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What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Belgian brews, stone fruit, brunch begins at Buttermilk & Bourbon, and more.

The patio at City Tap House in Fort Point

The patio at City Tap House in Fort Point. / Photo provided

Celebrate Belgian National Day

Last week, restaurants stood with their French brethren on Bastille Day, and tonight, it’s the Belgians’ turn. City Tap House and the Belgian-inspired, Maine-born Allagash Brewing Company are teaming up to fête nationale belge, with a 12-plus-tap takeover, moules frites, Belgian waffles, and more. Or, visit the Boston area’s most Belgian of bars, the venerable Publick House, which—as one would expect from an official ambassadeur d’Orval—always has a strong lineup of Belgian and Belgian-style brews.

Belgian National Day with Allagash Brewing, Friday, July 21, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., City Tap House Boston, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Fort Point, Boston, 617-904-2748, Facebook.

Stone fruit menu specials clockwise from left: Crostata at Pammy's Cambridge, "Snow cone" at Deuxave, Pork belly at the Table at Season to Taste

Stone fruit menu specials clockwise from left: Pork belly at the Table at Season to Taste, Summer Fruit “Snow cone” at Deuxave, Crostata at Pammy’s Cambridge. / Photos via Instagram

Stone Fruit

The local stone fruit crop left, let’s say, a lot to be desired last summer. Luckily, the opposite is the case this summer, with beautiful peaches, plums, cherries, and more stone fruit showing up like plump jewels on restaurant menus. Tiffani Faison is using juicy summer treats at Sweet Cheeks in peach jam for your biscuits, and at Tiger Mama in a riff on coconut sticky rice with peaches. At the Table in Cambridge, chef Carl Dooley has a fiery gochujang slow-cooked pork belly and ginger-pork sausage dish with marinated peaches. Chef Justin Shoults has a chicken dish with stone fruit, and quail with bing cherries at Oak + Rowan. There’s a summer fruit “snow cone” at Deuxave, thanks to pastry chef Shaun Velez. At Oleana, find Santa Rosa plums, and rose peaches. The classic stone fruit galette is on the menu at Tatte again, and the brand new Pammy’s in Cambridge has an Italian version, too.

A Daiquiri (or Two)

July 21 is the great novelist Ernest Hemingway’s birthday. Among his lasting contributions to American culture, he was also the inspiration for the Hemingway daiquiri—Liquor.com notes the author would request a daiquiri “with half the sugar and double the booze,” which bartenders eventually balanced with maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice. Beyond the Hemingway iteration, Boston bartenders have a variety of riffs on this rum cocktail, and with National Daiquiri Day falling on July 20, many specials remain on menus this weekend. Check out the Alpine Restaurant Group’s restaurants Painted Burro and Burro Bar, Rosebud, Posto and Osteria Posto; Lion’s Tail, Deep Ellum, and any other place that fancies itself a cocktail bar—they can make you a daiquiri.

Photo provided by Dorchester Brewing Co.

Photo provided by Dorchester Brewing Co.

Birthday Brews

Thirty-six different beer styles, 4,167 barrels, and 12 partner breweries later, Dorchester Brewing Company turns 1 this weekend. The all-day celebration this Saturday, July 22, begins with a double-occupancy permit, so no lines! Once you’re there, you’ll find a pig roast and more food from the Bacon Truck, a fresh beer release, custom glassware for the first 150 people, and other prizes; free Wicked Twisted pretzels, live music, and more festivities. Happy birthday, DBCo.!

1-Year Anniversary Bash, Saturday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Co., 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, dorchesterbrewing.com.

Buttermilk fried chicken is on the brunch menu at Buttermilk & Bourbon

Buttermilk fried chicken is on the brunch menu at Buttermilk & Bourbon. / Photo provided

Beignets, Peach-Pecan Pain Perdu, and a Soft-Serve Mimosa

Chef Jason Santos debuts a decadent brunch at his latest, Buttermilk & Bourbon, this Sunday, July 23. Regular-menu staples get the nod, like beignets with vanilla bean mascarpone, warm honey-glazed biscuits, and deviled egg toast; there’s a very N’awlins peach-pecan French toast dish, a crab Benedict with hot Nashville hollandaise, drink specials like a mimosa with house-made watermelon sorbet, and more. Check out the full brunch and brunch drinks menus below.

Continues every Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Buttermilk & Bourbon, 160 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 617-266-1122, buttermilkbourbon.com.