If you’ve been lucky enough to sample some of the signature sweets at Flour Bakery Breadquarters, then you know this shop is a must-visit spot for the holidays. Particularly if you have some folks on your list with a sweet tooth, you’re going to want to come to the Edible Gifts demo at Flour Bakery Breadquarters on Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 4 p.m. Its treat-makers will reveal some of their secrets and equip you to recreate their sweets at home. Over the course of the class, you’ll learn how to create the shop’s signature peppermint kisses and even get a chance to shape one or two with your own hand. Spiced pecan and mixed nut brittle are a few of the other festive desserts that Flour Bakery Breadquarter’s team will show you how to craft, as well as other treats. Everyone is sent home with know-how and recipes
What the Clay Pot Cafe lacks in aesthetics its chef more than makes up for in the quality of the authentic Chinese cuisine. The entire eatery consists of a small group of tables and booths tucked away in a modest space in Chinatown. The setup is the perfect backdrop for enjoying classic clay pot dishes, as it doesn’t distract from the food. You’ll want to focus solely on the cuisine in front of you since, according to customers, it’s some of the most authentic Cantonese cuisine in the neighborhood. You can’t go wrong with any of the traditional clay hot pots, which come packed with perfectly crispy rice and toppings such as beef brisket, chicken, or even yellow eel. In addition to the clay pots, the cafe also dishes out authentic soups, rice and fried rice plates, and noodles. CC-BY-2.0/Flickr visualpanic
On a tree-lined stretch of Newbury Street in the Back Bay, you’ll find modern Latin cuisine at PURO Ceviche Bar, which opened its doors to the public for the first time earlier this summer. Founded by the same folks who brought you KAVA in the South End, PURO specializes in fine wines, specialty cocktails, and seafood with a Central American flair. The menu features a selection of ceviches, carpaccios, and bocaditos, as well as salads and plenty of oysters, all of which — according to Yelp reviewers — are especially good when accompanied by the kitchen’s signature sweet corn pancakes. Other menu standouts include the fluke crudo and the short rip empanadas. Be aware that Puro doesn’t accept reservations yet, so make sure that you plan accordingly, especially if you want to sit outside on a nice day. Public Domain/Pixabay/piliperiodista
Cultivar, which just opened about seven weeks ago in the Ames Hotel, is a classy and innovative restaurant focused on local and sustainable cuisine. Chef Mary Dupont draws inspiration from her culinary experiences to create a new concept – a menu featuring seasonal and regional ingredients with many items grown in an on-site hydroponic garden. Choose from a selection of seafood with raw bar items, vegetable-forward appetizers, pasta, and meat entrees. One popular dish is the popular Squid Ink Messinesi, consisting of manilla clams, squid, Maine lobster, calabrian chili, bronze fennel, and tomato confit. The restaurant has a unique horticultural theme with tree-branch inspired chandeliers, a Japanese garden suspended from the ceiling, and a 12-seat bar featuring a long slab of live-edge wood. The outdoor patio feels like an urban garden surrounded by lush plants and fire tables. There is also private dining space upstairs that can accommodate 90 seats
There’s no shortage of good seafood in Boston, and although it’s only been open for a couple of months, Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar already promises to be among the city’s seafood hotspots. First of all, there’s the atmosphere: when you enter this British-style pub, you’ll find yourself facing a long and cheerful curved bar lined with bright blue leather stools. The dining room offers plenty of comfortable banquet seating, too, and the overall atmosphere is modern, chic, and trendy. The menu features a number of dressed up bar favorites, like Point Judith calamari with roasted garlic aioli, or sauteed wild mussels served atop grilled crostini. You’ll also find a few truly decadent dishes, like the New England lobster MKT with roasted corn and drawn butter or the black angus center cut fillet with grilled asparagus and marrow butter. Whatever you choose, Yelpers say you should be sure to leave
A mix of soothing sea-foam greens and wave-crest whites wash part of the dining room at North Square Oyster in ocean-inspired hues, an excellent hint at what’s being crafted in the kitchen. True to its name, North Square Oyster brings fresh, regionally sourced seafood to Boston’s North End, and since it only opened two months ago, you’re among the first to discover this new gem. That being said, the lobster roll already has a loyal following. It comes two ways: hot or cold. The cold lobster roll is smothered with mayo, celery, and chives, while the hot lobster roll features brown butter. Another popular option is the lobster and oxtail Bolognese, which comes in half and whole servings. Its house-made rigatoni swims with the lobster and oxtail, plus parsnips, ricotta cheese, and rosemary. Of course, with a name like North Square Oyster, guests can also expect an impressive raw bar.