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!
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.
If you want to enjoy BBQ, look no further beyond the Firefly's restaurant. Chef-cum-owner Steve, the winner of Massachusetts State BBQ Championships and other similar awards offers excellent BBQ and Southern food to his guests. Everything is prepared from scratch and only the choicest and fresh ingredients are added to the preparations. The lovely menu features dishes like Buttermilk Tenders, The Yard Bird, Jamaican Bird Chicken; burger varieties are on offer too. While you are savoring the tasty dishes do keep some place for the delectable desserts as they are too good to resist. Firefly's is also home to the music club Dante, that hosts live music concerts on a regular basis.
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.
Arturo's Ristorante has been serving tantalizing Italian cuisine for over 25 years. Feast on their array of chicken, meat and seafood dishes. Gorge on their delicious handcrafted pastas or pizzas that are freshly baked in a wood oven, retaining the pure Italian flavor. The place is beautifully embellished in hues of brown and cream, creating a warm and elegant ambiance to dine in. A gorgeous wood paneled counter accommodates the bar area on one side of the place. On weekdays, this restaurant stops serving lunch by 3p and resumes with its dinner service from 5p, you can enjoy a light fare from their bar menu during this gap.
Nestled in the city center of Westborough, Tavolino offers a tantalizing fare of Italian cuisine. Feast on their menu of soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, paninis and chicken, seafood dishes made in the Italian flair. A speciality of this place are their dishes influenced by Tuscan recipes. Following the farm to table philosophy, Tavolino uses locally sourced fresh ingredients in their preparation. Guests can relish on a delectable Italian lunch fare that is served till 4p on weekdays and 3p on weekends, following which they can order from the dinner menu.
Steeped in rich history and interspersed with many a legend, the Stone's Public House is a historic bar, dating back to 1834. Today, the bar and restaurant combines American and Irish dining experiences with classic recipes, vintage ambiance and soothing live music. Seated next to the warm fireplaces, guests can savor dishes like Irish Sausages, Lamb Shepherd's Pie and the classic Fish and Chips. At the bar, relish a heady cocktail with gripping stories about the pub's history. Ideal for a game night or even a laidback evening, the Stone's Public House is bustling with enthusiastic locals at all times. Head to the iconic spot to join them in their merriment.