Boston's Top Restaurant & Food News of the Week

September 12, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

The Tap Trailhouse, a reborn version of Faneuil Hall-side bar The Tap, is now open. One of our Most Anticipated Fall Openings, the Colonial Era-inspired eatery has a newly elevated menu of "vittles" from consulting chef Bill Brodsky of City Landing, 24 craft beers on tap, and a whole bunch of interesting cocktails. You can check out our guide to those sips in the booze porn here. [Zagat Boston] 

On this week's episode of Top Chef Duels, Sweet Cheeks Q chef-owner Tiffani Faison went toque-to-toque with Dave Talde of Brooklyn's TALDE. [SPOILER AHEAD!] Faison wasn't able to prevail on air, but viewers can still take part in an online vote that will send $5,000 to one of the competitor's favorite charities. For Faison, that's MassEquality, the Bay State's major LGBT rights organization. Head here to donate your click. And tune back in on September 24, when former Menton chef and Season 10 winner Kristen Kish (pictured) will return to rep Boston. [Top Chef Duels]

Hamersley's Bistro may be closing in October, but now we know the new tenants. Universal Hub points to licensing hearing info that suggests the team behind South End gastropub The Gallows will be moving in to serve "small, community plates of international fare." This is the second upcoming project from the Gallows crew, following news that they'll open Blackbird Doughnuts in the South End soon. [Universal Hub]

And speaking of new inhabitants of old, venerable haunts, there's finally word on what may take over the former space of fine dining institution Locke-Ober - and it sounds not unlike, well, Locke-Ober. Universal Hub cites a developer's plan, revealed at a licensing hearing, to create a "first-class dining destination and supper club" that recalls  Locke-Ober of old, serving small plates in the dining room, drinks in a "library bar, ringed with old books," and set amid live music from brass and wood instruments. Sounds swinging. [Universal Hub]

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is already a fantastic dining destination. (If you missed it, here's our recent road trip guide.) And soon it will become home to the sibling of a poplar new Boston spot. Seafood restaurant Row 34 is planning to open a Portsmouth location next summer. [Eater Boston]

Boston magazine took another neighborhood food crawl with a pair of resident chefs. This time they visited Dorchester with two toques that live in and have restaurants in the 'hood: Chris Coombs (dbar) and Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill and Tavolo). Among their recommended spots are Shanti - A Taste of India, IRIE Jamaican, and a bunch of pho eateries. Here's the full feature. [Boston magazine]

Barbecue lovers will have one less place to smear sauce on their chin. Sadly, Smoken' Joe's BBQ & Blues will close on September 23. Eater notes a rather sad Facebook announcement that details the restaurant's struggles to regain its footing following a temporary shutdown last October, and the financial lengths to which the owners have gone to try and keep the space afloat - to no avail, it seems. If you feel like ruining your weekend, give it a read. Otherwise, just head over and buy a lot of ribs to help them make back some cash. [Eater Boston]

We talked to two talented chefs this week. Coppa and Toro honcho Jamie Bissonnette gave us some info on his new cookbook (plus a sample recipe), while we also caught up with chef de cuisine Aaron Chambers in advance of next week's opening of Bar Boulud. [Zagat Boston] 

And finally, in the wide world of round-ups, we praised the awesome aesthetic of 9 New Boston Restaurants With Stunning Design, including the lovely Liquid Art House and La Brasa. We celebrated "National TV Dinner Day" by finding 10 upscale takes on frozen staples, prepared by Boston-based food TV alums: think tater tots from Hell's Kitchen runner-up Jason Santos of Blue Inc. And we continue to answer the question "Where should I eat tonight?" by updating our list of 25 New Restaurants to Try. [Zagat Boston]

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