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Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Food Editor

Rachel has been covering the Boston-area restaurant scene in various capacities since 2008, including nine years as editor of Eater Boston. A Massachusetts native, she currently resides in Medford with her husband, toddler, cats, and too many plants. When not writing about food, she's playing music or buying yet another cookbook she'll never use.

City Life

An Early-Risers Guide to Boston

What to eat, drink, and do at daybreak.

Three columns of elaborate croissants, each column with a different topping.

Boston Pastry Powerhouses Join Forces for a New Lakon Paris Patisserie Location

The Newton bakery, beloved for its eye-catching croissants, expands to Brookline, with lauded local pastry chef Giselle Miller on the team.

A man in glasses and a lavender button-down shirt stands, smiling and arms crossed, in the sun on a dock.

A Boston Industry Vet Plans a Restaurant and Fish Market for the Seaport

Alcove’s Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli will open Hook + Line in 2023, an independent restaurant in a sea of chains.

A three-tier setup of afternoon tea savory and sweet treats and scones sits on a wooden table in front of a green velvet banquette.

Silver Dove Afternoon Tea Is a Cozy-Meets-Classy Downtown Hideaway

The new tearoom is an intimate, independently owned operation, courtesy of two industry veterans with lots of cocktail experience.

A man in a pink button down shirt and red knit cap makes coffee in a restaurant.

From Cocktails to Coffee: Local Bartender Plans East Boston Café

Will Isaza (Blossom Bar, Birds of Paradise) will open Café Gloria this summer, featuring coffee and Colombian rice bowls.

A red-headed woman in chef clothes stands in a restaurant kitchen and smiles at the camera.

Acclaimed Chef Lydia Shire Plans New Restaurant for the Seaport

But it’s not opening until 2024, so head to Scampo and eat some lobster pizza in the meantime.

A variety of deli sandwiches, stuffed full of thinly sliced meats, are displayed on a cooking rack.

Sunny Girl Is About to Fill the North End with Tasty Sandwiches

Mike & Patty’s alum Jesse Rosen and the Good Life owner Peter Fiumara will soon serve breakfast and lunch out of the former Anthony’s Cafe space.

A scoop of an off-white ice cream with brownie chunks in a paper cup, with a white plastic spoon.

How a Beloved Cambridge Ice Cream Flavor Came to Be

For Toscanini’s oh-so-popular B3, the name came first.


The Ultimate Guide to Boston Chocolate

Where to find the tastiest bites of cookie, cake, mousse, and more. Because you can never have enough of that decadent sweetness.

Two small ice cream cones full of caviar are presented in a little terracotta flower pot.

Caviar Cones Come to Cambridge

Puritan & Company is about to debut a little sibling next door, Puritan Oyster Bar, with seafood towers and more.

Long noodles are piled high on a plate, garnished with whole basil leaves, garnished with a dark brown sauce and bits of shredded beef.

The 2023 James Beard Awards Semifinalist List Is a Testament to Greater Boston’s Incredible Dining Scene

From a chef serving Vietnamese- and French-inspired seafood feasts north of the city to a funky little Somerville wine bar to a homey Somali restaurant in East Boston, some of our most exciting chefs and restaurants were honored as awards season kicks off.

A piece of white fish with torched edges is topped with a dollop of whole mustard seeds, a bright yellow puree, and microgreens, and it sits on a ball of rice on seaweed.

Matsunori Handroll Bar Gives Boston a Hands-on Taste of Sushi

Plus, plenty of A5 wagyu.

A scallion pancake sandwich filled with egg, bacon, and pesto, sits next to a salad on a metal tray, with a cup of ketchup and chopsticks on the side.

Boston’s Iconic Double Awesome Has Returned

Mei Mei has opened its new dumpling factory, café, and classroom space in South Boston, and the oozy-egg scallion pancake sandwich is on the menu.

A bowl of thick udon noodles topped with chili paste, scallions, and thin slices of beef.

The 50 Most Anticipated Boston Restaurant Openings in 2023

Here’s the lowdown on all the exciting openings, expansions, and revamps in and around the city—from bouncy udon in the Seaport to flavors of the African diaspora in Dorchester to two brasseries in Fenway.

A restaurant server in black clothing holds out a plate with a lobster-stuffed popover and side of greens.

15 Must-Try Brunch Dishes in Greater Boston

Start the day with luxe caviar-and-lobster cannoli, flavorful shakshuka, impeccable pastries, and stacks upon stacks of pancakes.