Patricia Yeo's Moksa. Jody Adams's Trade. Louie DiBicarri's Storyville. Tiffani Faison's Sweet Cheeks. And on and on. From speakeasies to 'cue joints, it's an astounding season for restaurant openings here in Boston. And, as such, we naturally took it upon ourselves to preview some of these newcomers' most delectable nibbles. (Do note that a few of these restaurants haven't even opened yet, so you'll have to content yourself with mouthwatering photos ... for now.) We also saw fit to sample a few exciting new dishes at some tried-and-true classics, from Bistro du Midi to 51 Lincoln. In sum, we're pretty pumped for autumn here in Boston. After viewing our slideshow, we hope you will be, too. And when you're done checking out our picks, make sure you head over to our other Grub Street editions Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco to see what they're looking forward to this fall. Happy eating.
Curried Wild Boar Samosa With Tamarind Chutney
450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; Opens in October
We can't wait for Patricia Yeo to open her izakaya in Central Square. Not long ago, she described it to us as "Ginger Park on steroids." In the meantime, we'll conserve our strength and gaze at this photo of her curried wild boar samosa.
Whole Roasted Fish with Lemongrass Chutney and Crispy Cumin Potatoes
Jody Adams's extremely anticipated restaurant at Atlantic Wharf is going to be one of the hottest openings of the season. Her menu, inspired by travels to Italy, Spain, Africa, France, and beyond, will rely on clear, straightforward flavors. Simply grilled fish will be a mainstay.
Crispy Pork Rillettes with Shallot Grape Jam
300 Technology Sq., Cambridge; 617-576-3000; Available now
William Kovel has brought fresh life to Kendall Square with his sleek, high-concept Catalyst, fashioned as both techie boardroom and fine-dining destination. The Four Seasons and 28 Degrees alum has these crispy pork rillettes on the menu, a satisfying mid-autumn nibble even for those discriminating MIT'ers next door.
Smoked Delmonico with Hush Puppies
When Tiffani Faison's old employer, Rocca, shut down several months ago, we wondered what was in store. But we weren't worried: We knew she'd bounce back with something quirky, and that something is Sweet Cheeks, a down-home BBQ joint just up the road from Fenway. She predicts that this dish will become a signature. We won't disagree.
Chestnut Ravioli With Crispy Pig Trotter, Honeycrisp Apple, and Sauce Civet
354 Congress St., Boston; 617-737-0099; Available now
As soon as we get that raise/book deal/modeling contract that we're sure will happen any day now, we'll celebrate at Menton. No, it's not a new restaurant, but it's a modern classic that set a fresh standard for fine dining in this city. We imagine biting into this chestnut ravioli, one of Chef Colin Lynch's new innovations, as the snow starts to fall outside.
Fried Lamb's Brains
581 Washington St., Boston; 617-956-0888; Available now
Bina's gone through a few chefs but seems to be hitting its stride once again with Chef Will Foden. We never would have expected to find lamb's brains in Downtown Crossing, but here they are, on the restaurant's new Frattaglie menu. (Translation: offal.) These are served with lemon and fried sage.
House-Made Farro Flour Strachetti with Wild Boar Ragout
Chorizo Risotto with Pasilla Chiles, Scallion, and Parmigiano
Tomato Terrine in Tomato Water Aspic With Parsley Sauce and Burrata
Duck a l'Orange with Broccoli Rabe, Almonds, and Dried Fruits
90 Exeter St., Boston; 617-236-1134; Available now
Madcap chef Louis DiBiccari is at the helm of this reincarnated speakeasy that opened last month in the Back Bay. His Big Easy-meets-Boston menu is designed for sharing, and this dish is one of his favorites.
Lobster Popovers with Whiskey
900 Boylston St., Boston; 617-247-0400; Available now
Lydia Shire's famous popovers get a naughty twist this season with a shot of Jack Daniel's, whose honey tones she considers nicely suited to fall. Order them as a duo with whiskey for $14 at one of Towne's three bars, and remember: Shire only uses Lyles Golden Syrup, direct from England, for her signature dish. "Regular honey won't produce the same results," she says. Of course, we know what kind of results the whiskey will produce.
Marinated Octopus with Baby Artichokes, Olives, and Basil
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston St., Boston; 617-426-7878; Available now
Chef Robert Sisca braises his octopus for more than two hours, then tops it with a salad of clementines, raw baby artichokes, and briny olives. Crispy, crunchy artichokes complete the dish.
Pumpkin Pasta with Sweet Corn Sauce and Spiced Hazelnuts
Trina's Starlite Lounge
3 Beacon St., Somerville; 617-576-0006; Available now
Chef Suzi Maitland just added this pasta to usher in fall. Butternut squash ravioli, stuffed with pumpkin puree, is made by nearby Lilly's Gourmet. It's tossed in a sweet corn sauce with grilled corn kernels, finished with spiced hazelnuts and arugula.
Scallops with Cured Bacon and Orange-Maple Reduction
33 Stanhope St., Boston; 617-742-3333; Available now
Finally, a reason to venture over to Stanhope Street: The Brahmin, which opened this summer, has an array of very good bite-size savories on its menu. These plump scallops, wrapped with bacon and drizzled in orange-maple reduction, are wholesomely delicious.
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