This week is all about dining out at some of Boston’s best restaurants. If you haven’t yet experienced Dine Out Boston, it’s time to book your reservation. This week and next (excluding the weekend) are your chances to dine on specialty menus at some of your favorite restaurants and is a great excuse to try out some new ones. Participating restaurants create signature prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for diners throughout the city from Back Bay to the South End and beyond. Here’s a peek inside five participating restaurants’ menus.
1 City Table
City Table located inside The Lenox Hotel in Back Bay stands out this week with its dinner selections that include a choice of buttermilk fried calamari, steak tacos and New England clam chowder to start before moving on to dishes like Murray's statler chicken with whipped potatoes and lemon demi-glaze; vegetable risotto; or steak frites. Be sure to save some room for the grand finale - a smooth red velvet cake with red wine syrup.
65 Exeter Street Boston, MA 02116
2 Les Zygomates
It's all about the wine at Les Zygomates located in the Leather District. There is nothing that pairs up better with a glass of vino than a sampling of onion soup gratinee; calamari salad topped with lemon thyme vinaigrette or a fresh quinoa and spinach salad filled with apples, cucumbers and ricotta salata to kick off the evening right. Move onto seared Atlantic salmon, grilled chicken breast or wild mushroom risotto before finishing off your dining experience here with a chocolate mousse tower, sampling of creme brulee with fresh berries or a scoop of sorbet.
129 South Street Boston, MA 02111
Over in Beacon Hill, Grotto offers one of the largest dinner selections for Dine Out. To start, you can begin with a baby arugula salad with prosciutto, a black truffle garlic soup, fontina cheese fondue or crab ravioli. For main events, choose from Bolognese, a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs made with their "insanely fabulous" tomato sauce, fra diavolo, short rib gnocchi or veal Milanese. The three-course dinner ends with your choice of lemon panna cotta, banana bread pudding, "melting" chocolate cake or a sampling of mixed berries.
37 Bowdoin Street Boston, MA 02114
4 Liquid Art House
Food is curated into works of art at this Back Bay haute spot. For Dine Out week, the specialty three-course menu starts off with a choice of miso soup made with beech mushroom, tofu, chili oil, fried yuba; a field green salad filled with market vegetables topped with sherry vinaigrette and manchego cheese or the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad made with watermelon curry, cashews, herbs, lychee, watermelon vinaigrette. Moving right along, the second course feautres Peruvian chicken, pan roasted hake or hanger steak. Desserts also shine brightly here with your choice of huckleberry semifreddo (violet, almond and white chocolate) or the rich chocolate cremeux (a chocolate lover's paradise of milk chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake).
100 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116
5 La Motta's Italian Specialties
Family dining doesn't get much better than at La Motta's Italian Specialties where the drinks flow as freely as the pasta. Pair up a glass of vino with a charred corn and spicy green tomato soup or arugula salad with watermelon and feta. For entrees, choose from Strozzapretti, skillet roasted sole with summer squash ragu or Bavette steak with crispy fingerlings. Be sure to save room for your choice of either a creamy cannoli or rich tiramisu made with ladyfingers, espresso and mascarpone.
1357 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118