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

On a crisis-filled Sunday, Chick-fil-A comes through

The Atlanta-based restaurant chain, normally closed on Sundays, rushed into action to feed passengers stranded at the city’s airport.

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Raise a toast at City Tap House

Fort Point’s City Tap House celebrates its first birthday on New Year’s Eve — good news for beer lovers and gluttons.

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Paige Christo

When Paige Christo first created her food Instagram @pkceats, she kept her identity private.

Spread joy, not food poisoning, this holiday season

Food poisoning is a horrific holiday present to give folks, as it’s a gift that could keep giving . . . for days. Here are five strategies to safeguard your guests.

 A mural by New Orleans street artist Brandan Odums on the outside of Studio Be

Christopher Muther

A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to The Big Easy can be a spiritual, magical experience.

The Claxton Bakery in 1920.

Claxton Fruit Cake Co. might change your mind about the dreaded holiday dessert

They make millions of cakes in the last four months of the year, and those cakes are moist. With no liquor, you will not be drunk after one slice.

Centerville Pie Company’s top-seller: chicken pie.

Centerville Pie Co. won over Oprah — and so many others

The Centerville Pie Co. pie that won Oprah’s heart is stuffed with one pound of slow-cooked hand-pulled chicken, baked into a flaky, hand-crimped crust and oozing with homemade gravy.

A serving of the freshly made mayonnaise at Sa Llagosta restaurant in Menorca.

Mayonnaise’s unlikely origin in a Mediterranean paradise

The story of how Menorca gave the world mayonnaise, like much of European history, involves war.

Sips: The Nutty Professor is a nod to grandma

The holiday tipple is a refreshing break from cider spice and candy cane flavors.

Sweetgreen salad fixings (pictured in Lynnfield) are now available at the salad shop’s 13th Massachusetts location, on Franklin Street at Pearl Street in Boston.


Tables: Moody’s deli opens its doors, and East Coast Grill is no longer

Restaurant news you can use.

The new Friendly Toast at the Burlington Mall.

Quick Bite

Quick Bite: The Friendly Toast now making pals and omelets in Burlington

The ginormous menu would put the Cheesecake Factory to shame.

A woman takes a picture of her breakfast at Kellogg's Cafe NYC in New York, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Kellogg hopes the new store will be a place where millennials want to buy cereal by the bowl and then hang out. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Kellogg is hoping you’ll pay $7.50 for a bowl of cereal at its new NYC store

Kellogg hopes the new store will be a place where millennials want to buy cereal by the bowl and then hang out.

Raspberry linzer squares

Recipe: Viennese linzer torte, with cinnamon pastry and jam filling, made into little squares

The classic Viennese linzer torte, made with a hazelnut or almond dough, and filled with jam, comes together in pretty little squares for a holiday cookie platter.


Five beers that will pair perfectly with your holiday merriment

It’s as if the brewers know we’re going to be drinking a lot this month or something.

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Let’s all unite over a Division Bell

Nicholas Daddona of Meritage Restaurant + Wine bar in the Boston Harbor Hotel has social responsibility on his mind when crafting drinks.

 Glazed Eggnog Scones with Dried Cranberries and Ginger and Eggnog Streusel Muffins

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Recipes: Eggnog, an iconic yet polarizing holiday drink, finds new fans . . . in baked goods

Try it in scones, muffins, and eggnog cremes.

Easy holiday appetizer recipes

Try these three easy snacks for your holiday party.

Peppermint-swirl meringue kisses

In a year when everyone can use a little cheer, a cookie can be soothing

Here are the cookies in our mixing bowls this season, simple versions of grand little confections to serve, wrap as gifts, or keep for yourself.

Baker John Amichetti rolls out the dough on a recent Sunday while preparing the day’s rugelach at Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton.

Now it’s a party: Rugelach, sweet rugelach makes holiday return

The rolled and filled cookies are beloved in the Jewish community, especially surrounding holidays that call for sweets. The flaky, dairy based dough, flavorful fillings, and coat of cinnamon sugar combine for a hit of sweet nostalgia with each bite.

The cumin lamb burger at Home Taste.

What She’s Having

Bowls and burgers at Home Taste in Watertown

Co-owner Ying Chen runs the restaurant with her husband, Kai. They come from Henan, a province in central China known for its hand-pulled noodles.

Gingerbread-spiced palmiers

Recipe: French palmiers are dressed up for the holidays with gingerbread spices

Sugar and warm spices give these buttery, crisp confections — palm leaf-shaped French pastries called palmiers — a wintery feel.

Iced orange shortbread

Recipe: Rectangular, orange-flavored shortbread are decorated with icing and colored nonpareils

Slice-and-bake refrigerator shortbread makes elegant, rectangular, orange-flavored cookies.

Hazelnut cookies with white-chocolate icing

Recipe: Crisp little slice-and-bake cookies are bursting with hazelnut flavor

Roll food processor dough into a log, chill it, and slice thin rounds. After baking, drizzle the little cookies with white chocolate.

Peppermint-swirl meringue kisses

Recipe: For stunning peppermint meringues, paint the inside of a piping bag with red food coloring gel

Meringue kisses look complicated, but they are actually simple, and require few ingredients. They do take several hours to bake and cool, but that’s time that does not require your attention.

Roasted almond biscotti.

Recipe: Roasted nuts amp up the almond flavor in crunchy biscotti

With crunch and a nice mosaic of chopped almonds, these golden Italian biscotti deserve their spot as a favorite morning, afternoon, and after-dinner cookie.

Getting Salty with Pam Willis of Pammy’s

Pam Willis used to be a stage actress. Now she appears every night at Pammy’s, the homey Italian restaurant she co-owns with her chef husband, Chris Willis, on the outskirts of Harvard Square.

Purple Table helps families with special needs eat out

Training materials for staffers come from the website through partnerships with groups like Autism Speaks and Dementia Friendly America.

Some of the offerings at A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem.

Insider: Double the deliciousness

A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem opened a second store, on the Salem-Peabody line, doubling its production space.

Insider: PackIt freezable wine bags

The reusable carriers have built-in cooling gel to keep a large bottle cold for hours, no ice packs needed.

12/07/2017 BOSTON, MA Temporary dome/igloos are heated for guests at the Lookout Rooftop and Bar in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Drink in the holidays at these festive winter pop-up bars

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, sometimes a cocktail helps. Quench your thirst at a handful of Christmas and winter-themed bars around town.

Chocolate rugelach

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Recipe: Your Jewish grandmother didn’t make rugelach the way the pros do. Theirs are easier.

Bakeries typically don’t make rugelach into crescent shapes, which are time-consuming. They cut the pastries from rolls, and they’re just as delicious.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali spoke at his Eataly food court and stores in the Prudential Center in 2016.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct, steps away from restaurant empire

Several women have stepped forward to lodge sexual misconduct allegations against famed chef Mario Batali.

 Sweet, Spicy,  Tomatoey Pot Roasted  Cauliflower

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Recipes: Sweet, spicy, tomatoey pot roast-style cauliflower

When presentation counts, ‘pot roast’ cauliflower whole and slice it at the table.

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Holiday spirit arrives on two wheels

The 21st annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride happens Dec. 16 and proceeds benefit Horizons for Homeless Children.

A lineup of beers brewed by patrons at Barleycorn’s.


Sips: Barleycorn’s Craft Brew is reborn

The place has been cleaned up — and opened up — with new equipment and twice the capacity for parties and corporate events.

Tables: The deli you’ve been waiting for is about to open

Restaurant news you can use.

Executive chef Nimesh Maharjan finishes preapring a dish in the hollow of a Parmesan cheese wheel at Tuscan Kitchen Seaport.

Quick Bite

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport: Where the wine flows and the mozzarella is hand-stretched

Welcome to the latest outpost of restaurateur Joe Faro’s Italian empire.

Here There Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

The new Samuel Adams Tap Room at the company’s brewery in Jamaica Plain.


Bottles: Sam Adams gets a tap room at last

Long synonymous with beer in Boston, the brewery hadn’t had a dedicated space in Greater Boston to exclusively drink its offerings — until now.

Chablis paired with lobster Thermidor — on a bun — at Yvonne’s.

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From the Bar: At Yvonne’s, chablis pairs with lobster Thermidor — on a bun

Reprising a holiday tradition started by its predecessor Locke-Ober, Yvonne’s opens its doors for lunch on select Fridays this month.

Diners at Yvonne’s.

Yvonne’s goes back in time to bring back the fancy holiday lunch

Its chefs have scoured Locke-Ober’s archives of menus and devised new versions of the traditional dishes.

Opening night at the Smoke Shop Seaport.

As a second Smoke Shop opens, we can crown Andy Husbands our meat maven

It’s opening night at the Seaport’s Smoke Shop barbecue joint, and Husbands walks us through the finer points of carving.

Golden, crisp, and creamy latkes.

Recipe: Golden and crisp and everything you want in a latke, these take a serious shortcut before they go into the skillet

A way to make latkes that aren’t really latkes, but have all the crispness you want in Hanukkah’s traditional fritters.

A roundup of cookbooks for holiday giving.

The Cookbook Gift Guide 2017

The 20 volumes to seek out this holiday season — and exactly whom to give them to.

A Nordic Ware pan

Insider: Seasonal sculptured cake pans

Nordic Ware has produced sculptured cake pans with personality ever since the owner of the Minneapolis company created the Bundt pan decades ago.

The confident cook

Recipe: If you can stir vigorously, you can make polenta cakes, an elegant, hearty holiday dish

To get polenta cakes crisp, you need to fry them just before serving. We all know that guests love to congregate in the kitchen and watch the cook. So invite them in and pass the wine.

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// 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.