What would we do without Eater.com? Probably dine out at the same old boring restaurants, I suppose! Thankfully, the website devoted to all things food keeps its finger on the pulse of the ever-changing world of dining across the country.
Each month, the Eater Heatmap showcases the hottest new restaurants (open less than six months) in the city based on who is drawing the biggest crowds. This month, the column highlights 12 Boston-area eateries ranging from homey Italian dining to the “latest seafood tower or poutine or turducken meatballs.”
This “new American trattoria,” features a large, communal dining room table, fresh flowers and a fireplace to give you the sense you are eating at a friend’s house – a very talented friend! Pammy’s specializes pastas made from milled in-house flour and homemade desserts.
2. Café Du Pays
From the folks behind Hungry Mother comes Café Du Pays, a French-Canadian restaurant serving the ever-popular poutine, pork and venison meat pies, tarte au sucre, and Canadian beers.
Located in the East End’s Jefferies Point, Cunard refers to itself as “authentically Eastie.” They feature “New England cuisine with global influences” like potato waffles, octopus dumplings, tuna crudo and Cuban spring rolls. They also offer a rooftop deck with gorgeous views.
Spicy Hunan cuisine, baijiu – an Asian grain-based spirit that can be hard to find in the United States, fast service and a modern vibe make Sumiao a new Kendall Square favorite.
North Square Oyster takes classic local favorites like lobster rolls, clam chowder and French onion soup and finishes them with such a uniquely modern flare that you’ll feel as if you are experiencing an entirely new dish!
According to Eater, “Cultivar has something for those who want to be a little more adventurous as well as those who just want to comfortably tuck into a hefty ribeye and potatoes.” Their favorites include the squid ink messinesi, duck breast, Maryland soft-shell crab, and the chocolate passion custard.
This brand-spanking-new restaurant, cafe and bar features all-day California-French dining. Located inside the Masonic Lodge near Boston Common.
Simple, casual and easy, this noodle shop offers well-made noodle and rice bowls from the team that brought you Shōjō in Chinatown.
Eater calls it “Fine dining with Park Plaza castle views.” They suggest the seared gnocchi with uni, chanterelles, and mustard; seared scallops with kelp, braised potatoes, and champagne; and frozen lemon meringue with blueberry, graham, and white chocolate for dessert.
Located in Southie, this joint features – you guessed it! – meatballs! There’s chicken fried steak balls, turducken balls, shrimp balls ‘n’ grits, turkey mole verde balls, and even customizable balls where you choose your own protein, sauce, and “upgrades”. Try some of their delicious Sweetball varieties for dessert!
11. Best Burger Bar
Serving hotdogs, poutine, boozy milkshakes and the “best burgers,” how could this place not be a hit?
Yellow Door Taqueria is partly owned by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and features super-fresh tacos, ceviche and delicious frozen margaritas.