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.
Dating back to 1780, the Warren Tavern located near the Freedom Trail, has plenty history of its own. It was opened by Captain Eliphelet Newell, who it is said, took part in the Boston Tea Party. Famous visitors included Paul Revere and George Washington. Today, it has lace-curtain windows and low, wood-beamed ceilings that create an intimate vibe. Try the Tavern Special — chicken breast and shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, prosciutto ham and provolone cheese in a garlic white wine sauce. A great place to sip a drink or grab a bite or two.
Located in Winchester, Mamadou's Artisan Bakery is a part of a chain of specialty food shops which is renowned for its baked goods. Its flaky croissants will remind you of Paris bakeries while its hearty baguette bread will keep you coming back for more. Walnut bread, Italian bread, sourdough, multigrain bread and Ciabatta are a few other varieties of baked goods which can be found here. Grab a croissant on your way to work or take home a couple of loaves to spruce up your dinner.
PLNT Burger in South End is a one-stop destination for vegan burger lovers. Prepared from 100% plant-based ingredients, the entire menu serves a good range of scrumptious plant-based burgers. The menu also lists small plates and sandwiches including soft serve and beverages. They also provide gluten-free options for health conscious folks. Combo meals are also available on the menu and can also be customized as per customer preferences. For those who enjoy vegan, or are on a little mission of serving the planet, PLNT burger is a must-visit.
Enjoy authentic Mexican fare at Jamaica Plain’s Chilacates. Serving flavorful tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other Mexican street food delights, the food here is scrumptious. Choose a base - quesadillas, tacos, or others - and then pick the fillings and the sides at the counter. The service is quick and efficient. With limited seating, take out is the best way to enjoy the delicacies served here.
Set along Bow Street, Celeste has opened its doors to acquaint the food-loving folk of Somerville to the scrumptious flavors of Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant is a joint venture between a group of like-minded friends whose passion for culinary excellence knows no bounds. The restaurant's kitchen is, however, Chef Calderon's domain and is where he and his team of skilled hands strive to recreate the magic of old-school classics. Though the menu changes with every passing week, it does manage to hang on to a few favorites like the Ceviche de blue cod, Causa de avocado, and Susado de pescado on a regular basis.