What to Eat (and Drink) Around Boston Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Moody's fuel for Small Business Saturday shopping, Sunday brunch at Eventide, holiday drinks at Miracle, and more.


For this special Wednesday edition of What to Eat (and Drink), remember to have a safe plan to get home whether you’re sticking around Boston for Thanksgiving Eve, or reconnecting with friends in your hometown. The Massachusetts Brewers Guild has teamed up with Lyft to be your designated driver, with $10-off ride codes good for any trip in Massachusetts tonight from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. tomorrow.

A selection of New England Charcuterie from Moody’s Delicatessen, Photo via Facebook

New England Charcuterie and Artisan Jams

Back Bay will soon gets it own outpost of Moody’s Deli—the Copley Square location is eyeing an early December opening. In the meantime, get your fix of chef Joshua Smith’s New England Charcuterie, and knock out some gift-getting at the same time, at the Moody’s Gift Baskets & Meat Boutique pop-up on Newbury Street. Located above Gre.Co and across the street from Shake Shack, there are plenty of mealtime options around, as well as packaged, cured meats; cheeses, Volante Farms pickled vegetables, artisan jams, Champlain Valley Honey, French mustards, Healdsburg chocolates, and more. Plus, the shop carries all manner of gifts, including custom Moody’s aprons, Sardinian knives, and a big selection of Straub cookware at bargain prices. The shop is closed on Thanksgiving, but it opens at noon every other day this weekend, and every Tuesday-Sunday through the holidays. In other Moody’s news, find its fare at Mystic Brewing and at Short Path Distillery this Saturday evening, too.

227 Newbury St., Boston, moodyswaltham.com.

The Bar Mezzana double cheeseburger is available nightly in the bar and lounge

The Bar Mezzana double cheeseburger is available nightly in the bar and lounge. / Brian Samuels Photography

Polpetti, Antipasti Piccolo, and This Double Cheeseburger

The Chicken ParMezzana is the reason to get a bar seat at its Ink Block namesake every Monday night. But the brand new bar menu, available nightly, brings other specials to your belly, including a double cheeseburger sheathed in taleggio and American cheeses, with ketchup, onions, Dijonnaise, and a side of fries.

360 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, 617-530-1770, barmezzana.com.

Soft-Scrambled Eggs, Lobster, Salt Pork and Caviar Buns

Eventide Fenway rolled out some “egg-related items” for its first-ever Sunday brunch last week. Brunchentide continues every Sunday, with a couple raw bar offerings, fried Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon, breakfast buns with soft-scrambled eggs and caviar, a pork roll breakfast sandwich, and more—and of course, bubbles and beer.

Sundays, 11-3 p.m., Eventide Fenway, 1321 Boylston St., Boston, 617-545-1060, eventideoysterco.com.

Turtle Swamp Beers, Inside

If you’ve checked out Jamaica Plain’s newest brewery thus far, it’s likely you’ve imbibed pints of Nik’s Bitter, Serendipitous Paler Ale, and JP Porter on the (dog-friendly) outdoor patio because the taproom is still under construction. But a small space has been carved out inside for “dry, warm, and welcoming” sips—just in time for extended hours over Thanksgiving weekend. Typically open just Friday-Sunday, Turtle Swamp opens specially this Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 4-9 p.m.; plus extends an hour until 8 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Maybe it’s time for a JP brewery crawl? Sam Adams finally has a taproom.

3377 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston, turtleswampbrewing.com.

(L to R) Snowball Old Fashioned, Run Run Rudolph, How The Gimlet Stole Christmas at Miracle

(L to R) Snowball Old Fashioned, Run Run Rudolph, How The Gimlet Stole Christmas at Miracle. / Photos by Melissa Hom

Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas season alights in earnest after Thanksgiving, and that’s certainly the case Bambara at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mystic Station in Malden, and the Citizen in Worcester. Those three spots are the Massachusetts hosts for the holiday pop-up bar, Miracle, which serves seasonal cocktails and holiday cheer from Friday, Nov. 24 through Christmas eve at more than 50 locations around the world. The Hotel Marlowe lobby is decked out in lights, garlands, and vintage tchotchkes, and classic carols will be the soundtrack of the season. The bartenders will don their finest, ugliest holiday sweaters, and serve drinks like the Snowball Old Fashioned, with gingerbread bourbon; How the Gimlet Stole Christmas, made with a pine and caraway cordial; and Run Run Rudolph, an iced, Mexican-style hot chocolate with blanco tequila and coffee liqueur.

25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-868-4444, bambara-cambridge.com, Facebook; 139 Pleasant St., Malden, 781-480-3166, mysticstationmalden.com, and other locations.