How to Eat Your Way Through Boston's South End

Beantown's beloved South End neighborhood is known for some of the best restaurants in Boston — casual bistros, fine dining gems, an oyster spot and a butcher shop directly across from one another and enough trendy newbies to keep your reservation calendar packed at all times. 🍴

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Aquitaine

This French bistro has been popular with both locals and tourists alike for over 19 years and continues to be the perfect place for a weekend brunch with friends, or an intimate date night. Order the Escargot, Duck Rillettes (Confit Duck Pâté, Jardiniere & Toasted Levain), Foie Gras Torchon (Pears & Sultana Confiture, Brioche Croutons) and Crisp Pork Paillard Salade (Pan Seared Pork Schnitzel, Fried Egg, Lemon-Caper Brown Butter, Watercress Salade), plus any of their recommended Rosés or Sancerres to wash it all down.

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The Beehive

Featuring live music every night of the week (jazz, blues, reggae, latin and burlesque), The Beehive is where you go for an eclectic vibe, seriously delicious sharable plates, and a damn good time. Signature dishes include: the Scotch Egg with Pork Sausage and Mustard, New England Clam Bisque with Smoked Bacon, Tuna Tartare (North African Spice, Chickpeas, Yogurt, Preserved Lemon) and Housemade Chestnut Straccetti Pasta (Maitake Mushrooms, Broccolini, Parmesan).

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B&G Oysters

You come to B&G for the insanely fresh seafood. That means a serious raw bar, 12 different types of east and west Coast oysters, fried clams, charred octopus, house ceviche, prawns, mussels and obviously one of the top lobster rolls in all of Boston. They also offer oyster shucking classes, which makes for a pretty fun summertime activity when visiting.

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The Butcher Shop 

Across the street from B&G is Barbara Lynch's carnivore's dream come true: The Butcher Shop. Inspired by Lynch's travels across Italy and France and old-world European boucheries, TBS is ideal for spending a lazy afternoon inside sipping robust reds and sampling a charcuterie board. A neighborhood wine bar with a seasonal menu that changes daily and a full-service butcher shop — no trip to Boston (or the South End for that matter) is complete without checking this place out.

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Coppa

Pizza, pasta, antipasti — this is what Coppa's James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette do best. A cozy space with just a few tables, it's cool to sit at the bar and work your way through any of the following: Crudo di Mollusco (Nantucket Bay Scallops, Persimmon, Sea Bean, Sambal), Zucca e Burrata (Local Delicata Squash, Burrata, Miso-Molasses Vinaigrette, Pumpkin Seeds), Cacio e Pepe con Tartufo Nero (Semolina Bucatini, Black Pepper, Parmesan, Black Truffles) and Cavoletti di Bruxelles (White Pizza, Brussels Sprouts, Shallot, Crescenza Cheese). And don't even try going once; you'll be as addicted as I was after your first time.

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Myers+Chang

Myers+Chang merges Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese flavors, in an indie diner setting, that makes for a ridiculously tasty dinner (or lunch) time and time again. You can't go wrong with any of their dim sum-y things: Untraditional Scallion Pancake, Asian Pickles, Spicy Tuna Poke, Tea-Smoked Pork Spare Ribs, Cold Taiwanese Dan Dan Noodles or their potsticker-style dumplings: Edamame with Mustard Greens and Wasabi, Mama Chang’s Pork + Chive or Lemony Shrimp. Oh and their mouthwatering selection of buns, baos, rolls and a taco is 👍👍. #NOMNOMNOM

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It’s #NationalPopcornDay, Which Means Pass the Bag and the Booze

Corn kernels crave butter, just like we crave wine and cocktails when munching on them. 🍿

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It's tough to beat an ice cold vesper and the background heat from harissa popcorn that keeps you going back for more.

The Vesper

Combine 3 oz. gin, 1 oz. vodka and .5 oz Lillet Blanc. Strain in a martini glass and serve.

Harissa Popcorn

Place 8 cups of cooked popcorn in a large bowl and slowly drizzle 45 grams of warm clarified butter around the edges, while tossing the kernels. Continue tossing, adding 12 grams of Harissa powder and 10 grams of sea salt until evenly coated.

Recipes Courtesy of: Elm Restaurant in New Canaan, CT

http://www.elmrestaurant.com/

The salty-sweet blend of bacon and maple syrup is a winning combo on its own, but then you add smoky mezcal and game over. Pair this cocktail with a "pure popped" bag of Quinn Popcorn.

The Enenra

Combine 1 oz. La Vida Mezcal, 1 oz. Daiginjo Sake, .5 oz. Campari, 1 oz. spiced maple syrup and 6 drops Umami Bitters. Then stir in a mixing glass until the correct dilution is achieved. Julep strain over a large ice rock and garnish with crispy bacon for the win.

Recipe Courtesy of: Hot Sauce at QT Melbourne

https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/melbourne/eat-drink/hot-sauce/

White cheddar is the gift that keeps on giving, just like this Cab Sauv with soft tannins and notes of ripe plum and blackberry. Delicious and very drinkable.

Murphy-Goode California Cabernet Sauvignon

$15, http://www.murphygoodewinery.com/wine/cabernet-sauvignon-california

Harry & David dark chocolate Moose Munch is highly addictive, so it’s better to go with a wine duo when tackling a tin of this stuff.

Harry & David Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Noir Duo

$40, https://www.harryanddavid.com/harryanddavid-home

A buttery chard needs to be sipped in between mouthfuls of buttery popcorn. Oh and Netflix is strongly recommended, obviously.

Josh Cellars Chardonnay

$14, http://www.joshcellars.com/wine-chardonnay.html

Choco martinis with freshly puffed kettle corn is basically the next best thing to inhaling goobers and popcorn at the movies. Time to get involved.

Choco Martini

Combine 2 oz. Ketel One Vodka with 1 oz. Crème de Cacao Dark, shake and strain into a martini class.

Recipe Courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

http://www.hrhpalmsprings.com/

Juicy stone fruit meets spice in Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling, which is best when enjoyed with old-fashioned caramel crunch. There’s enough crispness to cut through the richness of this sugary popcorn and it’s super smooth.

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling

$13, http://www.kj.com/wine/vintners-reserve/riesling