Weekday Lunch Alert
In addition to the aforementioned lunch launches at Ruka and Oak + Rowan, there’s another new lunch in town: Pagu (310 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge). Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and currently includes three sets: GMR (braised pork belly bao, Guchi’s midnight ramen, and matcha cookies) for $22, Tokyo (salmon miso soup, chicken katsu, and caramel mou) for $19, and Barcelona (kale salad, tortilla espanola, and sorbet) for $22. Book online.
And a Breakfast Alert for Good Measure
Starting on Monday, February 13, Strip-T’s (93 School St., Watertown) launches light weekday breakfast service (7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday) for dining in and takeout. The opening menu includes a breakfast sandwich on a house-made biscuit with various toppings; grilled banana bread; yogurt with honey, granola, and optional banana; avocado toast; and fresh orange juice and orange juice spritzers.
Lots of openings this week: Gre.co debuted yesterday on Newbury Street with fast-casual Greek food, including gyros and loukoumades (similar to doughnut holes). Catalyst sibling Catalyst Cafe is expected to open tomorrow in Kendall Square, serving up fast-casual breakfast and lunch fare. Also tomorrow, at the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport District, Lookout Rooftop & Bar opens up heated rooftop igloos where groups can drink and enjoy the view. And that’s not the only opening in the Seaport tomorrow: Kendall Square’s Aceituna Grill expands over there with fast-casual Mediterranean.
Vice’s food website, Munchies, chats with Jamie Bissonnette about his recent Cambridge opening (with longtime collaborator Ken Oringer), Little Donkey, and its multi-cuisine menu, which jumps from matzoh ball ramen to kung pao octopus and a million other places. “So it has a little bit of a lot things and luckily it seems to be working out that you can go all over the world in one restaurant and not have it be too confusing,” says Bissonnette.
Lots of Chocolate
For The Boston Globe, Nestor Ramos goes on a quest to get out of “Valentine’s debt” since his go-to present, a fancy dinner out, was waylaid by the birth of his child last year. To do this, he “escalate[s] the heart-shaped battle” and tries to find chocolates a little different than his classic Phillips Candy House dozen dark-chocolate turtles. Follow along as he tastes his way through L.A. Burdick, Serenade Chocolatier, Gâté Comme des Filles, EHChocolatier, and more.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, the Dig Boston staff members use the occasion to rave about “100 things [they] love about Boston and refuse to live without,” and there’s plenty of great food and beverage options on the list — including lots of bars. “We’re journalists, go figure, that drinking thing is more than just a sickeningly corny cliche,” they write.
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