdo. Tickets ($45) are at www.eventbrite.com.


Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com.