Food & Drink

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 […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Five Horses Tavern

Beer Program: Five Horses Tavern 400 Highland Ave., (617) 936-3930 fivehorsestavern.com The throbbing bass of a reggae song cuts through Five Horses as beverage director Ira Vogel silently scrolls through the beer app Untappd, reviewing his perennially changing beer menu in a corner booth. Starting as a server/busser six years ago, Vogel quickly glommed onto the […]


Sarma Takes Home Six Scout’s Honored Awards

Best Restaurant Overall Best Restaurant in Winter Hill Best Chef Best Middle Eastern Food Best Place to Splurge Best Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Chef Cassie Piuma’s goal at Sarma is to make the familiar new by infusing Middle Eastern flavors and techniques into dishes where you don’t expect them. “I […]


Brewing Community at Aeronaut

Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler Street, (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Some people just don’t like a lot of attention on their birthdays, but for Ronn Friedlander, every day is essentially a birthday. “In some ways, it was like every other day because it was, like, bands and beer and people hanging out,” the Aeronaut co-founder recalls […]



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 […]


The Arts Council’s Rachel Strutt On the Language of Food

Rachel Strutt, program director at the Somerville Arts Council, has always been interested in helping to amplify marginalized voices. She got her master’s degree in medieval art history at Tufts, studying the “people on the margins.” She continued with her passion of promoting people’s stories as a journalist, and eventually carried that drive to the […]


Ellie Tiglao Brings ‘Narrative Cuisine’ to the Table With Tanám

“It’s important to tell your own food story.” That’s the driving force behind what Ellie Tiglao, one of Boston’s rising culinary talents, describes as “narrative cuisine.” Her new restaurant, Tanám—slated to open in Bow Market in late summer—blends artistic inspiration and historical awareness to create intimate and memorable dining experiences. A career scientist with a […]


Ignite! Festival Returns to Union Square

The annual Ignite! Festival will return to Union Square on Saturday for a night of food, cultural exchange, performances, and fire. Designed to “showcase the incredibly delicious and diverse food landscape of Union Square”—according to Rachel Strutt, cultural director for the Somerville Arts Council—the festival weaves together dishes from the fabric of the city. There […]


EHChocolatier To Move to Cambridge

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Windsor Street home of eight years and into West Cambridge 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 […]


Cuisine En Locale Offers Personal Cheffing, Dark Dining

JJ Gonson remembers a time from her childhood in Cambridge when going out to eat was reserved for special occasions. “Before the big takeout boom, I grew up with a mom who would cook every single meal at home,” Gonson says. “We would sit down and have dinner together.” Gonson learned to cook from her mother, […]