Monday, October 5, 2015

local eats

I moved to Newton back in August - the neighborhood that's just a few blocks from Oak Square in Brighton. It's the burbs in a very light sense. I have actually been to all of these spots prior to the move - but I figured now was as good a time as any to share where I like to go in Newton, Allston and Brighton.  

Hopsters | Newton Corner

I have yet to actually brew my own beer at Hopsters, but I have been happily popping in to enjoy a pint of theirs with a tasty Pepperoni or Pesto flatbread or a hearty Artisanal Cheese Board ($11). Choose from five local cheeses served with crusty bread, jam, cornichons, whole grain mustard, and the chef's daily sides. Pictured below is the Dorset Bardwell Farm, VT a raw cow's milk cheese which is rich, buttery and creamy. The chef's sides are plentiful - ours came with roasted red pepper hummus, wasabi peas, spicy nuts, red grapes, green apple slices, pickled onions and pickled green beans. You could go even bigger and opt for the Ploughman's Board ($22) - choose three local charcuterie and add any of the artisanal cheeses for an additional $9. 
292 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458

Deep Ellum | Allston
I like this spot very much. On a most recent visit seated on the cozy back patio under lush greenery we ate a Swissbakers Fresh Pretzel ($6), the Farro Risotto ($14) (pictured) with corn succotash, goat cheese and fiddleheads and the Chicken 2 Ways ($16) with smoked andouille sausage, confit thigh, cheese grits, braised collard greens and peach relish. It was an excellent meal. We were taking the 57 bus home and it's a convenient stop along the route.
477 Cambridge Street 
Allston, MA 02134

Max & Leo's | Newton Corner

At Max and Leo's tiny (eight bar stools and two tables) Newton Corner establishment, the 900 degree coal fired oven turns out exquisite artisan pies. Pictured is The Brooksy ($17.95) a white olive oil pizza with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, wild mushroom, mascarpone and mozzarella cheese and The Marley ($16.75) a tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese based pie finished with arugula, shaved parmesan and a balsamic drizzle. See also: a Definitive Guide to Boston Pizza in the Improper Bostonian and Boston's 12 Best Pizza Joints in the Boston Globe.
Max & Leo's 
325 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02458 

Devlin's | Brighton Center
Their back patio is huge - sprawling and sun-drenched; definitely a nice neighborhood spot. I had mixed feelings on the food, though. I would not get the Breakfast Tacos ($12) with jalapeno scrambled eggs, pulled pork, beans, tomatillo salsa and guacamole again. They were overloaded with pork and I could barely pick them up - just a runny, messy...mess. I enjoyed the Truffle & Parmesan Eggplant Fries ($9) dusted in rosemary and sea salt, topped with a sunny side egg. These were a unique and creative way to prepare eggplant. Bob got the Banana Bread French Toast which was a special that day and the winning dish on this visit! 
332 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135

Cook. | Newton 

Cook is a great restaurant to have in the neighborhood. A cheerful, modern space serving creative american comforts, we have only popped in for brunch - grabbing seats at the bar, and are looking forward to returning for a dinner date soon. (And now it would appear we have an obsession with Banana French Toast...) Actually, the menu here offers a Peach Cobbler French Toast ($12) made with portuguese sweet bread, but, on this afternoon they substituted a banana version. I still got my fill of peach in liquid form with a Bellini ($9) (peach schnapps, peach and sparkling wine). Their Smokey Pepper Grilled Cheese ($12) is another excellent choice, made with manchego, house boursin, crispy shallots and a smoky pepper jam with a side of leafy greens and sweet pickles.

825 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460

The Breakfast Club | Allston
A retro 80's themed diner, playing all 80's music, the Breakfast Club is a staple in our brunch rotation and one not to miss!

The Breakfast Club
270 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134

AND - my TOP three favorites. I would be remiss to leave out these establishments; three that I would recommended you venture out of the city for that truly deserve a post of their own. (Someday!)
Thai North | Oak Square | my favorite Thai Food. Jen's post says it all.
Buff's Pub | Newton Corner | better buffalo wings than Buffalo itself.
sycamore. | Newton Centre | upscale neighborhood bistro. perfect for date night. consistently winning Best of Boston awards since they opened in 2013.