Where to Eat in Boston Now

Posted by Jill Fergus on November 07, 2013 at 1:51:46 PM EST | Post a Comment

What's the last culinary buzz in Beantown? There's lot of foodie news in its neighborhoods like the South End and Somerville, as well as the up-and-coming Fort Point Channel, a warehouse-filled area down by the Seaport District where top chefs have been setting up shop and showcasing a wide range of concepts and cuisines. Here are the eateries to prioritize on your next trip.

Boston Chops

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This popular and stylish South End steakhouse in a cavernous former bank comes courtesy of co-owner/executive chef Chris Coombs who's also had success with Dorchester's dBar and Back Bay's Deuxave. Amid classic steakhouse décor: exposed brick and dark-wood accents, antique-style chandeliers, and leather banquettes diners feast on classic cuts of beef (10 ounce bone-in filet mignon, prime grilled eight-ounce flat-iron steak) along with chops, shellfish from the raw bar, and plenty of crispy frites.

Asta

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Reminiscent of the New Nordic restaurants, this minimalist blonde wood-accented space from former L'Espalier chef and Noma alum Alex Crabb, has been a welcome addition to the Back Bay dining scene. Choose from a three-, five-, or eight-course tasting menu where the farm-to-table offerings might include anything from foie gras with sugar snap peas to pork belly with radish shiso (the five- and eight-course menus also offer a wine pairing offering).

Barrio Cantina

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Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow has added a bit of spice to the Fenway dining scene with his Mexican-themed Barrio Cantina. This convivial spot with a cheery décor (sunflower yellow-back bar chairs, vintage Mexican posters) serves a range of Tex Mex faves like fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas along with 80 tequilas and 15 margaritas—though many are partial to the blood orange and pomegranate.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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Opened last month, this Somerville sister restaurant to Craigie on Main has already become the casual neighborhood tavern chef-owner Tony Maws envisioned it to be. Expect house-made terrine and grilled root vegetable salads, along with nose-to-tail and wood-fired grill dishes. And look out for a signature grass-fed beef burger, the KT&T, which like one at Craigie, is not on the menu but is available in limited supply. There's also a robust beer selection including many on draft.

Society on High

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From the owner of beloved wine bar Les Zygomates, this Financial District restaurant, with its copper-topped tables and plush leather booths, surely appeals to the after-work biz crowd. The menu features pan-seared sea scallops with potato gnocchi and a grilled pork chop with black-eyed peas but many make a beeline to the buzzing marble bar to sip cocktails, perhaps the rye-based Old Square or the rum-based Phinny's Punch and nosh on bar bites like lobster sliders and candied spare ribs.

Tavern Road

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On Congress Street, Fort Point's emerging restaurant row, is the recently opened Tavern Road, featuring a lively open kitchen and a 30-foot street-style wall mural by local artists. Have a drink at the bar, the handcrafted Down & Brown cocktail made with rye is a favorite, before dining on a selection of tasty small plates using locally sourced New England ingredients such as fresh ricotta with tomato jam, Chatham bluefish with corn, and grilled octopus with focaccia croutons.

Blue Dragon

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Fans of Blue Ginger, chef Ming Tsai's perennially popular Wellesley restaurant

were thrilled the chef, who trained in Paris and Japan, opened sister spot, Blue Dragon, an 80-seat Asian gastropub in Fort Point earlier in the year. This casual spot offers a tapas-style menu with dishes ranging from crispy pork tail with mango sticky rice to pad thai with scallops and bacon, along with plenty of unique cocktails, including the rum-based Dragon Bowl for two and specialty sakes.

Photo Credits: Boston Chops: Courtesy of Boston Chops; Asta: Open kitchen at Asta, Boston by Eric Wilhelm Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic; Barrio Cantina: Courtesy of Barrio Cantina; The Kirkland Tap & Trotter: Michael Piazza/The Kirkland Tap & Trotter; Society on High: Courtesy of Society on High; Tavern Road: Courtesy of Tavern Road; Blue Dragon: Courtesy of Blue Dragon

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