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February 15, 2019

My 2019 Dining Resolutions

This Post Was Originally Published on Rachel’s Blog on January 10th, 2019 by Rachel Efstathion. Reprinted with permission.

 

Shore Leave restaurant Boston

Shore Leave, Boston

Hi! I’m Rachel, one of our contributing writers at Genue, and I’m obsessed with food. I’m a Boston-based freelance writer who can’t stop thinking about my next meal (or the next one. Or the next one). And each month I’ll be sharing about a restaurant, most often in Boston, that I think you’d enjoy. I’m not one for resolutions, but to guide my dining experiences this year, I’ve come up with three foodie principles I’m using as I select my dining destinations:

 

Beat the winter blues with tropical vibes

When you live in Boston, winter is… long. And cold. One must simply endure. So if a restaurant or a cocktail can make me forget I live in the frigid tundra, I’m all in. I love the Fort Point area—it’s not as crowded as the Seaport but is full of great food and drinks. You can find me sipping tropical-inspired cocktails and chowing down on Asian fusion deliciousness at Blue Dragon.  If Fenway is more your scene, check out Tiger Mama, whose décor alone can get me out of the house in the cold. $1 happy hour dumplings (need I say more?) and a funky flamingo-filled bar at Banyan Bar + Refuge is on my list, as is the newly minted Shore Leave, where you’re sure to feel like you’ve been transported to a warmer, happier place.

 

Celebrate my heritage, one dish at a time

I connect most deeply to my Greek heritage, but with my Yia-Yia (Greek for grandmother) living far away, savoring authentic Mediterranean fare is a rarity for me. Stepping inside the tiny and charming Kava Neo Taverna of the South End feels like you’re sitting down in a tiny Greek fishing village. Somerville’s Sarma has been on my list for a few years now, and I can’t wait to try the mousaka croquettes and sweet potato spanakopita. Lastly, the Seaport recently debuted Chickadee, and the stream of accolades is enough to prompt me to make a reservation ASAP.

 

Always say yes to seafood

When you live in New England can you ever turn down fresh, delicious seafood? I’m an oyster fanatic, so Select Oyster Bar has been on my radar since I moved back home. At Saltie Girl, while I’ve got my eye on the oysters (obviously) I always can’t stop thinking about their burger featuring fried lobster house cured pork belly (!!!). The once hidden gem Café Sushi recently got a facelift, and I can’t wait to check out the new space. And the Seaport’s Row 34’s website introduction states: If we could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal period, we probably would. Sign me up!

 

Do you have any restaurants on your hot list for 2019? I’d love to hear in the comments!

 

If you enjoyed this article by Rachel, be sure to check out her blog, or read her other foodie travels here at Genue: Eating in Austin, Texas and a Solo Date Day in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

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