We’ve launched our annual spring round-up of dollar oyster deals all around town, and we’ll continue to update it regularly as new deals come to our attention. (Email us if there’s anything missing.) Additionally, we’ve organized all oyster-related news in this storystream, which you can add to your favorite RSS reader to keep an eye on any news pertaining to Boston’s growing oyster bar scene. Enjoying some amazing oysters? Post a photo on Instagram and use the hashtag #eaterboston; we’ll regram some of our favorites.
Restaurants That Aren’t Restaurants
Cambridge Day delves into a longtime Cambridge licensing problem that is finally getting solved: For years, any business selling alcohol to be consumed on the premises was technically required to have a kitchen and serve food, which was supposed to account for at least 51% of revenue. But there are various Cambridge businesses — some old, some newer — that do serve drinks even though they don’t have a kitchen (such as Whitney’s Cafe, the Lilypad, and the Cantab, which converted its kitchen into storage space almost a decade ago). So, for years, the city has reportedly been “faking inspections,” per Cambridge Day, to get around the fact that these places couldn’t comply with the license they shouldn’t have had in the first place. Now, businesses like these are finally being asked to convert to general-on-premises licenses, which allow alcohol to be served and don’t require food.
Drink & Tell and Drunk & Told
Loyal Nine bartender and longtime cocktail blogger Frederic Yarm has just released his second book on the Boston bar scene, and it’ll be in stock on Amazon within the next few days. Boston Cocktails: Drunk & Told contains over 850 recipes from over 100 Boston-area bars and restaurants, along with essays on Boston bartenders, cocktail trends, hospitality, and more. Yarm’s first book, Drink & Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book, was released in 2012.
Doughnuts & Drinks
Beverly-based pop-up Speakeasy Donuts will pop up at The Speakeasy Lab at Deacon Giles Distillery in Salem (75 Canal St.) tomorrow, May 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so if you missed the boat on making Mother’s Day plans, perhaps she’d like a Mother’s Day Eve filled with doughnuts and drinks. The Speakeasy Donuts team has been testing flavors such as coconut meringue, Deacon Giles Spiced Rum chocolate dipped doughnuts topped with candied rum walnuts, and blueberry lime glazed doughnuts with fresh blueberries.
One Thing You Should Eat Today
The problem with Waypoint (1030 Massachusetts Ave.) — and it’s a good problem to have —is that it’s so difficult to pick the best ordering strategy, because there are so many different directions you could go. Raw bar, caviar, pizza, pasta, giant shareable roasts, and straight-up small and medium plates...where to focus? It’s all great. Hint: Bring a giant group; eat everything. Most, especially the pizza, works well as leftovers, too. One standout dish from a recent visit was from the pasta section: the chickpea gemelli, which felt just right for spring with braised lamb, green garlic, chickpeas, and pinenuts.
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