N. A MORSEL; A MOUTHFUL; THE BEGINNING OF A HEAVENLY MEAL
They're the chefs, bakers, and culinary magicians who most teased your taste buds.
Tony Maws Craigie on Main
Moving his restaurant from a tiny subterranean space to a corner bistro only enhanced our love for Maws and his nose-to-tail approach to cooking. The roomy new digs and fantastic bar suit this updated classic just fine. Read more
One to Grow On
Craigie on Main Restaurant Opens
You knew you were all grown up when you traded your shared, 600-square-foot pad for that roommate-free one-bedder.
Craigie on Main has hit adulthood, too. The former bistro opens its roomy new digs today, trading subterranean coziness for an airy room with a view.
Catch chef Tony Maws in action by snagging seats overlooking his spacious open kitchen with custom-built range. An ever-changing menu using sustainably sourced ingredients includes house-made sausages; rich, meaty bone marrow; braised oxtail; and pomegranate-glazed sweetbreads. (Vegetarians, he’s got you covered, too). Try his chef’s whim on Sundays and Wednesdays for the full effect.
Meanwhile, Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli (Eastern Standard) mans the bar, pairing small-batch liquors with snacks like pig’s tails and burgers.
Despite mature appearances, Maws vows to throw the city’s best dinner parties.
Because we’re all kids at heart.
Craigie on Main, 853 Main Street, Central Square, Cambridge (617-497-5511 or craigieonmain.com).
Barry Maiden, Rachel Miller Munzer, Alon Munzer, and John Kessen Hungry Mother
Thanks to the friendly team behind it, Hungry Mother has become a full-on favorite. From its addictive fried oysters to the charming wall of donor names, the space oozes comfort. Read more
Mother, May I?
Hungry Mother Opens
You’ve had one mother of a hunger since two hours after downing that banana midstride this morning.
Still, there can’t be two Hungry Mothers out there, so you’re gonna have to hand that nickname over to the new restaurant in Cambridge.
Opened by Alon and Rachel Miller Munzer of the cozy Rachel’s Kitchen (which reopened, BTW), this nook of a spot pays tribute to that it-takes-a-village mentality. The pair and their partners (chef Barry Maiden and John Kessen) asked for online donations to help subsidize the expense; donors get their names applied to the wall.
Maiden’s Southern Americana menu adds even more irresistible charm with craveable fillers like Maine shrimp over creamy grits, beef tongue canape, and pan-fried catfish.
Head over before that starvation situation gets serious.
Hungry Mother, 233 Cardinal Madeiros Avenue, Cambridge (617-499-0090 or hungrymothercambridge.com).
Michael Leviton Persephone
Leviton gets our nod for his fierce dedication to sustainable food sources and his whopping, succulent Angus ribeye steak. And we can't get enough of his crazy-good bar pretzels. Read more
The Achilles Project Opens
The Greeks knew how to celebrate their heroes and gods.
Putting them side by side on marble pedestals, they immortalized both equally (thank you, Brad Pitt).
Make like a Greek and bow down to The Achilles Project and Persephone. The Fort Point retail space and restaurant opened yesterday — introducing a godly new way to shop and eat.
Inside the boutique-cum-gallery, ahead-of-the-curve clothing lines (Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, Rachel Roy) rest in movable display cases, which open to a rack system during retail hours. From jeans to a hot selection of jackets, dresses, and shoes, they’ve got guys and gals covered.
Toward the back, Persephone merges seamlessly into an open lounge (Guitar Hero and Wii stations hide in the tables) and a genius semimobile dining room. Chef Michael Leviton presides over a menu of sustainable dishes, small (crispy Maine shrimp with fleur de sel), medium (beer-infused Maine mussels), and large (a glistening, grilled black bass for the table).
We’re already head over heels.
The Achilles Project, 283 Summer Street, South Boston (617-423-2257 or achilles-project.com).