All the News That’s Fit to Eat

Keeping track of Boston’s dining scene can feel almost as daunting as getting a window seat at Ciao Bella. Chowder scours the internet for the latest good news, funny Chinese translations, and the most controversial color-coded map since red and blue states.

Good News
Theatergoers will soon have another place to grab a sweet treat. Troquet has announced the addition of Le Patissier, which the press release describes as “desserterie serving decadent plated desserts.” It will be open in Troquet’s lower level Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

While it may not be the favorite stop for MBTA conductors, parents love Legal Sea Foods. The local chain was named the best family restaurant by the readers of Parents magazine.

Those who really want to be sure their steak is cooked to their specifications may enjoy Bokx 109, a new steakhouse opening Friday in Newton’s Hotel Indigo. The joint boasts an exhibition kitchen, according to Zagat Buzz.

The language barrier has never been this funny
In advance of August’s Olympic Games, China is encouraging restaurants to give their dishes names that make sense to English-speaking diners. Which is too bad, because we’d rather order “chicken without sexual life” than Moons Over My Hammy.

What, no “tonic?”
Boston MenuPages links to a color-coded map of what counties throughout America call carbonated beverages. We just don’t understand why the midwest insists on calling it “pop.” Viva la soda!