What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
A proper Southern brunch, late-night poutine and Pappy, session beer all day, and more.
A Waffle-Wich, Pimento Hollandaise, and “A Pitcher of Dorian Grey”
Brunch officially begins this Sunday at chef Jason Cheek’s new Southern Proper. Find regular menu favorites, like shrimp and grits, pimento cheese and popovers, and chicken and waffles on weekend mornings, plus new dishes including egg plates with pimento hollandaise, house ham, and an English muffin; and a waffle-wich with bacon, eggs, cheese, and avocado sauce. There are brunchy cocktails, too, like A Pitcher of Dorian Grey, a shareable carafe of Th.Kramers Echter Aromatique (a bitter liqueur), lemon juice, a garden herb syrup comprised of cucumber water, basil, thyme, ginger, and mint, soda water, and orange and blueberry garnishes. After this weekend, brunch continues every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
600 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-233-2421, southernproperboston.com.
Late-Night Poutine and Pappy
Subterranean speakeasy Saloon debuts a late-night menu this weekend, with snacks like bourbon-maple bar nuts, red bliss potato chips and French onion dip, garlicky poutine, and more. Sounds like it will all pair perfectly with a pour of Pappy van Winkle or another top-shelf whiskey.
Fridays and Saturdays beginning April 6, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (bar opens at 5 p.m.), 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-628-4444, saloondavis.com.
A Couple Liters of Beer
It was 85 years ago on April 7 that a ban on beer was repealed in the U.S.A., preceding the full-on Prohibition repeal a few months later—cheers to that! Celebrate modestly with low-alcohol brews and keep the party going all day long. As is tradition, low-ABV American beer pioneers Notch and Deep Ellum a posting up together for a few (OK, many) rounds. Notch is bringing over a cask of their Dark Mild, and Deep Ellum is breaking out “some other fun small beers for extended enjoyment.” If you’re planning to imbibe at home, consider picking up a pack of these brews.
Heading to Fenway this weekend? Lucky you! While there’s plenty to eat inside the ballpark, there’s also a worthy diversion in the neighborhood this month. James Beard Award-nominated chef Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang has brought some global flavors to Saloniki Greek, with the KFC. “Karen’s fried chicken” features a sweet-and-sour coconut sauce, spicy pickled slaw, and fresh herbs, along with garlic yogurt and Greek fries. If you’re avoiding Fenway during the Red Sox’ first home stand of the season? The KFC is also on the menu at Saloniki’s Cambridge location. It’s available as a pita ($9) or a plate ($10) throughout the month of April.
4 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 617-266-0001, 181 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-714-5152, salonikigreek.com.
A Camberville culinary couple is Kickstarting a retail and community space for bakers called Elmendorf Baking Supplies. Teddy and Alyssa Applebaum, who have gained experience at places like Formaggio Kitchen, Clear Flour Bread, the Canteen (Provincetown), Oleana, Baldor Foods, and more, envision a shop full of baking equipment and gifts, specialty and everyday ingredients, and house-milled grains, as well as a range of classes. Learn more about their plans—and help fund Elmendorf’s eventual Cambridge or Somerville establishment—at a pop-tart pop-up this Sunday. The Applebaums are making a selection of sweet and savory hand pies in flavors like ramp, asparagus, mushroom, and raclette; and lemon curd with matcha glaze.
Brunch Pop Tarts, Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Longfellows, 284 Broadway, Cambridge, Facebook.
Spaghetti Pomodoro and Sultry Sounds of Sinatra
Seeking a different kind of Sunday fun-day? Try dinner and some crooning at the Supper Club at Capo. The venue beneath the South Boston Italian joint hosts award-winning singer Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster Trio every Sunday evening for the new Sinatra Sundays series. Make a reservation to have chef Nick Dixon’s fresh pasta, wood-fired pizzas, salumi e formaggi selections, and more, and dolci from pastry chef Kate Holowchik. The room is also open for cocktails.
Sinatra Sundays, 6-9 p.m. (restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and Supper Club opens at 5 p.m.), the Supper Club at Capo, 443 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.