What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
Liquid lunch, anyone? If you’re lucky enough to get summer Fridays—or if you just want to start your weekend early—head to this Southie taqueria. Executive chef Matt Drummond and new bar manager Kaitlyn Fischer have teamed up on a festive Friday lunch menu. Through Labor Day, fruity punch bowls, like watermelon and pineapple, and tropical-inspired food specials will accompany the usual lineup of signature tacos, raw bar selections, and margaritas.
Fridays beginning June 9, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-917-LOCO, locosouthboston.com.
Pride Week culminates with a parade and more festivities this weekend, so keep an eye out for delicious ways to show your support at bakeries, bars, and restaurants around the city. Flour, Crescent Ridge, Darwin’s, Honeycomb Creamery, Blackbird Doughnuts, FoMu Ice Cream, and more have fun, rainbow-tinted specials going on. Want to get a little more wild? When the parade ends Saturday at Government Center, head right over to the brand new patio at Cultivar, outside the Ames Hotel. Chef Mary Dumont is making a selection of crudo, oysters, and pork belly buns to complement festive drinks, like frozé and pink patio pounders, from noon-4 p.m. A few booze specials in town directly support LGBT-friendly causes, too. On Saturday, June 10, 10 percent of all sales in the Bully Boy tasting room will go to BAGLY. And then on Sunday, Tito’s Vodka will team up with Boston Pride to donate $1 from every All-American Lemonade and Greyhound sold at the JP and St. James block parties. Happy Pride, y’all!
Thankfully, it’s no longer June-uary—but it’s always a good time for a hearty bowl of ramen. Noodle bowl consultants Brooklyn Ramen are coming back to Somerville this weekend with a pop-up inside Reliable Market in Union Square. Last time, they brought abura soba (pictured), a no-broth, shio base with scallion oil, sliced Berkshire pork short rib, shredded red pepper, bamboo shoots, scallions, and a poached egg; and fried shrimp balls. The soup’s on tonight, and Saturday from noon until it sells out. Get it while it’s hot!
Friday, June 9, 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, noon-sell out, Reliable Market, 45 Union Sq., Somerville, 617-623-9620, Instagram.
Chocolat Chaud and Scones
Alexandra Whisnant (Gaté Comme des Filles) and Bobby MacLean (Compliments Food Co.) are celebrating the grand opening on their café concept, Hikoki, this weekend inside Aeronaut Brewing Company. The duo intend to regularly share Whisnant’s luscious drinking chocolate, imported teas, fresh-made lemon poppy seed tea cake, seasonal scones, Sevilla orange marmalade, and more, inside Aeronaut and elsewhere, but future dates are TBD at this time. So don’t miss your chance to get a taste of the treats, including medium-boiled farm eggs, iced sencha green tea, and rich Gaté Comme des Filles chocolate mousse, this Sunday.
Sunday, June 11, noon-3 p.m. Aeronaut Foods Hub, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, hikokicafe.com.
If you’re in search of a solid snack in the sunshine this Sunday, Straight Law—the superb cocktail bar attached to Taberna de Haro—and the restaurant’s outdoor patio have a deal for you. All summer long, a select menu of 12, rotating tapas dishes from the acclaimed Taberna de Haro menu are $5 at the bar, high-top tables, and on the patio. Choose from canapé de jamón ibérico, mar y montaña (tomato breads, one with fuet and one with mackerel), chorizo picante, manchego con anchoa (anchovy), and more. They’ll take reservations, too.
Sundays beginning June 11, 5-10 p.m. Straight Law at Taberna de Haro, 999 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-8272, tabernaboston.com.