Munch Madness

Munch Madness | Final

// And the Munch Madness winner is . . .

Beloved Boston bakery Flour takes the cake over Sarma to clinch Munch Madness 2019.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines


Big news at Banners; a pop-up doughnut shop gets a permanent address

Restaurant news you can use.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, 6-year-old elementary school students go through the lunch line in the school's cafeteria in Paducah, Ky. Nearly a million students could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that's expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis finding as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

The US Department of Agriculture has released details of an analysis that found that as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change.

Want an Anthony Bourdain keepsake? Now’s your chance with an auction of his possessions.

Anthony Bourdain was not a pack rat or a collector. His Manhattan apartment was not a museum dedicated to souvenirs gathered over the years when he served as host of "Parts Unknown" and "No Reservations." His belongings were largely functional or decorative or educational. Few were items that you would immediately identify as keepsakes or mementos from his travels around the world.

A vegan pioneer brings her baking know-how to Boston Veg Food Fest

Clarisse Flon teaches plant-based cooking in England and owns the Sunny Spoon, a French vegan patisserie that sells wholesale vegan fare to businesses in and around London.

Skillet magazine combines millennial visuals with age-old cooking wisdom

Skillet magazine’s content is geared toward young adults and aims to engage them in conversations about healthy habits and promote social aspects of cooking and eating real food together.


Nancy Cushman is a busy woman

Nancy Cushman and her husband, Tim, opened the lauded Japanese restaurant O Ya in 2007 and Hojoko in 2015. Recently, they opened two restaurants at Time Out Market: Gogo Ya and Ms. Clucks Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings. In New York City, they run O Ya, Covina, and the Roof at Park South. There is also an O Ya in Mexico City. Later this year, the duo will unveil Bianca at Chestnut Hill’s The Street development.

A rendering of the Hub Hall food hall coming to Hub on Causeway near TD Garden.

A running list of the 18 food vendors coming to Hub Hall near TD Garden

A new food hall is coming to Boston this winter, and already the lineup is looking delicious.

East Boston, MA - 9/20/2019 - Chicken biryani is pictured at Tawakal Halal Cafe in East Boston, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 20. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 25firstpic

Globe Magazine

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A selection of recent dining reviews from around the region, by Globe food writers.

Connections | Magazine

You, me, and Doyle’s Cafe

We adopted the Jamaica Plain watering hole as the boardroom for our friendship. What will we do now that it’s closing?

Hot Ticket

Third annual Zoo & Brew comes to Seaport’s Sea Green

The Animal Affair Traveling Petting Zoo is the centerpiece of the event (cuddle bunnies and goats!), and kids can take mechanical animal rides around the green. And there’ll be beer.


Rochambeau opens, and Hub Hall names more names

Restaurant news you can use.


Post Malone dines out in Boston, greeting fans in the Seaport Tuesday night

The chart-topping rapper greeted fans and restaurant staff at Strega.

Saffron Risotto (Risotto alla Milanese)

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: How to make a great risotto, faster

We travel to Milan for inspiration for these risotto dishes featuring saffron, prosecco, and mushrooms.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX


‘MasterChef’ auditions to be held in Boston Oct. 19

If all goes well, you could find yourself on the Fox cooking competition show, enraging celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and vying for $250,000.

Enjoy dishes from Bar Mezzana, Eventide, Little Donkey, Uni, and more.

hot ticket

Lovin’ Spoonfuls hosts 9th annual tailgate fundraiser

The Nov. 3 event at CruisePort Terminal will feature some of Boston top restaurants.

Family Affair in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner serves fried chicken and red velvet waffles.

Quick Bite

At Family Affair in Dorchester, an opera singer serves up fried chicken and red velvet waffles

Family Affair, started by a former BPS teacher and musician, brings soul food and Caribbean cooking to Dorchester’s Uphams Corner.

The Beacon Hill Pub is located at 149 Charles St.

Beacon Hill Pub slated to close to make way for new fine-dining restaurant

The no-frills bar at 149 Charles St., which has been a staple of the neighborhood for decades, could be gone by next year.

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Jody Adams joins Time Out Market lineup with Greek Street

The Greek Street concept from Adams and her partners, Eric Papachristos and Jon Mendez, is a spinoff of fast-casual restaurant Saloniki.

A Whole Foods Market in Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

Whole Foods recalls cheese in Mass. after finding potentially deadly contamination

Whole Foods stores in Massachusetts and other Northeast states are recalling Dorset cheese after its producer said it could be contaminated with a potentially fatal bacteria.


Howard Johnson looks back to restyle its hotels for the future

Wyndham Hotels has been in the process of stylistically resuscitating Howard Johnson hotels. But will it be enough to bring in both modern travelers and those looking to relive memories.

FILE - This June 25, 2019 file photo shows the sign outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald’s is finally taking a nibble of plant-based burgers. In a very limited test in Canada, McDonald’s said Thursday, Sept. 26 that it’s introducing the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger. It will be available for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

McDonald’s gets into the veggie burger game, testing a Beyond Meat patty in Canada

The ‘‘P.L.T.’’ — that’s an acronym of its ingredients, natch: ‘‘Plant. Lettuce. Tomato’’ — will be available for 12 weeks starting this week at 28 locations in southwestern Ontario.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Cooking | Magazine

Three recipes that will help you love the Instant Pot

Let this kitchen gadget do the work for you with these soup, tagine, and stew dishes.

Easthampton, MA., 09/27/2019, The fried chicken at Coco & the Cellar Bar. The restaurant has a new cookbook out and is celebrating its 8th anniversary. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Devra First

Coco & the Cellar Bar is at the center of Easthampton’s culinary explosion

Why does this little restaurant with the eclectic menu get so much attention?

Loaves of sourdough bread at Puritan & Company.

A sourdough starter’s journey from a Somerville kitchen to some of the city’s best restaurants

Pastry chef Brian Mercury, who was recently named Puritan & Company’s pastry chef, has a sourdough starter he’s been using since he created it for a James Beard dinner in 2014, and he’s taken her with him from his apartment in Somerville to Harvest, Oak + Rowan, and now at Puritan & Company.

Crab shell sighting proves to be ‘threat’ on Maine’s coast

An invasive aquatic species is continuing to be take hold along the Maine coast, potentially becoming “a ticking time bomb” for fishermen.

Chef-owner Peter Ballarin has closed The Hungry I restaurant on Beacon Hill after 38 years. It was long known as one of Boston’s most romantic restaurants. The sale of the building was completed Monday.

The Hungry I, a mainstay of romance and French cuisine on Beacon Hill, closes its doors

A website for the bistro claimed it hosted more wedding proposals than anywhere else in the city. The statistic remains unconfirmed, but The Hungry I befit such a special occasion in cuisine, ambiance, and price tag.

Sprinkle on some savory seasonings

Trader Joe’s is selling Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend, which combines porcini and white button mushroom powders, dried onions, crushed red pepper, kosher salt, and a few other ingredients.

Moti Lemonade Rosewater

Moti’s lemonades squeeze onto store shelves

For years, many customers bought Moti’s lemonades by the gallon at Moby Dick in Back Bay to take home. But now these delectable, sophisticated lemonades are available in stores, cafes, and restaurants all around Greater Boston.

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Make room for Tovolo’s silicone pastry mat

When dusted lightly with flour, the nonstick silicone surface is a dream to roll pastry on.

Boston, MA - 8/02/2019 - Getting Salty photos for interview with chef/restauranteur Tiffani Faison. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Lifestyle, Reporter: Kara Baskin, Topic: 07salty, LOID: 9.0.473240416.


At Orfano, Tiffani Faison gets to meet an idol

The chef didn’t expect a very special guest at her new restaurant this weekend. Then Roxane Gay showed up.

Trillium set to open new taproom space near Time Out Market in the Fenway

So when will the new Trillium gardenhouse-style taproom open? Company representatives still didn’t have an opening date as of Monday.

GreCo, Boston Soup Company, and JUICYGREENS join the Hub Hall lineup

Hub Hall is part of the Hub on Causeway development, and it’s slated to open this winter with 18 vendors, including the Smoke Shop and Mike’s Pastry.

Chelsea’s popular Mystic Brewery to close Oct. 19

Mystic Brewery, a popular Chelsea beer destination, will serve its last drink in a couple of weeks, the brewery announced Friday.

Quick Bite

At Goldilox Bagels in Medford, rounds are not too chewy or too soft or too dense — they’re just right

This spot is nothing like a chain bagel establishment. All bagels are made on the premises and everyone here is as friendly as can be.


Air Canada sets to woo would-be travelers with Poutinerie pop-up

Also: Make way for LA-based Pink Taco taco shop and Egyptian food at Bow Market.

Max Weinberg and his wife, Becky, with Italian friends at La Buccacia in Cortona, Italy.

The VIP LOUNGE | Max Weinberg

The VIP Lounge with Max Weinberg

Weinberg, 68, who for 17 years was also the bandleader on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” will perform at City Winery on Oct. 6.

If you go: Peak’s Island

If you go: Peak’s Island

East Boston, MA - 9/20/2019 - Owner Yahya Noor of jokes with customers at Tawakal Halal Cafe in East Boston, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 20. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 25firstpic


Why a Somali nook in East Boston is one of the country’s best new restaurants

Tawakal Halal Cafe has what we are all looking for — to be well fed, but also to feel a human connection. Thank goodness we are finally acknowledging that.

Einat Admony co-author of Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking.

With the Jewish New Year about to begin, three Jewish cookbooks have just come out

For those of us who are willing to fill the kitchen counter with exotic spices and more parsley and mint than you thought possible to add to a single dish, these books are exciting.

Tunisian White Bean and Meatball Stew

Recipe: Tunisian White Bean and Meatball Stew

The stew is hearty but not heavy with lots of appealing flavors and textures.

From top: Sandy Martin with Reem (center) and Youssef Akhtarini at Aleppo Sweets; Musabaha (right) with pistachio-stuffed dates(left) drizzled with honey and cardamom; (clockwise, from top) Syrian pita bread, hummus and labneh, and classic falafel; baklava, the purse pistachio and classic walnut varieties. Below: Youssef Akhtarini creates many kinds of baklava.

From Aleppo to Aleppo Sweets: The three-year journey from Syria to Bon Appetit’s Top 50

The Akhtarini family fled their home — and their bakery, which had been reduced to rubble — and faced tremendous uncertainty. In Providence, they found open arms, and now, success.

Many factors influence people’s taste for sushi.


How to acquire a taste for foods

There’s a lot that goes into our concept of taste, and sometimes you can even change how you feel about a certain food over time.

By the Glass

Welcome the fall with fragrant frappato

If you need a nudge transitioning into fall, three Sicilian winegrowers are happy to be of service. Each vinifies a native red grape you may have already tasted — even if you don’t recognize it by name.

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A timer that won’t make you squint or strain

Extra Big and Loud Timer has numbers big enough to read from across the room and an alarm loud enough to be heard in a noisy kitchen or from another room.

xxann - Rugelach from Boston-based Quicksilver Baking Co owned by sisters Susan and Lauren Fain. The rugelach is sold unbaked and frozen. (Susan Fain)

Rugelach you just pop in the oven

Quicksilver Baking Co. makes the pastry, a Jewish dessert with roots in Eastern Europe, not in the traditional crescent shape, but filled, rolled, and pillow-shaped, the dough lighter and airier than what’s common.

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Coming right up: The Let’s Talk About Food Festival

The event, which happens Sept. 28, offers a series of free, family-friendly seminars, demos, tastings, and workshops featuring various culinary luminaries, plus kids’ programming.

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Matt Viser | Double Shot

// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.