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Eater Boston’s Top Stories of December 2016

Catch up on the biggest stories of the month

Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland
Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland
Bill Addison for Eater

Take a look back at the most-read stories of the month as we bid adieu to 2016. (Continue down to the page to see the top stories from earlier months this year, and for a more comprehensive look at the top stories of the year as a whole, head over this way.)

December 2016

  1. Boston Winter Lands on City Hall Plaza: Skate on ice, dive into chocolate treats, and indulge in winter.
  2. Portland's Ludicrously Good Eventide Oyster Co. Is Expanding Here: You're gonna love these lobster rolls.
  3. Sarma Is One of the Best Restaurants in America: It taps into all sorts of national trends.
  4. The Most Comforting New Pasta Dishes in Boston: Hearty bowls of pasta from fun new dining destinations.
  5. Israeli Chain Landwer Cafe Will Open First U.S. Location in Boston: It will also open a cafe in Toronto.
  6. City Tap House Opens in Boston Just in Time for New Year's Eve Festivities: Ring in the new year with plenty of new beer.
  7. The Simple Greek Will Bring Fast-Casual Mediterranean Fare to Boston: It's part of a massive national expansion.
  8. Ruka Opens Today, Courtesy of the Yvonne's Team: Where Peruvian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines meet.
  9. Blue Ribbon BBQ Is Expanding to Dedham: Look for a late spring 2017 opening.
  10. 30 Essential Boston Coffee Shops: Get caffeinated.

November 2016

  1. This is Eataly Boston: You're going to eat — and cook — so much Italian food. Here's a look inside the giant Italian food playground.
  2. The Eater Boston Guide to Eataly Boston: How to eat your way through all 10,000+ products.
  3. Eater Awards 2016: Announcing the Boston Winners: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and more.
  4. Pokéworks Starts Slinging Sushi Burritos in Somerville on Thursday: Davis Square will soon overflow with poke bowls.
  5. Tiffani Faison Is Continuing Her Boylston Street Takeover With a Third Place: A mysterious 12-seat concept is in the works.
  6. Cambridge's Hong Kong in Hot Water Over 'Drugged-up' Gummy Bears: Distribution among employees led to a medical incident.
  7. Where to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Boston: Fast-casual and fine-dining options around town.
  8. Benedetto Is Now Open in Cambridge With Handmade Pasta and Plenty of Wine: The new Harvard Square restaurant is up and running.
  9. Eat Ceviche Under Palm Trees at La Casa de Pedro: The longtime Watertown restaurant expands to Boston's Seaport District.
  10. Tory Row Closes Its Doors in Harvard Square: After seven years in business, the Brattle Street restaurant has shut down.

October 2016

  1. Eataly Boston Grandly Opens November 29: Here's what you'll find there (including a Barbara Lynch collaboration).
  2. Hillstone Near Faneuil Hall Closed October 15: The lease ended.
  3. A Guide to Dining and Drinking in Salem, Massachusetts: Where to find French pastries, hard cider, ice cream, old-fashioned candy, and more.
  4. Brighton's Cafenation Transformed Into Luke's Diner for a Day: So many people lined up to drink coffee like a Gilmore girl.
  5. Chelsea Station Opened in an Old Firehouse: Here's a look at the menu.
  6. Spoke Wine Bar Will Close at the End of the Year: The Somerville restaurant says goodbye on December 22.
  7. Where to Find the Best Pastries, Cakes, and Other Sweet Treats in Boston: 20 of the best bakeries in town.
  8. Hallelujah, Area Four Debuts Its New South End Location: Wood-fired everything (including pizza) arrived at Troy Boston. [Gallery]
  9. Landmark Public House Is Coming Soon to Dorchester: Replacing Gerard's on Adams Street.
  10. RFK Kitchen Opened in Needham: From Liquid Art House and Mandarin Oriental alum Rachel Klein.

September 2016

  1. Two Longtime Harvard Square Restaurants Say Goodbye: Fire + Ice and Uno are gone.
  2. Boston Restaurant Opening Preview, Fall 2016: Stay tuned for loads of updates to this fall restaurant opening guide.
  3. Eight Essential Boston Sushi Restaurants: There's no shortage of seafood in Boston, and sushi has carved out quite a niche for itself among the lobster rolls and fried clams and crudos of the region. [Map]
  4. The Hourly Rides Into Harvard Square With So Many Oysters: Take a peek inside the Grafton Group's newest restaurant. [Gallery]
  5. Two Defunct Downtown Restaurants Will Be Reborn as an Italian Eatery and a Sports Bar: New concepts are moving into the Broad Street Riot and Julep Bar spaces.
  6. New York City’s Num Pang Is Coming to Boston: Cambodian-inspired sandwiches and more will land at the Prudential this fall.
  7. Tim Maslow Laments the Food Industry’s Paradigm Shift: "It used to be the love of my life, and now I’m having trouble understanding the existence of it in the world." [Interview]
  8. San Francisco-Based Philz Coffee Heads for Boston: The chain just received a hefty dose of funding.
  9. Blaze Pizza Arrives in Fenway This Week With a Flurry of Free Pizza: It’s the second local outpost for the California-based chain, and a third is on the way.
  10. 25 Essential Boston Coffee Shops: Get caffeinated. [Map]

August 2016

  1. Say Hello to Waypoint, Your New Absinthe-Filled Seafood Destination in Cambridge: Peek inside Michael Scelfo's follow-up to Alden & Harlow. [Gallery]
  2. End of an Era for Brookline Delicatessen: After almost 90 years, Rubin’s Kosher Delicatessen closes today.
  3. The 100th Shake Shack Opens Today, and It’s Right Here in Boston: Founder Danny Meyer discusses the appeal of Boston, redefining "chain," and more. [Interview]
  4. Joanne Chang Will Dust Boston With More Flours: Two locations in Cambridge and one in Boston, coming right up.
  5. Boston Will Finally Get a Spot for Thai Ice Cream Rolls: Get your cameras and spoons ready.
  6. Chinatown Has a New Spot for Shaved Ice and Crepes: Time for a matcha cocoa crepe at Sakura Sunakku.
  7. Fat Hen Swankily Clucks Hello to Somerville Today: Italian food in the former La Brasa market space.
  8. Hi B3ar Rolls Out Ice Cream in Allston: It’s a mesmerizing process.
  9. Haley.Henry Wine Bar Arrives Downtown Friday With ‘Spain’s Sexiest Porker’ and Mountains of Shaved Bottarga: Here’s your first look at the opening menu.
  10. Alba Team Will Open a Venetian-Style Restaurant in Quincy: Complete with house-made pasta and a raw bar.