In Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has become a standard favorite for avid diners. Their immaculate decor - the tasteful art adorning the walls, the mosaic tiles at your feet, and their friendly staff make this restaurant a crowd-puller. Offering one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city, the restaurant is equally known for its impressive drink list.
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 mary's. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, 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!
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 feel. 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.
Dimly lit with small booths and a laid-back wait staff, this quaint bar and eatery can get crowded quickly. Delux Cafe may not look like much from the outside, but it is the inside that counts. All types come here looking for an inexpensive drink or supper. Quality pizzas and daily specials are satisfying and made promptly. The split pea soup, vegetable pie and herb-roasted pork loin are quite good as well. This is the perfect place to escape the pomp and prices of downtown.
Located in the heart of Boston, Sterling's serves some excellent American dishes. The place has a classic and subtle decor with a large outdoor seating area. The food served is delicious and the cocktails are creative and innovative. Enjoy your meal in a relaxed atmosphere and take in the street life. Unwind with your friends and enjoy the ambiance. They also have happy hours offering tempting deals. Check their website for more information.
Cocobeet is an organic juice bar offering cold-pressed juices, healthy smoothies and tasty vegan snacks. With catchy names such as Peruvian Sun, Battle Axe, Kickstart and Happy Day, their juices and other products are packed with nutrients that will energize the body. For your hunger pangs, try their Vegan Maki Rolls and Mediterranean Salad with Quinoa.
If seafood is your choice of food, Oceanaire Seafood Room could soon be your new favorite. The restaurant specializes in ultra-fresh seafood, flown in from around the world and flavored with just the right ingredients. The ambiance of the restaurant is that of a 1930s ocean-liner with an aura of elegance and sophistication. The restaurant serves a variety of cocktails in its lounge area and has a fresh oyster bar. It has an exquisite wine selection to go with the seafood. The setting is ideal to host corporate events and large dinner parties.
This Government Center Starbucks branch is more known for its landmark Steaming Kettle which was built in 1873. It hangs above the cafe's entrance. The storefront look gives a nice view of the street, offering patrons a lovely coffee drinking experience. Take a sip of Skinny Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Flavored Latte and Cappuccino. Or try their Frappuccino (blended beverage) like Caramel Flan and Caramel Ribbon Crunch. Relish their pastries and sandwiches as accompaniments.
Scholars American Bistro & Cocktail Lounge is not an intellectual hub but a sleek diner and bar in downtown. It features four distinct spaces; The Balcony with its customized chandeliers, lounge chairs and sofas is the largest while The Lounges comprises of three small areas with elegant chairs, martini tables and a fireplace. The Billiards is decked up with black and white photos, and has huge built to order professional pool tables. Lastly The Windows is ideal for parties and business events. Their menu is a creative twist of classics and includes dishes like Jerk Chicken Lollipops, Grilled Chicken Pita, Cornish Hen, Ox Tail Ragu, White Clam Linguini and Panko Chicken Sandwich. Take a sip of Harpoon Seasonal and Seadog Blueberry in draft brews and Wachusetts Blueberry and Amstel Light in cans. Or try their specialty cocktails such as The Dead Poet, 1775 and Painkiller. No matter what your occasion is, you can be assured of a memorable dining experience at Scholars.
Seafood connoisseurs may have trouble making a decision at the Salty Dog. The menu boasts traditional favorites of fried seafood options and grilled shore dinners prepared with choice of Cajun Delta Spices or White Wine Fresh Herb Lemon Butter. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the view of bustling Quincy Market, or saddle up to the bar for a perfectly blended cocktail. A must for any seafood lover traveling through Boston.