Posts for January 14, 2013

Michael Schlow Closes Happy's, Will Replace It With Mexican Restaurant in February

Michael Schlow happily contemplates more Mexican food.

Michael Schlow tells Grub Street via a rep that he will replace Kenmore Square's Happy's with an as-yet-unnamed Mexican restaurant, which will open in early February. Says Schlow: "Call it Murphy's Law, but on the eve of closing Happy's this Saturday, we had one of our busiest weekends since opening last year. If nothing else, this solidifies our belief in the neighborhood and commitment to our customers. We're excited to introduce a new Mexican restaurant to the Fenway area in early February. Look for a margarita menu, lots of different quesadillas, awesome tacos, 70 different tequilas, and of course, a new signature burger...this one with avocado, bacon, and chipotle. Just in time for the Red Sox season, the new restaurant will offer Boston fans a fun spot to grab a couple beers, a quesadilla, and some tacos on the way to the game."

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Video Feed: Get Ready For the Carnivorous Pleasures of The Hunt

You don't actually see Next chef Dave Beran bag a pheasant in the new video for The Hunt menu, running now, but you see plenty of other things in the latest, beautifully-put together work from resident filmmaker Christian Seel that leave you in no doubt that The Hunt is about the carnal pleasures of carnivorousness. Heads are cut off, bones are sanded down for eating marrow out of, red meat is trimmed and even pureed... all these things happen in fine dining, but this meal isn't about keeping them behind the kitchen door. Check out two minutes and forty-four seconds of red-blooded meat below, and speaking of red, according to Twitter, this is the first Next video shot on their latest toy— a Red Scarlet 4K digital video camera. So be sure to watch it in 1080p as large as you can— and apparently it even comes in a 3D version (we haven't actually tested that out, especially on these vivid images).

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80's Rap Icon Biz Markie Will Compete at a Brighton Cook-Off

Chef Biz.Photo: Facebook/Biz Markie

Yeah, we were surprised, too. But the man behind such enduring classics as "Just a Friend" has what you need: food! Yes, Markie is also a health food nut; he even teaches healthy cooking classes in Washington, D.C. He'll go up against chef Wheeler del Torro at 3 Scoops Cafe (403 Washington St., Brighton) on Janaury 26 at 7 p.m., whipping up soul food with secret ingredients in honor of Black History Month.

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Go Behind the Scenes With Tony Maws in a Juicy New Book

We doubt it'll get panned.Photo: Berkley.

"Did the wonderful chef Tony Maws know he revealed so much?” asks GQ's Alan Richman, somewhat cryptically, in a jacket blurb for Back of the House, psychologist Scott Haas's scintillating peek at the inner workings of Craigie on Main's kitchen. Well, apparently Maws does know that he divulged all, and he's fine with it.

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Tastykakes-Maker Is Buying Hostess Bread Brands: Will Twinkies Be Saved?

It's a miracle!

If you've been living in a nuclear fallout shelter packed with Ho Hos and Ding Dongs since news broke of Hostess filing for bankruptcy, it's time to come out and see the light. Flower Foods Inc., a company in Georgia that produces Tastykakes, Nature's Own, and Cobblestone Mill, is buying six of Hostess's bread brands for $390 million. The deal isn't finalized yet because the bankruptcy court must approve it, but it looks like Wonder Bread will be back in your bodega soon (did it ever really expire, though?). Maybe consider starting a prayer group for Twinkies. [Earlier, AP]

Wahlburgers Reality Show Begins Filming

Mark Wahlberg, reality star.Photo: Getty Images

That reality show we told you about featuring Wahlburgers' chef Paul Wahlberg and his celebrity siblings Mark and Donnie begins taping tomorrow, according to the Boston Globe. The show is all about what it takes to run a successful restaurant — despite recent woes. Wahlburgers has been in the news lately thanks to a lawsuit alleging that ex-manager Ed St. Croix did an "abysmal" job and the arrest of CEO Rick Vanzura for midday drunk-driving. This series could be juicy!

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag