Food and Drink

Where to have a cozy fireside dinner in Boston

Leather. Bricks. Fire. Everything you need to hearten your soul. Photo: South End Buttery

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and there's nothing quite as romantic as a fireside dinner.

  • Even though we've had a very mild winter so far, this is New England — our luck is bound to change.

Massachusetts's Beard-caliber restaurants

The Dungeness "crab fried rice" with ginger scallion vinaigrette at Nightshade Noodle Bar. Photo: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Greater Boston and Massachusetts at large are well-represented on this year's list of James Beard Awards semifinalists. Twelve local chefs and restaurants are among the nominees for the 2023 awards.

Why it matters: The James Beards are the Oscars of the food world, with an annual ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In search of Boston's best Buffalo wings

The classic pile of bird body parts. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/Getty Images

Deehan here. In honor of the Patriots playing the Buffalo Bills tonight, I went searching for Boston's best Buffalo wings.

To find the most authentic wings, I took along a friend born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., who knows a thing or two about frying and saucing bird parts. After a thorough research process (asking Twitter) we decided to check out the three most recommended Boston-area bars.

4 places to grab lunch under $10 in Boston

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe. Photo: Nick Ferrari/@tunastakes

POV: You're trying to find a place to eat a nice, cheap lunch. We've got you covered with four tasty lunch options for $10 or less.

Al's Cafe

What's on the menu: You can get the "Bag Lunch" at Al's that comes with a small sandwich, chips, and soda, small sub or wrap, large sub, a bowl of soup or chili, and a salad.

  • Cost: Varies by location. Subs (starting at $8.50), Bag Lunch (starting at $10), soup + chili (starting at $7), salad (starting at $7)
  • Details: See all Al's Cafe hours and locations here.
Avana Sushi

What's on the menu: Besides sushi, Avana serves poke bowls, salads, soups and other appetizers.

  • Cost: Choose from one of 16 sushi rolls for $9.95 from 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.
  • Address: 42 Beach St.
  • Hours: 11am-9:45pm Daily
El Oriental de Cuba

What's on the menu: Located in Jamaica Plain, El Oriental de Cuba features authentic Cuban dishes and sandwiches, tropical fruit smoothies, breakfast and coffee.

  • Cost: Sandwiches (starting at $6.99), smoothies ($4), chicken soup ($5.99 small, $7.99 large), stuffed patties (starting at $1.50)
  • Address: 416 Centre St.
  • Hours: 8am-9pm Monday-Thursday; closes at 10pm Friday and Saturday and at 8pm Sunday.
Gene's Cafe

What's on the menu: Gene's serves noodle dishes, flatbread sandwiches, soups and skewers.

  • Cost: Noodle soups (starting at $9.97), flatbread sandwiches (starting at $5.50)
  • Address: 86 Bedford St.
  • Hours: 11am-6:30pm Monday-Saturday

An end of summer ode to the Beachcomber

The bar at the end of the world. Photo: Mike Deehan/Axios

Another summer season rolls on by and it's time to say goodbye to one of our favorite seasonal restaurants: The legendary Beachcomber in Wellfleet.

Why it matters: As Cape Cod's only ocean-facing beachfront bar, the 'Comber provides seafood, strong mudslides, live music and a nearly constant party for outer cape tourists and locals alike.

Mixed rebound for Massachusetts craft beer in 2021

Illustration of a mug of beer, with a sad face in the foam

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some of Massachuertts' largest craft breweries rebounded while others lost ground in 2021, a year after the pandemic crippled the industry.

The state of beer: Sam Adams brewer Boston Beer Company isn't exactly what anyone would call a "craft" brewer, but they're still the state's largest independent beer maker, with over 1.5 million drinks sold in 2021.

The Big E brings big eats

Axios Boston correspondent Mike Deehan exploring the Big E's fine dining offerings a few years ago.

The Big E, New England's multi-state fair, opens today with carnival rides, tons of musical acts, and of course, a midway full of absurd food — deep fried and otherwise.

Why it matters: The Big E, as its affectionately known, is the region's annual agricultural showcase just about two hours from Boston in West Springfield. It runs every day through Oct. 2.

Mike Deehan
Sep 12, 2022 - News

Brace for the coming beer shortage

Illustration of a beer tap dripping droplets of beer.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of carbon dioxide and Boston beermakers are beginning to worry they won't have enough of the gas to get their products to market.

Driving the news: A CO2 production hub in Jackson, Mississippi, became contaminated by an extinct volcano, which cut down on an already limited supply of the gas.


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