Munch Madness

// Munch Madness winner to be announced

Myers + Chang or Oleana? Find out Thursday who will be the big winner.

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

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A retro cocktail party menu with snacks and classic drinks

Puffed pastries, spiced nuts, champagne cocktails, gimlets, and more will get guests in a festive mood.

Mambo Combo burrito at Yoki Express.

Quick Bite

Sushi meets burritos at the Boston Seaport’s Yoki Express

The restaurant is part of a new cluster of fast-casual dining spots along the Seaport’s Boston Wharf Road, including by Chloe and Juice Press.

Avi Shemtov in front of his TAPPED beer truck.


A craft beer bar on wheels

Avi Shemtov’s TAPPED beer truck will quench your partygoers’ thirst with kegs from brewers such as Aeronaut, Night Shift, Trillium, and more.

Les Sablons


Les Sablons opens, Legal Fish Bowl debuts, and Flour grows (again)

Plus: The people behind Il Casale and dante are planning something new.

Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

A Starbucks barista posted a (now-deleted) video to Twitter hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.


Revisiting Heady Topper, with new perspective

Recalling a 2013 visit to Waterbury, Vt., and a recent taste test against Trillium’s Scaled Up double IPA.

The Sumo at Red Lantern

From the Bar

How to make Red Lantern’s Sumo cocktail

It’s time for grapefruit and bubbles.

The ‘‘Unicorn Frappuccino.’’

What is this new ‘Unicorn’ drink from Starbucks?

Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a “Unicorn Frappuccino.”

You’ll soon be able to sip a beer on the Greenway

The open-air space, slated to open in June, will have views of Boston Harbor and several Trillium beers on tap.

Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai restaurant Blue Ginger to close

The Wellesley fixture’s last day of service is June 3, and Tsai has a new project in the works.

Les Sablons is housed in the historic Conductor’s Building.

New restaurant Les Sablons opens in Harvard Square

The project comes from the folks collectively behind Branch Line, Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Row 34.

Jay Hajj


From war torn Lebanon to a beloved South End diner

This is the story of chef and restaurateur Jay Hajj of Mike’s City Diner.

Tony Barros, owner of Restaurante Cesaria in Dorchester, consulted on the Cape Verdean recipes in “Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables.”

How does climate change affect the way the world cooks?

“Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables” comes from the United Nations Development Programme, with some local ties.

Produce at a Farmer Dave’s farm stand.

The CSA model evolves

One new area of growth for outfits like Farmer Dave’s: memberships in less-affluent urban communities.


Local restaurants lauded by Wine Spectator

Among those making the cut were Abe & Louie’s, Bistro du Midi, Deuxave, Grill 23 & Bar, Lucca, Sorellina, and Strega Waterfront.

Recipe: Braised oxtail with tomatoes and roasted potatoes

The longer this cut cooks, the better it gets, the meat turning soft and luscious.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Muffin-tin financiers with jam

These little French cakes are named for the bankers who frequented a bakery in Paris’s financial district more than a century ago.

Kashi’s “certified transitional” Dark Cocoa Karma Shredded Wheat Biscuits.

What does ‘certified transitional’ mean?

A look behind the designation, new this year, and its impact on consumers wanting to eat organic food.


In Beverly, a compressed taste of southern Italian hospitality

The two-year-old Toscana Bar Italiano does a lot right in a small space and has plans to expand.

Quick Bite

At Eataly restaurant Terra, a view of the sky, a connection to the land

You’ll find lots of grilled food, plenty of pasta, and a really cool barrel-aged beer program.

Hot ticket

New sounds at Scampo

Italian food, live music, cocktails for two — sounds like the makings of a sultry evening, doesn’t it?


Palo cortado: the most romantic style of sherry?

This rich, round version of the fortified Spanish wine comes with an intriguing backstory.

Patrons at Spoke in 2013.


T.W. Food becomes Self-Portrait, Freepoint opens, and other restaurant news

Plus: Davis Square wine bar Spoke rises again.

Trump Jr. mocks college students’ concern over Chick-fil-A

Donald Trump Jr. has taken to Twitter to mock a group of Pittsburgh college students opposed to the addition of a Chick-fil-A restaurant to their campus.

Miss Conduct

A little matzo etiquette, please

Where not to hide the afikomen. Plus, how to call a politician.

Ten hospitalized in E. coli outbreak at Chicken & Rice Guys

The chain temporarily closed its four restaurants in Boston and Medford and grounded its food trucks.

Burger King’s Whopper ad gets prank

Burger King’s latest advertising stunt is resulting in some less-than-flattering descriptions of its Whopper sandwich.

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2007, file photo, David Letterman, right, the host of

David Letterman’s mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

Ms. Mengering became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s, baking mystery pies and covering the Olympics for her son’s Late Show on CBS.

A noodle soup with bone broth, toasted rye noodles, chicken and vegetables at Area Four.

Dining out

Where to get your carbs on before the Marathon

From old-school meatballs to sea urchin carbonara, the Boston area serves up an embarrassment of riches.

From the Bar

At Fairsted Kitchen, a nebbiolo that’s ‘such a unicorn’

The special bottle pairs well with chef Jason Albus’s beef kebabs.


At Eataly’s new Terra restaurant, the beer is alive

Tap lines bring it directly from barrel to bar.

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There’s an E. Coli outbreak at Chicken & Rice Guys

“We’re taking this very seriously,” the Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner said. “People are getting sick.”

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Vegetarian French onion soup that brings the flavor

You won’t miss the beef broth in this rich, savory take on the popular dish.

Barbara Lynch in the dining room of one of her restaurants, Menton, in Boston.

Barbara Lynch, from the Southie projects to super-star chef

Barbara Lynch tells the story of blazing her own trail (and getting chewed out by Todd English) on the path to No. 9 Park.

Ahi shoyu (tuna in a sesame-soy marinade, mixed with sweet pickled onions and topped with macadamia nuts) at Manoa Poke Shop.

Cheap Eats

Manoa Poke Shop stands out in Somerville

The Hawaiian raw-fish salad is having a moment, but Manoa Poke Shop truly embodies the aloha spirit.

Michael Stern, coauthor of “Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More Than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America”


Observations from 40 years of eating across America

Before Google and Yelp, there was Michael and Jane Stern’s “Roadfood” guide, now in its 10th edition.

The confident cook

If you can roast a chicken, you can roast a duck

Salty and sweet, rich and crisp, this whole golden bird makes a standout dinner.

Recipe for Gordon Hamersley’s leg of lamb stuffed with parsley-walnut pesto

A flavorful twist on the traditional Easter lamb.

Cooking With | Gordon Hamersley

How to cook your Easter leg of lamb this year

Infuse the meat with a flavorful parsley pesto, and serve it with springlike sides.

Molly Ford (left) and Sarah Jesup, cofounders of the Food Lens.

A Yelp alternative

The Food Lens is a new website offering a curated take on Boston’s restaurant scene.

Tastes like France, but from Vermont

St. Albans Cheese, from Vermont Creamery, turns runny like fondue when you warm it.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe for raspberry tart

Inspired by Linzertorte, less fussy to make.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe for watercress and zucchini soup

Hold the usual potatoes. We’ve got zucchini instead.

Put them all in one basket

Chick- and egg-shaped cookies from Bisousweet Confections are perfect for Easter.

Israel’s young wine industry is aged to perfection

Israel’s wine industry has grown in quality and reputation over the last decade.

Roast Leg of Lamb With  Carrots and Pearl Onions

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Leg of lamb with fresh mint sauce for Easter dinner

A fresh take on mint sauce livens up an old-school main course.

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.