What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Without completely abandoning your January diet.

Whole 30 Menu at Tavern Road

If you, like Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari, have cut carbs, dairy, sugar, and booze from your diet this month, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a couple meals out. DiBiccari unveiled a Resolutions Menu at his Fort Point spot, with Whole 30-friendly plates like hamachi crudo salad with cucumbers, celery, and figs; lamb rillette lettuce wraps, and more.

Tavern Road, 343 Congress St., Boston, tavernroad.com.

Nite Lite at Night Shift

Another one for the calorie counters, though this one also appeals to anyone who ever wants a simply thirst-quenching beer. Night Shift Brewing canned its crushable Nite Lite today. The 4.3 percent ABV, 150-calorie lager first hit draft lines in August, but the brew is as good post-shoveling session as it was on the lawnmower this summer. A four-pack of 16 ounce Nite Lite cans is $10 and available at the brewery, and the beer is also on draft there.

Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com.

Pizza and Beer

Sillari’s Pizza has been popping up at Idle Hands Craft Ales since both debuted in Malden last year, and that relationship has grown to make the taproom an official Sillari’s test kitchen on Wednesday, January 11. Try the experimental steak bomb pizza (pictured) as a preview this weekend, along with a pint of newly tapped Patriarch. Will you find yourself in Chelsea this weekend rather than Malden? Mystic Brewery always has the full menu available from neighboring Ciao Pizza and Pasta, makers of Neapolitan-style pies that get rave reviews.

Idle Hands Craft Ales, 89 Commercial St., Malden, 781-333-6070, idlehandscraftales.com.

Mystic Brewery, 174 Williams St., Chelsea, 617-466-2079, mystic-brewery.com.

Hot rum and brandy punch at Waypoint. / PHOTOGRAPH BY EMILY SOTOMAYOR for "Haute Toddies"

Hot rum and brandy punch at Waypoint. / PHOTOGRAPH BY EMILY SOTOMAYOR for “Haute Toddies”

A Hot Drink

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean hot drinks season is. Snow is on the way, so warm up with haute toddies from the likes of Neil Quigley at Porto, Seth Friedus at Waypoint, and more.

Braised bacon Benedict from the City Tap House brunch menu

Braised bacon Benedict from the City Tap House brunch menu. / Photo provided

New Brunches

New year, new places to indulge in the best meal of the week—weekend brunch. In Fort Point, the brand new City Tap House debuts a breakfasty-lunch menu this Saturday, January 7, and the neighborhood favorite Row 34 unveils a retooled Sunday brunch, too. Instead of the counter service of 2016, Row 34 will offer full-service dining with brunch dishes like smoked trout paté on a nori bagel, sweet potato pancakes, Brussels sprouts hash, and more. Check out the new menu below. In the South End, the very new Lion’s Tail introduces its mid-day meal this Sunday, too. Plus, two heavy hitters in Boston’s brunch scene have new concepts, and therefore, new ways to justify day-drinking: Brunch began last weekend at the Paddle Inn in Newburyport, the latest from the Trina’s Starlite Lounge crew; as well as at Area Four Boston, the South End’s swanky new pizzeria.

City Tap House, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Fort Point, 617-904-2748, boston.citytap.com.

Row 34, brunch on Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 383 Congress St., Boston, 617-553-5900, row34.com.

Lion’s Tail, brunch on Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ink Block, 300 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, lionstailboston.com.

The Paddle Inn, brunch on Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 27 State St., Newburyport, 978-572-1242, paddleinnsurf.com.

Area Four Boston, brunch on Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Troy Boston, 264 East Berkeley St., South End, 857-317-4805, areafour.com.