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Grand Opening of Highly Anticipated Restaurant During SLA2015

by SLA New England member Betty Edwards, Senior Research Analyst at Draper Lab

The Eating & Drinking page of the website lists some great restaurants near the Convention Center. But one that is a bit farther out is called Committee and will have its grand opening on Monday, June 15.

Foodies in Boston have been talking about it for months.  It’s about a mile (15-20 min walk) from the Convention Center at 50 Northern Avenue on the ground floor of the Vertex Headquarters.

The experience will be communal, the food Eastern Mediterranean, and you can dine al fresco in the evening.  Here’s a slide show of the beautiful interior and some of their dishes, and you can find the menu here.  Bon Appetit!

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SLA New England Hosted Dine Arounds at SLA 2015

SLA New England Hosted Dine Arounds at SLA 2015

The SLA New England Chapter will host several dine arounds on Saturday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 16th.  It is a great opportunity to meet fellow attendees and dine at some great restaurants near the convention center.  Check out the list of restaurants below along with who to contact to RSVP. Note, we are accepting a limited number of RSVPs per restaurant.  Each host will let you know when the limit has been met and we will update this post accordingly.  All restaurants are short walks from specified meeting locations.

Saturday, June 13th 

6:00pm Barking Crab (http://barkingcrab.com/): American pub fare and decent beer selection. “First come. First served basis” so there maybe a wait.
Address: 88 Sleeper St.
Dine Around Host: Jamie Emery. Send your RSVP by Monday, June 8th to jamie.emery@gmail.com with your name and email/phone information.
Meetup Location:  We will meet in the Seaport Boston Hotel Lobby by 5:35. Look for a person holding a sign reading ‘SLA New England’ sign. Group will depart promptly at 5:50 p.m.

 

6:00pm Blue Dragon (https://www.ming.com/blue-dragon.htm):”Blue Dragon is a comfortable, neighborhood place to simply hang out, have a drink and enjoy some incredible food. The tapas-style menu adds Ming’s East West twist to many pub favorites. The bar is well-stocked with a number of craft beers, worldly wines, premium sakes and signature cocktails. “Seating is on a first come, first served basis” but we are working on securing a reservation.
Address: 324 A Street
Dine Around Host: Stefanie Maclin-Hurd. Send your RSVP by Monday, June 8th to srmaclin@gmail.com with your name and email/phone information.
Meetup Location: We will meet in the Westin Boston Waterfront Lobby by 5:30. Look for a person holding a sign reading SLA New England sign. Group will depart promptly at 5:45 p.m.

 

6:30pm Legal Seafood (http://www.legalseafoods.com): One of the most popular seafood restaurants in Boston. “Here you’ll enjoy an all-day menu of seafood favorites with a twist as well as shareable plates, pastas and pizzas made to order in an open kitchen.”
Address: 270 Northern Ave
Dine Around Hosts: Gabi Toth and Jess Wallis. – No longer accepting RSVPs
Meetup Location:  Meet in the Seaport Boston Hotel Lobby by 6:10. Look for a person holding a sign reading SLA New England sign. Group will depart promptly at 6:20 p.m.

 

7:00pm Papagayo (http://papagayorestaurants.com/): “Buzzing Mexican kitchen & tequila bar starring guacamole made tableside & stiff margaritas.”
Address: 283 Summer St
Dine Around Host: Karen Sluzenski – No longer accepting RSVPs
Meetup Location:  Meet in the Westin Boston Waterfront Lobby by 6:30. Look for a person holding a sign reading SLA New England sign. Group will depart promptly at 6:45 p.m.

 


Tuesday, June 16th

7:00pm Barlow’s Restaurant (http://barlowsrestaurant.com/): “Eatery serving gussied-up American standards & cocktails in an airy, industrial space with a patio.”
Address: 241 A Street
Dine Around Host: Joy McNally Brandow- No longer accepting RSVPs
Meetup Location:  Meet in the Westin Boston Waterfront Lobby by 6:30. Look for a person holding a sign reading SLA New England sign. Group will depart promptly at 6:45 p.m.

 

7:00 pm Jerry Remy’s (http://www.jerryremysseaport.com/):  Former Red Sox player and team’s current  announcer has a restaurant near the convention center. The restaurant serves American pub fare.
Address: 250 Northern Ave
Dine Around Host: Wendy Austin. Send your RSVP by Thursday June 11th to austin.wendy@gmail.com with your name and email/phone information.
Meetup Location: Meet in the Seaport Boston Hotel Lobby by 6:35. Look for a person holding a sign reading SLA New England sign. Group will depart promptly at 6:50 p.m.

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Boston for Beer Lovers

Boston for Beer Lovers

Thanks to Sarah Bennett, Director Of Library Services at Sullivan & Worcester, LLP for compiling this list. 

Boston (and surrounding areas) are known for its local brews.  Check out this guide for places for local brews along with great beer selections. The guide’s order is from closest to the convention center to farthest.

Harpoon Brewery is a short walk from the Convention Center. This destination brewery has  a beer hall,  brewery tours for $5 and a retail shop.  The beer hall and tours are both family friendly, except on Saturdays, when the Beer Hall is 21+.

Row 34 with a world class rating of 100 from the Beer Advocate, this restaurant is not only known for its unique beer selections but for great oysters! It is also a short walk from the convention center.

Bell in Hand, is one of the oldest bars in the United States. The bar has been around since 1795! Decent beer selection. The pub is in the Government Center area near Faneuil Hall. Walkable on a very nice day but you can also take the subway to State Street station on the Orange or Blue Lines or Downtown Crossing station on the Red or Orange Lines.

Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale is walkable on a nice day but you can also catch a bus or the Silver Line or Red Line to Downtown Crossing.  Zagat has ranked Stoddard’s one of the “best restaurants in Downtown Cross./Financial District Boston” with 20 Draft Lines & 5 Cask Engines.  Good craft beer selection. Open at 5pm Tues-Sat. 11am Sunday. Closed Monday. 

Tip Tap Room was ranked by Zagat one of the “best restaurants Near Boston’s T.D. Garden“, the home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. Located in the Beacon Hill area, it is a gastropub with 30 taps and world class rating from the Beer Advocate of 95. Tip Tap is a short walk from Charles MGH station on the Red Line.

Bukowski Tavernif you are in the Back Bay area of the city, then check out this funky and popular dive bar  named after the famous poet, Charles Bukowski. It has a great beer selection. The tavern is walking distance from Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and Copley, Prudential, and Hynes Convention stations on the Green Line.

Lower Depths is home of over 150 bottles of beer, 16 rotating drafts, and killer food. Best to go when the Red Sox aren’t in town.  Younger crowd, great service. The restaurant is near Kenmore station on the Green Line.  

Cambridge Brewing Company, if you find yourself in the Cambridge area then check out what Zagat named “best beer halls in Boston area.” My personal favorite.  A Brew pub with something for everyone.  A solid line of year round brews and eclectic seasonals paired with localvore American comfort fare. Hop on the Red line to Kendall Square /MIT station then walk ½ mile or cab.  The station exits at the Boston Marriottt Cambridge so cabs are available.

Lord Hobo, is a short walk from Cambridge Brewing Company so a great addition to your trip to Cambridge. Hipstery bar with a world class beer list.

Sam Adams Boston Brewery, get up close with the company that started it all. Tours are available Monday – Thursday and Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Friday from 10am – 5:30pm. Tours are free. The Brewery is a short walk from the Stonybrook station on the Orange Line.

Deep Ellum has been ranked by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the Allston area of Boston. It is known for great craft beer selection and unique cocktails.  House made charcuterie.  Great atmosphere. Hop on the Green Line Boston College “B” branch to Harvard Ave and then a 5 minute walk.

The Publick House, if you find yourself in beautiful Brookline then check out this restaurant ranked by Zagat asbest pub food in Boston area.”Friendly pub with excellent food and good brews.  Hop on the Green Line Cleveland Circle “C” branch to Washington Square stop.

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Boston for Gluten-Free’ers

Boston for Gluten-Free’ers

This post was written by Claudette Newhall, Librarian at the Congregational Library and Archives

These apps can help you locate gluten-free and/or allergy safe restaurants. You may want to search by the address of the Convention Center (415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210)  or an area of Boston (Boston Seaport, Faneuil Hall, or Boston North End).

  • Find Me Gluten Free
  • Allergy Eats — There is overlap with Find Me Gluten Free. They also have a list of “Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains.”

Both my husband and mother-in-law have Celiac Disease and we are very particular about eating in trustworthy restaurants. The restaurants listed below are ones where we have eaten several times and that we recommend.

Near the Convention Center

  • Legal Seafood Harborside:  Seafood and more. They have a gluten-free menu with lobster and fried seafood available. They are good about accommodating any other allergy-related requests.
  • Legal Test Kitchen: Seafood and more. They have a gluten-free menu (not the same menu as Legal Harborside) and they are good about accommodating any other allergy-related requests.
  • Rosa Mexicano:  Mexican food. They have a gluten-free menu.
  • Blue Dragon:  Asian plus.  They have a gluten-free menu.  They are good about accommodating any other allergy-related requests.
  • Nebo: Italian food.  They have a gluten-free menu and gluten-free pasta.

Downtown Boston

  • Back Deck: American food.  They have a gluten-free menu.
  • Legal Crossing: Seafood and more. They have a gluten-free menu (not the same menu as Legal Harborside) and they are good about accommodating any other allergy-related requests.

Chinatown

  • SA PA: Vietnamese good. They have a gluten-free menu.
  • Many other restaurants in Chinatown can also offer gluten-free dishes by request. Call ahead to each specific place you are interested in to make sure.

North End

  • Many restaurants in the North End offer gluten-free pasta. Call ahead to each specific place you are interested in to make sure.

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Boston for Chocolate Lovers

Boston for Chocolate Lovers

by SLA New England member Nicole Dutton, MLIS — Librarian and Records Management Analyst at the Charles S. Morgan Technical Library of the National Fire Protection Agency

Boston’s culinary reputation is mired in historical cliché — chowdah, lobstah, and baked beans. And that’s fine for folks who like that sort of thing. (We do have really exceptional chowder and lobster… But that’s another blog post.) But let’s face it, why would you eat that when there’s chocolate?

Herewith, a tour of the best places to eat chocolate while you’re in the city.

  1. L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square
    This tiny shop on Brattle Street is my preferred source for a chocolate fix. Their drinking chocolate is transcendent and worth the hefty price tag. A small (the size of an espresso cup) will run you $4 and is rich enough to satisfy most everyday chocolate cravings. If your need is greater, it comes in larger sizes, too. If you like your sweets cold, their iced chocolate drink served in a tall narrow glass at one of the handful of tables. The shop also sells pastries, coffee, and tea, but, frankly, I’ve never had them. Why? The chocolate is right there.

    There is also a counter that sells luscious high-end bonbons (at luscious high-end prices). They are most famous for their chocolate mice with little colorful tails but I can also suggest the caramel trio and the chocolate cigar, filled with cognac-flavored ganache.

  2. Taza Chocolate in Somerville
    A few more stops outbound on the Redline, you’ll find Taza. This is perfect for those who want to get into the nitty gritty of their chocolate. Stone-ground bars and discs have a rustic texture and the flavors harken back to the Mexican roots with variations like guajillo chili and cinnamon. You can tour the factory (make reservations online at the link above) for a detailed look at just how your chocolate gets made. If that seems like too much work, simply pick up their nubbly discs at shops around the city.
  3. Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop in Boston
    If you don’t want to go all the way out to Somerville, but still want to see your chocolate getting made, consider this historical demonstration (and tasting) on the campus of the Old North Church. You get to see costumed re-enactors processing chocolate the way that it would have been during the Colonial era. It’s educational chocolate!  No, really! It’s a great stop if you’re on the Freedom Trail and need to get your cocoa fix.

    Plus, it’s in the North End, so you’re practically right next to….

  4. Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry
    I happen to prefer my chocolate straight, but I understand that not everyone shares my tastes. If you want your chocolate enrobing beautiful pastries or as pastry cream inside pâte à choux, then consider these two tourist stalwarts of the North End. Mike’s is more popular by far (you’ll see people all over the city carrying the distinctive white boxes with blue writing, tied with red-and-white bakery string) and you may have to fight throngs of crowds to get to the counter. It’s a bit of a free-for-all, but the pastry is quite excellent. They are most famous for their cannoli. That said, Modern, down the street, is just as good, if less famous, and usually has shorter lines.
  5. Flour Bakery at four locations in Boston and Cambridge
    If you like your chocolate baked into cookies, cakes, and tarts, you’ve got to visit Flour. Joanne Chang, who wrote a cookbook of the same name, make a glorious assortment of nibbles and treats, like the grown-up bake sale of your dreams. Consider the “chunky Lola,” a cookie loaded with oats, chocolate, coconut, and toasted pecans. Purists may want the “tcho double chocolate with walnuts,” which is best described as experiment in just how much chocolate can you put into one cookie. (A lot.) You can also grab non-chocolate things like breakfast foods and sandwiches, if you feel the need.
  6. The Chocolate Bar at Cafe Fleuri in Boston
    For a really hard-core fix, make reservations at the Chocolate Bar on Saturday at the Hotel Langham. It’s literally an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet with more than 100 different dishes, from crepes and Boston creme pie to bread pudding and ice cream sundaes. This is the pinnacle of chocolate in Boston. Or, rather, one of them. The other is …
  7. The Chocolate Walking Tour in the South End
    A two-and-a-half hour walking tour of one of the city’s most chichi neighborhoods, sampling chocolate as you go.  Despite the long time, it’s really only about a mile hike, with lots of delicious stops along the way to rest your feet. The South End is a culinary hotbed and the tour will teach you about buying, using, preparing, and eating the beautiful chocolate you can find here.

    Sadly, both the tour and the buffet are on Saturdays only, so you need to choose one or the other. Reserve your place soon.  Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention…

  8. Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie in Salem
    The country oldest candy shop isn’t in Boston, but if you go on a road trip to Salem you should stop by. They carry the usual assortment of candy shop chocolates and truffles, as well as some unique old-fashioned options like Gibralters and Black Jacks.

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