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May. 24, 2017

Jaho Coffee and Tea: Artisan Coffee Roasted Right in Front of You

It's easy to verify Jaho Coffee and Tea's claim that the staff roasts coffee in-house: the vintage roaster sits right behind the service counter, looking almost like something out of an old-time sci-fi movie. Its shiny steel bin churns with carefully selected beans, offering up small batches of fresh java every day—and the on-site roasting is just a small part of what makes Jaho special.

The baristas also craft one-of-a-kind coffee creations, like the popular maple soy latte and mocha chip "frosticcinos." They even incorporate coffee in the cocktails served later in the day, such as the coffee vodka martini and the salted caramel "macchiatini." Complement your coffee or cocktail with something fresh from the bakery case or kitchen, like the Peanut Butter Extravaganza dessert or an egg and cheese breakfast sammy.

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May. 15, 2017

Grab Some Affordable Mediterranean Fare at Chicken and Rice Guys

Boston’s Chicken and Rice Guys on Washington Street is a Mediterranean eatery that serves up sizable portions of great-tasting food, and all for a very reasonable price.

Chicken and rice is a simple enough concept, but this restaurant takes it to a whole new level. Much like the fast-casual restaurants you’re used to, the Chicken and Rice guys let you build a custom bowl of Mediterranean food from the bottom up. Start with seasoned rice or tomato and cucumber salad, then choose your protein, be it halal chicken, lamb, or tofu. Last, choose your sauces from options like creamy garlic and mint, cilantro, and jalapeno. Though Chicken and Rice Guys opened only 4 weeks ago, it's already a neighborhood favorite!

Apr. 21, 2017

Enjoy a Complete Indian Meal for a Low Price at Tikkaway Fresh Indian Grill

Tikkaway Fresh Indian Grill is a casual Indian restaurant located in South Boston by the Waterfront. Tikkaway is not your typical Indian eatery, however; the place is small yet cozy, and it has a fast-casual feel that allows you customize your meals.

At Tikkaway, the meals are flavored with a complex blend of spices, making each meal tasty, fulfilling, and enjoyable. You can choose between a wrap, rice bowl, or salad bowl to create your own custom meal, then move down the line and choose your fillings. You can get chicken, lamb, or chickpeas as your protein, just to name a few, and then add sautéed vegetables, Indian sauces, cold vegetables, and chutneys. Top off your meal with a samosa and a mango drink and you'll have a complete Indian meal for one low price.

Tikkaway is open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Apr. 18, 2017

Craving Japanese? Take Your Pick of Sushi Burrito at New Sushi

New Sushi provides a fresh take on Japanese fare that has diners raving. The small, counter-service establishment is great for placing an order to go, but there are also a few window seats available if you prefer to eat in.

The main draw here is the sushi burrito, which is every bit as amazing as it sounds. Start by choosing your proteins from options like salmon, chicken or tofu, then pick a sauce and up to six toppings to complete your meal. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, just go with a signature burrito like the House Rainbow, loaded with fresh fish, sesame seeds, cucumber, avocado, garlic crisps and spicy mayo. If you prefer, you can even enjoy your burrito as a simple bowl or salad.

Mar. 27, 2017

Juicy Spot Cafe Serves Unique Thai Ice Cream for a Decadent Dessert

The first of its kind in Boston, Juicy Spot Cafe creates a unique ice cream parlor experience with hand-rolled Thai ice cream. Guests can choose tasty flavors from an expansive menu board and watch artisans pour the cream over sub-zero temperature metal plates. The cream is then flattened over and over again until it’s nearly frozen, then scraped into sweet little rolls and topped with delicious drizzles and crunchy garnishes.

Guests say the watermelon lychee at Juicy Spot Cafe is both fruity and refreshing, while the black sesame offers an uncommon zest found nowhere else. For a decadent dessert, visitors say you can’t go wrong with the cookie butter, and a ‘create your own’ option allows for patrons to get creative and decide each component of their treat. For those seeking something a little more filling, cafe options include healthy salads loaded with avocado, chicken, kale, and more.

Juicy Spot Cafe starts rolling up these artisanal Thai treats at 10 a.m. daily.

Mar. 13, 2017

Ever Been to a Speakeasy? Check Out Lion’s Tail for Some Old-Fashioned Fun

Lion’s Tail may have just opened several months ago, but this quiet cocktail bar has already managed to build a loyal customer base. Exquisite mixed cocktails and rotating drafts are the specialty here, and Lion’s Tail’s dark speakeasy atmosphere provides for an intimate space to catch up with friends or simply cozy up with a drink.

Food portions are generous at Lion's Tail too, and while some say the burger is a scrumptious pairing with a glass of wine, others say it doesn’t get any better than a beer and a Lion’s Tail churro. Although the only sign that you’ve arrived is a lionhead door knocker, waitstaff are beyond courteous once you’re inside, and consistently check in to make sure you won’t go thirsty. Don’t miss out on the empanadas and their signature house-made hot sauce, and if you’re curious for secret passwords that add to the fun, follow Lion’s Tail on Instagram.

Feb. 28, 2017

Get Exactly What You Want With Personal-Sized Pies at Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Calling all pizza lovers: if you haven't yet tried the newly-opened Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza on Stuart Street, you'll want to head over to this place the next chance you get! Yelp reviewers are already giving it good marks, and the fact that the pies here are individually-sized means that you'll always be able to get exactly what you want.

Regulars say that all of the kitchen's signature pies are very tasty, and what makes this place pretty special is that you can design your own custom pizza from the base up. You might go traditional with Italian sausage, roasted garlic, and mozzarella on a white cream sauce, or you can flex your creativity by combining toppings like applewood bacon, arugula, and zucchini with spicy barbecue sauce. Either way, in just a few minutes you'll get a brick-fired pizza that was made to order — what's not to like about that?

Feb. 15, 2017

Sample Peruvian-Japanese Fusion Cuisine at RUKA Restobar

Boston is fortunate to have a thriving and diverse culinary scene, but even so, restaurant veterans say that there aren’t many places like RUKA Restobar. It’s a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant that serves food with a chic, artistic flair, and has been recognized among food critics as one of the area’s best new restaurants.

The menu is heavy on the seafood, with sushi and tiraditos (a Peruvian answer to sashimi), a bevy of oyster options, and signature dishes like octopus lomo saltado and seared striped sea bass. Yelp reviewers also love the custom cocktails and the lively atmosphere, which are just a couple of the reasons that RUKA Restobar has emerged as a popular happy hour destination for locals looking to relax after a day at the office.

Jan. 30, 2017

Find a Quick and Healthy Salad, Falafel or Quinoa Bowl at VERTS Mediterranean Grill

Have you been to Boston's VERTS Mediterranean Grill yet? It's only been open a little over a month, but if you haven't visited this new eatery yet, you might want to get a move on, because it's generating a lot of positive reviews.

Owners Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein opened their first VERTS location back in 2011 with the philosophy that preparing Mediterranean-style salad bowls from scratch, using whole foods, would yield delicious, healthy meals that would keep customers coming back again and again. The experiment worked, and now the two have opened more than 20 locations across the nation. When you visit Boston’s restaurant, you'll enjoy meals like mixed greens topped with falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce, or you might go for a hearty quinoa base topped with grilled chicken, carrot and cabbage slaw, and feta crumbles. Either way, Yelp reviewers say it’ll be fresh, quick, and tasty.

Jan. 6, 2017

Stop In to the Brand New PABU Boston for Fresh, Flavorful Sushi

For a fresh sushi experience in downtown Boston, stop into PABU Boston. This exciting eatery opened just a few weeks ago, and is located less than a mile from The Kensington apartments. The restuarant is owned by well-known chef Michael Mina.

The inside of PABU is stunning, with impressive high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and modern décor. Oversized booths line the walls and lightly-colored wooden furniture decorates the space. A long bar has stool seating, where guests can watch chefs prepare fresh sushi dishes. The modern bar area is decorated with sleek furniture and accented with a ton of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. PABU's menu features sushi, small plates and a chef’s tasting menu option. Stop in for happy hour specials every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., when all drink specials are less than $7. You can also take advantage of discounted process on bar snacks like oysters, edamame and friend chicken.