What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
National Doughnut Day deals, a boozy purpleberry frappe, a classy new brunch menu, and more.
Late-Night Kimchi Hot Dogs and Donksicles
Okay, so this is kind of a weeknight thing—but Little Donkey just reintroduced an hour of late-night dining every Sunday-Thursday. If you find yourself needing second dinner at 11 p.m., head to Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s globetrotting kitchen for bites like “Donk Doritos” with queso fundido, or a kimchi hot dog with kewpie and fried shallots. A couple desserts are available at “the Donkey After Dark,” too, including the extremely Instagrammable edible cookie dough; and this spring’s “Donksicle” (pictured), a rhubarb creamsicle with a white chocolate shell and puffed quinoa.
Donkey After Dark, Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-midnight, 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1008, littledonkeybos.com.
Everyone’s favorite made-up-for-marketing holiday approaches: Friday, June 1, is National Doughnut Day. Chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Cumberland Farms are celebrating with a free doughnut with a beverage purchase. Local, gourmet makers are getting in on the fun, too. Basic Batch Donuts, a pop-up from Bar Mezzana pastry chef Christina Larson, will be at Neiman Marcus at Copley Place starting at 10 a.m. Blackbird promises special favorites will return to both shops; as does Kane’s Donuts, which will also offer its Super Dozen deal (15 doughnuts for the price of 12). Union Square Donuts will have a new special called the Donutella, glazed with Frangelico-spiked, creamy milk chocolate and toasted hazelnuts, plus other treats. Be everybody’s favorite coworker and bring some for the office.
A Boozy Purpleberry Frappe
Milk stout is a classic, English style of beer, with creamy flavors derived from added milk sugars (lactose). But lactose in an IPA? Some breweries have gone there over the past couple years, and among those doing it best is Mystic with its Frappe IPA series. The latest canned creation is Purpleberry Frappe, a Mosaic and Ella dry-hopped juice bomb loaded with blackberries, blueberries, and huckleberries. The “dank frozen fruit bar in a glass” clocks in a 7.5 percent alcohol. The brewery-only release drops Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m., and four-packs are $20 each.
Celebratory Fried Chicken and More
Bisq has quietly ascended to an industry and neighborhood favorite over its three years near Inman Square. Alex Saenz, who has been executive chef for half of the restaurant’s life, has made instant classics out of his crunchy fried chicken and whole suckling pigs, so what better way to celebrate Bisq’s third anniversary than with a party full of those dishes? On Sunday, June 3, throw down with a spread of fried chicken, pork, cornbread, and vegetable sides that take advantage of the early summer birthday. Tickets include food and a mimosa, plus a beer or glass of wine, and there is a cash bar as well. Call or reserve through Eventbrite.
A Big Sticky Bun, Spring Vegetable Omelette, and an Italian Greyhound
Talulla opened last month in Cambridge: A cozy, familial dining room with refined, seasonally driven fare by chef Conor Dennehy. The classics rule during Sunday brunch, which debuts this weekend. Start with a big sticky bun coated in cinnamon and pecans, perhaps, or potato and ramp soup with jamón ibérico; then have an omelette filled with fresh cheese and spring vegetables and a side of house-made toast. Leisure over bubbles selected by sommelier and co-owner Danielle Ayer, or a cocktail, like an Italian Greyhound made with Punt e Mes by beverage consultant Matthew Schrage. Sunday brunch continues every week from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-714-5584, talullacambridge.com.