What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Beer, outside; Vesuvian tomatoes, Yemenite chicken and waffles and pumpkin baba, and more.
Pints await at the Trillium Garden on the Greenway

Pints await at the Trillium Garden on the Greenway. / Photo provided by Trillium

Beer, Outside

Not sure what we did to deserve this, Boston, but we are looking ahead at another October weekend of sunny-and-75. Take advantage of it with some outdoor drinking. The Trillium Garden on the Greenway is still open regular hours (Wednesday-Friday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.), and intends to keep the Trillium beer and Westport Rivers wine flowing until the end of October. Bonus: Stoked Pizza Truck will be there tonight. In Cambridge, the hidden patio at Atwood’s Tavern is going Belgian for the weekend. Tickets are still available to all sessions of Belgium in the Backyard, an outdoor event showcasing rare beers from some of Belgium’s finest, La Chouffe, Duvel, Ommegang, Maredsous, and Liefmanns. The kitchen is serving up sweet and savory waffles and more Belgian-inspired fare. The entry fee includes a pint glass, and your first pour.

Belgium in the Backyard, $15 per session, Saturday, October 21-Monday, October 23, various times, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-864-2792, atwoodstavern.com, Facebook.

Twice-fried Yemenite Fried Chicken & Waffles at Simcha in Rozzie

Twice-fried Yemenite Fried Chicken & Waffles at Simcha in Rozzie. / Photo provided

Yemenite Chicken and Waffles, Pumpkin Baba, and Lamb Belly Hash

Just a couple more weekends to try the Chubby Chickpea chef Avi Shemtov and Kitchen Kibitz’s Jeff Gabel’s Simcha in Rozzie, the October-long culinary pop-up exploring global Israeli flavors. The penultimate weekend dinner menu features modern Middle Eastern munchies like sugar pumpkin baba with tahini, dukkah beets with hazelnut crème fraiche, seeds, and nuts; and Korean-style Yemenite chicken—Shemtov’s zhoug-brined, chickpea flour-crusted, twice-fried chicken thighs with Korean flavors. For Sunday brunch, find shakshuka, of course; Yemenite chicken and waffles; lamb belly hash; fried challah French toast with hazelnut honey labne and warm prickly pear; and more. Remember: All services are BYOB. The pop-up ends Sunday, October 29.

Simcha in Rozzie, Thursday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 153 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, thechubbychickpea.com/simcha.

The Butcher Shop is serving Impossible meatballs with pappardelle

The Butcher Shop is serving Impossible meatballs with pappardelle. / Photo provided

Impossible Meatballs

The lab-derived, plant-based Impossible Burger—which looks, tastes, and “bleeds” like beef from a cow—is now on the menu at Clover, Little Donkey, Mike & Patty’s, and the Butcher Shop. Little Donkey and Mike & Patty’s are making sandwiches out of the stuff, but Clover and TBS have taken a rounder route. At the South End meat shop and restaurant, chef de cuisine Ben Weisberger is serving up the meatless morsels with house-made pappardelle, mushrooms, and Parmigiano. The off-menu special is available nightly during dinner service.

The Butcher Shop, 552 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.

Underground at Ink Block

Underground at Ink Block. / Todd Mazer Photography

Doughnuts, Tacos, and the Arnold Pomeranian

It’s a culinary wonderland south of Washington this weekend. Start your Saturday early with this month’s Basic Batch Donuts pop-up at Bar Mezzana. Then head over to Underground at Ink Block for some bites at the inaugural Oktacofest. The menu, care of Loco Taqueria, includes the ever-popular grilled street corn, a festive bratwurst taco, and more unique snacks. Then, grab your pup’s leash and head around the corner to the SoWa Open Market for Woofstock. In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Tito’s Vodka is hosting some dog-friendly day-drinking. All proceeds from drinks like the Arnold Pomeranian, the Moscow Drool, and more benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue.

Basic Batch Donuts, Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m., Bar Mezzana, 360 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, Facebook.

Oktacofest, Saturday, October 21, noon-8 p.m., Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St., South End, Boston, Facebook.

Woofstock, Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., SoWa Open Market, 540 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, Facebook.

Chef Dante de Magistris is offering Piennolo tomatoes with <em>aglio e olio</em> at his three Boston-area restaurants this weekend

Chef Dante de Magistris is offering Piennolo tomatoes with aglio e olio at his three Boston-area restaurants this weekend. / Photo provided

Piennolo Tomatoes

Already lamenting the end of tomato season? Here’s a treat for you: chef Dante de Magistris just received a couple kilos of Piennolo tomatoes from Naples, grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, and considered among the best tomatoes in Italy. They were harvested in August and hung to fully ripen and develop their rich flavor. At his three Boston-area restaurants, Dante in Cambridge, and Il Casale in Belmont and Lexington, de Magistris is offering a special spaghettoni “sciue sciue,” which, in old Neapolitan dialect, means “quick quick.” It’s a simply satisfying aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) sauce with pieces of these special tomatoes. Find it Friday night in Cambridge, and at all three restaurants throughout the weekend.

Dante, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200, restaurantdante.com.

Il Casale, 50 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-209-4942, ilcasalebelmont.com, 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington, 781-538-5846, ilcasalelexington.com.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com