Boston Restaurant Talk reports that chef Jason Santos is looking to turn the old Oak + Rowan space on A Street into another outlet of his Citrus & Salt, "which features Baja-inspired dishes found along the coast of Southern California and Mexico."
Charlie Dippolito checks out the new Central Perk on Newbury Street and suggests you leave it to the tourists who want to sit on a replica couch and buy "Friends" tchotchkes as the "Friends" song plays over and over and over and eat sandwiches that are just like what you could get at Panera, only more expensive and with "Friends"-based names.
The Boston Licensing Board today began considering what to do about Crave, 128 Brighton Ave. in Allston, which one police sergeant said used to have the best fried chicken in all Boston but which he says has turned into a trouble-causing nightclub with valet parking and often a DJ. Read more.
When we think of comfort food - food that warms our hearts and bodies and makes the world OK again - we think of noodles. Ramen, pho, macaroni and cheese. There's nothing like coming inside from a brisk fall day and sitting down to food that's clearly been prepared with care and delighting in the comforting textures and sensations of a warm noodle dish.
That's exactly what we found at Home Taste. Read more.
All About Beer reports Dunkin' has stopped shipping its spiked coffee-like beverage to stores for now because Mass. Bay Brewery, which makes the stuff, is holding off new shipments due to "the detection of an off flavor," related to preservatives in the brew.
Update: Board voted to grant a liquor license, should one be found at City Hall.
Victoria's Diner, which has been slinging hash at 1024 Massachusetts Ave. in Newmarket Square since 1949, has a new owner who says he plans to keep things mainly the way they are, just upgraded a bit and with 24-hour service every day and, if he can get it, a license to serve liquor until 1 a.m. Read more.
The owner of jm Curley's and the Wig Store Lounge on Temple Place hopes to expand down the street by opening a new "fast casual" Korean place and a "fine dining" sushi restaurant where diners would be serenaded with music from actual records on a record player - hi-fi records, "so it would be a hi-fi lounge," Curley's attorney, Stephen Miller, specified at a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning. Read more.
Managers at restaurants in the South End and a Faneuil Hall-area hotel had to explain to the Boston Licensing Board today why they got caught with patrons chilling with unattended bottles of tequila in ice-filled buckets at their tables when neither have licenses for bottle service, but even if they did, Boston's not the sort of place where patrons are allowed to be alone with bottles of hard liquor. Read more.
The owner of the historic Bell in Hand tavern on Union Street downtown reports he fired a worker who four-letter excoriated a Boston cop who'd written him a ticket for parking his white BMW SUV in a no-parking area just outside the tavern late one August night. Read more.
Update: Ye unobservant ed somehow completely forgot about the America's Food Basket-adjacent Dunk's!
Via the Hyde Park Facebook group comes news that the Dunkin' Donuts across from the 7/11 (where the Store 24 used to be) on Hyde Park Avenue is closing for renovations (i.e., Scandinavian design and those frou-frou coffee taps) tomorrow,
Fortunately, there's another Dunk's just up Hyde Park Avenue, less than a mile away, in the America's Food Basket strip mall.
We'd heard many good things lately about Orinoco, a Latin kitchen inspired by "taguaritas," rustic, family-run eateries found along Venezuelan roadsides, so we decided to drop by and check their array of Venezuelan and Latin American cuisines for ourselves. Read more.
El Mundo Boston reports that El Oriental de Cuba on Centre Street has closed for good. Owner and founder Nobel Garcia died in 2021 and after two years of trying to keep it going, his daughters decided it was time to say goodbye. It will be replaced by a Mexican restaurant.