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.
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.
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
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.
Overlooking the Harvard Yard, Mr. Bartley's was established in 1960 by Joe and Joan Bartley. The third generation of the Bartley family has joined the gang to serve the locals their venerable burgers. Mr. Barteley's is an institute by itself and is always bustling with people. Decked up with political posters, quirky signs and bumper stickers, it has been churning out great burgers for decades now. Their unfrozen beef is hand-cut and ground daily to give their burgers a distinct taste. Celebs like Shaquille O’Neil, Bob Dylan and Adam Sandler have dined here. Savor their gourmet burgers like The People's Republic Of Cambridge, The Tom Brady, The Hashtag, The Barack Obama, The Putin and The Health Connector. Though funnily named, their hamburgers are worth every bite and money.
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.
Specializing in freshly-cooked, made-to-order fast food, this Harvard Square Clover outpost boasts of a two-storied building with outdoor seating. Regular guests rave about the Chickpea Fritters and Breakfast Parfait, and they guarantee that you can taste the distinct freshness in every bite! The fruit juice sodas are especially flavorful, so be sure to try the Watermelon Soda, among other squeezes. Constantly re-inventing the menu, Clover's culinary choices mirror its lab-style philosophy, where no two days are the same.
If you're hankering for some good Punjabi khana when in Cambridge, head straight to Punjabi Dhaba. Having won several awards and accolades, this place is ranked as one of the the best Indian restaurants in Massachusets. The menu here is dominated by popular North Indian dishes like mutter paneer, chole to have along with the tender and perfectly cooked naan as well as various kinds of biryanis and rice preparations. The Indian street food or chatt, on the offer here is definitely worth a try too.
After its successful run in Boston, Mike's Pastry opened another located at Dunster Street, in Cambridge. Managed by the enthusiastic team of Danielle Papa and James Caterino, this wonderful dessert hub is known to serve a wide range of baked delights. Made from the choicest of fresh ingredients, you'll seldom be disappointed as they offer rich in taste, flavorful delicacies. The menu features scrumptious cakes, pastries, cookies, pies, squares and more. A perfect balance among the American and Italian desserts, they offer traditional dessert preparations from both the cuisines. Loyal patrons swear by their Cannoli, Ricotta Pie and Tiramisu. Note that this establishment accepts only cash.
Every pescetarian's dream, The Hourly Oyster House has the freshest seafood in Riverside, Cambridge. You can see the seafood as you enter. In-keeping with the reputation of the Grafton Group, the stylish interiors with leather upholstery, wooden tables and tufted sofa booths, are well lit and inviting. It is an ideal place to drop in after watching a movie or a play nearby. It is best reserved for a night you wish to splurge a bit. The place is known for its oysters and rightly so. The regulars gorge on lobster roll, Tuna Poke, Calamari, Clam Chowder and Crab Cakes. Do try their Dolores cocktail.