Ah, autumn in Boston: Vibrantly hued foliage, crisp air, hordes of college students stealing our parking spaces. And restaurants! We've rounded up a list of 10 soon-to-come boites that make us excited for fall to commence. Don your favorite fleece and feast your eyes on our list. And make sure you check out Grub Streets fall preview coverage in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, too!
Tiffani Faison opens Sweet Cheeks in early October at 1881 Boylston St. in the shadow of Fenway Park. Expect “lots of smoked meat, sauce on the side, and plenty of white bread,” she tells us. We’re eagerly anticipating Faison’s take on ‘cue: It’s a departure from the more stylized cooking she’d done at now-closed Rocca, and barbecue’s a welcome addition to the Fenway neighborhood. Look for us chowing down on her potentially signature dish: “white-trash fruit salad” made with macerated berries and marshmallow sauce.
Island Creek Oyster Bar’s General Manager, Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, recently let us in on a fantastic little secret: the team behind Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar will open a craft cocktail den, Hawthorne, in the old Foundation Lounge space on Commonwealth Avenue. Virtuoso drink-slinger Jackson Cannon’s at the helm. “He’s passionate and driven,” Schlesinger-Guidelli tells us. “He stands out on the national stage as one of the country’s best.” Jeremy Sewall will handle the snack-ables and cheese program.
William Kovel’s Catalyst, at Technology Square, will bring a touch of class to MIT’s backyard. We’re optimistic about the modern American menu—Kovel cemented his rep at the Four Seasons’ Aujourd’Hui, after all—which is probably best enjoyed on the covered, heated patio. It opens in early September, just in time for those starving undergrads to stake their visiting parents to a meal.
Dare we say it? We’d like Todd English’s Olives to finally, finally reopen. And after all the ragging we, and the rest of the food universe, has done on the guy, well, it’d be nice to see him rise from the ashes (literally, as the old Olives was charred in a fire). English’s reputation would be better for it, and so would hungry Charlestowners looking for a neighborhood stand-by
Five Horses Tavern
When he’s not doing his part to liven up Kendall Square at brand-new coffee shop/wood-fired pizzeria/cocktail lounge Area Four, expect to find Michael Leviton sipping at Davis Square’s soon-to-come Five Horses tavern. “As a brown liquor fan—a whole section of the Area Four menu is dedicated to it—I'm a fan of any place that boasts 50-plus bottles of bourbon,” he says. We’re just happy to see the real estate formerly monopolized by cheesy Italian lounge Sagra put to good use.
We love the mammoth
carbo-creations at Inman Square’s All-Star
Sandwich Bar, so we’re pretty sure we’ll like All-Star Pizza Bar
across the street, too. Kosta and Johnny Diamantopoulos will whip up oddities
like loaded potato skin pizza with roasted red bliss potatoes, Applewood smoked
bacon, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and scallions. The
dine-in/takeout spot is slated to open in early October, dovetailing nicely
with football season.
Brian Poe elevated the Rattlesnake from slithery, sweaty college bar to rooftop grazing destination with his unrestrained take on tacos, nachos, wild boar burritos, and the like. He’ll get to experiment more at Poe’s Pub at the corner of Tremont Street and Mass Ave, where he says he’ll dabble in food “inspired by pubs around the world,” from Africa to New Zealand. He also wants diners to Tweet their dinner requests, and he’ll modify his menu accordingly—an option best executed before drinking, we assume. Plans for a Beacon Hill pub are also in the works.
Okay, so Abigail’s just opened, but we’re excited nonetheless. It’s a “blue-collar bistro” in techie Kendall Square, a place that actually makes the neighborhood feel like a neighborhood, not a soulless honeycomb of office buildings. The service is cheery, the price is right, and, really, who wouldn’t love a restaurant that serves an all-barbecue brunch?
Most Viewed Stories
Here Are 33 Different Kinds of Dumplings From NYC’s Newest Dumpling Paradise
Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant Unleashed a Limited-Edition Concrete
Tavern on the Green Finally Admits It Has a Problem
America Hits the Pumpkin-Spice Saturation Point
Estelle Breaks From Fashion Week to Eat Doughnuts
Floyd Cardoz to Serve Short Ribs and Sea Bream at White Street, Opening This FridayAll openings »
Looks Like Krescendo Has Served Its Last PizzaAll closings »
Search by name
Or, search by
Latest News on Grub StreetRestaurant Review: Surrender to Wilma Jean’s Southern Grub for Northern Palates
Plus: Hanamizuki serves up fusion omusubi in a serene setting.California Makes It Illegal to Sue People for Posting Nasty Yelp Reviews
The first, and probably not last, state to do this.Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant Unleashed a Limited-Edition Concrete
The limited vanilla–raspberry–sesame cake doughnut run lasts untill September 21.Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Marta, Birds & Bubbles, White Street, and More
Find out where to eat in Grub Street's weekly ranking of the city's most-buzzed-about restaurants.Tavern on the Green Finally Admits It Has a Problem
The iconic Central Park restaurant has ditched chef Katy Sparks.Activist Olive Garden Investors Want to Kill Unlimited Breadsticks
All that dough on the table means less in their pockets.The Beckhams Party at Salvation Taco; Madonna Dines at Scarpetta
This week's Celebrity Settings.Why Food Arts Closing Is a Major Loss for People Who Love Restaurants
The niche magazine will cease publication — and the food world has lost one of its guiding voices.Owner of PBR in Talks to Sell Company for Almost $1 Billion
Nearly four times what it sold for in 2010.Estelle Breaks From Fashion Week to Eat Doughnuts
"If you're gonna eat doughnuts again, do it fabulously."
Just in time for the brisk fall season.Gordon Ramsay Decides Now’s the Best Time to Open an Atlantic City Restaurant
He's coming to Caesars in early 2015.America Hits the Pumpkin-Spice Saturation Point
English muffins, Jell-O, seltzer, and more.This Golden Spoon Is Currently the Ultimate Chef Fetish Object
The spoon is something of a talisman for chefs, in addition to being an incredibly useful tool.A Steakhouse Sued Yelp to Make It Identify a Malicious Reviewer
Someone impersonating a worker claimed to have "personally spit" in food.Here Are 33 Different Kinds of Dumplings From NYC’s Newest Dumpling Paradise
This place has everything from lamb and bean to egg and dill to spicy beef dumplings.In-N-Out Burger’s Surprise Toronto Pop-up Instantly Draws Hundreds of People
It's In-N-Out Burger's first East Coast foray.Starbucks May Let Baristas Show Their Tattoos
The company is "rethinking" workplace morale.This Upstate Bakery Is Essentially the Ideal Small-Town Cafe
Its growth has been slow and organic — just like its food.A Chipotle Had to Shut Down Because Its Employees All Quit, Blaming ‘Sweatshop’ Conditions
The fast-food chain's workers say they felt like they were working on an actual chain gang.
The bun is also black.Il Buco Alimentari Names New Chef
It's Barcelona native Roger Martinez.McDonald’s Wants to Trademark ‘McBrunch’
Bring on the McMimosas.Introducing the World’s Only Business Specializing in Bespoke Raisins
The small-batch rum raisins are macerated in Brugal Anejo, are sold in jars, and yes, they're on Etsy.A Subway Restaurant Booted a Veteran Because He Had a Service Dog
The store has since removed the "Service animals welcome" sign.La Colombe Coffee Plans 100 New Cafés Over the Next 5 Years
It's inked a $29 million deal with investors.Andy Ricker Will Open 2 New Pok Poks in Los Angeles
"I have been spending a lot of time in Chinatown lately and am very taken with the vibe down there," he says.This Tomato Burger Is One More Dish to Eat Before It’s Too Late
It's only available three days a week, and it always sells out.The Generations-Old Traditions Behind Di Palo’s Handmade Burrata
These luxurious balls of lusciousness began, as many old-world recipes did, as a way to recycle leftovers.Turns Out Starbucks Has a Pretty Good Reason for Butchering Your Name
It would have been funnier if this were an actual corporate-issued video, but we'll take it.
OpenTable is a partner.Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio Plan New Downtown Restaurants
The Top Chef host says he's interested in devising a menu of "old New York food, modernized."NFL Player Left 20-Cent Tip at Philly Burger Restaurant
But everybody's just talking about how terrible their service is.DiGiorno Co-opted a Domestic-Violence Hashtag on Twitter Last Night to Sell Pizza
It's not gone over too well.There’s a Thriving Black Market for Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Passes
How much are you willing to spend in order to feel like a god?Russ & Daughters Expands Uptown With a Cafe at the Jewish Museum
Expect herring, bagel sandwiches, knishes, and more when the uptown spot opens early next year.Rock, Shrimp: Dinner With Interpol’s Daniel Kessler
The guitarist takes a break from promoting his band's new album to spend some time at Aldea with Grub Street.Baltimore Pizzeria Will Trade Pizza for Your Ray Rice Jersey
"These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week."Junior’s Isn’t Going Anywhere
"This is Junior's identity, is this building. This is the one where I came on my first dates."Floyd Cardoz to Serve Short Ribs and Sea Bream at White Street, Opening This Friday
The chef's a Danny Meyer disciple.
The Never Ending Pasta Passes have run out.Boiling Points: A Texas Whisky Dispute Has Gotten Way Out of Hand
"I should have put two in his chest," the head distiller allegedly said.New York’s Most Misunderstood Seafood: Why It’s a Great Time to Eat Bluefish
The season for local catches is drawing to a close.Bud Light’s Town-Size Party Completely Clogged Up a Tiny Colorado Airport
"Literally 1,000 young drunk/hungover kids" got stranded in an airport "the size of a gas station."Il Buco Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary With an Incredible Lineup of Guest Chefs
Amanda Freitag and Justin Smillie, too!Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Has Died
Said he wanted to be remembered as "one who kept my priorities in the right order.''Otto’s Tacos Expands to the West Village
A second location will open this fall.Torrisi Team to Debut Sadelle’s Bagels, Sticky Buns at San Gennaro
The guys will preview their new shop, featuring Melissa Weller's naturally leavened bagels (with improved "everything" seasoning), and house-cured lox.The Four Seasons’ Picasso Finally Came Down in the Dead of Night
The standoff ends with a seven-hour extraction.Brooklyn Brewery’s Latest Comic-Con Beer Features a Female Superhero
The brew is as "red as the setting sun, as brisk as a tornado."