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25-Year-Old Parish Cafe Is Reviving Some of Its Classic Sandwiches (and More Updates)

Cold brew tea funding, the state of growlers, and other news bites

A bowl of ramen with saffron, a soft egg, seaweed, and chopped vegetables
Black garlic mazemen at Ruckus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

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The Return of Archived Sandwiches

Parish Cafe (361 Boylston St., Back Bay; 493 Massachusetts Ave., South End) is taking a trip down memory lane in honor of its 25th anniversary. The Parish Cafe shtick is that the menu features sandwiches created by other chefs around town, and there have been many sandwiches over the years. From the original 1992 menu, Lydia Shire’s “The Lydia” and Chris Schlesinger’s “The Schlesinger” are coming back in honor of the anniversary. Plus, every two weeks throughout the year, other archived sandwiches will make a temporary return. There are also four new sandwiches on the menu: “The Hot and Dirty Pig Burger” by Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama), “The Alden” by Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow, Waypoint), “The Bondir Brisket” by Jason Bond (Bondir), and “The Bravas” by Cassie Piuma (Sarma).

Opening Alert

Temazcal Tequila Cantina expanded to Burlington last month, taking over the former Papa Razzi space at 2 Wall St. This is the third location for the Mexican restaurant and tequila bar; it’s also in Boston’s Seaport District and at MarketStreet Lynnfield, and a Dedham location is in the works as well, slated to open later this summer. The 200-seat space spans two levels and includes a bar, a seasonal patio, and private event space. Chef Osmaro Morales is an alum of Davio’s and Elephant Walk. On the menu: lobster guacamole, Acapulco street corn, plantain empanadas, and so many tequila options.

So Much More Cold Brew Tea

Local cold brew team company EvyTea just can’t stop expanding. In addition to wholesale business and farmers market visits, there’s also the Jamaica Plain brick-and-mortar tea shop that opened in June 2016; there’s the Airstream teamobile; and there’s the second shop, on the verge of opening in Charlestown. And now, there’s also $1 million in seed funding, reports BostInno, which will help expand production and distribution. Founder Evy Chen is eyeing national growth.

Growler Wars

Boston Magazine takes an extensive look at the state of growlers in Massachusetts, which may be falling out of favor, at least in the eyes of some brewers and consumers, due to various regulations, antiquated laws, and quality issues. And even as growler guidelines are reformed or clarified, not all brewers are happy with the new frontier: consumers bringing in blank growlers.

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Now open next door to Shōjō (and from the same team, plus Tiger Mama and Toro alum Mike Stark), Ruckus (5 Tyler St., Chinatown) is serving up a short menu of flavor-packed noodle and rice bowls Thursday through Sunday each week. The “Miso Lit!!!” is an excellent rendition of a spicy miso ramen (ground pork, grilled corn, shaved nori, bean sprouts, chili oil), but since a number of local ramen shops serve up a decent spicy miso ramen, try something a little bit different: the umami-packed black garlic mazemen (a brothless style of ramen) with pulled togarashi lamb, a marinated soft egg, chili threads, grilled nori, and sesame. Order at the host stand right by the entrance, grab a number, sit down anywhere, and await noodles.

A white bowl with a thick, ink-like swoosh of black around the rim is filled with spicy miso ramen, including corn, bean sprouts, and egg, and other ingredients.
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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Parish Cafe and Bar (Back Bay)

361 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617 247 4777 Visit Website

Parish Cafe and Bar (South End)

493 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 391-0501 Visit Website

Temazcal Tequila Cantina (Lynnfield)

500 Market Street, , MA 01940 (781) 334-2500 Visit Website

Temazcal Tequila Cantina

250 Northern Avenue, , MA 02210 (617) 439-3502 Visit Website

Ruckus Noodles

5 Tyler St., Boston, MA 02111

Tea Bar by EvyTea (Jamaica Plain)

253 Amory St., Boston, MA 02130 Visit Website

Temazcal Tequila Cantina (Burlington)

2 Wall St, Burlington, MA 01803 (781) 272-9700 Visit Website

Temazcal Tequila Cantina (Dedham)

660 Legacy Pl., Dedham, MA 02026 Visit Website

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