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?
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