Food & Drink

MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Check out menu highlights from Brick & Mortar here. Beer Program: Grafton Street 1230 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 497-0400 graftonstreetcambridge.com By Tim Gagnon Most people start entertaining thoughts of beer in the waning hours of a work day, but Grafton Street General Manager Morgan Carney starts most […]


Peek at Brick and Mortar’s Specialty Cocktails

Best Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Dollywood Sip the Dollywood slowly—the flavors morph in your mouth, presenting different facets of the cocktail one by one. Four Roses Bourbon is at the heart of this drink, with orgeat introducing almond into the mix. With lemon and orange juices—fresh squeezed daily—and shaken […]


Little Donkey Wins Best Restaurant Overall

Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Central Square Chef – Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had already emerged as geniuses of tapas with Boston institution Toro when they decided to open another restaurant in their home city—and, specifically, in Central Square. But what kind of […]


Broadsheet Coffee Roasters’ Scientific Approach

Best New Business Best Barista – Oona 100 Kirkland St., (617) 945-2867 broadsheetcoffee.com Remnants of Aaron MacDougall’s former life as a high-up finance man are evident: his charisma, his sharply logical thought processes, the strength of his handshake. But he’s traded in his suits for sneakers, or, as he puts it, “I ran a big […]


The Sister Act Behind Kendall Square’s Vester and Dumpling Daughter

It’s 2 p.m., but from the looks of the crowd surrounding the counter at Kendall Square’s Dumpling Daughter, you’d think it was high noon. The room is energetic, full of chattering researchers, college kids, and families, digging into pork buns and slurping noodles. Between the conversations, the colorful photos on the walls, and the pop […]


Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]


EHChocolatier To Open Cambridge Shop

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Somerville home of eight years and into Observatory Hill this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]


Food Waste Feast Helps Home Cooks Get Creative

Ever wished a restaurateur could help you figure out what to make in your kitchen? Food Waste Feast, a website launched this spring by two of the siblings behind Mei Mei—a Chinese-American food truck that’s regularly set up shop in Cambridge—aims to help people get creative in the kitchen and, in the process, reduce food […]


‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Cambridge’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Cambridge’s Candy Making Legacy

The Rise and Fall of the City’s Candy Empire A hundred years ago, Cambridge smelled bad. Meatpacking in East Cambridge gave off an obvious stench, while the soapmaking factories—then part of the city’s largest industry—emitted their own terrible smell. But if you walked down Main Street, you might have gotten a whiff of candy. Nicknamed […]


Season’s Eatings

How Overseasoned Mixes Family Traditions, Timely Feasts, and Today’s Activist Climate Into Monthly Cookbooks The first leaves of spring haven’t even sprung in Amy Larson’s tree-lined West Cambridge neighborhood on the day that I visit her, but summer feasts are already on the food writer’s radar. “It’s the best time for food, obviously,” Larson says […]


After Detour, Highland Kitchen Owners Welcome Highland Fried to the Family

The story of the new Inman Square restaurant Highland Fried starts and ends with a local chef’s exalted fried chicken, but a detour where the owners veered from their gut instincts nearly derailed the now-flourishing restaurant. Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Mark Romano and Marci Joy—owners of Somerville’s Highland Kitchen—weren’t planning on taking over a previously owned restaurant, […]