What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston
A Top Chef tasting menu, Oscars-worthy dining, carb-fueled "distractions" at Asta, and more.
A Top Chef “Final Five” Five-Course Feast
No spoilers—except that Boston chef Adrienne Wright has made it to the home stretch of the competition on Top Chef this season. Ahead of last night’s new episode, Wright, who oversees the kitchen teams at Deuxave and Boston Chops as executive chef of Boston Urban Hospitality group, was one of five chefs left. The show marked the milestone with a mentorship episode—and the final challenges set in the season 16-home base of Kentucky before heading to Macau for the final. BUH chef and owner Chris Coombs joined the Top Chef judges to support his executive chef, and Deuxave is celebrating all week long with a Top Chef tasting menu. (No big deal, the standout French restaurant is also celebrating being named a Forbes four-star restaurant for the second year in a row.) Called Farewell Kentucky, the five-plus-course meal at Deuxave features some of chef Wright’s greatest hits that helped her get to the Top Chef final, like a first-course kampachi crudo with golden osetra caviar; a beef duo of Niman Ranch prime New York strip and braised short ribs; and more. The Top Chef menu is available through Wednesday, Feb. 27, and is $119 per person. Remember, Wright is hosting Top Chef watch parties at Boston Chops every Thursday night, too. Go Adrienne!
TOP CHEF prix-fixe menu, $119 + optional $75 wine pairing, available Thursday, Feb. 21-Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5-10 p.m. nightly, Deuxave, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-517-5195, deuxave.com.
Mike & Patty’s Fancy Breakfast Sandwich in Somerville
Somerville is getting a little more Fancy on the weekends. Starting Saturday, Feb. 23, Mike & Patty’s beloved breakfast sandwiches are crossing the river and will be on the menu at sister spot Hot Box every weekend. Typically a North Shore roast beef-versus-South Shore bar pizza showdown at Bow Market, Hot Box now offers four Mike & Patty’s breakfast sandwiches: Fancy (two fried eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, red onions and house-made mayo on toasted Iggy’s multigrain); Breakfast Grilled Crack (fried egg, double bacon, American, cheddar, Swiss, and Gruyere on buttered Iggy’s sourdough); a Classic fried egg with American cheese on a house-made English muffin; and Arto, with mortadella, mozzarella, gremolata, and pepperocini. Mike’s & Patty’s is now open at Hot Box every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hot Box, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, 617-284-9600, eathotbox.com.
Asta Chicken & Biscuit
Though chef Alex Crabb and his team at Asta create ever-changing tasting menus with the freshest ingredients every night, the cooks still like to let loose on a completely different dining experience every now and then. This weekend, two lunchtime Asta “distractions” are on the menu: On Saturday, the fried chicken & biscuit pop-up returns with—you guessed it—fried chicken sandwiches on crumbly biscuits, among other treats. And then on Sunday, chef Nevin Taylor joins Crabb for a Dutch Baby Pancake brunch party. The pancakes will be topped with black walnut-maple butter, made with black walnuts chefs Crabb and Taylor harvested together this past fall.
Fried Chicken & Biscuit, Saturday, Feb. 23, noon-2 p.m.; Dutch Baby Pancake Party, Sunday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Asta, 47 Massachusetts Ave., 617-585-9575, astaboston.com.
Mass Hole Donuts + Orange Line IPA
Two opportunities to try Mass Hole Donuts this weekend, and they both involve beer: Turtle Swamp Brewing is hosting the sweet pop-up at its Roslindale beer hall on Saturday, and at its Jamaica Plain taproom on Sunday. Launched last year by Peter Gladstone and Alex Mansfield, Mass Hole Donuts pays loving homage the Bay State with creative, gourmet doughnut holes. They’re bringing a half-dozen flavors to Turtle Swamp, including Boston Banana Cream (a raised brioche doughnut filled with homemade banana custard glazed in milk chocolate and sprinkles); the Millennium Tower (a take on “millionaire’s shortbread,” featuring homemade caramel, shortbread cookie, and dark chocolate); and more. The doughnut holes are available from noon until 2 p.m. or sellout at both locations.
Mass Hole Donuts at Turtle Swamp (Roslindale), Saturday, Feb. 23, noon-2 p.m., Turtle Swamp Brewing Roslindale, Old Substation, Boston, Facebook.
If you’re a movie buff looking for a fun place to watch the 91st Academy Awards—coming up on Sunday, Feb. 24—check out Trident Booksellers and Café’s annual red carpet party, complete with a photo booth. Or, check out a location of Kings (make a dining reservation to get on the list to bowl), which plans to show the drama on TV screens throughout its bars and have movie-themed drinks and snacks on the menu. The Butcher Shop is also hosting a viewing party this year, with complimentary cheese and charcuterie to nosh on during the red carpet pre-show, and Oscars-themed specials on the menu all night long. Show up for the pre-show beginning at 5:30 p.m. and share your guesses for winners of the evening’s main categories—a $100 TBS gift card is on the line. Just want to toast to the year in film? Find Oscars-themed cocktails like the Golden Old-Fashioned at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel Lobby Bar; the Great White Cape, created by bartender Sterling Jackson at Avery Bar at the Ritz-Carlton in honor of a gorgeous cape worn by Freddie Mercury in the nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody; and A Gold Star Is Born, with Grand Marnier Quintessence, Glenlivet Archive 21, and quince paste, available at Rebel’s Guild at Revere Hotel Boston Common. Enjoy awards season!