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A Handful of Boston’s ‘Tourist Traps’ Are Worth a Visit

Plus, the Seaport now has a dueling piano bar — and other top stories from the week

Overhead view of a round metal ice-filled dish holding oysters on the half-shell, crab claws, lemon wedges, and sauces.
Oysters and Jonah crab claws at Neptune Oyster, which caters to tourists and locals alike (but be prepared to wait)
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As the week draws to a close, here’s a look back at the most-read stories this week, from a map of tourist traps that are actually worth visiting to news of upcoming expansion for Blackbird Doughnuts.

  1. Boston’s Tourist Trap Restaurants That Are Actually Good: If you’re going to be obvious, do so in the best way possible.
  2. James Beard Winner Taps Southie for Italian Solo Venture: Karen Akunowicz plans to open Fox and the Knife this fall.
  3. Parish Cafe’s South End Outpost Will Close on August 21: But the popular restaurant has its eyes on expanding to the Financial District.
  4. The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, Summer 2018: Spend summer with a cocktail (or several) in hand — here are some hot new cocktail destinations to try this season.
  5. Last Call: These Restaurants Are Closing but Haven’t Yet Closed: Say goodbye while you can.
  6. Croon Along With Dueling Pianists at Seaport’s Newest Bar, Opening Tonight: D’s Keys Dueling Pianos is ready to serve up hot dogs, cocktails, music, and laughs.
  7. Blackbird Doughnuts Is Building a Brighton Outpost: The large space will include a storefront as well as a production kitchen.
  8. Longtime North African Gem in Cambridge Finally Gets Liquor License: Plus, the Wagamama at the Pru is temporarily closed, and more news.
  9. Brookline Sushi Restaurant Expands to Somerville Next: Genki Ya will set up shop in Davis Square.
  10. Find Pretzels, Brats, and Hot Dogs in Cambridge This Week (and More Summer Food Events): All the local food and drink events you’ll actually want to attend.

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