Munch Madness

// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

The only time a Spyce Food employee touches food in the restaurant is to hand the grain bowl off the customer.

The robots are coming — to cook you a healthy grain bowl

The Spyce Food Co. is getting ready to open a restaurant with a mechanized kitchen in downtown Boston.


Shrimp toast and albariño with an unexpected view

“The wine is delicious,” says Matadora general manager Matt McLaughlin. “It has awesome floral notes and a nice salty finish that pair with our seafood.”

Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden will debut beneath the Southeast Expressway.


Here are four Boston-area beer gardens to start enjoying next month

No longer content to punt on creative outdoor drinking spaces, Boston will soon be the kind of city where you can sip a beer and play lawn games under a highway overpass.

Garbure (French vegetable and bean soup)

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Garbure, a hearty French soup of meat, beans, cabbage, and potatoes, is eaten year-round

Rural families in the Pyrenees region of southwest France might keep a pot of garbure simmering on the back of the stove all week, adding meat and vegetables each day.

Kuhn-Rikon’s Gripper Jar Opener

Gripper Jar Opener will give you a (strong) hand in the kitchen

With its long handle to provide more leverage, the Gripper fits around grooved and smooth-sided caps from 1 to 3½ inches.

Blake Hill Preserves’ Meyer Lemon with Cardamom marmalade won a Gold Sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association.

New England’s 2018 specialty food winners

The honor is equivalent to an Oscar for an artisanal food maker, only the gold statue is of a chef holding a chafing dish.

Pork tenderloin cutlets with mustard sauce

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Pound pork tenderloins into cutlets, then saute and add a buttery mustard sauce

To make this easy supper, dress up pork tenderloins with a simple French butter sauce enhanced with grainy mustard.

Auntie Dalie’s pasta lives on

Maureen and Jon Haynes started business a year ago to earn extra money to go camping. As it turns out, they bought a pop-up camper, but now they’re too busy to get away.

By the Glass

Distinctive Spanish pours are a breath of fresh air

When you taste wines that sing with distinctiveness, you can bet that the people behind them have a story to tell.

Joshua David Stein

Q&A with Joshua David Stein, editor of the North America section of ‘Where Chefs Eat’

“Where Chefs Eat” covers 70 countries and 145 locations in the United States. It has almost 1,000 listings for breakfast spots alone. Boston is well represented.

Food historian Ken Albala removes cooked noodes from boiling water.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Noodle Soup? Cricket Noodle Soup? Noodle soup cocktails?

In Ken Albala’s new book “Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession,” the emphasis is, perhaps, on that last word.

Spring chicken-quinoa salad with asparagus and edamame.

The confident cook

The stars of a spring chicken salad with quinoa, asparagus, and edamame are poached breasts

To give chicken for salad a lot of flavor, poach it in stock and use the stock to cook the accompanying vegetables and grain.

A pesto-chicken tart and arugula and fennel salad with oranges.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Banish winter with a chicken-pesto dinner tart, salad, and dessert

Ring in spring with the vibrant and satisfying flavors of this easy-to-make meal.

Choose from several versions of hummus at the Humaari pop-up at Wink & Nod, including the sauteed beef.

quick bite

Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari is now behind a hummus-centric pop-up

At Wink & Nod in the South End, Humaari showcases tahini and more.


Tables: Whole Heart Provisions comes to Central Square, and trumpets and hip-hop fold into the Tapestry

Plus, kosher favorite Inna’s Kitchen returns to Newton this summer.

The Palmetto


Palmetto, one heck of a cover

The rum pays homage to an original without ruining it.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Perspective | Magazine

An open letter to men who sell beer, from a woman who drinks it

The fact that I’m female doesn’t mean I want cider or fruit in my beer.

Necco’s Sky Bar

People are panic-buying Necco wafers. They’re freaking out about the wrong candy.

The Sky Bar is the perfect confection for our times, and soon it may be gone.

Get two-for-one fajitas at Olde Magoun’s Saloon on Saturday.

Dinner with friends gets tricky when you don’t have the same ‘economic bandwidth’

A budget doesn’t have to kill your social life if you address the issue early.

from the bar

Welcome spring with the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

It’s uncommon because it isn’t built on a standard base spirit (ie: whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila). Instead, dry vermouth stands in as the foundation.


Cerise Cassée is aged to perfection: Sour in one sip and sweeter in the next

When brewmaster Will Meyers says his latest Cambridge Brewing Co. beer has been sitting in a basement for 14 years in 15 French oak wine barrels, I trust he knows what he’s doing.

Chefs are cycling to end childhood hunger — and you can help

On April 19, join chef Tony Maws and others at a pop-up bar event from 8-10 p.m. at the Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville.

Glazed lemon-walnut scones

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Lots of lemon flavor is baked into these plump, glazed walnut scones

A bright citrus taste in big walnut scones is underscored with a brushed-on lemon glaze.

Crispy rice cake

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Try this big, golden cake of rice with a little ham and cheese tucked inside

Need a home for leftover white rice, a few cooked vegetables, a little ragu, tail ends of cheese, or a last slice of deli ham? It can all go into this crispy rice cake.

Southern slice-and-bake cheese wafers

The confident cook

Southern cooks make slice-and-bake cheese wafers for all occasions

Cheese wafers are savory rounds with a little heat that are wildly popular snacks in the South.

The Captain’s platter at Captain’s Table & Take Away

What She’s Having

In baked fish with buttery crumbs, there’s nothing to detract from the briny ocean taste

Haddock baked with crumbs is too plain to reach the iconic status of lobster roll, or even fish chowder, but it’s a favorite among New Englanders.

You don’t have to wait for iced tea anymore

Takeya, a California company that specializes in insulated water bottles, recently introduced the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker that quickly brews hot tea and then chills it in seconds.

Handy, helpful husband invents Rapid Slicer

The device that lets you cut about two-dozen cherry tomatoes, olives, grapes, and other small fruits at one time and in seconds.

Ice lollipop molds mean making your own ice cream truck treats

Make a fudgy popsicle, or spike a concoction for a boozy adult treat.

Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

The GM at Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca since August 2017 stayed on after owner Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurants amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Pasta with asparagus, leeks, and bacon.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Pasta dishes with fresh spring asparagus

Three satisfying meals that make the most of a favorite seasonal vegetable.

Manager Erin Barry removes cupcakes from a pan at Magnolia Bakery.

Quick Bite

Sweets and the city: A visit to Magnolia Bakery

What it’s like to visit Magnolia Bakery at Faneuil Hall.


Don’t knock the Naukabout

The beer company’s brewery and tap room are now open in Mashpee, on a property that once housed the Flume restaurant.

The de Magistris brothers, who own Il Casale in Belmont.

hot ticket

A birthday bash for Belmont’s Il Casale

Chef Dante de Magistris runs the busy neighborhood restaurant with his brothers Damian and Filippo.


These cocktails may steal the show in the Theater District

Restaurant news you can use, including that healthy stir-fry and salad chain Honeygrow launches two Boston locations of Minigrow on April 27.

Boston Calling music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on May 26, 2017.

Boston Calling’s food lineup is music to our ears

New this year: Wood-fired pizza from Area Four, sandwiches from chef Steve “Nookie” Postal at Commonwealth, and sweets from Union Square Donuts.

The interior of a Dunkin' Donuts in Hilversom, Netherlands. In Europe, stores are designed for customers who are in the habit of sitting and enjoying their coffee rather than taking it to go.

Pork, wasabi cheese, or Kit Kat doughnuts? Dunkin’ adapts for international tastes

The one flavor that’s available in every store in every country is Boston Cream.

RiverWalk Resort features year-round heated swimming pools.


RiverWalk Resort can be your castle away from home

The opening of RiverWalk has brought a new level of luxury to the western White Mountains.

More than 80 dead from tainted liquor in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities say at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired.


At Benedetto, a lovely Lugana pairs with octopus

“The wine and the dish are like peas in a pod without anything needing to be compromised,” enthuses Robert Taylor, the wine director of Benedetto in Harvard Square.


MillerCoors brewed a beer for millennials. Here’s what it tastes like.

In an explicit effort to woo more millennials, MillerCoors has released Two Hats, a line of light beers specifically targeting the 21- to 24-year-old drinker.

The Globe spent $42 on an armful of $2 menu items from Dunkin’ Donuts for a taste test.

Here’s our verdict on Dunkin’ Donuts new donut fries

Could a retail chain come close to recreating the sublime crunchy-sweet confection that is a churro ?

Halibut with mousseline and grapefruit at Mooncusser Fish House.

Dining Out

Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House

Mooncusser Fish House is a classic city restaurant — so old-school it doesn’t feel quite ready to be new again.

Icelandic Provisions partnered with a dairy co-op in Iceland to produce a version of skyr, a traditional Icelandic yogurt product.

Local investors banked on skyr being a big cheese in US market, too

Their company, Icelandic Provisions, created a skyr with a dairy co-op in Iceland and, having launched in the beginning of 2016, today it’s the fastest growing yogurt product in the United States, according to Nielsen.

Inspired by Patriots Day barbecues, Jairo Dominguez (left), Teodora Bakardzhieva, and Theo Bougas will offer year-round cookout fare at their new restaurant Backyard Betty’s.

A restaurant idea cooked up at Patriots Day barbecues

When Backyard Betty’s opens its doors on West Broadway in Southie later this month, it’ll bring to Boston the feeling of the at-home Patriots Day barbecue that the owners have been hosting for 25 years.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.