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 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!
The Helmand is Boston's first Afghan restaurant. It has a wonderful atmosphere with yellow walls, hand-woven rugs, a wood-burning stove and tables set with linen and fresh flowers. Dishes here are seasoned with spices like turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon and cilantro. One specialty is the flatbread, which you dip it into the yogurt-mint sauces. The pumpkin appetizer with yogurt and ground beef is also popular. Menu items include lamb with grapes, marinated tenderloin and leek-stuffed ravioli. The restaurant also has an excellent selection of wine.
Dali Restaurant and Tapas Bar features a wide selection of tapas both cold and hot including poached octopus, grilled pheasant, paella, bacon wrapped prunes, tuna-stuffed squid and much more. There are also some simplified, yet delicious dishes especially for the unadventurous types such as the short ribs or lamb meatballs. The ornate decor replete with warm colors is adorned with vintage Spanish artworks, old photos, charming trinkets and soft lighting gives it a romantic ambience. The vivacious Barcelona environment of Dali and the delicious tapas platter along with the Sangria makes it a must visit eatery.
Located inside of the Charles Hotel, this is one of the best jazz clubs in Boston. Playing host to international, national and local musicians, you can expect good jazz whenever you go. Past performers include Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner and Ruth Brown. A long bar, serving great martinis, stretches along the back wall. Between the bar area and the dance floor there are plenty of tables for lounging and relaxing while enjoying the music.
Offering over 30 different kinds of beer on tap and rotating them often, Cambridge Common sure knows a thing or two about quality beer. This friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant is located in Cambridge and draws in the crowds throughout the week. Their cuisine is more than just your typical pub fair, with delicious items like mac n' cheese bites, grilled meatloaf, deviled eggs, tofu curry and more! Brunch is also quite notable, pumpkin waffles being the local favorite.
Cambridge Brewing Company is one of the older microbreweries in the city and is popular with students and the after-work crowd. Located in an old warehouse with high ceilings and exposed brick, there are four fresh, year-round brews as well as seasonal beers available here. Choose from an ever-changing selection of porters, ales and the occasional hefeweizen. The menu is tempting as well, with entrees that include burgers, jambalaya, blackened catfish and brick-oven pizza. Catering and a function space for up to 100 are available.
Brown Sugar Cafe is an acclaimed Thai eatery in the city. A pot of sweet brown sugar graces every table, the menu is huge and the service is friendly. This cozy neighborhood place, which serves beer and wine, is known for its country pad Thai and drunken noodles. Seafood dishes include salmon choo chee and the fisherman madness - a spicy combo of crustaceans and filets. Patio dining is a good choice when weather permits.
Sunset Cantina dominates the tequila market. They have a seemingly endless selection of tequilas, and a vast drink menu to match. With monthly margaritas and bartender's suggestions, you could become a Sunset regular and never have the same drink twice. The food selection is as varied as its libations, with generous portions and plenty of flavor.