Saturday, May 18, 2013
We want you to tell us where to go to get the best sandwiches in town.
Everyone enjoys a good sandwich. There are so many things that can be put between two slices of bread or into a sub roll that there's always something for everyone whether you like tuna, turkey, grilled cheese, a cheesesteak or the classic PB&J. Those are just some of the most classic sandwiches available, but many sandwich shops also get creative and come up with their own special creations, often mixing and matching meats, cheeses and veggies. Natick has a number of food establishments that serve sandwiches. But we want to know what you think: who makes the best sandwiches in Braintree? Tell us in the comments section.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wasabi is located outside of Macy's at the South Shore Plaza.
A re-submitted application to serve beer and wine at Wasabi at the South Shore Plaza was looked upon more favorably by Braintree officials Tuesday afternoon than when the Japanese restaurant withdrew its request for a license last September. Eight months ago, Wasabi officials decided not to pursue its license application after members of the Board of License Commissioners questioned the establishment opening without full permitting and suggesting that it would store alcohol in a location separate from the licensed premises. On Tuesday, the three board members present – Chair Joe Powers, Russell Jenkins and Marybeth McGrath – voted to approve the Wine and Malt Restaurant License after a revised presentation by attorney Carl Johnson. Johnson…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Landing's newest restaurant, Passport, will open Thursday at 5 p.m.
The much anticipating grand opening for Passport in the Landing is tonight, April 25, at 5 p.m. The new restaurant that is replaced the Blue Pointe Bistro held dry runs on Friday and Saturday and family and friends events on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Passport will be the second restaurant for Neil Kiley, the owner of the Fat Cat in Quincy. The new 55-seat endeavor just over the Braintree line in Weymouth will add an international twist to the Fat Cat’s comfort food concept. Passport had several possible opening dates going back to October. Mid-February was also a date that passed. The wait for patrons is now over. Have you been to Passport or are you going? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The restaurant is in Braintree in Weymouth Landing.
Braintree's El Sarape was recently chosen as one of Travel and Leisure's 32 Best Mexican Restaurants in the United States for its "from-scratch sauces" and "cozy environs." "Highlights include carnitas, grilled pork tenderloin, enchiladas verdes, and the guisado con chile ancho specialty—your choice of chicken or beef with potatoes and onions under a smoky red chile sauce with rice and refried beans, and the chiles rellenos," the travel magazine said in its review. From the restaurant's Braintree Patch directory listing: "Since 1988, El Sarape has been serving authentic, freshly prepared Mexican food in a warm and vibrant atmosphere. The menu leans heavily toward meats, chicken and seafood, but vegetarians will find options in the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Braintree officials found the Granite Street restaurant and bar in violation last September.
Braintree's Board of License Commissioners relied on hearsay evidence to find that The Brew House served an intoxicated person last August, according to an appeal decision filed by the state late last month. The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission overturned the board's decision and its one-day suspended sentence, ruling that "All of the evidence presented to the Commission constitutes hearsay." License board members had determined that The Brew House served alcohol to a young woman who was celebrating her birthday with friends and who later ended up drunk and vomiting outside the Granite Street bar. During the hearing at Town Hall last September, an attorney for the establishment, Thomas J. Cavanaugh, argued that based on police …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated restaurants in Braintree, based on Yelp! reviews. Did your neighbors - or the tourists - get it right?
Review it yourself websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. So what do your neighbors have to say on Yelp? Based on Yelp!'s highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 restaurants in Braintree. Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 10 list? Let us know in the comments' section.
The Braintree license board did the same when Burger King made a similar request.
Citing concerns about people driving through a mixed business and residential area late at night and a wider fear about Braintree inching toward being a "24-hour town," Braintree officials voted unanimously against granting McDonald's extended operating hours this week. The Board of License Commissioners denied McDonald's request to be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the lobby and 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. in the drive-through Tuesday afternoon. It currently operates from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. to midnight. The denial came eight years after the Board of Selectmen turned down Director of Operations Timothy Moulton's request for a 24-hour drive through at the Pearl Street restaurant and nearly a year after the license board disapproved of a …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The meals tax proposal is before the Town Council for the third time in three years.
Pushing once again for Braintree to adopt the local portion of the state's meal tax, Councilor John Mullaney sees both millions of dollars in "lost revenue" for the town over the last few years and a friendlier environment for his proposal. Ordinances that would have raised the town's meals tax from 6.25 percent to 7 percent, with Braintree retaining the extra quarter percent, have failed twice before the Town Council in the last three years. Mullaney's third proposal is now before the Committee on Ways & Means. Since Gov. Deval Patrick offered the local meals tax option in 2009 as part of an increase to the state's portion of the tax, and as one alternative in a "toolbox" of revenue options, the tax has been a cornerstone of Mullaney's …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The just-opened Braintree business is across from Motel 6 and the former Bickford's.
A restauranteur and longtime Braintree property owner has opened a deli and convenience store on Union Street near the rotary. Boston Food Shop & Deli opened on Friday, March 15 at the former AT&T wireless store at 120 Union St. It offers fresh sandwiches, salads and soups along with convenience store staples like snacks, soft drinks and newspapers. The owner, Mohamad Iskandar, is a Newton resident who has owned property in Braintree for 20 years. He is leasing the space from F.X. Messina. Iskandar also runs a restaurant in Allston called Boston Kabob Company. He opened his new store – what could be the first in a chain, Iskandar said – on Union Street in part because of the high traffic in the area. "I thought that it would be a good idea…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The sandwich shop opened in Braintree at the Hyatt Place complex earlier this month.
The idea of a single musician playing guitar during lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Shop exposed wider concerns that Braintree officials have about the new Hyatt Place retail and restaurant complex. "For the record, I'm not afraid of guitar players," Board of License Commissioners Chair Joe Powers said. The board put on hold Tuesday afternoon a request by the restaurant to obtain an entertainment license. Its decision was informed by the Planning Department's concern that the Forbes Road shopping center may be evolving away from the more retail-oriented vision initially presented by the developer, and also by Potbelly's preemptive advertising of live music and placement of outdoor seating. Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwiches received a food …