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7 Ways to Celebrate the Olympics in Boston

By Scott Kearnan
February 12, 2014

29 Sudbury. The suburban outpost from Stella chef Evan Deluty is honoring a hometown hero, pairs figure skater Simon Shnapir, who helped Team USA earn a bronze medal in Sochi. Shnapir was born in Moscow but raised in Sudbury, so the restaurant has added a new cocktail: “Simon’s Gold,” pictured, a take on the classic White Russian. Russian vodka is infused with local Hogan coffee out of Framingham, served up with a splash of white chocolate Godiva Liqueur, and topped with gold flakes.

Canary Square, Coda Bar & Kitchen and The Salty Pig. The sibling restaurants will head to Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common on Wednesday, February 19 for the next installment of Reel Chefs, recurring dinner-and-movie theme nights. The flick: Cool Runnings, the 1993 hit (loosely) based on the true story of a Jamaican bobsled team's underdog showing at the Winter Games. The menu: A three-course menu inspired by the island, with each restaurant's chef helming a different plate. There will be Scotch egg with Jamaican jerk sausage, curried goat with yam dumplings and chocolate stout cake with candied almonds and spiked crème anglaise. (Doors open at 6:30 PM and $50 tickets are here.)

Dillon's. Lately chatter has been growing about whether Boston might bid to bring the Summer Olympics in 2024. Wonder what that means, logistically? Tonight at 6:30 PM Boston Social Athletes will host a mixer at Back Bay American Dillon's with the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee, an exploratory group that claims the backing of former governor Mitt Romney and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, among others. Tune in to the games and have a chance to bend the ear of those who are actively looking to Boston the next Summer destination.

Kings. First, flaunt your own athleticism (or at least, solid underhand) on the lanes at this kitsch restaurant-slash-bowling alley. Then help yourself to one of the grownup play-palace's "All-American Sundaes" of vanilla ice cream, fried apple turnover, rum caramel sauce and toasted oat crumble. All proceeds from purchases of that treat will be donated to The Special Olympics.

The Living Room. Through Sunday, February 23, the North End hangout will be serving some special menu items for "Team USA" and "Team Russia." Nodding to the former are smoked pork ribs (half and full racks) with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, and fried kosher dill pickles with jalapeno remoulade. The latter receives goulash of braised pork and sweet peppers, and runza: an overstuffed dough pocket, with beef, onion, cabbage turnovers and housemade ketchup.

Mass Ave Tavern. The Back Bay social spot is putting a tavern twist on competitive games. Email ahead to sign up your team (rswann@massavetavern.com) and you can compete in its Bar Olympics on Tuesday, February 18 and go for the gold in "sports" like foosball, Jenga, bubble hockey and more.

Noir. We've already determined that the ice rink at the Charles Hotel is a solid alternative to hanging with tourists on the Boston Common frog pond. After you've perfected your triple lutz, head inside to Noir for the classy cocktail lounge's "apres skate" cocktail menu. Among the offerings are some specialties that reference the cult Will Ferrell comedy about championship skating, Blades of Glory, like the "Iron Lotus" (Scot, caramel, hot water and fresh lemon juice) and "Chazz Michael Michael" of Stoli Vanil vodka, frangelico, amaretto, hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Places Mentioned

Noir

Bar • Cambridge

Atmo.24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$34
 
 
 
Kings

Lounge • Back Bay

Atmo.23 Decor22 Service20 Cost$30
 
 
 
Dillons

American • Back Bay

Food20 Decor20 Service19 Cost$23
 
 
 
Coda

American • South End

Food22 Decor20 Service23 Cost$27
 
 
 
Canary Square

American • Jamaica Plain

Food20 Decor23 Service21 Cost$23
 
 
 
 
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