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.
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.
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!
Baan Thai is the place to devour generous portions of well-prepared Thai cuisine. Food, at Baan Thai, is cooked with the use of fresh ingredients and their service is always top notch.
Open for dinner Biagio promises an entertaining night in Waltham. Live musicians set the tone of the evening while Chef Brian Kilroy fixes you with a delectable fare. The cuisine is primarily Italian, tweaked to suit the American palate. Savor classics like Shrimp Cocktail, Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Insalate, Lobster Ravioli, Tuscan Grilled Ribeye and Spaghetti & Meatballs, to complement regional wines. Head downstairs to the bar or enjoy your meal in the dining area, amidst exposed brick walls, sofas to lounge on and earthy interiors.
The Waltham region of Massachusetts boasts of a renowned diner that goes by the name, Wilson's Diner. The site was constructed in 1949 by the celebrated Worcester Lunch Car Company and is also incorporated in the distinguished list of the National Register of Historic Places. The diner provides for tasty breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. For menu, check website.
The brightly-colored decor at Margaritas complements the rainbow of specialty tequila-infused concoctions, which trump most Mexican chain restaurants, because they are big, flavorful, and have a satisfactory alcohol content. Whereas it's tough to taste the tequila in a frozen margarita that's made with one carefully measured shot, Margarita's popular "Heavens to Margatroid" features an infusion of 7 types of liquor. It can be tempting to work your way through the drinks menu—the Spider Cider margarita is also fab—but save room for the delicious food, served in plentiful portions. Mark your calendars for the infamous "Full Moon Madness" nights, a monthly party with giveaways, contests, and drinks galore. The best part? They donate a percentage of the evening's profits, so you can justify some mid-week drinking in the name of charity and good will. - Caitlin Fahey