Highly acclaimed for its enticing Mexican fare, dining at Angela's Cafe is certain to transport diners to the streets of Mexico, amid tacos, tostadas and burritos. The colorful cafe done up in hues of red and orange welcomes its guests and charms them with its friendliness. Among the best-selling dishes on the menu is the exquisite Chiles En Nogada that is recommended by the Chef himself. It consists of chiles stuffed with picadillo and served with pomegranates and walnut sauce, making the dish resemble the Mexican flag. Other classic items on offer are the Mariscada or mussels and clams fried with jalapenos in a garlic sauce and tilapia that must be tried atleast once.
Neptune was God of the Seas, but the Neptune Oyster however isn't as vast as the waters he ruled over. This is a small pearl that can seat about two dozen people in simple and neat surroundings. Apart from oysters and clams, you'll get a variety of other seafood and if you're in to it, you can try some smoked and raw salmon. You can also savor some Italian seafood like North End Cioppino and Whole Loup de Mer.
Located in the heart of Boston's South End, Toro is a lively Barcelona-style tapas bar. Owned by acclaimed chef Ken Oringer, Toro has become one of Boston's must-visit restaurants. Perfect for sharing, the traditional tapas served here are small portioned dishes that allow patrons to order and try various cuisine. Toro's vast menu features a variety of tapas including empanadas, sliders, charcuterie and more. Not to be outdone by their cuisine, the signature drink menu at Toro offers wine on tap, cocktails, champagne, and bottled beer. Their brunch is one of the best in the city, offering pitchers of sangria, mimosas, and bloody marys. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, as this popular establishment doesn't accept reservations.
Housed in the Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive restaurant and bar is almost like an opera house in itself with live jazz, cabaret and a lot more action. There are fine satin drapes and exquisite artifacts adorning the eatery. A popular hangout among the night birds; the bar and lounge scene here is also upbeat and lively. The food is a regular mix of the grilled and Mediterranean variety, with lamb ribs ruling the roost. Sausages, pasta and risottos also sit happily together on the menu. The wine sure flows freely on all days and everything about the place has an arty feel to it.
Tourists still flock to Bull & Finch Pub, a.k.a. Cheers Boston, the inspiration for the Cheers television series which ran for 11 years and won a number of awards. Avid fans should be forewarned, however; the exterior is very familiar, but the inside is nothing like the TV version. Drinks and food are served here, but its icon status is the main draw. It is considered by many to be one of the top tourist attractions in Boston!
Located in the popular South End of Boston, Picco is a well-established and loved Italian restaurant. An acronym for Pizza and Ice Cream Company, Picco is known for their exceptional thin-crust style pizza and homemade organic ice cream, which are all made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is characterized by its bright blue awnings, simple decor and outdoor seating. With a bubbly crust, fresh cheese and herbs, the pizzas are exquisitely prepared and can be custom ordered with a variety of toppings ranging from homemade ricotta to broccoli rabe. The ice cream is richly flavored and made in-house. The flavors rotate daily but often include chocolate, mint chip, ginger and passion fruit.
In a city that takes its ice cream very seriously, Toscanini's consistently ranks among the top three parlors in informal and formal polls. The chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice creams are divine. But unique flavors, such as burnt caramel, cardamom and saffron, really set this place apart. Sorbet and frozen yoghurt are also served and the sauces are homemade. All of their frozen treats are made on premise, so all the flavors listed on the website are not always available. The coffee and espresso drinks are also recommended.
This coffeehouse's dining area is set apart from the front counter, so those who want to sit and enjoy their coffee can do so with a little less noise from the grinder. Just before you enter their dining area, you will notice all the necessary condiments you need, in order to make your meal more enjoyable. For Starbucks lovers, their cappuccino smoothie tastes just like a Frapuccino. If you're in need of something more substantial, their wraps, salads, sandwiches and baked goods will hit the spot.
Ken Oringer is at the helm of Coppa and he is one of Boston's best-loved fine-dining chefs, with Toro and Clio also under his belt. This quaint little rustic restaurant, with its incredible selection of wines and mixed drinks, is a pleasant contrast to many of the sleek uptown restaurants that it shares a berth with. The food puts unexpected twists on classic Italian cuisine, such as the famed carbonara with sea urchin - not for the culinary faint-of-heart. More traditional dishes abound, from gnocchi with pork ragu, sage and pecorino to the perfectly wood-fired pizza.
Deuxave is an upscale restaurant with a chic decor that is inspired by the Bostonian style. The fireplace in the dining section adds to the beauty of the space. The menu features French cuisine which is blended with American flavors, creating contemporary culinary bliss. Enjoy an array of appetizer choices, main courses and sides that can be paired with their wine. The bar has a huge wine list of 420 bottles out of which a few can be ordered by the glass. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online.
Famed to be one of the earliest Italian café establishments in Boston, Caffe Vittoria has been serving espresso and gelati to the Italian community of the North End since 1929. The cafe features old-world décor, where coffee enthusiasts can appreciate vintage brewing machines, shiny bakery cases, and parlor tables. On weekends, a lively post-dinner crowd keeps the place humming until late at night. While they are known to serve excellent hot chocolate and espresso, other enticing options include traditional tiramisu, cannoli, biscotti, and more.
Menton promises an exquisite luxury dining experience, among the best in all of Boston. As you set foot within the glamorous environs of the restaurant, the elegant interiors, artisanal glassware and impeccable service will floor you. Christened after the quaint town in Cote d'Azur, this fine dining getaway doles out an impressive array of French-inspired dishes, boasting a slight Italian influence. The multi-course menus on offer here comprise foie gras, swordfish, duck, lamb and a slew of indulgent desserts. Whether you’re looking to bring in a memorable date night or waiting to experience haute cuisine at its best, Menton is just the place to be.