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An Oleana Alum Opens Her Own Restaurant in Burlington, Vermont Today (and More Updates)

A gelato cart, loads of awards, and other news bites

A paper plate of fried clams, fries, and onion rings sits in a cardboard tray on a red-and-white-checkered tablecloth
Chubby’s original fried clam plate at Woodman’s of Essex
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Welcome back to Morning Briefing, an almost-daily round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Opening Alert

Tonight, Oleana alum Cara Chigazola-Tobin and Hen of the Wood alum Allison Gibson open their own Mediterranean mezze restaurant, Honey Road, up in Burlington, Vermont (156 Church St.), serving dishes such as zucchini lamejun with baby greens, halloumi, and lemon; pomegranate-glazed lamb chops with almond tabouleh; and crispy duck legs, pearl onions, pilav, and almonds. (Here’s the menu.)

Gelato Alert

In Southie and in the mood for gelato? Capo (443 W. Broadway) now has a seasonal outdoor gelato stand open Thursday through Sunday (weather permitting) from noon to 7 p.m., serving gelato and sorbet from Malden-based Giovanna Gelato. The rotating array of options may include gelato flavors such as salted caramel, Nutella, cannoli, and tiramisu, along with sorbets such as blood orange, passion fruit, and peach. Choose small ($3.25) or large ($4.75). Toppings are available for $0.50 each, including broken cannoli shells, strawberry jam, and more. Purchase gelato at the outdoor stand and eat on the go or inside of Capo’s cafe area. It’s also available as dessert for dinner customers.

Awards Season

Both The Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine have just published their big awards packages for the year. The Improper’s Boston’s Best includes over 100 winners in the “food & drink” and “bars & clubs” sections, such as Thai (Cha Yen Thai Cookery in Watertown), Roast Chicken (La Brasa in East Somerville), Late Night (Peach Farm in Chinatown), and Comeback (East Coast Grill). Boston Magazine’s 2017 Best of Boston includes restaurant-related winners in around 60 general categories, plus additional winners specifically for the Cape & Islands, a few specific Boston-area neighborhoods, and suburbs. Winners include Neptune Oyster for best lobster roll, Renae Connolly of Benedetto for best pastry chef, Night Shift for best brewery, and more.

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Extend the long weekend just a little longer: Ditch work and drive to Essex. Enjoy a sunny day on the North Shore — and all the fried things. Today’s the day for a New England classic, fried clams at Woodman’s of Essex. Get the Chubby’s original plate, which includes clams — perfectly fried, remarkably non-greasy — plus fries and onion rings. You can restart your healthy eating goals tomorrow.

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Peach Farm

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Night Shift Brewing

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Neptune Oyster

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La Brasa

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Honey Road

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East Coast Grill

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Cha Yen Thai Cookery

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