The Meal Plan: Your Day-by-Day Guide to What to Eat and Drink in Boston This Week
Overwhelmed by the question, "What should I eat tonight?" Consult our weekly look at new restaurant openings, clever takeout packages, and more.
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It’s ironic (don’t you think) that with so many of our pandemic-era dining options limited, we’re somehow even more overwhelmed by the question, “What should I eat tonight?” Allow our Meal Plan series to come to the rescue: When you’re tired of takeout from the same ol’ corner spot, or too exhausted to cook for yourself yet again, consult this weekly lineup of day-to-day dining suggestions and explore hot openings, new menus, innovative delivery concepts, and more. Here are our picks for the week of November 23, 2020.
Monday: Have a farm-to-table dinner straight from SOURCE Restaurant, now open in Cambridge.
Kick off a new week by trying a new restaurant: SOURCE, a rustic-cool addition to Harvard Square. Its name nods to the spot’s commitment to local sourcing of ingredients; 90-percent of them come from farms within 100 miles. Neapolitan-style pizzas are a big focus, topped with everything from whipped feta to quail egg to spicy honey. But there’s also a handful of pastas, small and large plates of wood-fired New American cuisine, and a nifty selection of booze-spiked desserts—so go ahead, add some Scotch to that sticky toffee pudding.
27 Church St., Cambridge, 857-856-6800, sourcerestaurants.com.
Tuesday: Add rare, luxe truffles to everything at Terra.
White truffles are a kind of culinary gold, available for only a few short, cold months when foraged in the forests of Italy’s Piedmont region. Now’s the time to splurge on the stuff, so head to Eataly Boston—the behemoth Italian foods emporium is making the most of the moment by selling truffle-invoking salts, sauces, spreads, and more. Its top-floor restaurant Terra, meanwhile, is giving guests the chance to add fresh-shaved truffles (for a $60 supplement) atop a number of different plates: beef tartare, wood-fired oysters, grilled lamb or porterhouse steak, and rabbit agnolotti, to name a few.
800 Boylston St. (Prudential Center), Boston, 617-807-7307, eataly.com.
Wednesday: Get into the wood-grilled lobster and retro-chic style at the buzzy, brand-new Bianca.
Some of Boston’s most acclaimed restaurateurs have fired up the grill at a bright and colorful new addition to Chestnut Hill: Bianca, which brings white stucco walls, vintage art, and other elements of midcentury-Palm Springs style to the Street retail development. Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman, operators of O Ya and Hojoko, are behind the just-opened place and its eclectic, wood-fired food—including split whole lobster with a dashi buerre fondue, grass-fed strip steak with umami jus and herb butter, and “ember roasted” beets. There’s also crispy nori sushi tacos, kicky cocktails, and Roman-style pizzas from the spot’s kitschy, slice-focused side project, Mr. Roni Cups.
47 Boylston St. (The Street), Chestnut Hill, 857-576-8300, biancachestnuthill.com.
Thursday: Gobble down some not-so-traditional Thanksgiving takeout specials from Boston’s best restaurants.
Thanksgiving will likely look different for most of us this year, so you might as well mix things up when it comes to what’s on the table. Sure, plenty of Boston-area restaurants are offering takeout turkeys, but we’ve also gathered up a list of less expected Thanksgiving packages for feeding your household fam—including Australian meat pies, cannabis cuisine, Southeast Asian holiday spins, and more. Just hurry up and order in advance; you can find all the options right here.
Friday: Hunker down with crispy pigs ears and cognac at Offsuit, a swanky new back-alley bar.
If you like your cocktails served with a hint of the clandestine, you’ll want to check out Offsuit. Hidden behind an unmarked black door down a Utica Street alleyway, Offsuit transforms a former private dining space at Troquet on South restaurant into a 20-seat drinking den; here, libations like the wintry Siberian Kiss, cognac with spiced pear cordial and grenadine, are sipped while crackling vinyl records play overhead. (Sometimes, special by-the-glass wines from Troquet’s superlative cellar are also selected to coincide with the year of the album.) On the food side, you’ll find smart and playful bar plates—think crispy pigs ears with a hot honey glaze and toasted peanuts, as well as a Chicago-style bone-in pork chop sandwich with caramelized onions and dijoinaise.
107 South St., Boston, 781-855-6111, offsuitboston.com.
Saturday: Get toasty over Twin Peaks-themed cocktails at Brass Union.
Put a warm, rosy glow on your cheeks during the final night of the “Brass Lodge,” a Twin Peaks-inspired patio setup at Somerville’s cheeky Brass Union cocktail bar and restaurant. For the last two months, the weekends-only concept has been serving up themed hot drinks, from spicy mulled wine to the Damn Fine Hot Chocolate (spiked with amaro and garnished with toasted marshmallow), as well as small bites—including, on occasion, some city’s-best pastries from nearby Petsi Pies. Still a little chilly? BYOB: Bring your own blanket.
70 Union Square, Somerville, 617-623-9211, brassunion.com.
Sunday: Close out the week at the all-new Artifact Cider Project taproom.
Wash down any final Thanksgiving leftovers with a crisp cider (or three) from Artifact, a particularly awesome Western Mass.-based maker that recently opened doors at the Station, its taproom in Cambridge’s Central Square. A former hardware store has been transformed into an industrial-chic spot with about a dozen taps for trying the tart, McIntosh-made “Wild Thing” cider, or the wild-fermented tannic apples of “Wolf at the Door.” There’s a selection of chips on hand for munching, plus a few kitchen-made finger snacks, and you’ll want to keep an eye out for the occasional food pop-up—for instance, the taproom just hosted Sekali, an exciting modern Malaysian project from chef Derrick Teh.
438 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-714-4076, artifactcider.com/taproom-cambridge.