Five Refreshing Watermelon Dishes in Boston (and Beyond)

Beat the August heat with watermelon drinks, frozen treats, and more.

This summer was a bit of a late bloomer, but we sure seem to be making up for lost time. Kicking off with a streak of 90-degree days, August is shaping up to be a scorcher. Luckily, we’re in the middle of peak summer produce time, and Boston chefs are getting creative with watermelon. Need to chill out? Here are some watermelon-based summer menu offerings we’ve spotted popping up at these Best of Boston-winning restaurants.

Lone Star
Best Tacos

Over in Allston, our favorite taqueria Lone Star has been dressing up those magnificent hand-pressed tortillas with this watermelon-cucumber salsa.

Liquid Art House
Best After-Hours Art Experience

At Liquid Art House, you can rely on the food to be as eye-catching as the decor, and this fetching watermelon salad is no exception.

Best Juice Bar

Over at Pressed, not only can you get watermelon as juice—such as their zesty watermelon, cucumber, lime, ginger, and pomegranate concoction—but you can even get it frozen, as one of their almost-too-pretty-to-eat paletas.

Sweet Cheeks
Best Barbecue Restaurant

While Tiffani Faison’s hallowed barbecue join may be most renowned for its meats, its wide array of divine sides make it one of the best stealth vegetarian dining destinations around. Take a gander at this pistachio-dusted watermelon salad, and you’ll see what we mean.

Steel & Rye
Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South of Boston

What’s better than a watermelon cocktail on a sultry summer evening? Enjoying said cocktail on a gorgeous patio. To that end, Milton’s Steel & Rye can hook you up with their creative seasonal cocktails and rustic-chic digs, both indoor and outdoor.