What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston

Apple, spice, and everything nice; German lager and joviality; brunch at the Emory; and more.


Curio Coffee via Instagram / Kane’s Donuts provided / Sofra via Instagram

Apple, Spice, and Everything Nice

Maybe the first crisp, fall-feeling morning calls for a trip to the orchard so you can spend the rest of the season baking. But if you’d prefer to leave the seasonal baking to the pros, there are a ton of appley options in bakery cases this weekend. Among them is a cider croissant at Best of Boston bakery Sofra, served with apple butter and almond cream. At worthy Cambridge café Curio Coffee, you’ll find a weekends-only apple cider Liège waffle coated in crunchy sugar and cinnamon. And apple cider doughnuts abound: All locations of Kane’s Donuts have a gluten-free variety available alongside other September specials, like apple pie-filled caramel apple, topped with a butter crunch crumble. Happy fall!

Idle Hands Oktoberfest

Photo courtesy of Idle Hands Craft Ales

Oktoberfest Season Begins

Boston bars and breweries are taking a cue from Munich and kicking off a month of celebrations as the fall season sets in. Get your stein-hoisting on this Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Stevens-Coolidge Place in Andover, a grand country estate among the Trustees’ properties. A brass band will be oom-pahing around the gardens, and Notch Brewing is fueling the fun with sessionable German-style lagers. The Bambolina kitchen crew and other food vendors will be on site with German-style fare for sale, and kids are admitted for free. Closer to home, the fourth annual Idle Hands Craft Ales’ Oktoberfest Party is going on all day and night on Saturday, Sept. 14. Alongside a special eighth-anniversary beer from the Malden makers, expect all sorts of revelry—including a dunk tank, live music, food by Brato Brewhouse and more. Put on your lederhosen—or just your party pants—and say prost! This season’s just getting started.

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Island Creek Oyster Farm Raw Bar photo by Emily Hagen

Summer Send-Offs

But Oktoberfest season also means we have to say goodbye to our warm and leisurely friend, summer. The fire pit-equipped, outdoor Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury is making that a little less painful with a very special visit from Best Chef: Northeast Tony Messina on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Uni chef and partner is throwing a clam bake of epic proportions at the waterfront destination, where your $65 ticket gets you a pound of smoked Duxbury clams, a whole lobster, and all the fixings, plus a donation to two worthy causes—and very likely, a gorgeous sunset. Tickets will also be available at the raw bar day-of. In Canton, Trillium Brewing Company is also sending off summer this Sunday with an island-style Staycation. Except Jamaican fare, reggae tunes, and vacation-inspired beers like slushy, sour, Foamy Freezes. So long, summer—you’ve been delicious.

The Emory interior dining room

Brian Samuels Photography

Brunch at the Emory

One of Boston’s hottest new restaurants is introducing Sunday brunch this weekend. Head to the Emory between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to try new menu items like biscuits and gravy; breakfast poutine; and a griddled blueberry muffin bread with smoked maple butter. People who prefer the lunch side of brunch will enjoy the Emory Cobb with bleu cheese, avocado, and a mustardy dressing; and the decadent Emory Burger makes a brunch-time appearance, too.

Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. beginning September 15, the Emory, 21 Beacon St., Boston, 617-430-6325, theemoryboston.com.

Rosebud 5-year anniversary funfetti milkshake

Photo courtesy of the Rosebud

A Boozy Funfetti Milkshake

Davis Square’s favorite restaurant, the Rosebud, is celebrating five years in business this Sunday—and that means five years of some of the most fun boozy milkshakes around. Say “cheers” to the classic diner-turned-love letter to Americana—and check out new menu items rolling out now by chef Shane Wall, a Little Donkey alum who joined the Rosebud crew back in June—with a boozy Funfetti milkshake, on special all weekend long.

381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.