5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now



Including bamboo duck soup, tropical vacation drinks, and a new tea room.

Mistletoe at Shore Leave’s Sippin ‘Santa. Randy Schmidt

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. Email me at [email protected] to let me know what other food and drink I should check out.

If I wasn’t going to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving, I would pull up a chair at the Cicada Coffee Bar in Cambridge. The Vietnamese cafe bar celebrates Thursday with its customers by offering free (non-alcoholic) drinks from 8am until they feel like it – in other words, the perfect opportunity to try the really good one. coffee salt shaker, a personal favorite. A local DJ will keep the good vibes going with some disco tunes, and Bamboo Duck Soup will be available for $ 17 on a first come, first serve basis until sold out. Even if you have Thanksgiving dinner plans later in the day, Cicada is a worthwhile stop for great food, drinks, and community love.

After much waiting, Dear Annie is finally open, a natural wine bar and restaurant in Cambridge from rebel rebel owner Lauren Friel and Field & Vine owners Andrew Brady and Sara Markey. Here’s the idea: come in, order at the bar and find a seat at the communal table, where you can enjoy something like steamed Nordic crab claws, buttered clam broth with sourdough bread, a panini. with smoked mozzarella or devil’s eggs with smoked oyster aioli. Are you just looking for a snack? Order a glass of wine and oysters, then strike up a conversation with the people sitting next to you. The hours of operation are currently Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Welcome to the world, dear Annie!

Cocktails at Sippin 'Santa 2021
Cocktails at Sippin ‘Santa. – Randy Schmidt

The transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas is quick, and while I’m a bigger fan of the first one, I can’t deny the hold the Christmas pop-up bars have on me. Miracle, the global holiday pop-up, is back in the Boston area (you can find it at Mystical station, Central Tavern, and the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel Lobby Bar), but I’m very excited for its tropical counterpart, Sippin ‘Santa’s Surf Shack at Shore Leave. The South End bar recently make the transformation to a vacation paradise, with cocktails like Mistletoe-To-Toe, a drink for two made from bourbon, nut liqueur, Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums, lime, orange and syrup. maple. Call your friend, pull on your favorite vacation sweater, and head to Shore Leave to enjoy vacation music and drinks under twinkling lights.

In my mind, there aren’t too many teahouses – so hey, Teazzi, good to have you here! The tea room, which also operates branches in New York and California, recently opened at 31 Harrison Ave. A winter menu lends itself to sugary drinks like brown sugar and ginger tea and roasted caramel oolong tea, though customers can also choose Teazzi’s signature drinks: honey oolong lemonade, tapioca latte brown sugar and more. Customize your drink for sugar and temperature, then walk down the street for dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House.

Are you still tired of the pumpkin spice? No? Good, because neither Simon Armen. The executive chef of Sycamore in Newton recently concocted this beauty, a maple brioche bread pudding with spicy pumpkin latte ice cream. It is only available for dinner, so it would be wise to make a reservation, even if only for dessert. Apparently, the pumpkin spice season isn’t over yet, and we’re all the better for it.


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