I SCREAM FOR... PIZZA
ICE CREAM PIZZA
EMACK & BOLIO'S
Emack & Bolio’s, a Boston-based chain of ice cream shops known for its dazzling array
of gourmet flavors as well as its rock ’n’ roll atmosphere, has devised a new kind of
dessert with a tasty twist: Ice Cream Pizza, which combines a brownie-based crust with
a thick layer of vanilla ice cream, topped off with three different kinds of chocolate
hearts, vibrant sprinkles, abundant hot fudge and a giant chocolate peace sign. Whether
you’re looking for a sweet treat for the whole family, or something funky for your next
party, the Ice Cream Pizza undoubtedly hits the spot. And the best part? These delectable
creations can be delivered right to your door by a motorcycle with a refrigerated
sidecar, appropriately dubbed the “Cosmic Cruiser” in keeping with Emack & Bolio’s
psychedelic ’60s vibe. Visit www.emackandbolios.com for more information.
FAR OUT FAR EAST FOOD
225 Franklin St.
Generally, the words “Asian” and “fast food” inspire cringeworthy mental images of mall food
courts. However, Fóumami in the Financial District is hardly your average fast food restaurant.
The specialty sandwich bar boasts an array of unique soups and salads, but it’s the sandwiches
that set Foumami apart. Utilizing gourmet-quality Asian ingredients like curried chicken, Kirby
cucumbers, minced pickles, panko-breaded chicken, braised pork loin, katsu sauce and more,
Fóumami serves them in delicious combinations between freshly baked Shao Bing, a traditional
Chinese bread that resides somewhere between focaccia and pita. Whether you stop in for a
wasabi Caesar salad, a bowl of hot and sour soup or a sweet snack like red bean shaved ice or
Chinese Qiao cookies, it’s a safe bet that you’ll never look at fast food the same way again.
AN OLDE-Y BUY GOODIE
YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE
41 Union St.
Boston, with its historical status here in the U.S., has been home to a lot of firsts—but
few of them have been as delicious as the Union Oyster House. The eatery’s doors first
opened to diners in 1826, and they haven’t closed since, making the Oyster House the
oldest continually operating restaurant in America. Celebrating its 185th anniversary
as a prime spot for fresh seafood and traditional New England fare, The Union Oyster
House has delighted generations of visitors from its spot alongside the Freedom Trail— including famous fans like Daniel Webster (known for his daily repasts of dozens of
oysters) and JFK (who has a booth named in his honor). Rather than hanging its hat
on the past, however, the Oyster House continues to win new fans with its standout
cuisine—giving every indication that after close to two centuries in business, they’re just
39 Stanhope St.
Combining authentic Asian flavor with larger-than-life, upscale casino-style flair, new
Back Bay eatery Red Lantern is the brainchild of Big Night Entertainment Group (known
for award-winning food and nightlife venues like The Estate and Shrine at the MGM
Grand Foxwoods) and features a mouth-watering menu of varied Asian cuisine—ranging
from sushi and sashimi to specialty wok dishes and traditional Chinese “hot pot” fare— designed by Executive Chef Kevin Long. Diners can wash down their delicious dishes
with a unique cocktail menu packed with exotic delights like Yin & Yang Scorpion bowls
and specialty libations like the Drunken Samurai. The restaurant’s bold, Far Eastern
décor—including Buddha statues, artwork featuring seashells from Vietnamese beaches
and the ubiquitous, eponymous hanging red lanterns—complete the package, making
this vibrant new spot the perfect place for anyone looking to paint the town red.
— Emily O'Donnell
DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE
250 Northern Ave., Suite 200
An award-winning restaurant
chain recently “steaked” its claim to the Boston dining scene
with the arrival of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House to the
Seaport District. Del Frisco’s prime waterfront location in the new
LibertyWharf complex boasts a swanky dining space, enhanced
by a phenomenal Boston Harbor view. The luxury extends to the
menu, where oenophiles can choose from more than 1,200
wines, and, of course, the finest cuts of meat and seafood.
Executive Chef Derek Barragan gets carnivores’ mouths watering
with dishes like sesame-seared tuna, the 16-ounce veal
porterhouse and the 22-ounce bone-in prime ribeye, as well as
side dishes ranging from king crab gnocchi to lobster macaroni
and cheese. So much more than your average meat-and-potatoes,
Del Frisco’s is set to become one of Boston’s hottest new
222 Berkeley St.
One of Boston’s
restaurant giants has
turned his prodigious
gifts toward south-of-the-border cuisine with the arrival of acclaimed
chef Michael Schlow’s newest effort, Tico. This Back
Bay eatery infuses classic American cuisine with sizzling
South American, Mexican and Spanish flavors, and boasts an
extensive tapas menu comprised of exotic and flavorful small
plates—including crispy sweetbreads, chorizo risotto and
roasted chipotle cauliflower—perfect for sharing among
friends. To wash down these delectable creations, guests can
choose from an extensive wine list, or sample one (or more) of
Tico’s 88 different types of tequila. Gothic pendant lamps imported
from Spain hang over the dark wooden bar, and ambient
yellow lights and live music combine to create a vibrant
late-night atmosphere that should make Tico one of Boston’s
hottest new spots for wining and dining.
GET TO THE MET
MET BACK BAY
279 Dartmouth St.
The fourth collaboration between
chef/restaurateur Kathy Sidell
Trustman and chef ToddWiner
combines modern cuisine with a
nod to Boston’s culinary past.
The new MET Back Bay resides
in the 1877 townhouse that once
housed Joseph’s, a landmark
Boston restaurant, and the menu
even gives a nod to its predecessor— updating old Brahmin
favorites like clams casino and
oysters Rockefeller for the 21st
century. The rest of MET’s menu
features delicacies ranging from
steak and tuna tartare prepared
tableside to large signature
salads, specialty pizzette (pictured)
and much more. The interior
exhibits similar diversity,with
the restaurant boasting five separate
the MET Bar Game Room to The
Library to the private, by-reservation-
only Townhouse for large
parties.Whichever you choose,
MET promises to become one of
Boston’s most popular new spots
A BERRY BIG DEAL
288 Newbury St.
With all the comparisons
made over the years
between Newbury Street
and Rodeo Drive, it’s only
appropriate that Newbury
has become home to Boston’s first Pinkberry, the addictive
frozen yogurt chain so beloved of Hollywood starlets like Paris
Hilton and Kim Kardashian. The much-awaited shop pays
homage to its West Coast predecessors with the same bright
colors and funky modern furnishings, but what really draws
the crowds is the product itself—a pleasantly tart frozen
yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt, available in flavors ranging
from original to pomegranate, mango and chocolate and
featuring a range of delicious toppings like cookie crumbs
and stunningly plump, ultra-fresh fruit. Boston may not boast
celebs on every streetcorner, but the arrival of Pinkberry
certainly ups the Hub’s cool quotient.
SHELLFISH FANS FIND AN ISLAND PARADISE
ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR
500 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square
Kenmore Square’s thriving dining scene has just
produced its newest pearl, with the arrival of the
long-awaited Island Creek Oyster Bar inspiring
delirious delight among fans of the deep-sea delicacy.
The result of a collaboration between restauranteurs , Jeremy Sewall and Garrett Harker and chef
Skip Bennett (the
culinary minds behind hot Hub eateries like Lineage
and Eastern Standard), Island Creek boasts a raw
bar packed to the gills with 12–18 daily varieties of
fresh, rare and seasonal New England shellfish, as
well a staff particularly well-versed in the ins and
outs of oyster farming—everyone from dishwashers
to bartenders spend a full day on an oyster farm
learning the tricks of the trade. Because man cannot live on bodacious bivalves alone, Island
Creek also serves other delicious fare, like lobster roe pasta and succulent pork shank. But for
those who truly seek a place to indulge their mollusk madness, Island Creek offers the perfect
setting where oyster lovers can come out of their shells.
—Josh B. Wardrop
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