Dining Out

Belly Up Dining: The South End's Da Vinci Restaurant

Your first instinct may be to make a reservation in the dining room at Da Vinci, but you can enjoy the full menu at the bar — sans reservations. 

Belly Up Dining: The South End's Da Vinci Restaurant | WGBH | Craving Boston

We love dining at bars, but we also love great food. During a couple of outstanding dining experiences at Da Vinci on Columbus Avenue, we noticed that seats were often available at the modest bar tucked in the back of the spacious room. We also appreciated a humane approach to acoustic design that, rarity of rarities, allows conversations to be heard across tables. 

  • May 11, 2016

Bringing Out Bébé

Industry experts (moms) weigh in on how you can bring your little ones to restaurants and bars. And have a lot of fun doing it. 

As far as motherhood is concerned, I am an absolute rookie. That being said, my son Jack has done his fair share of dining out around New England (and New Orleans actually — flying with a newborn deserves its own post) in his first 13 weeks on the outside.

  • May 5, 2016

I'll Have What She's Having: Where to Take Mom to Brunch and What to Order

Our resident pairing guru picked 5 stellar brunch dishes and drinks at hot spots around town, so you can show mom a stress-free good time this Sunday.

Well, here comes Mother’s Day — the holiday no one wants to mess up.

My mom's got a comfortable home, takes a vacation every once in a while, and has raised a stellar oldest son (me) and two serviceable younger siblings.

What do you get the woman who already has everything she wants? 

A damn delicious meal she doesn't have to plan, cook, or clean up after, that's what. 

In the grand tradition of Mother's Days, that meal is brunch.

  • May 4, 2016

5 Spots for Cinco de Mayo Tacos Around Boston

We sent a discerning Californian out on a mission to scout our taco scene. Here's what she found.

5 Spots for Cinco de Mayo Tacos around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

Let’s taco'bout tacos. Coming from California, where Mexican food, more than a cuisine, is a form of therapy (Sad? Have a burrito. Happy? Tacos. Drunk? Hungover? — you get the idea), I was skeptical New England could deliver. But I’ll tell you what, Boston, you gave San Francisco’s Mission district a run for its money. Here are five spots that satisfied my craving for (mostly) authentic tacos.


  • May 2, 2016

6 Must-Have Margaritas Around Boston

In honor of balmy May weather (here's to hoping) and the upcoming co-opted Pueblan holiday, we've got your essential guide to the nation's favorite Tequila cocktail.

6 Must-Have Margaritas Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

Good margaritas don't get the respect they deserve. And it's no wonder; many of us spent our youth swigging sickly-sweet, neon jugged margarita mix, which is a true abonimation. Nothing like the crisp, cool beauty of good tequila plus fresh juice and some combination of simple syrup, triple sec, fruit, and other flavors. 

Around Cinco de Mayo, New Englanders tend to have margaritas on the brain, so this seemed as good a time as any to round up some of the best picks in Boston.

  • April 29, 2016

Go Beyond the Bun and Get Your Meat in a Pastry

Burger season is upon us, but that’s not the only way to enjoy meat. Forget the bun (occasionally) and try your protein wrapped in a delicious pastry.

Go Beyond the Bun. Get your Meat in a Pastry. | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Beyond chicken pot pie and pigs-in-a-blanket, you can find the delicious protein of your choice wrapped in flaky dough, fried in a crisp cracker crust, or rolled, stuffed and spiced. Here are four shining examples of savory meat pastries available in the Boston area. But this is just a sampling of what’s out there, so comment on your meaty findings as well!

  • April 28, 2016

5 Locally-Made Frozen Dinners That Won't Disappoint You

Skip the frozen food aisle and make busy weeknight dinners taste great again with these options instead. They're high-quality, locally made, and just as gourmet as they are convenient.

5 Locally-Made Frozen Dinners That Won't Disappoint You | WGBH | Craving Boston

Let’s start off by calling it like it is: The term "frozen" has garnered a stronger negative indicator of quality than a positive indicator of convenience. This is a crying shame, because high-quality cuisine exists in many forms, including frozen. You just have to know where to look.

  • April 27, 2016

Wake Up To 6 Of The Best Breakfast Sandwiches In Boston

Bread + eggs + [other ingredients] = the breakfast sandwich. It's a simple formula, but these places around town know how to make it unforgettable.

Best breakfast sandwiches in Boston

The breakfast sandwich has a simple foundation: eggs between bread. From there, chefs have plenty of room to get creative.

From spiced condiment to egg soufflés to scallion pancakes, here are some reasons to wake up and be happy that we live in an area with such a killer food scene.

1. Juliet, Union Square

  • April 20, 2016

Get to Know West African Food Around Boston

We found 5 area restaurants that serve up different versions of West African cuisine, representing its many different countries and cultures. 

Get to Know West African Food Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

In the Boston area, it’s not so unusual to eat African food, but it’s often at an Ethiopian restaurant, or maybe Moroccan. Africa is a vast continent. Its true size, according to an interesting comparison, shows that it’s about as big as China, India, the United States, and most of Europe put together. Yet our experience with African foods is often confined to very few countries. It doesn’t have to be this way.

  • April 19, 2016

The Lapsed Supper: An Ungodly Delicious Sort-of-Seder Plate

We found 5 not-quite-kosher Boston restaurant dishes that could make for an untraditional — but exceptionally tasty — Passover meal. 

The Lapsed Supper: An Ungodly Delicious Sort-of-Seder Plate | WGBH | Craving Boston

Every year Passover comes around to remind Jewish people that “once we were slaves in Egypt and now we are free.” Sounds easy enough, right? Invite your friends and family over for dinner, drink some wine and have a few laughs about building the pyramids. Not so, my friends. “Celebrating” Passover requires deep cleaning your house, throwing all your best snacks in the garbage, and eating matzo for a week. Then there’s the Seder, the ritual dinner commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery.

  • April 18, 2016

5 Beet Dishes Around Boston That Aren't Salads

We're not knocking the beloved beet salad, but this ruby-red vegetable can be showcased in so many other ways, including fries, pasta, and even drinks.

5 Beet Dishes Around Boston That Aren't Beet Salads | WGBH | Craving Boston

Boston is late getting the memo that April is supposed to be about showers that bring May flowers, not snowstorms that bring confusion. Thankfully, while we wait for the fresh, garden-green spring vegetables to arrive, we can still find some dazzling color for our plates: beautiful bejeweled beets, as rich in color as they are in flavor.

  • April 15, 2016

Here's Where To Eat Along The Boston Marathon

Spectating works up an appetite too! Don’t default to the nearest fast food chain on Marathon Monday. Fuel yourself with local eats to keep the cheers and cowbell coming. 

Here's Where to Eat Along the Boston Marathon | WGBH | Craving Boston

Patriot’s Day, or Marathon Monday as most people call it, is easily one of the most energized days in greater Boston. The air is buzzing with the excitement of more than 30,000 runners hungry to reach the finish line in Copley Square. But they’re not the only ones who will be hungry along the way. Spectators need fuel too! Whether you’re following your favorite runner friend along the course or choosing a spot to cheer for the day, keep this list handy and you’ll be prepared wherever hunger strikes.



  • April 14, 2016

Bored Of Buffalo? Try Your Chicken Hot Fried

With many Boston restaurants taking a tip from Nashville, local chefs are turning out wicked birds.

Bored of Buffalo? Try Your Chicken Hot Fried | WGBH | Craving Boston

Boston feels about as far away from the Deep South as you can get. But that hasn't stopped the city from serving a whole lot of fried chicken — because we’re hip to this nationwide soul food craze, too. Highland Kitchen bathes its bird in buttermilk, Redd’s in Rozzie tosses it in mole poblano, and The Coast Cafe claims its crunchy, herby poultry is the best in New England.

  • April 14, 2016

Here's Your Guide To Boston's Most Worthy Caloric Treats

Whether you ran the Boston Marathon or ran around spectating, you will have burned a lot of calories on Patriot's Day. Here's a roundup of 7 of the most decadent dishes in town. Treat yo’self!

Here's Your Official Guide to Boston's Most Caloric Treats | WGBH | Craving Boston

We don't subscribe to the belief that you need a special occasion to enjoy delicious eats. But if there was ever a reason to indulge, running 26.2 miles is it. Whether you pounded the pavement up Heartbreak Hill — or stood on the sidelines screaming your heart out to keep the runners moving — you are going to be hungry at the finish. Which is exactly why we've rounded up some of the most wonderfully decadent dishes around town for your post-race pleasure. Dig in guys, you've earned it.


  • April 13, 2016

Marathon Runners: How To Make The Most Of The Food At The Athlete's Village

On race day, the first thing you want is to feel your best and the last thing you want is to wonder how to make that happen. Use these strategies to get the most out of the pre-race food offerings with the least amount of effort.

Marathon Runners: How to Make the Most of the Food at the Athlete's Village | WGBH | Craving Boston

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that's never more the case than when that day consists of running 26.2 miles straight. Here's a quick roundup of the food and drink offerings available for runners at the Athlete's Village in Hopkinton before the race, and three suggestions for what to pack to make your pre-race fuel wicked tasty:


1. Creamy coconut coffee

Bring this:

  • April 12, 2016