What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend
Date-night dinner and a movie, go on a beer road trip, run with the bulls at Toro, and more.
An Omelette with Dijon and a Juliet Martini—Any Time
Juliet remains one of the Boston area’s most unique dining experiences, with themed prix-fixe dinner reservations available every season (Beach Rose: an ode to the New England Shoreline is on now through the fall), full breakfast every day, a collaborative profit sharing business model, and even a self-published quarterly magazine. But instead of separate menus for lunch and dinnertime service, now the a la carte options are the same, Wednesday-Sunday, all day long. Without a reservation, stop in this weekend (or anytime) for omelettes all day, snacks like butter and radishes, house-made pastas, and more of chef Josh Lewin’s whims. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., with the full menu kicking in from 11 a.m. until close. Sunday evenings still feature all the pasta as the walk-in-only Romeo’s at Juliet. It all pairs nicely with a glass from Katrina Jazayeri’s curated wine list, or a classic gin martini.
21 Union Square, Somerville, 617-718-0958, julietsomerville.com.
Go to Some Breweries
Friday and Saturday are predicted to be absolutely gorgeous. Take advantage of the nice weather with a brewery road trip. Check out our five must-visit spots around the state of Massachusetts, from Tree House in Charlton, to Devil’s Purse in Dennis. Or, go way the heck up in central Maine to visit the brand-new Bissell Brothers Three Rivers, now open Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Closer to home, check out one of the many outdoor beer gardens popping up around Boston. Feeling charitable? A couple local spots have pints for a cause this weekend: Idle Hands Craft Ales in Malden just released Change Up 13-Ales for ALS, a 6.4 percent hop-forward IPA with lots of papaya flavors, and a touch of bitter grapefruit and green pepper. The beer, which will also be distributed to some local restaurants, donates $1 per pint, and $20 per keg to Ales for ALS in honor of co-owners Chris and Grace Tkach’s brother-in-law who lives with the disease. On the South Shore, Barrel House Z in Weymouth and Widowmaker in Braintree are both forwarding a portion of profits to the families of Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna and Vera Adams, victims of recent gun violence. Cheers to supporting the craft beer community.
Or Go to the Movies
Sunday is looking less than fine weather-wise, but that’s a great excuse to go to the movies. Combine a show at the swanky new ShowPlace Icon Seaport with a nontraditional brunch: Puritan & Co. chef Will Gilson’s everything bagel popcorn is on the menu throughout July, and of course the full bar can make you a mimosa. Or, plan a night out at the Best of Boston date-night destination Café du Pays, which sells discounted tickets to nearby Kendall Square Cinema before 6 p.m., and also validates parking in the garage. Chef Dan Amighi’s summer menu has many options for pre-show snacking, from fresh oysters on the half-shell, to bluefish pâté, poutine, cheeses and charcuterie—not to mention lovely cocktails and desserts.
A Fluffernutter Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich
If you’re out and about this weekend (and perhaps partaking in a little legal weed?), try Blackbird Doughnuts’ latest stoner-friendly snack: a Fluffernutter ice cream sandwich. Vanilla soft serve is swirled with creamy peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff, and sandwiched between a pillowy, sliced doughnut of your choice. Find it on the menu at both bakeshops for $7.50.
492 Tremont St., South End, 20 Kilmarnock St., the Fenway, Boston, 617-482-9000, blackbirddoughnuts.com.
Porrón and Pintxos
Toro is bringing Pamplona to the people of Boston this Sunday with pours from the porrón, a giant pan of paella Valenciana, and all-you-can-eat pintxos from new executive chef (and recent Miami transplant) Josh Elliott for a Running of the Bulls fiesta. No questionably dangerous bull-riding or chasing, only good food and fun: The ticket includes all food and some sips, tax, gratuity, and Spanish-style entertainment, while the bar will also be whipping up sherry cocktails, gin and tonics, sangria, and more. White linen pants and bright red bandanas are strongly encouraged.