Restaurant News

What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

A La Garagista wine dinner, pop-up poutine, top shelf Champagne and whiskey, and more.


Kimchi poutine and sambal poutine from Saus

Kimchi poutine and sambal poutine from Saus. / Photos provided

Poutine and Beer

Saus is crossing the river on Friday night, bringing twice-fried Idaho russets slathered in meat or mushroom gravy, and local cheddar curds to Lamplighter Brewing Co. Take yours beyond poutine with add-ons like a scoop of sambal, bacon bits, and more. “We are really looking to branch out further into the scene and bring our delicious food to places where people have not yet had a chance to try what we’ve got,” says Saus events manager Nick Twombly. That’s a good sign. If you find yourself on the Freedom Trail, Saus’ snack shack is open late, and this weekend it has a poutine special featuring Buenas’ chimichurri, with proceeds going to that pop-up’s Bow Market Indiegogo campaign. Friends in food are friends indeed.

Poutine Pop-Up!, Friday, Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m., Lamplighter Brewing Co., 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Facebook.

Saus, 33 Union St., Boston, sausboston.com.

Café du Pays chef Dan Amighi

Café du Pays chef Dan Amighi. / Photos by Nir Landau

Pork and La Garagista Wine

Café du Pays is celebrating the season tonight—and maybe this weekend—with a special three-course menu featuring pigs raised by Stitch Down Farm in Bethel, Vt., produce from the South Coast’s Ivory Silo Farm, and critically acclaimed wines from Vermont—yes, Vermont’s La Garagista. Chef Dan Amighi said on Instagram that he’s making 70 portions, beginning Friday, Nov. 3, so get in this weekend if you can.

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Kendall Square, Cambridge, cafedupays.com.

The "Nookie" bowl special at Whole Heart Provisions

The “Nookie” bowl special at Whole Heart Provisions. / Photo by Nicco Murature

The Nookie Bowl

Perhaps in an effort to endear itself to Cambridge diners, perhaps just to celebrate friends in food, Whole Heart Provisions is featuring a special this month designed by Commonwealth owner Steve “Nookie” Postal and new chef de cuisine Nicco Murature. With roasted delicata squash, pumpkin giardiniera, currants, crispy Old Bay Brussels sprouts, a “spicy green olive situation,” and “all the seeds,” the Cambridge chefs were inspired by an Italian muffaletta, but gave the “Nookie bowl” ($9.50) an autumnal twist. It’s available beginning today, through the end of December.

87 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-202-5041, wholeheartprovisions.com.

The Champagne Lounge at Oak Long Bar

The Champagne Lounge at Oak Long Bar. / Photo provided

Top Shelf Bottles

Got Champagne taste? There’s a new destination for refined drinking in Copley Square. The city’s best hotel bar debuts a Champagne Lounge tonight, full of vintage bubbles, like 2006 Dom Pérignon for $50 a glass; premium whiskeys, such as Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-Year for $45 an ounce; and rare, limited production wines. There’s a curated menu of charcuterie, toasts, and other shareable bites. The 14-seat nook inside Oak Long Bar, with a cozy fireplace and stained glass windows, opens tonight, and going forward it accepts reservations every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through the end of January.

Oak Long Bar, 138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-585-7222, oaklongbarkitchen.com.

Sunday Sauce at Ronsky's begins in November

Sunday Sauce at Ronsky’s begins in November. / Photo provided

Sunday Sauce at Ronsky’s

Chef Ron Suhanosky joins the likes of the Salty Pig, Juliet, your nonna, and others in painting Sundays red. His cafe, Ronsky’s, debuts a weekly, family-style, three-course menu of salads, house-made pastas, and dolci on Sunday. The $35 special adds regular dinner to the mix at the Chestnut Hill cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch daily, and hosts a weekday aperitivo hour and reservation-only intimate dinner parties.

Sundays beginning November 5, 5 p.m., Ronsky’s at the Street, 3 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-903-2159, ronskys.com.