What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston

Cannabis cuisine, late-night ramen, global burgers, and more.

On Friday night, stay busy sipping on Idle Hands. / Photo provided

Fruited sour beer at Idle Hands Craft Ales

Thanksgiving has turkey. New Year’s has champagne. But the Ides of March lacks a signature food or drink. (Caesar salad seems in poor taste.) At least Idle Hands has graciously stepped in to provide craft beer and puns. Today—Friday, March 15—the brewer will host the “Idles of March” from 12 p.m.-11 p.m. The all-day affair will spotlight the team’s “Kill Your Idles” line of fruited sour beers, and have four on draft: Tropical (made with passion fruit, manga and guava); Undead Read (cherry, black currant); Crantastic (cranberry, blood orange); and Spring Flowers (hibiscus), which is brewed with fruity Mosaic and robust Loral hops, perfect for spring. Spring Flowers will also be released in cans for the very first time. The team behind Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, currently in the process of getting their own Brighton brick-and-mortar opened, will be on hand to serve food. Sour? Actually, sounds pretty sweet.

89 Commercial St., Malden, idlehandscraftales.com.

Win a prize. Pose with ramen at Uni. / Photo provided

Ramen at Uni

The weekend late-night menu at Uni—Boston’s best restaurant, if you ask us—is pretty legendary. Every Friday and Saturday night, starting at 10:30 p.m., night owls are baited by those steaming hot bowls of ramen (plus a few other noshes). But tonight and tomorrow, there’s another reason to make a point to visit: Uni will run an Instagram contest that rewards one creative ramen fan with a $50 gift certificate. Just follow the restaurant, take a pic of your ramen, use the hashtag #uniafterdark, and tag a friend you’ll take on your next visit. The Uni team will pick its favorite (so put some effort in, people) and then–bada-bing, bada-boom, you just scored a few free future bowls.

370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200, uni-boston.com.

Eat Sacrilicious is pioneering creative cannabis cuisine in Boston. / Photo by PJ Couture

Cannabis cuisine with Eat Sacrilicious

Yeah, yeah, yeah. CBD-infused foods are now popping up everywhere. But there’s way more to Eat Sacrilicious, the high-end cannabis dining series that hosts private parties at unique locations all over town. You can check out our primer here, but the gist is this: Chef David Yusefzadeh, former sous-chef at Mandarin Oriental hotels in Bangkok and Boston, prepares elaborate multi-course feasts with customizable levels of CBD and THC (the stuff that makes you stoned). Instead of tasteless distillate, he uses actual buds that are chosen for the specific flavor and fragrance profiles of their strain; co-founder Sean Curley, publisher of cannabis lifestyle magazine Sensi, educates guests with each course. Intrigued? There are still a few tickets left ($200) for dinner on Saturday, March 16 in Back Bay (the specific location will be revealed only to guests). The five-course meal includes poached cod with saffron beurre blanc, and pork roulade with mint and roasted garlic—plus, pairings of (alcohol-free) cannabis cocktails. Head here for the full menu, and to sign up to access tickets.

The Drink burger. / Photo by Brian Samuels Photography

Burgers and Boilermakers at Drink 

The fabulous Fort Point cocktail bar only opens for lunch four times every year—and it’s time once again. At each annual “Burgers and Boilermakers” event, the famed Drink Burger—which happens to be one of our favorites—is reimagined in multiple permutations according to a theme. This time, Drink goes global, preparing six burgers inspired by six different nations, including Australia, Mexico and Jamaica. Each will be paired with a beer and a shot of whiskey. The patty party goes down on Sunday, March 17 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., offering some cool counter-programming for those who want to avoid St. Paddy’s Day debauchery.

348 Congress St., Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar. / Photo by Dom Miguel.

Birthday bites at Precinct Kitchen + Bar

It was March 2014 when Precinct arrived at the Loews Boston Hotel, its name nodding to the site’s former life as Boston Police Headquarters. Now it’s offering a small steal to celebrate its fifth birthday: $5 special appetizers offered all month long, from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. The happy-hour eats include buffalo chicken meatballs, “dragon fire wings” flavored with spicy ghost pepper, and a five-ounce bacon-and-brie burger. If you want a cost-effective pre-game before the weekend night’s main event, head here.

154 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-266-7200, loewshotels.com.