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


Sun Belt hospitals near capacity; Miami shuts restaurants again

Confirmed cases are on the rise in 41 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus is increasing in 39 states.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

On an average day, President Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he was delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections.

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s primary elections.

Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased.

Bouncing back? Ocean City restaurant debuts ‘bumper tables’ for customers to keep social distance amid coronavirus

Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into eating out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels.

A customer entered the Rivershack Tavern Friday, the first day restaurants were allowed to provide indoor sit-down service, in Jefferson, La. Once a hot spot for coronavirus infections, Louisiana is officially easing up Friday on economically devastating business closures and public gathering restrictions that Governor John Bel Edwards credits with slowing the spread of the virus.

Restaurants and racing can resume, but new rules abound

Restaurants can reopen in New Orleans, a city famous for its cuisine, but they must take reservations and limit the number of diners. Auto and horse racing tracks in New York can resume competitions but without spectators.

Italy eases virus lockdown, and gets first reckoning of toll

Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-out cappuccinos, and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead Monday as the European epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent’s first and longest lockdown.

California county defies governor’s virus shutdown order

With zero cases, the county says it needs to move, or the residents will defy orders.

Masks, temperature checks mark ‘new normal’ at restaurants

With staff wearing masks, checking customers’ temperatures and using disposable paper place mats, some of the nation’s restaurants reopened for dine-in service Monday as states loosened more coronavirus restrictions. But many eateries remained closed amid safety concerns and community backlash.

After weeks of criticism, Trump shifts focus to economy, tries to regain his footing

As part of the guidelines effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new priorities for virus testing, including people who show no symptoms but are in high-risk settings.

Virus is expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

The price of meat could go up in supermarkets, while the selection options could go down.

Hong Kong bookstore under attack in China reopens in Taiwan

The part-owner of a Hong Kong bookstore specializing in texts critical of China’s leaders reopened his shop in Taiwan on Saturday after fleeing Hong Kong due to legal troubles, saying he was grateful for the chance to make China’s Communist rulers “less than happy.”

Amid anxiety, Georgia lets close-contact businesses reopen

Some businesses took the first steps toward reopening in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown amid experts’ warnings of a potential new surge in coronavirus infections and a potent objection from President Trump.

Sirio Maccioni, who opened famed eatery Le Cirque, dies

Mr. Maccioni watched Le Cirque grow into arguably Manhattan’s favorite dining room of the rich and famous.

“We’re seeing things settle into a new normal,” said Geoff Freeman, CEO of Consumer Brands Association.

Head of grocery group talks virus impact, shopping habits

As Americans stockpile everything from canned soup to toilet paper, food, and consumer products, makers are scrambling to meet demand.

UK government extends virus lockdown by at least 3 weeks

The British government announced Thursday that a nationwide lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus will remain in place for at least three more weeks, as health officials said the UK’s outbreak — one of Europe’s worst — was nearing its peak.

In-demand items, including face masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizers, soap and toilet roll are seen on display in a shop window in Brighton, southern England on March 21, 2020, a day after the British government said it would help cover the wages of people hit by the coronavirus outbreak as it tightened restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Factories pivot to fight coronavirus, but challenges abound

Factories that crank out cars and trucks look into making much-needed ventilators. Distilleries intended for whiskey and rum to instead turn out hand sanitizers and disinfectants. And an electronics maker that builds display screens is repurposed for surgical masks.

Virus dampens St. Patrick’s Day revels around the world

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world have fallen victim to the new coronavirus — but even a pandemic could not quash the desire to celebrate the color green, Guinness and all things Irish.

Nations employ drastic tactics to fight microscopic foe

Tens of millions of students stayed home on three continents, security forces went on standby to guard against large gatherings of people, and bars, restaurants, and offices closed Friday to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spanish minister defends bold slogan for bill on sex crimes

Spain’s minister of equality defended herself Wednesday from attacks by right-wing opposition parties who have criticized her use of a bold slogan to support the government’s draft bill on sex crimes.

A grilled cheese sandwich featuring the signature blend of asiago, goat, and sharp cheddar cheeses with boneless beef shortribs and red wine-caramelized onions.


Cheesy Street Grill satisfies comfort-food cravings

“Who doesn’t like grilled cheese and other comfort foods? It’s nostalgia,” said Lisa Dowd.

The lamb burger with caramelized onions and truffle fries at The Corner Stop.


Warmth, great food make Cohasset’s Corner Stop a must

Over the last seven years, husband and wife Rudy and Ron Vale have created a big welcoming restaurant infused with a sense of community and warmth.

American dies of volcano eruption injuries

An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy.

The Herb Potato Gnocchi Romano at Phat Cats Bistro.


Phat Cats Bistro knows its neighborhood

Located on Amesbury’s Market Street as it points toward the New Hampshire border, Phat Cats is housed in a building with its own history.


Spice Box in Lexington hits all the right notes

In some respects, the menu features a what’s what of better-known Indian cuisine. Yet not every dish is quite so familiar — and there’s pizza.

Lucky Finn’s garden salad, with a scoop of cranberry walnut chicken salad.


Twice as lucky as café opens second location

Lucky Finn opened on Oct. 25, at the new, still-launching Merchants Row on Route 53 in Hanover.

Perch Coffee Shop in Oakland stopped using paper and plastic cups, and now offers two sizes of reusable to-go glass jars. A new cafe culture is brewing in the San Francisco area, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups.

San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

A new cafe culture is brewing in the San Francisco area, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs and BYO cup policies.

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a town hall event with Asian American and Pacific Islander voters Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Buttigieg backers defend ‘wine cave’ fundraiser

The California winemakers who hosted a dinner at a “wine cave” for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are defending the fundraising event.

BOSTON, MA - 11/04/2019: Boston skyline by Copley Place viewed from aerial (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC

Boston makes Travel + Leisure’s list of top 50 places to visit in 2020

The magazine cited an influx of new restaurants and luxury lodgings for Boston, calling the city “the country’s next great hotel city.”

Caroline Kennedy.

Caroline Kennedy to christen carrier named after her father

John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline will participate in the christening of a new aircraft carrier that’s named after the 35th US president.

A model wore a blue dress from the Balenciaga spring 2020 collection in Paris earlier this year. Pantone has declared Classic Blue its color of the year for 2020.

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to a calming, confident Classic Blue as its 2020 color of the year.

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, Calif.

U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak.

Sugar cookies with royal icing

Holiday Style

Recipes: 5 classic holiday treats made simple

From sugar cookies to chocolate-toffee cracker candy, these family favorites offer shortcuts for busy bakers.

Nicole Cruz of Providence said she’s concerned about the environment and ready to change her double-cupping ways.

Rhode Islanders lament the demise of the Dunkin’ double-cup

Double-cupping seems to have originated in Rhode Island, where it remains very popular. Change will be tough.

The foam cup (right), a bane of environmentalists, is being replaced by double-walled paper cups (left and center).

Sorry Dunkin’ fans: No more double-cupping, and they know you’re mad about it

By the end of the month, foam will be gone from Dunks’ shops throughout New England. And so will the quirky local custom of double-cupping.

A look at what’s open at The Hub on Causeway — and what’s to come

Several parts of the development have opened to great fanfare, while other highly anticipated concepts, such as Hub Hall, have yet to open. Here’s a look at where everything stands.

Chicken Curry With Coconut and Tomatoes

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Three curry dishes easy enough for workweek dinners

How to layer flavors for big impact without needing long cooking times or a pantry full of spices.

Maya Noyes, 12, of Wayland on the set of Chopped Junior in New York City in July.


Wayland girl, 12, to compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’ Tuesday

Seventh grader Maya Noyes will test her cooking skills Tuesday night as she competes on a Thanksgiving episode of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.”

Eastern Standard Provisions, a pretzel company, is one of 79 companies to earn a coveted spot on Oprah Winfrey’s list of favorite things.


Boston pretzel company makes Oprah’s favorite things list

Eastern Standard Provisions earned a coveted spot on this year’s list of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things, Oprah Magazine said Friday.

Five super-large shrimp steal the show in the shrimp margarita entree served with homemade pasta.


A Winthrop mainstay still draws a crowd

The secret to Winthrop mainstay Cafe Rossetti’s may be the warm atmosphere created by a staff that welcomes you like family — plus generously sized, comforting dishes.

The Popeyes chicken sandwich has been credited with causing long lines and hourslong waits across the county.

Man fatally stabbed over Popeyes sandwich in Maryland

The two men were waiting in line at an Oxon Hill Popeyes on Monday night when one of the men accused the other of cutting in front of him in a line specifically for ordering chicken sandwiches, officials say.

Steve Easterbrook, who had been McDonald’s president and chief executive, left the company after having a consensual relationship with an employee.

McDonald’s chief steps down after relationship with employee

Steve Easterbrook, who was the fast-food giant’s president and chief executive, said he decided to move on because his actions were against “the values of the company.”

A skier carves turns at Stowe Mountain  Resort.

Winter Travel

How New England ski resorts are making sure you have fun, whatever the weather

Why resorts are spending big money to keep you coming back.

Grapes grow in rows at Leoness Cellars in Temecula, California.

Winter Travel

Wine lovers take note: Temecula, California, is the next Napa Valley

The region is earning raves for sophisticated Spanish and Mediterranean varietals suited to hot days, cool nights, and Pacific Ocean breezes.

New York City lawmakers pass bill banning sale of foie gras

New York City lawmakers have passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose.

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.