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Eat Thai Ice Cream Rolls, Pig’s Face Pizza, and Shaved Snow This Weekend

Dining recommendations for the next couple of days

Waypoint interior
Waypoint in Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Friday is here, and the weekend forecast is looking wonderful, so why not get out and try some new restaurants? We’re kicking off this weekend’s dining recommendations with a round-up of all the latest openings, and then we’ll highlight some events and more.

As always, we want to see what you’re eating, so don’t forget to use the hashtag #eaterboston on your Instagram photos of Boston-area food finds. We’ll regram some of our favorites.

Here are all the brand new restaurants to check out, ordered alphabetically and with a few sample menu items:

  • Barismo 295 (Kendall Square, Cambridge): Cold brew on tap; pourovers; espresso.
  • FoMu (Back Bay, Boston): Dairy-free ice cream in flavors such as chocolate pudding, avocado, and salted caramel.
  • Hi B3ar (Allston, Boston): Thai-styled rolled ice cream in flavors such as Matcha Lady (matcha and red bean), Morning Call (coffee and chocolate chips), and blueberry.
  • KoKo Bakery (Newton): Chocolate croissant; French country bread by the loaf; green tea cheesecake.
  • The Local Fare (Arlington): A retail shop offering products such as nut milks, macaron, and "two-bite" cookies.
  • Los Amigos Taqueria (Brighton, Boston): Create-your-own quesadilla; surf & turf burrito with grilled steak, grilled shrimp, and a variety of toppings; Baja-style fish tacos.
  • Lucy’s American Tavern (Dorchester, Boston): Watermelon and arugula salad; ahi tuna poke; chicken and waffles.
  • Mainely Burgers (Central Square, Cambridge): The "Mainah" burger (cheddar, sliced apple, sautéed onions, bacon, maple mayo); The Chicago hot dog (mustard, relish, sautéed onions, tomato, celery salt); fried Brussels sprouts (tamari, brown sugar, sesame seeds).
  • Sakura Sunakku (Chinatown, Boston): Matcha cocoa crepe; shaved snow with strawberries, red bean, and strawberry drizzle; mango parfait with boba and jelly.
  • Shake Shack (Seaport District, Boston): Seaport Salt & Malt concrete (chocolate custard, salted caramel sauce, Taza dark chocolate chunks, chocolate toffee, malt powder); Chick’n Shack with lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb mayo; ShackBurger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce.
  • Veggie Crust (Union Square, Somerville): Paneer Manchurian pizza (can be made vegan); vegan bolognese penne; coconut chai pistachio vegan "nice cream."
  • Waypoint (Harvard Square, Cambridge): Goat’s milk gnudi with spigarello, fennel pollen, uni butter, and bottarga; caviar service with plankton and white corn blini, doughnut holes, and buttermilk; pig’s face pizza with pickled fennel, apple, and robiola.

Events and more:

  • In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Italy this week, a number of local restaurants are fundraising to benefit the Italian Red Cross. Eat spaghetti all’Amatriciana; help Italy.
  • It’s time for Sundaes on Saturday in the Boston Public Market’s Kitchen space. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, Crescent Ridge Dairy and Taza Chocolate will be on hand with sundae-making supplies. $5 gets you a sundae and a raffle ticket.
  • Check out the second Szechuan Samurai pop-up at Commonwealth in Kendall Square, taking place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. $65/person for the five-course meal, which includes dishes such as spicy tuna hand rolls with Sriracha waffle cones; braised pork belly tacos; and green tea cake with spicy mango lychee. Reservations required; call (617) 945-7030.
  • The Hawthorne is hosting its final Swizzle Sunday of the season this Sunday, August 28, from 5 p.m. to sundown. It’s a tiki-themed patio party — no ticket required; festive summer dress encouraged. Absolut brand ambassador Yuna Asriyan will be on hand, serving up beverages like the Easy Bake, which includes chocolate Rice Krispies. Also on the patio: throwback toys and games.

Maps and guides:

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 820-7070 Visit Website

The Local Fare

2 Lake St, Arlington, MA 02474 (781) 218-9748

Mainely Burgers (Cambridge)

704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (617) 945-7010 Visit Website

Lucy's American Tavern

13 Granite Avenue, , MA 02124 (617) 326-6677 Visit Website

Commonwealth (Cambridge)

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142 (617) 945-7030 Visit Website

Los Amigos (Brighton Center)

366 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135 Visit Website

Veggie Crust (Somerville)

445 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 764-4605 Visit Website

The Hawthorne

500A Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 532-9150 Visit Website

Shake Shack (Seaport District)

77 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210 Visit Website


1030 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02138 (617) 864-2300 Visit Website