What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
Aeronaut Beer, in Allston, On a Friday
Everyone’s favorite Allston parking lot beer garden is not just a Wednesday night activity this summer, but also a Friday destination. Beginning July 7, Aeronaut will be at Zone 3 on Western Ave. every Friday through September, with live music, Aeronaut brews and guest drafts (including a cider), food trucks, and more fun.
Fridays, July 7-September 29, 5-10:30 p.m., Zone 3, 267 Western Ave, Boston, Facebook.
When chefs pit Colombian- and Venezuelan-style arepas against one another, everybody wins. That friendly fight comes to Somerville on Saturday, when the home team, Casa B, plays a trio of Colombian-style stuffed maize buns, and visitors Las Carolinas, entrepreneurs with the Somerville Arts Council Nibble program, present three Venezuelan sandwiches. Arepas—corn-based, gluten-free breads, filled with a variety of meats, veggies, and cheeses—are prominent in both nation’s cuisines. Check out the lineup from each chef team online, and let the delicious battle begin.
Not Your Average Lobster Roll
The black-as-night bao filled with a crispy fried oyster and nori alioli is a must-order at Tracy Chang’s Pagu, and for her first patio season, the chef has a new squid-ink-bun-wrapped delight, too. Behold, the Pagu lobster roll, a totally nontraditional take on the New England classic, with Asian pear, avocado, soy alioli, and black sesame seeds, along with the sweet meat. Chang says her crunchy-sweet-creamy lobster salad is inspired by her cousin’s version, in which he used green apple. The unique black roll is all Pagu’s, and like Chang’s instant classic bao bun, it’s made with local Dovetail Sake kasu.
310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-9290, gopagu.com.
So Many Sours
Night Shift and Springdale, two local leaders in sour beers, are bringing a few dozen friends to Massachusetts for a festival called We’re Funk’d on Sunday. While they’re in town, breweries like Denver’s Crooked Stave, Cascade of Portland, Oregon, Belgian maker Anvinne, and more are sharing the wealth with bars in Cambridge and Somerville for an official pre-festival pub crawl. Between 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., hit up Cambridge Brewing Company, Lord Hobo, and Meadhall, then from 4-8 p.m., head over to Davis Square to get funk’d at Five Horses Tavern, the Rosebud, Painted Burro, Foundry on Elm, and Redbones. Each bar supports its own charity of choice on the “sour stroll.” On the other side of the river? Indiana’s Upland Brewery is starting the wild weekend at the Ginger Man.
At ReelHouse and Pier 6, with a Boat Ride in Between
When the Navy Yard Hospitality opened its newest restaurant, ReelHouse, in East Boston this spring, the group promised a unique amenity: Complimentary water shuttle service between it and its Charlestown property, Pier 6. The 21-foot Crosby launches this weekend, so you can start with a Pier 6 Painkiller on the roof deck, and follow it up with ReelHouse chef Mark Orfaly’s clam ceviche, crispy phyllo tuna rolls, or blackened swordfish tacos with panoramic skyline views from Eastie. Weather-permitting, the 15-passenger boat will run Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Monday-Thursday from 3-10 p.m.