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Eat Soba, Plăcinte, and Suckling Pig This Weekend

Some dining recommendations for the weekend

Interior shot of the bar at a brewery. A glossy wooden bar has red and silver metal stools.
Winter Hill Brewing Company
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

It's Friday, and although it's warm today, we're apparently facing the possibility of some weekend snow. Take your mind off of the weird weather: Here are some suggestions to help with your weekend dining plans. We'll recap some restaurant openings from the past week in case you want to try something brand new, share a couple of boozy weekend events, and provide some recommendations from our team.

Your job: Show us what you eat this weekend. We've recently joined Instagram and love to repost your best Boston food photos. Just tag them #eaterboston, and we'll keep an eye out.

First, some new options around town:

Moldova Restaurant: This Moldovan restaurant softly opens today in the former Maria Di Napoli space in Newton's Nonantum neighborhood; call (617) 916-5245 for reservations (encouraged). 344 Watertown St., Nonantum, Newton

Sugidama: You'll find house-made soba, yakitori, sushi, and lots more at this new Japanese restaurant, which softly opened in Davis Square late last week. Early reviews are glowing. 260 Elm St., Suite 106, Davis Square, Somerville

Winter Hill Brewing Company: The cafe opened earlier this week, and you've probably seen a flurry of social media posts thanks to a few nights of soft openings at the taproom, but it's the real deal today — Winter Hill Brewing Company officially opens at 4 p.m. Five beers on tap, sandwiches, and more. 328 Broadway, Winter Hill, Somerville

Formaggio Kitchen: Not new, but back for the season — it's sidewalk barbecue time. Head to the Huron Village location on Saturday at 11 a.m. (or earlier, since there's typically a line) for brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, and lots more. 244 Huron Ave., Huron Village, Cambridge

Booze it up this weekend:

Mary Madness: "Things are gonna get bloody," promises this bloody mary competition, taking place at Bambara on Sunday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Competitors include Bambara, Trina's Starlite Lounge, Russell House Tavern, Firebrand Saints, Banyan Bar + Refuge, Highball Lounge, Citizen Public House, and No. 9 Park. Tickets are $40 and include tastes of each bloody mary as well as snacks from Bambara. 25 Edwin H Land Blvd., East Cambridge, Cambridge

Speed Rack: Female bartenders battle it out at this speed-bartending competition, now in its fifth season. Events take place throughout the United States as well as in Canada and the UK. Boston's event is at the Royale on April 3 at 3 p.m. The $20 ticket includes samples of punches and snacks. The event series raises money for breast cancer research, education, and prevention. 279 Tremont St., Theatre District, Boston

And now, a few suggestions from the Eater Boston team:

Emily Phares, Eater Boston contributor:

"Bisq is definitely worth a visit. It's an unassuming place with fantastic food, and — at least on the night I recently went — a strictly '90s playlist. The standout dishes: Creole calf's liver mousse with candied jalapenos, Southern-smoked lamb ribs, and the suckling pig roast special. The latter consists of various suckling pig parts served on an appetizer-size plate; it's not a whole pig. Delicious delicious delicious. I was also tempted by their dessert charcuterie platter but instead walked four minutes to Oleana for dessert — walnut bostock and sherry. Also heartily recommended." Bisq — 1071 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge; Oleana — 134 Hampshire St., Area IV, Cambridge

Dana Hatic, Eater Boston associate editor:

"Since it's supposed to be cold and potentially snowy this weekend, I'd recommend holing up at The Publick House and eating a bunch of mac and cheese while drinking some excellent beers." 1648 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline

Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Eater Boston editor:

"Hallelujah, I made it through 30 days of a wacky diet, and on March 31, I promptly ate my weight in sushi and more at Uni. I'd never been to the former Uni, so I can't compare experiences, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the newly expanded Uni. Snag a sushi bar seat if you can. Hard to choose highlights because I loved everything, but here are a few: toro (fatty tuna) with uni powder; kinmedai (splendid alfonsino), which was a special yesterday and is also an excellently named fish; Berkshire pork belly steam buns; and seared Korean rice cakes with kalbi oxtail, kimchee butter, and gremolata. Great soundtrack, too, with some high-volume (but not too high) late '80s and early '90s hip-hop and more." 370 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston

Uni Boston

370A Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 536-7200 Visit Website

Moldova Restaurant

344 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458 (617) 916-5245 Visit Website


25 Edwin H Land Boulevard, , MA 02141 (617) 868-4444 Visit Website


260 Elm St., Suite 106, Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 764-5770 Visit Website

Formaggio Kitchen

358 Huron Avenue, , MA 02138 (617) 354-4750 Visit Website


221 Grove Road, , England E3 5SN 020 3011 0980 Visit Website

The Publick House

1648 Beacon Street, , MA 02445 (617) 277-2880 Visit Website


134 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 661-0505 Visit Website


1071 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-3693 Visit Website

Winter Hill Brewing Company

328 Broadway, , MA 02145 (617) 718-2337 Visit Website