5 New Places to Eat in Boston This Weekend

From gourmet grilled cheese to fantastic pho
May 22, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Liquid Art House. Knock on the door of Liquid Art House, an ambitious new project that combines an upscale restaurant with an art gallery. The glam space is anchored by a big, sexy circular bar area and massive mural. That's flanked by dining rooms that double as exhibition space, where rotating visual art installations will inspire the plates of chef Rachel Klein (most recently of Asana). She's introduced some staple rotisserie selections (like the Green Circle Chicken seen here), and the inaugural show, the graffiti- and urban art-leaning "Outside In," has evoked a big, globetrotting bar menu of sophisticated street foods. To learn more, check out our look inside here. 100 Arlington St.; 617-457-8130

McCabe's on Mass. Opened last week, McCabe's on Mass is the new Porter Square sibling to Union Square's Bull McCabe's. Instead of that spot's emphasis on pub grub and live music, McCabe's on Mass is seems to be a slightly glossier eatery with a focus of internationally-inspired small plates. 2046 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-868-1555

Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. This weekend doors open on the first brick-and-mortar version of the food truck favorite, offering a fixed spot to get your fix for gooey grilled cheese. (Like the stellar Mighty Rib Melt, which happens to be on our bucket list of must-try summer items.) But this physical location will also boast a newly launched burger menu. You can check it out (and feast your eyes on the interior) at our First Look here485 Cambridge St., Allston 

SA PA. This week saw the opening of Vietnamese fast-casual SA PA in Cleveland Circle, a spin-off of the Downtown location, which opened last year. Saigon native Ky Nguyen (who also owns Kingston Station) fills the cheery blue walls of this 50-seat restaurant with family photos, and his egg rolls are even made using his mom's recipe. But the menu also puts modern spins on traditional fare like 24-hour simmered pho noodle soup (beef pho seen here), banh mi bowls and burritos, and more. Bonus: a beer and wine license. 1952 Beacon St., Brighton; 617-303-1000

Wow Barbecue. Another food truck-turned-brick and mortar, Wow Barbecue is now open in Malden. Though it's still in a soft open phase (an official opening comes June 2, according to Boston Restaurant Talk), you can now swing by to nosh on wow-worthy Chinese-style lamb skewers, chicken wings and more. 184 Salem St., Malden

5 new places to eat this weekend