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NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
Now open in Washington Square is Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. The pies, also offered from a food truck, have a cult following due to the work of Scott Riebling (Boston rock band Letters to Cleo) and Toirm Miller (former Jack and The Bean Bowl food cart). Craft beer, wine and cocktails are available. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co., 1632 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-879-0707.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, close by TD Garden, is a casual spot with a view of the Zakim Bridge. Expect beer, wine, spirits and cocktails along with an eclectic menu ranging from flatbread pizzas to burgers. Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, 1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-580-8166.
The Yvonne’s team will open contemporary Peruvian restaurant RUKA in The Godfrey Hotel Boston in fall 2016. Expect food and cocktails that will also emphasize the influence of Japanese “nikkei” and Chinese “chifa” cuisines. RUKA, The Godfrey Hotel Boston, 505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-804-2000 .
Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen takes Irish pub fare to new heights at their latest location near Fenway Park. Here, you can sip on a draft Irish red ale while snacking on a Scotch egg and some not-so-traditional wings covered in a sweet sea salt and caramel glaze. Main events not to be missed are cider-glazed salmon, a juicy club-cut sirloin with Guinness demi, and one of the best shepherd's pies in town made with ground lamb, peas and carrots topped with mashed fingerling potatoes. Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen, 1032 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, no phone.
Flank brings back the beefsteak concept to Waltham, where Prohibition-style cocktails wash down massive cuts of hanger, porterhouse, New York strip and long-bone tomahawk steaks. Family-style sides include roasted sweet onions, stuffed mushrooms and a five-blend steakhouse mac and cheese. Dinner nightly. Flank, 74 Tower Rd., Waltham, MA 02451, 781-893-5265.
Juliet is now open in Union Square and features grab-and-go items like breakfast tacos, egg sandwiches and omelets along with soups, salads and charcuterie, banh mi, and a lobster roll for a late lunch/early dinner. The menu is brought to you by Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri and includes take-out, sit-down and full-service options. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Juliet, 257 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143, 617-781-0958.
Boston's James Beard Foundation Award Winner
The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on May 2, 2016, in Chicago. Joanne Chang of flour bakery + cafe won for Outstanding Baker. flour bakery + cafe, 1595 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-267-4300.
Alta Strada Expands to Washington, DC
Michael Schlow opened his third Alta Strada in Washington, DC (the original is in Wellesley with a second at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut). Dishes here include grilled octopus with chickpeas, Calabrian chiles and lemon; an authentic version of tagliatelle Bolognese (which Schlow learned in Bologna); maltagliati with rabbit and fresh fava beans, and pollo al mattone. Alta Strada, 92 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482, 781-237-6100.
Ocean Prime Now offers Live Music Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights
Ocean Prime now offers live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the OP Lounge. Patio season is almost here so you can come here and enjoy a drink before heading outside for dinner al fresco on the 24-seat outdoor dining area. Don't worry, they have heaters out there for those cool New England nights. Ocean Prime, 140 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210, 617-670-1345.
Chef Brendan Pelley's Greek Pelekasis at Wink & Nod
Chef Brendan Pelley has taken residence at Boston Nightlife Ventures’ Wink & Nod with his modern Greek concept Pelekasis. Wink & Nod operates a culinary program where a new restaurant group is invited to run the kitchen and experiment with dishes. Pelley is a “Hell’s Kitchen” alum and is the former executive chef of Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield. His menu at Wink & Nod includes one-hundred layer spanakopita, rooster giouvetsi, wild boar keftedes, and molten kefalograviera cheese. Boston Nightlife Ventures corporate beverage director Michael Boughton has added some new drinks to the beverage menu to include a variety of Greek wines, ouzo, metaxa, tsipouro, retsina and raki. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays where diners can enjoy four versions of a four-inch single taco from 5 p.m. on. Samplings include the avocado taco (curtido, jalapeno herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts, spiced pumpkin seeds) $2, Cola Pork Carnitas Taco (griddled onions, charred orange and pineapple salsa, pickled fresno peppers and crispy tortilla chips) $3, root beer braised chicken (morita spiced carrot puree, pickled mango salsa, chile de arbol, crispy tortilla strips) $3, and Baja fried fish (charred jalapeno and pineapple aioli, pickled cabbage and avocado) $3.50. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-5626.
Sunday Family Suppers with Live Jazz at il Casale
Sunday family suppers complete with live jazz take place at il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar. The Lexington property is the sibling of the Belmont restaurant owned and operated by chef Dante de Magistris and brothers Filippo and Damian. The restaurant offers a tour of the Campania region, where the de Magistris family traces its heritage, with sfizi "shareable little bites," homemade pasta, arancini and braised beef. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar, 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-538-5846.
Jody Adams will be stepping down as executive chef at Rialto in June 2016, after more than two decades. Chef David Ladner, who has worked with Adams for five hears, will take the helm. Rialto, The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-661-5050.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
The Cleveland Circle location of the burrito chain Boloco has closed. Boloco, 1940 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02135, no phone.
Johnny D's Uptown closed March 2016. The space, which has been a landmark in Davis Square since 1969, will be transformed into mixed-use commercial/residential space. Johnny D's Uptown, 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144, no phone.
To celebrate the restaurant's 19th year in business, Aquitaine closed on February 21, 2016, to undergo a massive revitalization project. It will reopen in June with a new look, revamped interior and some menu additions. Aquitaine, 569 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-424-8577.