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Bagels and Seafood Boils Are So Hot Right Now

Plus, popular suburban dumplings are coming to Cambridge — and other top stories from the week

Cajun-style seafood at Bootleg Special
Cajun-style seafood at Bootleg Special
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The wind is howling, the rain is falling, and downtown Boston is hopefully not flooding too badly. As the week draws to a close, here’s a look back at the most-read stories this week, from beer to dumplings to an izakaya on the Cape:

  1. The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, March 2018: This month, the Heatmap got two sizzling hot new additions: Exodus Bagels and Bootleg Special.
  2. This Forthcoming Cambridge Dumpling Joint Has Some Serious Legacy: Dumpling Daughter — related to 1980s waterfront mainstay Sally Ling’s — is expanding from Weston to Kendall Square.
  3. Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette Are Doing Another Cool Thing: It’s not a new restaurant, but it’s a chance to eat at three restaurants in one night.
  4. Fenway’s Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company Is Playing for Keeps: Fenway is home to quite the gaming and beer-drinking experience — even though the head brewer is thousands of miles away.
  5. Lucky Malden’s Getting Two New Breweries (and One Will Have Cheese): Chelsea’s Mystic Brewery will open a taproom near Idle Hands, and a brewpub called Faces — yes, related to the defunct nightclub — is also in the works.
  6. A Short-Lived Cambridge Cafe Will Become a Ramen Bar: Brew on the Grid will become Stix Noodle Bar, from the same owners.
  7. You’ll Never Believe This, but yet Another Caffe Nero Opens Today: Plus, beer tap umbrellas, a spinach pie you should eat today, and more news.
  8. Downtown Boston Now Has One of Those Weird ‘Modern’ McDonald’s With Table Service: Plus, a Southern restaurant debuts today, a seasonal ice cream shop makes its return, and more news.
  9. Take a Boozy, Guinness-Filled Crawl Through Brighton: This booze crawl’s not all about Irish bars, but there will be some Irish bars.
  10. A Drink Alum Wants to Open an Awesome-Sounding Provincetown Izakaya: Plus, a big birthday for L’Espalier, soft serve you should eat today, and more news.

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