What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
Island Creek Oysters and Complimentary Cocktails
Celebrate the summer that was (!) tonight with Island Creek Oysters and Nantucket’s Triple Eight Distillery on the Lion’s Tail patio. Your ticket comes with all-you-can-eat oysters and passed appetizers, courtesy of chef Daniel Pagano, plus two 888 cocktail specials by beverage director and Lion’s Tail co-owner Jarek Mountain. The patio will be bumpin’ with tunes, so take advantage of one of the final Fridays of summer 2017.
Summer Fruit and Ice Cream
Again with summer’s last hurrah. Have you indulged in enough juicy, local fruit yet this season? If not, never fear. Crescent Ridge Dairy is making summery sundaes with Stillman’s Farm berries and other Boston Public Market favorites.
$3 + $1 for toppings, Ice Cream Party on the Plaza, Saturday, August 26, 1-4 p.m., outside the Boston Public Market, along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, bostonpublicmarket.org.
Brunch at the Butcher Shop
While you may have had a brunch-like dish some past Sunday at the Butcher Shop, new chef de cuisine Ben Weisberger is officially launching brunch this weekend. Weisberger, formerly of No. 9 Park, joined sister spot TBS as chef and general manager earlier this summer. His approachable menu stays true to the roots of the Butcher Shop, with things like a full English breakfast, a cheddar waffle with foie gras butter, maple syrup, and chicken fried quail; and lighter fare, like Greek yogurt with house-made granola and seasonal fruit. Plus, the bar comes through with a classic Bloody Mary, mimosas, and more brunch drinks.
Sundays beginning August 27, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Butcher Shop, 552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.
Soooo Many Ribs
Ashmont Grill, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Lucy’s American Tavern, and M&M Ribs are getting their smoke on at Dorchester Brewing Co. at the Great Boston Rib Cookoff. Try them all, and vote for your favorites—the $5 suggested donation at the door goes to a charity of the winner’s choice. Show up early; last time DBCo. hosted such a meat fest, the ribs went quick.
$5, Sunday, August 27, noon-3 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, Facebook.
“Games of Cones”
Pregame the Game of Thrones finale with six ice cream cones from some of the ultimate scoop shops in town. A couple of avid cyclists have organized the first-ever “game of cones,” a leisurely ride around the city in search of the Cone of the North. Meet up with fellow riders in Copley Square—bring everything you need for a day of bike-riding around Boston—where your group will get an itinerary (organizers don’t want any shop to be overrun at any time). Hit spots including FoMu in the South End, Gracie’s in Union Square, Honeycomb Creamery near Porter, the original J.P. Licks, Molly Moo’s in Southie, and Toscanini’s back in Central Square, and cast your vote at an after-party at Flat Top Johnny’s. You’ll prepay for a scoop at each shop, but feel free to splurge on more ice cream. Winter is coming.
Sunday, August 27, noon-7 p.m., begins at Copley Square, 560 Boylston St., Boston, Eventbrite.