All the News That’s Fit to Eat

Keeping track of Boston’s dining scene can feel almost as daunting as getting the right ratio of hot dogs and buns for your Fourth of July cookout. Chowder scours the Internet for the latest good news, bad news, and a restaurant where there’s most likely not a wait.

Good News
1214917989 Although the waterfront still doesn’t get foot traffic like the Back Bay, we’re always excited for a new spot. The d Street Cafe, which is a new venture from Darryl Settles, who brought you Beehive and the late, great Bob’s Southern Bistro, will be “a fun family-based casual restaurant that would feature fresh quick-serve food, ice-cream and music.” So says the press release.

At long last, Estragon, a new tapas spot in the South End, will open on Sunday.

Bad News
Jamaican favorite Ortanique has closed, according to Chowhound.

Hey, at least you won’t have to wait long for a table
Syria’s Damascus Gate restaurant has been certified as the largest restaurant in the world. The huge space can serve 6,014 diners.