Dining Out

Make Your Move for Grilled Cheese and Games

Board games, cocoa and homemade snacks? That’s how they roll (the dice) at Knight Moves Café, the only board game café in the Boston area.

Make Your Move for Grilled Cheese and Games | WGBH | Craving Boston

Did you recently dust off your copy of Monopoly to find that half the pieces are missing? Or does your cat keep messing with your Dungeons and Dragons figurines, and your grilled cheese is setting off the fire alarm? You might want to try gaming and food-ing at Knight Moves Café on Beacon Street in Brookline — especially if the idea of spending hours munching on yummies and playing one of the thousand plus games makes you feel like a kid in a candy store.

  • March 10, 2016

Malden’s Restaurant Scene Is Far From Suburban

The new variety of cuisine and an upswing in contemporary options make dining out in Malden a lot more interesting.

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To be honest, Malden’s never been on my radar. I grew up south of the Charles River and didn’t go north of Harvard Square. Until a couple years ago, the only thing I knew about the city was that its first mayor was Elisha S. Converse, which is the coolest name ever. (I may be biased.) But as Greater Boston booms and restaurants proliferate, there is a growing number of reasons to check out Malden. The food scene is in flux.

  • March 3, 2016

The Luck Of The Irish Be With You Dunn-Gaherin's In Newton

Delicious food, a wide drink selection, and a cozy atmosphere are all great reasons to keep coming back to this neighborhood pub. 

Dunn-Gaherin's in Newton | WGBH | Craving Boston

Far be it from us to tell you what’s an authentic Irish pub. We’ve never been to Ireland, and are aware that many pubs that claim “authenticity” are chains. Still, family-owned pubs can be found, and Newton is fortunate to have several worthy options. 

  • March 3, 2016

Celebrate Maple Season in New Hampshire

Tapping the trees and savoring the sweetness — what a lovely time to be a New Englander! Take a road trip and enjoy the syrup and eats at Parker’s Maple Barn.

Celebrate Maple Season in New Hampshire | WGBH | Craving Boston

Maple season is upon us!  While some make the pilgrimage up to a B&B in Vermont, I prefer to stay a bit closer to home, and get my fix at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, New Hampshire.  Nestled into the woods amidst active rural farming communities, Parker’s is the perfect blend of history, kitsch, excellent food, and friendly service.

Just north of the New Hampshire border

  • February 29, 2016

6 Unconventional Pizzas You Can Find Around Boston

The classic tomato-and-cheese pizza is delicious, but if you're looking for some fun twists on an old favorite, check out these options.

6 Unconventional Pizzas You Can Find Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

I suppose civilized people can disagree on which conventional cheese pizza is the best in New England (*cough* Frank Pepe’s *cough*), but despite passion for the classics, adventure is good for the soul. Here are six unconventional twists on the beloved pizza that are worth seeking out, including a couple of dessert options for the truly adventurous:

1. Mashed potato pizza at Otto Pizza (pictured above)

  • February 24, 2016

A New Café in Watertown is Giving Power to the Community

Owner of the Power Café, Galit Schwartz's commitment to equality is as strong as her coffee. And her baked goods are absolutely delicious.

A New Café in Watertown is Giving Power to the Community | WGBH | Craving Boston

No need to holla! Galit (pronounced “Ga – leet”) Schwartz knows she has something special with her challah. Schwartz is the founder and owner of Power Café, a new café and bakery in Watertown. She takes custom orders for challah — regular, whole wheat or egg free. Jelly donuts, muffins, and more are available too.

  • February 19, 2016

Great Vegetarian Thai Food In Boston

Relax, meat-eaters. Chinatown's My Thai Vegan Café serves up cuisines for all lifestyles. But spring rolls with "veggie chicken?" So good.

Vegetarian Thai food in Boston

I’ll admit that, despite my efforts to the contrary, I can be a bit biased against vegetarian and vegan restaurants. I will eat most things in the world, except fake maple syrup (I mean, that’s just wrong), so I'm occasionally hesitant to dine at restaurants that advertise themselves as leaving out entire food groups.

  • February 19, 2016

4 Stellar Drinks That Won’t Impair Your Senses

When fine-dining begs for drink pairings, but you’d prefer to skip the imbibing, here are some options that could outshine their alcoholic counterparts.

4 Stellar Drinks That Won’t Impair Your Senses | WGBH | Craving Boston

I’m a food writer who doesn’t drink alcohol. People tell me that I’m missing out on half the meal because I don’t opt for wine pairings. I, personally, like to think I’m missing out on a third of the check, but I digress.

I usually opt for my signature ice water — shaken, not stirred — but at nice restaurants, I often inquire about non-alcoholic drink pairings.

  • February 18, 2016

Are Your Valentine's Day Plans Boring? Try These 5 Spots

Love or hate the holiday, these places know how to make it fun. But act now if you want to get in, tables are going fast.

Are Your Valentine's Day Plans Boring? Try These 5 Spots | WGBH | Craving Boston

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and your holiday should be filled with love — love for amazing food, of course! Interpersonal love is great, but top-notch dining transcends the romantic date, the disappointing hookup, the singles celebrations, and everything in between.

Here are five options that would make for a memorable weekend, no matter your relationship status:

1. The Love Game at the Tip Tap Room

  • February 11, 2016

Hide Out This Valentine’s Day at a Secret Steakhouse in Boston

Hit up Bogie’s Place for an initimate, low-key take on this over the top holiday.

Hide Out This Valentine’s Day at a Secret Steakhouse in Boston | WGBH | Craving Botson

You don’t frequently see the term “secret steakhouse” referenced in mainstream media. Yet, little-known Bogie’s Place has generated signifcant buzz since its 2012 opening – averaging at least one article a year in Boston publications. Somehow, despite being perched on the edge of downtown crossing and the theatre district, this hidden gem still stays under the radar, with many self-proclaimed foodies never having heard of it.  The restaurant’s small size and steep prices may contribute to the mystique. Bogie’s Place seats 20 on a good day, but this intimate atmosphere is a welcome respite f

  • February 5, 2016

Vietnamese New Year is Right Around the (Fields) Corner

Get a head start and celebrate Tết with a trip to Dorchester. I guarantee you'll leave with a full belly, and a new tradition.

Vietnamese New Year is Right Around the (Fields) Corner | WGBH | Craving Boston

One of the best parts of restaurant life is getting to know the people you work with. Many of my close friendships and failed relationships began while slinging food and beverage. You learn a lot about someone when you’re crammed into a service station trying to get orders in the computer before chef yells, “hot food!” I work at Spoke, which means I spend weekends with Khanh, a junior at Tufts and future titan of industry.

  • February 4, 2016

Drink (And Eat) The Rainbow In Needham

Whether you're looking for a healthy snack, or help with a full-on cleanse, you'll get a boost at Stacy's Juice Bar.

Stacy's Juice Bar in Needham, MA

With ingredients like carrots, kale, blueberries, and beets, baristas at Stacy’s Juice Bar create colorful smoothies and juices that rival any painter's palette. The booths and tables feature splashes of juicy hues like fuchsia, azure, and violet. The Juice Bar is the newest project in Stacy Madison’s “multi-decade passion” for healthy food, and lucky for us, it's right in Needham. Stacy co-founded Stacy’s Pita Chip Company, but since then has wanted to focus on doing something local.

  • January 29, 2016