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The Usual

The Perfect Mocktail for Gin Lovers

Seven years ago, chef Tony Messina of Boston’s Uni started to get migraines. That, unfortunately, meant no more post-shift cocktails. Now, Messina opts for a refreshing mocktail infused with juniper berries, which mimic the flavor of gin.

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F&W Exclusive

O Ya Crew's New NYC Rooftop Bar

In the middle of May, Tim and Nancy Cushman of O Ya in Boston will open Roof at Park South in the Flatiron District. 

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Listicle Love

Boston's Best Doughnut and More Must-Try Cheap Eats

Demet's Donuts, Medford, MA

Boston magazine just released a Cheap Eats issue and getta load of this doughnut.

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Trendspotting

Hungry for the Arts in Boston

Revere Hotel in Boston.

Boston chefs are partnering with the city's cultural institutions. Here's where.

Movies: The Reel Chefs series at Theatre 1 in the Revere Hotel, just outside of Back Bay, invites local chefs to create a prix fixe menu to serve during one of their favorite movies. Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa chose 1980s cult classic The Goonies and made Truffle Shuffle (celeriac-truffle soup) and Chester Copperpot Pie (pheasant, mushroom and gnocchi). theatre1boston.com

Galleries: A hub of the wool trade in the early 1900s, Fort Point is now a hub for the city's art scene. At the center is the FPAC Gallery (fortpointarts.org), a mixed-media space that's home to rotating shows. More recently, chefs have moved into the area. Brothers Louis and Michael DiBiccari opened Tavern Road (tavernroad.com), above, a casual New England–inspired spot, around the corner from FPAC earlier this year. To help decorate the restaurant, the DiBiccaris commissioned artists to reinterpret works of their uncle Adio, a sculptor. Louis also founded the Create competition (create-boston.com), in which six chefs make dishes based on the work of local visual artists.

Museum: Near the Institute of Contemporary Art (open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays), chef Jody Adams's Trade features Mediterranean-style flatbreads and small plates until midnight. trade-boston.com

Related: Boston Travel Guide
Recipes from Boston Chefs
Art-Inspired Desserts

Dining Debates

Presidential Food Fight: Boston vs. Chicago

Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard
Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard

Jamie Bissonnette © Marie Wu. Stephani Izard © Chris Buck.

With the presidential election looming, it’s not just the two candidates engaging in rivalry. President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's Boston (the site of his election night party) have joined in the fight. It’s the Chicago dog versus the grinder, deep-dish versus thin-crust, the South Side versus the North End. In Boston’s corner we have Jamie Bissonnette, the chef and partner of Coppa and Toro, who champions Boston’s vibrant, casual epicurean attitude of “eat often, drink often and have fun.” Representing Chicago is Top Chef season 4 winner and chef-owner of Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard, who believes that Chicago’s explosion of new restaurants and chefs will take her city over the edge. “It’s a really exciting time in Chicago,” Izard says. “I can hardly keep up.” Here, the chefs square off in a categorical comparison of the two great cities. >

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