Food & dining


Lobster rolls in the Fenway and cheese curds in Brookline

Diners at Shojo in Chinatown in 2012.
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Diners at Shojo in Chinatown in 2012.

Openings: Fans of classic Kennebunk, Maine, pit-stop Bennett’s Sandwich Shop don’t need to head north on Interstate 95 any longer: There’s a new branch open in the Fenway (84 Peterborough St. at Kilmarnock Street). Enjoy its signature lobster rolls and husky steak-and-cheese subs, or restrain yourself during bathing suit season with an expanded salad menu. It’s open from
8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

The team from Chinatown hangout Shojo has opened Ruckus Noodle Bar (5 Tyler St. at Beach Street), serving pan-Asian noodles from nicely pedigreed executive chef Mike Stark (Coppa, Toro, Tiger Mama). Feast on spicy miso ramen, black garlic mazeman, and chilled octopus salad in the 20-seat dining room. In a release, owner Brian Moy cites a “lack of good-quality noodles in the downtown area.” Ruckus will fill the void Thursday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Café du Pays opened for dinner in Cambridge’s old Hungry Mother space on July 12 (233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. at Bristol Street), according to a post on its
Instagram page. Enjoy French-Canadian cuisine and New England-sourced seafood and veggies.


Coming Soon: It’s easy to be cheesy thanks to the impending opening of Curds & Co., launching later this summer in Brookline Village (288 Washington St. at
Davis Avenue). Select your own cut-to-order cheeses and accompaniments and take cheese-tasting classes. The mission is to “bring great cheese and happiness to the people,” according to a rep, and who can argue with that?

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Brunches: The Back Bay’s Buttermilk & Bourbon (160 Commonwealth Ave. at Dartmouth Street) launches Sunday brunch service beginning on July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Banish all traces of a hangover with buttermilk biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, bananas Foster pancakes, and crab Benedict with ham and hot Nashville hollandaise. To drink? Soft-serve mimosas.