What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston
A winning meatless meal at Parsnip, soufflé pancakes in the Seaport, three cheers for Bully Boy, and more.
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Stuffed Eggplant Worth $10,000
Parsnip chef Jeffrey Salazar competed on an episode of Chopped earlier this week, and—spoiler alert—he won! Salazar, who has helmed the New American kitchen at the Harvard Square restaurant since February, bested his competitors in a new, November 5 episode called “No Meat? No Problem.” He earned the judges’ approval—and the $10,000 grand prize—with three vegetarian dishes, created on the fly using mystery ingredients like an Impossible burger patty, crispy kale chips, and strawberry-flavored tomato-shaped macarons. (Oh, Chopped.) On the show, Salazar served up a portobello and Impossible patty with Buffalo cauliflower spread and a ranch-carrot-celery slaw; roasted eggplant stuffed with creamy couscous, braised kale, basil, and a roasted red pepper sauce; and for dessert, a dish of “pineapple carpaccio,” inspired by his Filipino heritage, made with pineapple, strawberries, green apple, a date-yogurt sauce, and a spice mix with the “tomato” cookies and cacao nibs. Try all three dishes at Parsnip—they’re on Salazar’s menu for the entire fall season.
91 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-714-3206, parsniprestaurant.com.
Boston has another place to try the rising trend of soufflé pancakes: Taiyaki NYC, an ice cream and sweets shop in the Seaport District, is now serving the fluffy foodstuff, Eater Boston reports. A brunch treat and Instagram bait first popularized in Tokyo, soufflé pancakes are tall and thick, but surprisingly light and airy in texture. Dusted with confectioner’s sugar or drizzled in a matcha cream sauce, the Seaport’s soufflé stacks are also served with adorable mini taiyaki (fish-shaped waffle-like treats). Try them at Boston’s Taiyaki NYC on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., beginning Nov. 8.
119 Seaport Blvd., Suite B, Boston, 617-531-3514, taiyakinyc.com.
Tacos, Taza Chocolate, and Mason Jars Full of Bully Boy Booze
Since Boston’s first craft distillery opened up a hidden-jewel cocktail bar in Roxbury three years ago, Bully Boy Distillers has treated fans annually to an epic party. Bully Day returns Saturday, Nov. 9, and there are still some tickets available for the daytime session. Explore the cool space to find three themed bars shaking up different cocktails, plus the Baja Taco Truck and Taza Chocolate on hand with snacks and boozy desserts. Bully Boy cofounders Will and Dave Willis will personally share the first samples of their brand-new Rum Cooperative Volume II and Private Cask Whiskey, and attendees will have the first chance to buy these new bottles. Your ticket gets you into party with a Bully Boy-branded mason jar to fill all day long, plus your first cocktail. Other drinks and snacks are pay-as-you-go. Make a day-drinking day of it and visit the Newmarket area’s Backlash Brewery while you’re in the neighborhood. Cheers!
For the latest Tiki Sunday takeover at Drink, Terra chef Dan Bazzinotti is in the house with a slew of grilled skewers that bring new, tropical vibes to the Terra menu-staple that is fire-kissed spiedini. There will be a smoked pineapple snack, a teriyaki-slicked take on Terra’s classic beef heart, and more. All the spiedini will pair perfectly with expertly crafted tiki-style tipples by the Drink crew.
Sunday, Nov. 9, 4-9 p.m., Drink, 348 Congress St., Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.
Monday Bonus: Free Military Meals on Veterans Day
Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and many area businesses are stepping up with a free meal to thank those who have served our country. All veterans and active military personnel will be treated to complimentary lunch at all four locations of Tuscan Kitchen, which includes the Seaport and Burlington; and at 110 Grill, which has 29 area outposts, including one at South Bay Plaza. The Friendly Toast is sharing complimentary entrées with veterans during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, across all locations (Back Bay, Cambridge, Burlington, etc.); and all Joe’s American Bar & Grill locations (Newbury Street, Waterfront, Woburn, Dedham) are treating veterans to a classic burger and fries (pictured). Arrive in uniform or show military ID at any location of Anna’s Taqueria for a free burrito, taco plate, salad, bowl, or quesadilla, plus a house-made beverage; and Veterans Day is a great time of year to take advantage of the year-round deal at all locations of Kings Dining and Entertainment (Seaport, Back Bay, Dedham, Lynnfield, Burlington) where veterans and military personnel can bowl for free. Enjoy a well-deserved day off if you have one on Monday, and thank you for your service.