Munch Madness

// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

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

The Friendly Toast in Burlington, Mass., one of the chain’s five locations.

Friendly Toast offering free meals to furloughed federal workers

The restaurant chain’s offer extends to all five locations as long as the shutdown continues.

By the Glass: Wines worth a pour between $12 and $30

Fizzy Italian pours offer refreshingly earthy effervescence

To fully enjoy these wines, gently invert bottles to reintegrate the creamy lees into the wine before opening. And because these are moderate in alcohol, you can remain light on your feet as you stride into the new year.

Sharlung Dolkar dishes up bhatsa marku.

A world away from her native Tibet, she celebrates Losar — the Tibetan New Year — with traditional foods

The Tibetan New Year starts on Feb. 5.

Pasta e ceci (Pasta with chickpeas)

The confident cook

Recipe: Pasta with chickpeas, once made the long way by nonnas, can be a quick pantry meal

This is one of those dishes you could make if you had nothing, using dried chickpeas, pasta crumbles left after cutting fresh dough, tomatoes from the garden. Make it today from the pantry.

Add avocado oil into your kitchen mix

The heart-healthy oil has a buttery texture and a mild, neutral flavor and doesn’t taste like avocado but rather adds depth to a dressing.

Q&A with the authors of ‘Did You Just Eat That?’

In their new book “Did You Just Eat That? Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and Other Food Myths in the Lab,” food scientists Paul Dawson, Brian Sheldon, and a team of student researchers investigate nine myths about food safety and the spread of germs.

Kuhn Rikon is pairing its knives with some fun

The company is offering a limited edition of new designs in bright colors and playful prints that are just plain fun — pop art, funky fruit, and tropics.

Suzy Hays of Row 34

Getting Salty: A Q+A with Row 34’s beer director, Suzy Hays

Row 34’s beer director could live without IPAs.

A placemat with a Modern-twist

They have a silky soft feel like fabric, but are actually made of high-quality, food grade silicone.

Brown-butter pecan bars

Recipe: Brown butter, toasted pecans, and brown sugar give these bars a nutty, butterscotch taste

Browning butter before you stir it into the batter adds an interesting dimension to these bar cookies.

Braised beef with caramelized onions

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Caramelize onions, braise beef, then mix them together in this hearty stew

Caramelizing onions requires time, patience, and attention. Do it on a cold, dreary day when the only place you long to be is in front of your warm stove.

06zofood - Pictured, left to right, are Bearco Bites co-owners Heather Reynolds and Melanie Thurston (Nick Cosky Photography)

Turning food into a guilt-free pleasure

Three local businesses strive to offer a delicious solution to the healthy eating conundrum.


Recipes: Three soups that show off the flavor and versatility of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes do everything white potatoes can and more, in vibrant color.

01/04/2019 BOSTON, MA A group of friends shares a shot ski in the courtyard at Publico in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

During the winter doldrums, Boston venues get creative to bring in guests

Restaurants and hotels are creating new immersive experiences to keep patrons coming year-round.

It’s getting more expensive to eat out at restaurants

Full-service restaurants, facing higher labor and food costs, raised prices the most in more than seven years in December

Diane Kochilas is the author of “My Greek Table” and host of a show of the same name.

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Diane Kochilas signs copies of her new cookbook at Committee

Gluttony season is over. It’s time to eat lightly and healthfully — preferably with the help of a Mediterranean guru.

The Swig & Swine is a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway.

A stop at Swig & Swine was mighty fine

En route to the Charleston Tea Plantation, we had to stop in at Swig & Swine, a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway, if for no other reason than its name.

The Charleston Tea Plantation is on Wadmalaw Island, about a half hour south of Charleston. It is the country’s only tea plantation.

It’s always tea time in South Carolina

I recently made a pilgrimage to the country’s only tea plantation, which sells tea under the American Classic Tea label.

Rock shrimp tacos are just one of the offerings at Bartaco.

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Succulent tacos and cheery service at Bartaco in Boston’s Fort Point

Bartaco, which is run by the same group that oversees the Barcelona Wine Bar chain, offers some of Boston’s tastiest tacos.

Cambridge Ma 08/20/2015 Soupe de Poisson at at Shepard Restaurant .Staff/Photographer Jonathan Wiggs Topic: Reporter


A month of new ventures from Shepard, Bronwyn, and Craigie on Main teams

Luce will focus on Italian food, and COMB is the now-separate Craigie on Main Bar. Grab a burger.

L'Espalier chef/owner Frank McClelland in the kitchen of the Back Bay restaurant on Dec. 26. The renowned eatery closed days later.

Here’s a look at the Boston-area restaurants that have closed recently (or will close soon)

Several venerable Boston-area restaurants have announced they would close their doors in the last several weeks.

Perspective | Magazine

Is our obsession with healthy eating out of control?

From fasting to Paleo to meat-only diets, the way we eat has become more polarized than ever. But extreme eating doesn’t necessarily make us healthier.

Chef Mary Dumont posed for a photo in 2016 outside the space that would become Cultivar.

Cultivar restaurant in downtown Boston to shut its doors

The restaurant at the Ames Hotel is the latest in the city to close down, which its proprietor said was due to “unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm.”

An automated wok dumps finished food into bowl at Spyce in Boston.


19 food predictions for 2019

At the start of this new year, it’s time to look ahead. What’s in store for the world of food and restaurants? We predict more mocktails, closings, tahini, and women in charge — but maybe less sitting.

A worker poured wild blueberries into a tray at a farm in Union, Maine, last August.

Good news for wild blueberries in faltering No. 1 state of Maine

Growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but agriculture officials say there are reasons to believe Maine’s historic and troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner.

Butter miso noodles

Family Meal

Thinking outside the box

Miso takes care of parents’ pasta predicament.

Nina Festekjian

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Nina Festekjian of Anoush’ella

Festekjian and her husband, Raffi, opened Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen to share their favorite childhood recipes with the South End. She has no professional culinary training; instead, she honed her kitchen skills cooking for three sons and throwing plenty of parties.

Anil Rayasam and Yuri Asawasittikit own Mae Asian Eatery.

What She’s Having

Her Thai mom taught her to cook and now she and her husband run a Cambridge mom-and-pop

Mae Asian Eatery combines specialties that Yuri Asawasittikit learned from her mother in Thailand. Her Indian-American husband, Anil Rayasam, joins her in this venture.

Farzan and Jen Dehmoubed are the owners of Lotus Trolley Bags.

A shopping cart system that sorts and saves

The clever Lotus Trolley Bag is made by a family-owned business committed to reducing plastic bag waste.

A cutting board that’s a cut above

What really makes the Fledge special is its size and the flexible, rubber rim that flips to create a groove for catching juices to prevent them from spilling over.

For the allergy-aware cook, there are now purple pans

The Allergy ID bakeware is easy to tell apart from other pans because their color stands out.

Toasted pumpkin-seed cornbread

Recipe: Add toasted pumpkin seeds and orange rind to a golden cornbread

Cornbread needs a relatively small amount of vegetable oil to turn out well; stoneground cornmeal produces the best texture.

Winter minestrone

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A satisfying bowl of winter minestrone is simmered with butternut squash and cauliflower

Minestrone, loosely adapted from the classic Italian soup, is any big pot of vegetables, beans, and pasta. And while it’s often made with summer’s garden harvest, it’s just as good in winter.

Ricotta-spinach tart with artichoke hearts

The confident cook

Recipe: A vegetarian tart for the brunch table mixes ricotta, spinach, and artichoke hearts

That nice golden top you see on savory tarts in the best cafes comes from a quick turn under the broiler for a minute or two to brown it.

LineSider co-founders Jeremy Ruff (left) and Dan Koppen, a former offensive lineman for the New England Patriots.


Koppen brings Belichick lessons to his brewing career

As for the notoriously fastidious Tom Brady (lots of water, no nightshades), Koppen says his former quarterback could benefit from an IPA or two, and says, “I think he may owe it to me to have one of my beers.”

Amrheins will remain open for at least another year and a half, according to its manager.

Amrheins property in South Boston under agreement for $18m

A manager of the iconic South Boston restaurant says there is a deal to sell the half-acre parcel.

Mushrooms Bourguignon served with (clockwise from left) mashed potatoes, farro, and egg noodles.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Mushrooms put a fun spin on a French dish and tacos

Mushrooms star in main courses so satisfying, you might not even miss the meat.

The Boston landmark Durgin-Park says it will close Jan. 12.

Durgin-Park’s impending closure marks end of an era

The restaurant, which opened in 1827 and is known for its Yankee pot roast and Boston baked beans, will close Jan. 12, its manager said.


Snacks on wheels: PepsiCo tests self-driving robot delivery

Eight stories you may have missed Thursday from the world of business.

Pho Keene Great is a Vietnamese restaurant that’s about to open in Keene, N.H.

What’s in a name? In Keene, N.H., restaurant’s name stirs debate

The name of a Keene, N.H., Vietnamese restaurant has drawn criticism.

Owner Ilan Barniv sits in the dining area at Bonapita.

Quick Bite

West Roxbury gets a new pita parlor

At Bonapita, the warm, puffy bread is baked in house, and you’ll find sandwiches, salads, and rice plates from a Johnson & Wales-trained chef.

Summer Shack will host a Hawaiian feast on January 19.

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A taste of summer in January

It’s always 80 degrees and sunny at the Summer Shack in Cambridge — so it’s the perfect place for a luau in the dead of winter.

New year, new places to eat

Food news you can use, including that the Market Basket in Waltham now has a full liquor store, so you can stock all your shelves at once.

FILE - This June 9, 2014 file photo shows a dish of steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. Two major studies in 2018 provided more fuel for the debate around carbs and fats, yet failed to offer a resolution to the polarizing matter of the best way to lose weight. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Trying to lose weight in 2019? Here’s what the latest dieting studies say

Before embarking on a weight loss plan for the new year, here’s a look at some of what was learned last year.

Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Flapjack Old-Fashioned

Sips By Liza Weisstuch | Globe correspondent

A nightcap to keep the conversation going

The Flapjack Old-Fashioned is author Kara Newman’s riff on the classic cocktail that employs maple syrup as the sweetener. It’s sure to usher in dreams of New England coziness.

Double shot

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.