Food & dining


Self-Portrait opens, Boston Calling eats well, and other food news

Tim Wiechmann
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Tim Wiechmann

Openings: Chef Tim Wiechmann has opened Self-Portrait (377 Walden St. at Concord Avenue), replacing his old restaurant, T.W. Food. The 22-seat bistro serves whole duck for two, foie gras and pig jowl rillettes, charcuterie soup, and sockeye salmon quenelles, among other delicacies from various parts of France.

Attractions: The culinary lineup for the Boston Calling music fest is in: Feast on pulled pork and chopped brisket from the Smoke Shop, tacos and burrito bowls from El Pelon, lobster rolls and oysters from the Shuck Truck, sweets from FoMu and Zinneken’s, and burgers from Tasty Burger. Whole Heart Provisions will offer veggie bowls. The weekend-long bash kicks off on May 26 at the Harvard Athletic Complex (65 North Harvard St. at Western Avenue).

Amusements: SoWa Open Market (460 Harrison Ave. at Randolph Street) has kicked off its 14th season with food trucks like Moyzilla, the Bacon Truck, and Indulge India. The market is open every weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October.


Coming soon: North Square Oyster Bar is slated to open on May 15, taking over the North End’s old Gennaro’s 5 North Square space (5 North Square at Prince Street), helmed by Nicholas Frattaroli from neighborhood gastropub Ward 8. There’s far more to this menu than mere bivalves, however: Chef Douglas Rodrigues (Clio, Liquid Art House) will serve a brown-butter lobster roll with chives and homemade vinegar chips; pork belly cotton candy; clam chowder in a kombucha sourdough boule; stuffed rigatoni with oxtail; and couscous with caviar.

Blackbird Doughnuts will launch a Fenway location on May 8 (20 Kilmarnock St. at Boylston Street), open daily. Enjoy the same doughnuts available at its South End branch with some geo-specific twists, such as baseball- or concert-themed treats, as well as doughnut ice cream sandwiches.

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