Monday, November 23, 2015

eating + drinking lately

Gracenote Coffee Roasters | Leather District

Lattes at Gracenote Coffee. These independent coffee roasters just opened a small espresso bar at 108 Lincoln Street - conveniently right where the bus drops me off every morning. Even if you don't take a Mass Pike express bus into town, this place is worth a visit. The finest beans sourced from, for example: La Papaya Farm in Ecuador, Misty Valley, Ethopia and Irati AB, Kenya are meticulously roasted, and the coffee drinks precisely made by talented baristas. Strong and rich espresso with thick frothy milk, this is one of the best lattes I have ever had. And the beautiful foam art puts a smile on my face. It also makes them photo worthy, every time. (Yes, there are three different lattes pictured here. So pretty!)

    Granary Tavern | Financial District

The New Guinness Nitro IPA, alongside BBQ Pork Nachos ($12) consisting of house made potato chips, pickled onions, fresh cheese and avocado aioli and Fried Chicken + Waffles ($17) with maple drizzle and honey butter at Granary Tavern

Townsman | Edge of FiDi and Chinatown
A single cocktail at Townsman: the Green Girder ($12) with Beefeater Gin, fresh celery juice, smoke and salt. The cocktail was terrific (I love cocktails with a celery element), but the fact that I haven't had a meal here yet and I work SO close is inexcusable! They're sweeping every publications best new restaurant category, pretty much every where you turn there's a positive buzz about Townsman. Bob goes all the time for business lunches and I'm jealous! One of these days....

Silvertone | Downtown Crossing
Ultimate comfort food at Silvertone: Mac + Cheese ($10) topped with toasted buttered breadcrumbs and peas and Meatloaf + Mashed Potatoes ($12) with brown gravy and the vegetable of the day, bok choy.  

Branch Line | Watertown

Everything at Branch Line, a 'neighborhood rotisserie and wood fire grill' recently opened by the Eastern Standard Family in the historic Watertown Arsenal. Specifically - sipping on unique draft beers like Revolution Coup d'etat ($7) a belgian style saison and Nightshift Ever Weisse ($7) a kiwi strawberry + hibiscus sour. (Anyone else feel me on the sour beers? Ever since Portland, I am always on the lookout). Eating: Fried Cheese ($6)Grilled Oysters ($13) with bagna cauda butter and pickled relish, Green Circle Rotisserie Roast Chicken (half bird/$17), Roasted Carrots ($7) with yogurt and parsley, and a Slow Roasted Goat with couscous, feta and pomegranate. It's nice that Branch Line is 10 minutes down the street - the space is gorgeous and everything was really, really good! 

Where have you guys been eating + drinking lately? New hotspots? Old favorites?