5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

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Restaurants

Including dessert-inspired cider, New Haven-style pizza, and vegan burgers.

A vegan cheeseburger at PlantPub. Handout

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.

Dutch apple crumble with high limb
Dutch apple crumble with a high limb. – Courtesy of the upper limbs

I’m a true dessert lover, so my ears really woke up when I heard about High Limb’s new Freshly Baked series, which is all about turning seasonal goodies into cider. The first entry in the line is Dutch Apple Crisp, a drink that should attract Mr. Autumn men (and women) everywhere. Here’s the deal: Plymouth-based cider-based cider mixed with some fall spices, then added lactose sugar to give the drink a creamy mouthfeel. It’s supposed to mimic apple pie and vanilla ice cream, and if that combination doesn’t scream “it’s time to kiss fall,” I don’t know what to tell you. Visit the South Shore refreshment bar for a taste, or keep your eyes peeled at your local liquor store for a fall sip.

The latest seller to come back to Time Out Market is Ms. Clucks Deluxe, a chicken and dumpling joint from Tim and Nancy Cushman (O Ya, Hojoko, Gogo Ya, Bianca). And while the concept of comfort food has brought back some of its classics, Chef Rob Wong has also added that beauty: chicken karaage with curry and waffle fries. The crispy karaage chicken sits on top of waffle fries, where it’s then topped with Japanese curry sauce, melted cheese, green onions, and pickled radish. Not that you’re hungry after gobbling up this decadent dish, but the market is also having a pop-up this weekend featuring Salem’s Good Morning Chubby and Good Night Fatty serving up stuffed buns and over-the-top cookies.

Choco Taco Donut at Yellow Door Taqueria
Choco Taco Donut at Yellow Door Taqueria. – Taqueria yellow door

Choco Tacos was my # 1 choice among the ice cream truck that stopped by our public pool during the summer, so this limited-time weekend treat is a totally delicious blast from the past. On Saturdays and Sundays only, Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik’s Lionheart Confections will be offering Choco Taco donuts at Yellow Door Taqueria stores in the South End and Lower Mills. The creation of Holowchik is a half-moon-shaped vanilla brioche filled with vanilla bean custard and dipped in chocolate-peanut ganache, then garnished with a waffle cone tile. You can find them during the brunch service from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – although knowing how many people have an affinity for Choco Tacos, they will likely be full, so plan accordingly.

PlantPub, a new Kendall Square restaurant from chef Mary Dumont (Cultivar) opens Monday, and it’s already created a buzz among Boston’s vegan crowd. The plant-based restaurant serves pub food and craft beer, a far cry from the cereal bowls and salads that populate so many vegan places. Plant-based burgers abound, as do “chicken” sandwiches, cauliflower wings, and bison pizza, along with many local craft beers. And if you’re looking for more vegan and vegetarian options, check out our guide to Boston’s best meat-free restaurants.

I wrote about the opening of Hub Hall earlier this week, a huge dining hall located in Hub on the Causeway near TD Garden and North Station. There’s a lot going on here, with 18 vendors filling the space, but one of the most anticipated openings is Apizza, a pizzeria by MIDA chef Douglass Williams. Fans of New Haven-style pizza should definitely pay a visit to the newcomer; here, Williams serves slices and whole pies of the regional specialty, as well as Roman-style options. Varieties include Uncle Pepe with clams, roasted garlic, oregano and pecorino; the Hot Mama, with Italian sausage, red sauce, hot peppers and cheese; and the Fun Guy, with mushrooms, herbs and fontina. You can even get two slices and a fountain soda for $ 9 – a good deal when you need a quick meal before getting on the train or heading to a game.



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