Happy Friday! With the weekend in clear view, I thought I’d share an article from Eater Boston to inspire your weekend dining!
If you aren’t an Eater Boston regular, be sure to check them out. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I go here often to check out what’s new in Boston. Eater breaks it down by neighborhood, so you’ll always know where to go and what’s coming soon.
And now without further ado… here are the 10 Hottest Restaurants in Boston. I can personally vouch for #2 Tenoch, here in Somerville. It opened in the old M3 space and the tortas are to die for. There is usually a line out the door!
#1 The Table at Season To Taste
This beautiful tasting menu — four courses, plus assorted surprises — is a steal at $65. The restaurant seats 20; you’ll feel like you’re in chef Carl Dooley’s home dining room, and the kitchen is wide open, so you can see everything. Dooley is killing it on the currently airing season of Top Chef, too. Get in now while you can still get a reservation. This is one of the most exciting openings of the year so far. (Want to pay a visit without going for the whole tasting menu? There’s a little standing area where you can order snacks and drinks.) Eater picks: salad of grilled squid and citrus with Castelvetrano olive, pistachio, and mint; house-made garganelli with mussels, roasted broccoli, and lemon bread crumbs.
With locations in Medford and the North End, plus food trucks, Tenoch has made a name for itself thanks to its outstanding fast-casual Mexican food, especially the tortas. The highly anticipated Davis Square location is finally open, and there are lines, but they move quickly. Eater picks: torta campechana; carnitas tacos.
Now open in Harvard Square, Parsnip spans multiple floors with an intimate upstairs lounge and an airy, high-ceilinged dining room. It’s the old UpStairs on the Square space, but you’ll barely recognize it, aside from some preserved polka-dotted paint upstairs. Parsnip serves “globally inspired” and “ingredients-led” cuisine and aims to offer a “casual fine dining” ambiance. Cozy up by a fireplace upstairs for a snack and a warm cocktail, the Little Green Monster: BarSol Mosto Verde pisco, sapling maple liqueur, hot coconut cream, matcha tea powder, and toasted pecan bitters. Hello, winter.
#4 Branch Line
If you like bocce, rotisserie chicken, and the outstanding team behind Eastern Standard, make your way out to Watertown to try Garrett Harker and Andrew Holden’s Branch Line, newly opened at the Arsenal. (Well, you’ll have to wait for warmer weather for the bocce.) Beer and wine only, with a strong focus on unique and wonderful beers. Eater picks: sugar snap pea salad; side of rotisserie drippings for bread dipping; rotisserie potatoes; chicken.
#5 Villa México Café
Momma King is back. Whether you first encountered her burritos at previous locations in Woburn or inside a gas station near Mass. General, you’ve been waiting for this day to arrive. Villa Mexico now has its own shiny new space downtown where throngs of people have been waiting for grilled burritos and black salsa every day. Hop in line.
Calling itself a “modern supper club,” Yvonne’s is now open in the historical Locke-Ober space in Downtown Crossing, featuring a dark, secretive library bar. There’s a high-powered food and drink team; key players include chefs Tom Berry (Proprietors in Nantucket) and Juan Pedrosa (The Glenville Stops), magical pastry sorceress Kate Holowchik (jm Curley, Bread & Salt Hospitality), and cocktail wizard Will Thompson (Drink, Deep Ellum, everywhere). Eater picks: KFC stone-fired pita; seared halloumi cheese; any boozy dessert.
It’s back, and it’s bigger. Clio closed at the end of 2015 after almost two decades to make way for Ken Oringer and Tony Messina to expand tiny Uni, Clio’s neighbor and sibling, into the space. After a quick month of renovations, the new Uni has arrived with nigiri and maki from O Ya alum Akira Sugimoto, tiki and classic cocktails from Jason Kilgore (The Hawthorne), and a large menu of dishes inspired by Japan and southeast Asia. Want to go all out? The omakase (chef’s tasting) will set you back $195, and there’s caviar service for $125.
#8 Pelekasis at Wink & Nod
Wink & Nod’s got a pretty successful culinary incubator on its hands. Each long-term team that has passed through so far (Whisk, Bread & Salt, Akinto) now has a permanent restaurant in the works. The newest resident is Pelekasis, Brendan Pelley’s well-received modern Greek concept. (Pelley is an alum of Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield, and you may recognize him from a recent season of Hell’s Kitchen as well.) Swing by the South End venue for molten kefalograveira cheese, foie gras dolmades, one hundred layer spanakopita, and the like.
#9 Tiger Mama
Tiffani Faison’s vision of Southeast Asia is now open right down the street from her barbecue joint, Sweet Cheeks, and it’s filled with cheerful vegetation, an epic disco ball elephant, and loads of flavors. From curries to noodles to giant “banquet-style” dishes, there’s a lot to try, so bring a big group. Eater picks: Lamb roti; braised pork pad si ew; lobster fresh rolls with a peanut sauce you’ll want to put on everything.
The Coda Group (Salty Pig, Coda Bar & Kitchen, Canary Square) has debuted its newest concept, SRV, featuring Venice-inspired small plates (cicchetti) and loads of house-made pasta. (Even the flour for the pasta is milled at the restaurant.) For chefs known for the charcuterie-and-cheese magic they offered at The Salty Pig, comforting yet upscale Italian food is a perfect expansion of the brand.