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.
How does a short drive after dinner sound? Great, especially if it takes you to Lizzy's—the world of smooth and creamy ice creams. Located just 11 miles off Boston, the dessert parlor serves 40 flavors of this delicious delight. Want to go for something different? Then dig into the smooth hot fudge. The venue also serves light meals throughout the week until 6p. And if you are in a large group, then why not go for their special Homemade Sundae Party? Just tell them when and where. These treats are available in scoops at some other stores across the city.
Nameless Coffee House is exactly where the nameless make a name for themselves. It has featured several artists and comedians who have continued on to industry professionals. Some of these individuals are Jay Leno and John Gorka, a comedian and folk artist respectively. Events vary from day to day, so refer to the website for more details.
Club Passim has been on the cultural scene of Boston for a long time. It is frequented by the Harvard intellectuals for evening get togethers. Club Passim works to promote local and folk music. No alcohol is served here, you can order vegetarian pizzas from the in-house pizzeria, libations from the juice or just a cuppa. Boston is known for its cultural and arts scene and this is a definitely a good place to soak up the arts.
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.