5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

Restaurants

Including miso pork ribs, superfood smoothies and discounted wine.

Troquet on the South

Troquet on South is hosting a winter wine sale. Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe

Wondering what to eat and drink in Boston this weekend? The Dish is a weekly guide to five things in the local restaurant and bar scene that are on my radar right now. Send me an email at [email protected] to tell me what other dishes and drinks I should check out.

Buttermilk & Bourbon's Hot Chocolate Espresso Martini
Buttermilk & Bourbon’s Hot Chocolate Espresso Martini. – Provided

We were promised the first major snowstorm in 2022, and here it is. Hopefully many of you are warm and warm in your home and stay toasty with soups and tea and hot chocolate. But if you’re in the mood to venture out, there are a handful of restaurants around town that offer snow day specials on Fridays. At Citrus & Salt in Back Bay, “I Came, I Thawed, I Conquered” will enter the menu, a specialty cocktail made with Espolon tequila, coconut, Naranja and lime. Buttermilk & Bourbon’s Watertown location will debut a hot chocolate espresso martini, with hot chocolate, espresso, Bailey’s, caramel, cinnamon and topped with whipped cream and a wafer cookie. Over in Eastie, The Quiet Few has added ramen to its menu, a smoky hot dish with tonkotsu broth, char siu pork, ramen noodles and a soy marinated egg. And at the Select Oyster Bar, every bottle of champagne ordered on Friday comes with a free avocado toast. 2022: The year we start drinking Champagne with our avocado toast.

For anyone who has made New Year’s resolutions to “drink more smoothies” by 2022, here’s your next stop: Pink Carrot, a new smoothie store just opened in the North End. The store boasts a variety of smoothies, including PB Espresso (espresso, peanut butter, bananas, dates, almond milk), Blueberry Bliss (blueberries, banana, orange) and House Smoothie (kale, spinach, pineapple, mango, banana), chia, hear). But there are also smoothie bowls and fresh juices, along with more extensive meals that include wraps, burgers, stuffed sweet potatoes, salads and toasts – yes, the avocado type, but also a “Berry Good Toast” topped with almond or peanut butter and lots of berries.

After years wait time – seriously, it’s four years ago – Toscanini’s finally reopened its original location on Central Square last week (the second location at 159 First St. remains open). The beloved Cambridge iseri temporarily closed its 899 Main St. store in January 2018 to allow the construction of 907 Main, a new boutique hotel. It officially reopened on January 1st, allowing us to continue the long-established New England tradition of enjoying ice cream in the middle of winter. Say hello to the treasured business by looking in for a scoop or two; The current flavors include mocha cookie dough, halvah and rum raisin.

Although it debuted in late 2021 as a take-away concept, Judy’s Bay in Cambridge recently opened its dining room to customers – and this weekend would be a great time to look inside. Owners Kim and Lukas Dow introduce the miso pork ribs on their menu for just one week, and if you visited their original pop-up, Judy’s BBQ, you know the dish as a fan favorite. The slowly cooked, umami-rich ribs can be pre-ordered for takeaway or delivery or enjoyed inside the cozy dining room at Judy’s Bay along with sake or beer.

I’m attending Dry January for the first time in my life, but if I were not, I would just be ready for the Leather District’s Troquet on South, which has just launched a month-long winter wine sale. Here’s the deal: Head to the modern French restaurant for lunch or dinner until January 31, and stop at the wine table to pick up a bottle that you can enjoy for your meal. The table will feature special daily (and greatly discounted) rare selections from Troquet’s sumptuous wine cellar; Previous finds have included bottles of a Chave Hermitage from 1983 and a Chateau Margaux from 1986. The wines are first come, first served and should end with your meal – so be sure to bring a few other wine lovers with you.

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