7 New Reasons to Brave the Cold Around Boston

Check out a deal for every day of the week
January 12, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Okay. After a mild start, it officially feels like winter. And thankfully, there are newly dropped deals and specials to lure us out — despite the increasingly chilly weather. Here are some tasty temptations for every night of the week. 

Monday. The cold weather is actually a pretty great time to cuddle up at home with someone special. But, thanks to a just-launched "Date Night" prix fixe, chef Michael Serpa (pictured below) still manages to bait seafood lovers to his SELECT Oyster Bar: five courses ($39 per person) that include a dozen oysters, Spanish octopus with tomatillo, blistered snap peas and chimichurri, and Faroe Islands salmon crudo with pistachio oil, togarashi and lime. It's only available to parties of two on Mondays from 4:30–9:30 PM. Bonus: handy "excuse" to ask a foodie crush on a date. ("Well you see, we have to pretend...") 50 Gloucester St.; 857-239-8064

Tuesday. Transport yourself to warmer climes (or at the very least, warm up your tongue) at Southie's Loco Taqueria & Raw Bar. New in 2016 is Taco Tuesdays, when — after 5 PM — four tacos get a deep discount, running just $2–$3.50 each. We're talking picks like avocado taco with curtido, jalapeño herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts and spiced pumpkin seeds. There's also Baja fried fish tacos (pictured at page top) with charred jalapeño, pineapple aïoli, and pickled cabbage. We're talking cheap. We're talking Tuesday. Why are we still talking? 412 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-5626

Wednesday. We wouldn't trust just any chef to improvise in the kitchen. But Tim Wiechmann? We're sold. Starting this Wednesday, January 13, he'll start surprising us with the results of a new weekly "Kitchen Improv" series at T.W. Food. It's somewhat modeled after the "Prototype Nights" at sibling spot Bronwyn: each week Wiechmann will create an impromptu five-course menu ($49 per person; add $25 for three wine pairings), using whatever seasonal ingredients he has on hand. The menu? What menu? This improvising toque is working totally off-script. 377 Walden St., Cambridge; 617-864-4745

Thursday. "Bar pie" seems to be one of those region-specific phrases that leaves some folks hungry — and others scratching their heads. For the uninitiated: it's slang for a one-person pizza you scarf at a bar. And for one marvelous power hour every Thursday (9–10 PM) Puritan & Company guests get a free cheese pie at the bar with the purchase of an adult beverage. Buy a beer, get a pizza? Anyone can understand that. 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-615-6195

Friday. Ready to pig out? Chef Dan Bazzinotti is. He's introduced a new Friday night tradition at BISqshareable suckling pig specials. Each week a suckling pig will be prepared in a different style, and the resulting dish will be devoured for only $16. It kicked off with an Italian-style roast accompanied by polenta and a grilled tomato jus, but however you slice it: oink! 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-714-3693

Saturday. If you're going to peel yourself out of bed and into the cold weather, you might as well end up warming yourself at The Fireplace. The Brookline American has reignited its annual "Fireside Chats" series for the season, and on (most) winter Saturdays it will offer a chance to get up close and personal with different soul-warming sips: from local ciders to wines and single-malt scotch. The 3 PM events range from $25–$30 (reservations suggested) and include tastings and education from an on-hand expert. Find the full lineup here1634 Beacon St., Brookline617-975-1900

Sunday. Did someone say "Sunday Surf 'n' Turf"? Indeed. The fine folks at high-end steak and seafood chain Ocean Prime, which opened its first Boston location in the Seaport last month, offer a weekly deal for those who balk at the meatier price tags. On Sunday evenings you'll receive an 8-ounce filet and choice of fish, accompanied by a soup, salad or side — for $55. 140 Seaport Blvd.; 617-670-1345