Jewish deli in Boston, S & S is known for a fantastic diner atmosphere, its large menu, and staying open late. Matzo ball soup takes the prize as most popular item here, as well as almost anything on the Sunday brunch dinner. The place is a nice find for New Yorkers missing their delis or even Southerners longing for Cracker Barrel.
grendel’s den / 89 winthrop st, harvard square Imagine getting cheese fondue, the Fish of the Day, or mussels from Cape Cod for half as much as you’d find anywhere else! The only catch is that you’ve got to get to Grendel’s Den between the hours of 5 – 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and EVERYTHING on the food menu is half price! Normally everything’s around $10, so you’re not missing out even if you can’t make it to this little Harvard Square gem during those times. Rub elbows with the future doctors and lawyers of America (this is Harvard, after all) or enjoy chatting with the friendly staff. It’s a great place to head over after a walk in Harvard Square; just be aware that it’s a bar, so you’re bound to run into a character or two. vinh-sun / 58 beach street, chinatown Of all the places to eat in Chinatown, Vinh-Sun is one of the best finds. Vinh-Sun specializes in Chinese barbecue and Cantonese food, so it’s not really your average Lo-Mein, Sweetand-Sour Chicken kind of place. Scallion pancakes and Love Bird fried rice are just some of the menu standouts. The portions are grand, so consider splitting your meal in two to share with a friend or to save for an all-nighter. Speaking of late nights, Vinh Sun is open later than most restaurants, making it a great spot to head over to when the rest of Boston is dying down. It may not be the ‘fanciest’ Chinatown has to offer, but it definitely beats the more convenient, closer to campus Chinese restaurants.
written by Catie Colliton
etiquette Dinner manners are more important than you may think. You’re out eating a meal with friends or family, so don’t curdle their stomachs with any of these common offenses. if you drop your napkin or a utensil, get another or ask the waiter for another
Otherwise, everyone will think you have no regard for other people’s cleanliness, considering your own.
keep your mouth closed when you eat
No one wants to see what your food will look like in your stomach.
say it, don’t spray it
If you absolutely must talk when you have food in your mouth, cover your mouth with your hand to prevent repulsed looks. Same goes with laughing, coughing, or picking your teeth (and don’t pick your nose at the table).
never be rude to a waiter or call him to your table with snapping or whistling
It’s demoralizing, and no one likes a snob. He’s not your dog; he is a person who can choose to spit in your food or not.
always offer to pay for at least your portion of the bill
If the other party refuses more than once, shut it and be very gracious. If you were invited to someone’s home for dinner, bring a side dish, a bottle of wine, or some other small gift to show your thanks.
fajitas and ritas / 25 west street (between bedford street & mason Street), downtown crossing It is simply un-Emersonian to not like burritos. With Boloco down the block and Herrera’s in City Place, you’d think we’d fulfilled our Mexican food intake. Wrong. Fajitas and Ritas is a hotspot for Tex-Mex food. The place serves everything under the sun; fajitas (of course), quesadillas, burritos, and even barbecue. The Ritas portion of the name refers to margaritas, of course, but if you’re not of legal drinking age you might consider ordering a round of Tequila wings for the table. Did we mention free chips and salsa?
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