Archive for January, 2016

Jan 30 2016

Babysitter-Worthy Restaurants For Your Next Date Night

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While we at KidNosh encourage parents to go out to eat with their kids, we know it’s just as important to leave the kids home with a sitter and go out alone as grownups from time to time. While some couples schedule “date night” as regular as once a week, many parents get a night out on the town alone only a rare occasion. So whether it’s your weekly night out or annual Valentine’s Day Dinner, here are some of our new favorite babysitter-worthy restaurants for your next date night.

Cheap Eats

You’re already springing for a sitter (or calling in a favor from a friend or family member), here are some grown-up places that can be gentler on your wallet:

Trina’s Starlight Lounge – This not-so-divey-dive-bar is the place to be for chicken and waffles and inventive cocktails like the “rocking chair” (black tea-infused bonded bourbon, ginger cognac, lemon). Don’t let the outside fool you. Trina’s is serving up sophisticated fare with a fun, assuming vibe.

Audubon – Fenway & KidNosh favorite Audubon Circle is recently under new ownership (by our other cheap eats fave, Trina’s). Loyal Audubon Circle customers will be happy to see a lot of things haven’t changed, other than a reboot to it’s crowd-pleasing menu.

 

No Reservations

Suddenly find yourself kid-free for the night? Check out these date-night faves that don’t require a reservation (just be prepared to hang at the bar until your table is ready):

Dali Dali has become an institution in this corner of Camberville thanks to delicious spanish tapas, sangria that goes down way too easy, and ultra romantic vibe.

Neptune Oyster This tiny North End spot has people coming in droves for their seafood and lobsters rolls (not an easy feat in a city known for its seafood). Oh, and of course, raw oysters.

 

Splurge

Whether it’s a special occasion or your motto is “go big or go home,” here are some top Boston-area restaurants worthy of a big splurge:

Menton – Quite possibly one of Boston’s most refined dining experience, Chef Barbara Lynch’s Fort Point destination is on most food-obsessed’s “bucket list”. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

O YaRanked as one of the top restaurants in Boston – and one of the most expensive – it’s no wonder diners exclaim “o ya” after eating award-winning sushi at this hidden gem in the Leather District.

For other date night restaurant ideas, check out our Best Date Night Restaurants here.

Jan 1 2016

10 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants of 2015

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Many calories were consumed by the KidNosh team to find the best family-friendly restaurants in Boston and its suburbs. 2015 was a banner year when it comes to food. Burgers continued to reign supreme. We also saw the rise of wood- and coal-fired pizza destinations in the Boston area. Hand-crafted cocktails and craft beers can be found on most menus. Of all the restaurants we checked out, we did find 10 standouts when it comes to quality of food, atmosphere, kid-friendly amenities, and service. And they are…

  1. Wahlburgers – Whalburgers is winning diners over at all three MA locations, with rapid expansion plans in the works. Burgers are the star here, but its family-friendly vibe and rotating menu are a close second.
  1. Hingham Beer Works – While the Boston Beer Works franchise is well-known in the Boston area, the Hingham Shipyard location is a KidNosh favorite. Sipping a Bunker Hill Blueberry Ale and dining on Sour Cream & Chive Fries, while the little ones enjoy a Hoodsie cup for dessert, all while watching boats come into the shipyard… what’s not to love?
  1. Rivershed – Beneath the kitschy décor and animated moose head above the bar, you’ll find amazing burgers, stick-to-your-ribs BBQ platters and a fantastic beer selection. Add kid-friendly amenities and family-friendly service, Rivershed is a South Shore favorite.
  1. FuGaKyu – Step into this long-standing Japanese establishment in Brookline with its bubbling koi ponds, private tatami rooms, and exquisite sushi and it’s easy to see why this is the “House of Exquisite Excellence.” Outstanding service and one of the most unique kid’s menu (comes with training chopsticks!), not to mention family-style booths with sliding doors, FuGaKyu is a place not to be missed.
  1. b.good – b.good changed the way we looked at fast casual. Food is prepared to order and true to it’s name, the menu is health-conscious and environmentally friendly. A fantastic Kid’s Real Meals and a staff that will go out of their way to make families feel at home makes this local chain one of our top eats this year.
  1. The Corner Stop – The Corner Stop expertly combines a casual, beachy vibe with a sophisticated dining experience, all while being super kid-friendly. Healthy and decadent choices will please grownups, while kids will love being able to check off items from the creative kid’s menu to match their palate. Add family-friendly attractions nearby (Paragon Carousel, Natasket Beach), The Corner Stop is in our top 5.
  1. Cook – Cook has quickly become a Newton neighborhood favorite thanks to a casual yet stylish dining experience with matching fare to boot. Smokey Pepper Grilled Cheese and creative flatbreads are examples of its “nothing too fussy, just amazing” food. A sizable kid’s menu and stellar beverage program are winning both kids and adults over.
  1. Posto – Posto’s winning combination of casual but elegant, date-night vibe makes this Davis Square spot a top KidNosh destination. From their signature wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, delicious Bambini kid’s menu and super attentive staff, Posto is a winner.
  1. Tinker’s Son – Step into this cozy, Irish Pub and you’ll see why this is a well-loved, family favorite. From pub favorites to upscale entrees, and every kid amenity you can think of, plus live music six days a week – we can’t get enough of this place. And the staff is truly the best this side of Route 3. It’s easy to see why this is one of our favorite spots of 2015.
  1. Kirkland Tap & Trotter – From James Beard Award winning chef Tony Maws (of Craigie on Main fame), Kirkland Tap & Trotter is drawing families and the food-obsessed from near and far. The warm, inviting dining room and bar is bustling with families and hipsters alike. This neighborhood “gastropub” is serving up gorgeous comfort food from its signature wood-fired grill while treating young diners to an equally sophisticated kid’s menu. And the fact that kids eat free Sundays-Thursdays is definitely a plus. We can’t wait to return in 2016.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and delicious 2016!