What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Celebrate years of your favorite beers, Branch Line is now open on Sundays, and more.

Medusa Brewing Company Hudson, Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY PJ COUTURE for “Where to Eat and Drink in Hudson, Mass.”

Birthday Beer (and Cider)

Is it the finicky weather that leads us to drink in March? Whatever the reason, many of Massachusetts’ top breweries debuted this month in history. Night Shift turns 5 in 2017, Wormtown is 7, Trillium is celebrating its 4th birthday, and Bantam Cider Company turns 5. They all have birthday parties coming up—why don’t you use this weekend to secure your tickets, and stock up on the libations we’ve come to love over the years? If you’re up for an adventure on Saturday, Medusa Brewing is celebrating 2 years in Hudson with the Shuck Food Truck, live music all day, and more.

Medusa—Second Anniversary!, Saturday, March 5, noon-10:30 p.m., Medusa Brewing Company, 111 Main St., 978-310-1933, medusabrewing.com, Facebook event.

Red Sauce Sundays at the Salty Pig

Red Sauce Sundays at the Salty Pig. / Photo by Chelsea Kyle for “Five Reasons to Revisit The Salty Pig

More Italian Cuisine

Red Sauce Sundays returned to the Salty Pig last month, and elsewhere in the South End, La Motta’s Italian Specialities (the newest from the Aquitaine Group) is grating the cheese late into the night this Sunday. The late-night menu launched last week, and it’s available from 10 p.m.-close every Sunday-Thursday, with dishes like a basket of garlic parmesan potato chips, mortadella meatballs in pomodoro sauce, and a chicken parm grinder from chef de cuisine Justin Winters. Night a night owl? Check out the latest from Amelia’s Trattoria chef Delio Susi: Sulmona opened in Kendall Square this week, Eater Boston reports. There, you’ll find antipasti, pizza, Northern Italian street food, pasta, secondi, and salumi, per the Improper. And as always, the North End is there for you, along with Eataly Boston, James Beard Award-nominated SRV, and one of our top new destinations, Bar Mezzana. Plus: Call this weekend to secure some of the limited seats still available for Coppa’s second GoodFellas dinner on Monday, March 13.

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Rolled Ice Cream

There’s a new spot in town to be mesmerized by the Thai technique of rolled ice cream: Juicy Spot Cafe opened its third location—and its first outside New York City—in Chinatown on Thursday. All day on Friday and Saturday, all beautiful bowls are just $5. In addition to signature and create-your-own rolled ice cream cups, Juicy Spot has smoothies, juices, coffee, and tea, Eater Boston reports.

16 Tyler Street, Chinatown, Boston, juicyspotcafe.com.

Competition Cocktails

A venerable lineup of ladies gets behind the stick at Royale this weekend for the Northeastern stop on the Speed Rack tour. The timed cocktail competition will net one female bartender industry glory, and a trip to both the Jameson Distillery in Ireland and the Altos Distillery in Arandas, Mexico, with Speed Rack co-founders Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix. But moreover, the annual event is a fundraiser for breast cancer charities, having raised more than $500,000 since its inception. Among the 23 Northeast competitors are Tainah Soares of Roxy’s Central A4cade, Gwen Hagerty of Bar Mezzana, Meghan Powers of No. 9 Park, and more fierce competitors from New England. Tickets include drinks from the event’s sponsors.

21+, $25 / $30, Speed Rack, Sunday, March 5, 3:30-7 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston, Ticketfly.

Branch Line

The patio at Branch Line. / Photo by Melissa Ostrow provided

Sunday Supper at Branch Line

Garrett Harker and Andrew Holden’s Watertown restaurant—with heated patio and seasonal bocce courts—is open for dinner on Sundays beginning March 5, and plans to bring lunch into the fold in the coming weeks—just in time for bocce season.

4:30-10 p.m., Branch Line, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-420-1900, branchlinearsenal.com.

starch madness plain


March is for munching (and maybe even Marathon training). Boston magazine’s third annual Starch Madness bracket launched this week, and Round 1 voting continues through March 7. But however will you know which carbo-loaded breakfasts, side dishes, mains, and desserts are worthy of your vote? Gotta eat ’em all. Here’s one gameplan: Start your day with Lone Star Taco Bar’s huevos rancheros, or perhaps some maple bacon Union Square Donuts. Have Publick House macaroni and cheese for lunch, and a side of Shojo shadowless duck fat fries. Treat yourself to O Ya’s potato chip sashimi, and No. 9 Park gnocchi. Save room for Stoked’s complimentary brown butter rice crispy treats, and a cone of Gracie’s Ice Cream on a toasted Fluff cone. It’ll be madness!