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Summer Lovin': Your Late August Bucket List

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It's sadly time to come to grips with the fact that our summer days are getting more and more limited. But before we start ogling everything pumpkin and apple and begin pulling out our sweaters, let's take in summer in all its corn, tomato, ice cream, and fried seafood glory and say farewell to beach trips, ?ip-?ops, and complaining about those extra warm days properly, shall we?
Katie Chudy


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1. The Painted Burro

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219 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-0005
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Margarita: The epitome of a summertime drink, the margarita comes in many varieties, both classic and a little more unique, at The Painted Burro in Somerville. Try the watermelon margarita, with Lunazul Blanco, Aperol, fresh watermelon puree and lime juice, or stay with the house classic, De la Casa, with Agavales Blanco, Combier, and lime juice. [Photo: Burro Bar at The Painted Burro/Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

2. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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Spicy Heirloom Tomato Kisir with Watermelon and Mint; Baked Alaska: Fill your watermelon and tomato quota in one fell swoop with this salad. For the full summertime experience, enjoy this dish on their seasonal patio. Conclude your summery evening with the baked Alaska, comprised of coconut ice cream and passion fruit caramel. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

3. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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Pulled Pork Sandwich: A not-so-secret secret: Starting at 11:30 on Fridays (until they sell out), Hungry Mother offers take-out pulled pork sandwiches. Snag a bag of chips, a can of RC Cola (or an ice-cold beer, if the mood strikes you) and a homemade cookie to round out your experience. Available only until Labor Day, so hurry! [Photo: Nick the Foodie]

4. Belly

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One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 494-0968
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Fried Chicken: Get your fried chicken fix at Belly Wine Bar. Reservations are needed, but for $25/person, you get crispy fried chicken and all the staples to accompany - biscuits and honey, slaw, and housemade pickles. Also accompanying your reservation, a secured spot for you to enjoy your feast on their patio. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

5. Alive & Kicking Lobsters

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269 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-0451
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Lobster Sandwich: Sure, you can get your fix year-round from this Cambridge spot, but it’s been proven that a lobster sandwich, made with minimal mayo and scali bread, tastes better when sitting at a picnic table (available to you here, during summer months) with the warm sun on your back. [Photo: Third Coastin']

6. Toscanini's

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899 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-5877
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Ice Cream: It goes without saying that no summer is complete without ice cream. While us New Englanders tend to embrace this frozen treat year-round, it’s made for hot and humid summer days, and Toscanini’s has quite the selection. Try the burnt caramel or one of their fruity sorbets. [Photo: Official Site]

7. Neptune Oyster

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63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
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Fried Ipswich Clams: You simply can’t let summer slip away without dining on your fill of crispy, golden, fried seafood. The fried clams at Neptune Oyster, in the North End, are a great choice to satisfy your craving. [Photo: Indulge Inspire Imbibe]

8. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 532-5300
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Gazpacho: Island Creek Oyster Bar, known for their seafood and especially the oysters (duh), is a popular choice in the Kenmore neighborhood. But before you dig into a crispy IC oyster slider or a selection from the raw bar menu, have a bowl of the gazpacho - perfect for a balmy summer day. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Fenway Park

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4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 267-1700
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Sausage: Nothing screams summer like taking in a game at Fenway Park and the sweet aroma of the sausage carts that line Lansdowne Street. Ice cold (and grossly overpriced) beer in one hand and hot sausage in another is the way to watch the game. [Photo: Curbed Boston]

10. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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Maiz Asado (Corn): This ever-popular menu item is available year-round but why not sink your teeth into it when corn is in season?Better yet, snag a seat outside on their patio for some al fresco dining. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

11. Sullivan's

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2080 Day Blvd
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-5685
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Burger: After a lap around Castle Island, you obviously need a burger. A thin patty nestled in a classic, buttery burger bun and served with all the usual toppings, alongside cafeteria-esque crinkle-cut fries and a Hoodsie, should do the trick. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

1. The Painted Burro

219 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Margarita: The epitome of a summertime drink, the margarita comes in many varieties, both classic and a little more unique, at The Painted Burro in Somerville. Try the watermelon margarita, with Lunazul Blanco, Aperol, fresh watermelon puree and lime juice, or stay with the house classic, De la Casa, with Agavales Blanco, Combier, and lime juice. [Photo: Burro Bar at The Painted Burro/Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
219 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Spicy Heirloom Tomato Kisir with Watermelon and Mint; Baked Alaska: Fill your watermelon and tomato quota in one fell swoop with this salad. For the full summertime experience, enjoy this dish on their seasonal patio. Conclude your summery evening with the baked Alaska, comprised of coconut ice cream and passion fruit caramel. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141
Pulled Pork Sandwich: A not-so-secret secret: Starting at 11:30 on Fridays (until they sell out), Hungry Mother offers take-out pulled pork sandwiches. Snag a bag of chips, a can of RC Cola (or an ice-cold beer, if the mood strikes you) and a homemade cookie to round out your experience. Available only until Labor Day, so hurry! [Photo: Nick the Foodie]
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

4. Belly

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Fried Chicken: Get your fried chicken fix at Belly Wine Bar. Reservations are needed, but for $25/person, you get crispy fried chicken and all the staples to accompany - biscuits and honey, slaw, and housemade pickles. Also accompanying your reservation, a secured spot for you to enjoy your feast on their patio. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Alive & Kicking Lobsters

269 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Lobster Sandwich: Sure, you can get your fix year-round from this Cambridge spot, but it’s been proven that a lobster sandwich, made with minimal mayo and scali bread, tastes better when sitting at a picnic table (available to you here, during summer months) with the warm sun on your back. [Photo: Third Coastin']
269 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Toscanini's

899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Ice Cream: It goes without saying that no summer is complete without ice cream. While us New Englanders tend to embrace this frozen treat year-round, it’s made for hot and humid summer days, and Toscanini’s has quite the selection. Try the burnt caramel or one of their fruity sorbets. [Photo: Official Site]
899 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
Fried Ipswich Clams: You simply can’t let summer slip away without dining on your fill of crispy, golden, fried seafood. The fried clams at Neptune Oyster, in the North End, are a great choice to satisfy your craving. [Photo: Indulge Inspire Imbibe]
63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

8. Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Gazpacho: Island Creek Oyster Bar, known for their seafood and especially the oysters (duh), is a popular choice in the Kenmore neighborhood. But before you dig into a crispy IC oyster slider or a selection from the raw bar menu, have a bowl of the gazpacho - perfect for a balmy summer day. [Photo: Facebook]
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115

9. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
Sausage: Nothing screams summer like taking in a game at Fenway Park and the sweet aroma of the sausage carts that line Lansdowne Street. Ice cold (and grossly overpriced) beer in one hand and hot sausage in another is the way to watch the game. [Photo: Curbed Boston]
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

10. Toro

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Maiz Asado (Corn): This ever-popular menu item is available year-round but why not sink your teeth into it when corn is in season?Better yet, snag a seat outside on their patio for some al fresco dining. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Sullivan's

2080 Day Blvd, Boston, MA 02127
Burger: After a lap around Castle Island, you obviously need a burger. A thin patty nestled in a classic, buttery burger bun and served with all the usual toppings, alongside cafeteria-esque crinkle-cut fries and a Hoodsie, should do the trick. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
2080 Day Blvd
Boston, MA 02127

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