Dining Out

Head to Jack’s Abby for Special Brews (and Food!) in Downtown Framingham

Creativity and craft are just two of the hallmark ingredients at this local brewery. Its new beer-hall location is worth a visit. 

Head to Jack’s Abby For Special Brews (and food!) In Downtown Framingham | WGBH | Craving Boston

Take a sip, and the foam makes way for a smooth, deep flavor suspended in delicate bubbles with a graham cracker finish. The Graham Cracker BA Framinghammer, a bourbon barrel aged lager, is one example of how unique ingredients infuse flavor into Jack’s Abby’s beers. With choices like the light and crisp Hoponius Union with its fruity aroma and satisfyingly bitter hops, the smooth easy House Lager, or the spicy-smoky flavor of the Numb Swagger, your palate is never bored.

  • July 10, 2016

The Case For Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls

You need lobster rolls in your life. Hot buttered lobster rolls to be specific. From Boston to the Cape to Connecticut, here are five you should include in your summertime seafood excursions.

The Case for Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls | WGBH | Craving Boston

Sweet, fresh lobster meat begs for umami. My argument is simple: butter is a superior complement to lobster than mayonnaise, and hot lobster is better than cold lobster.

Thus, to my tastebuds, the hot buttered lobster roll bests the traditional cold-with-mayonnaise version.

  • July 8, 2016

Want The Best Authentic Armenian Food? Head To Watertown

Sure, the food in this part of town is having a moment. But locals have enjoyed the many Armenian markets here for years.

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Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know two facts about Watertown.

Fact 1: It’s a city that chooses redundancy over incongruity, preferring to be formally addressed as The Town of Watertown.

Fact 2: After Los Angeles and Fresno, Watertown has the third largest Armenian population in the country. As such, the city supports three Armenian markets all sharing the same block and a half of Mount Auburn Street. (There’s a fourth, Eastern Lamejun Bakers on nearby Belmont Street, which I unfortunately couldn’t visit.)

  • July 7, 2016

Here's Your Guide to Mastering Meat on the Grill

Boston butcher Ron Savenor takes us through his top cuts to prepare you for your next cookout. 

Here's Your Guide to Mastering Meat on the Grill | WGBH | Craving Boston

With locations in Cambridge and Beacon Hill, plus distribution to many of Boston's top restaurants and recently Fenway Park, it's safe to say Savenor's Market is a local institution. 

A favorite of Julia Child, the market's offerings include whole-animal butchery, stocks, pate, exotic meats, specialty retail food items, sandwiches and sauces.

  • June 30, 2016

Love Diner Food? Head To Hanover, New Hampshire

We took a trip up I-89 and down memory lane to explore the simple, maple syrup-soaked pleasures of the Upper Valley.

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My older brother Shefa is eccentric. When he calls me from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia to say he’s flying to Italy —  but wants to stop in Boston and drive to Hanover, New Hampshire to write an article about his high school baseball coach named Michael Jackson — I take it in stride.

  • June 27, 2016

Our Favorite Boston Restaurant Patios Are Now Open

The time has come to sip a cool drink while indulging in the warm summer breeze. Here are eight spots where the view is as good as the food.

’Tis the Season (FINALLY) for Outdoor Dining | WGBH | Craving Boston

One of the many awesome things about summer is that you don’t have to choose between fine cuisine and maintaining your homeostasis. You can have your view and eat too — and we suggest you do so soon; the warm fresh air will turn crisp faster than we care to think about.

Here are our picks for eight of the best spots for outdoor dining around Greater Boston.


  • June 26, 2016

4 Low-Cal Cocktails To Get Excited About This Summer

Vodka soda? Yawn. Happily, we found four super-refreshing drinks around Boston that won't pack on the pounds. 

4 Low-Cal Cocktails to Get Excited About This Summer | Craving Boston | WGBH

Here in New England, we get just three months of sunshine, beach, and outdoor cocktail hours. Some flock to Cape Cod and the Islands, the Maine coast or New Hampshire lakes. But for those avoiding the 93-South traffic vortex, or the never-ending northern bridge construction — Boston will do just fine, thank you. We can carve our own tranquil, urban oases on city patios and in lively bars with a cocktail.

  • June 23, 2016

West Roxbury’s Food Scene Is All Grown Up

We returned to find much more than the chicken parm subs of our youth in a Boston neighborhood we left behind. 

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When I was a teenager, my family moved from the backwoods of New Hampshire to the, um, whatever West Roxbury is. Also known as Westie — or the more formal "Westie, kid" — it may come as a surprise that the proudly parochial neighborhood is actually part of Boston.

Not born and bred in this insular community, I felt like an outsider. I did my best to assimilate, taking jobs at the YMCA and the local newspaper. I faintly dropped my Rs and greeted everyone with the customary “howaya?”

  • June 22, 2016

5 Places That Will Make You Love To Eat On The South Shore

Don't just drive through. Our born-and-bred South Shore correspondent gives you her list of places worth stopping between Boston and Cape Cod this summer. 

5 Places That Will Make You Love (to Eat on) the South Shore | WGBH | Craving Boston

The battle of North Shore vs. South Shore rages on here in Massachusetts. A recent Boston Magazine article comparing the two regions concludes, "You’re either one or the other. And once you make your choice, there’s a good chance you’ll never cross over to the other side."

  • June 21, 2016

You Haven't Had Caramel Popcorn Like This

Ava Vatsky realized long ago that there was a gaping hole in the New England small-batch caramel popcorn market, but her project only came to fruition after she honed the recipe for a year. The effort shows.

You Haven't Had Caramel Popcorn Like This | WGBH | Craving Boston

Ava’s Caramel Popcorn is a low tech operation: an old-fashioned Whirly Pop popcorn maker (which looks like a steel pot with a small wooden handle attached to the side); steel mixing bowl with spatulas; sheet tray; stove; and a woman obsessed with perfect caramel popcorn.

"There’s no specialized equipment, there’s no gadgets, there’s no gimmicks," says Ava Vatsky. "Just one person with two hands and very, very honest utensils, making things batch by batch by batch."

  • June 19, 2016

Who Wants Horchata?!

Here's how to recognize the different types of this sweet, creamy, but typically dairy-free beverage, and where to find them around Boston. 

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A lesson in horchata

Vampire Weekend may drink horchata in December, but for me, it’s the beginning of summer that calls for Mexico’s — or El Salvador’s — or Spain’s favorite drink. In fact, Vampire Weekend was pretty late to the horchata game: The sweet, creamy, and sometimes nutty blened drink has existed around the world for centuries.

  • June 17, 2016

Go West: Worcester Has Become A Goldmine Of Good Eats

The second largest city in Massachusetts is getting big props for its newly thriving dining scene. Head west and check out this assortment of top-notch choices. 

Go West: Worcester is Becoming a Goldmine of Good Eats | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

When deadhorse hill co-owner Sean Woods started renovating the space for the new Worcester restaurant and café, he stuck to the foundations. After hacking at the ceilings and walls of the 160-year-old space, Woods discovered the original ceilings of what was once the first floor of the Bay State House hotel: beautiful, black, ornate tin, hammered into tile patterns.

  • June 3, 2016

These 5 Dessert Combos Are Everything You Want Them To Be

From a waffle-donut-sundae to soft-serve-filled cupcakes, here are some local "compound desserts" that will multiply your sweet tooth adventures.

These 5 Dessert Combos Are Everything You Want Them to Be | WGBH | Craving Boston

I am enthusiastic about dessert. While I am often happy with a simple warm cookie or single scoop of top-notch ice cream, sometimes I get in one of those moods where my desire to eat All The Desserts paralyzes my ability to choose just one.

That’s where these yummy hybrids come in. Compound desserts, as they're called in the biz, bring together multiple individual desserts into one delectable creation. That means I can have it both (or all three) ways. 

  • May 26, 2016