Food & Drink

Revival Cafe & Kitchen Opens in Davis Square

On its seventh day in business, Revival Cafe & Kitchen’s Davis Square location is bustling. The cafe is cozy and bright, with light streaming in through a wall of windows that will open up in warm weather. A rectangle of clipboards announces the day’s food menu—The Jimmy Pesto (egg, pickled red onion, spinach, feta, sunflower […]


Fresh Bites For Your Holiday Feast

The holidays are upon us, and that invariably means traditions—especially when it comes to the dinner table. And tradition is, well, traditional. Maybe even … predictable. Now, don’t get us wrong—we like tried-and-true family recipes as much as you do, and nobody’s suggesting that it’s time to retire your great aunt’s legendary crab dip. But […]


Food Art Celebrates Local Eateries—And It’s All For A Good Cause

We love eating food, looking at food, and talking about food. But food art is still considered a “low subject” by many creatives, artist Kendyll Hillegas explains. That perception kept Hillegas away from creating food art for a long time, she says. But while she was largely bedridden with an autoimmune disease, she found solace […]


Hidden Harvests with the League of Urban Canners

Some things are hard to miss: the leaves changing to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, the impossibly long line at that one ramen restaurant in Porter Square, the traffic in Union Square at 4:15 p.m. Other things—like the hundreds of fruit trees tucked away throughout Somerville and Cambridge—are not so easy to notice. […]


Financially Accessible Dining Comes to Juliet

Ever since its opening, Union Square’s Juliet has experimented with revolutionizing how typical restaurants run. From its rotating dining experiences to its elimination of tipping to its profit-sharing model for employees, the owners have become groundbreakers in the local restaurant world. Now, Juliet is testing two ways to make fine dining accessible to a broader […]


Environmental Sustainability at Neighborhood Produce

Best Eco-Friendly Business    415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Winter Hill resident Matt Gray opened Neighborhood Produce last November to meet a need he saw in his community: access to healthy grocery options without needing a car. Customers return to the store week after week, Gray says, giving it the community feel he’d hoped […]


Remnant Brewing Crowned Best New Business

Best New Business 2 Bow Market Way (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com This year’s best new business is at once a brewery, a coffee shop, and an event space. Remnant Brewing is Bow Market’s largest tenant, a 15-barrel brewery complete with a beer garden. Head Brewer Charlie Cummings says he likes to brew the types of beer […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Restaurant in Assembly Square: River Bar 661 Assembly Row, (617) 616-5561 river-bar.com There are three words right near the top of River Bar’s website—small, creative, lively—and they encapsulate exactly what’s so great about it. The diversity on its one-page menu promises to engage your culinary imagination. Bored with brunch Benedicts? Try the pork schnitzel with gravy, […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Sarma Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Winter Hill Chef Middle Eastern Food Place to Splurge Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Read our article on Sarma here. Italian: Posto 187 Elm St., (617) 625-0600 postoboston.com Posto combines local, seasonal foods with ingredients from Italy, homemade mozzarella, and a roaring, 850-degree-plus wood-burning oven to offer […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Machu Picchu

Best Latin American Food 307 Somerville Ave., (617) 628-7070 machupicchuboston.com If there’s one thing Rosy Cerna wants people to understand about Peruvian cuisine, it’s that there’s not just one single Peruvian cuisine. “Peru has 25 states and each has their own culture and food,” Cerna, a Peruvian native, explains. So it makes sense that she […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Bartender: Bonnie of Trina’s Starlite Lounge 3 Beacon St., (617) 576-0006 trinastarlitelounge.com Read our article on Bonnie here. Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler St., (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Read our article on Aeronaut here. Liquor Store: Sav-Mor Spirits 15 McGrath Highway, (617) 628-6444 savmorspirits.com Wine Shop: Ball Square Fine Wines 716 Broadway, (617) 623-9500 ballsquarefinewines.com Beer Program: Five Horses Tavern […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Tasty Mo:Mo

Tasty Mo:Mo 503 Medford St., (617) 764-0222 tastymomo.com Chef-owner Sophia Thakali says it’s easy to explain her shop’s namesake food to a first-timer: “In English, it’s called a dumpling. That would pretty much give an idea of what exactly momo is,” she says. But oh, the infinite varieties that go inside those little purses of […]