7 New Reasons to Dine Out Every Day in Boston

Because we like to leave cooking to the pros
June 21, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Leave the cooking to the pros and let your Seamless app take a night off. We've found seven dining ideas for every day of the week, from dollar oysters to one surprisingly affordable date night. 

Mondays: Dollar Oysters at MAST'Since old, puritanical laws still prohibit Boston businesses from discounting booze, plenty of restaurants have chosen to offer buck-a-shuck oyster "happy hours" instead. But MAST', a sleek Italian trattoria emphasizing awesome wood-fired pizzas, is doing one better: In May they launched $1 oysters all Monday long, so, you can grab a seat on one of Boston's hottest patios, smooth on some sunscreen and slurp to your heart's content. 45 Province St.; 617-936-3800

Tuesdays: Teacher Tuesdays at Bella LunaPoor teachers: They have to put up with everything from spitballs to sourpuss parents. So, cheers to JP's funky Bella Luna for offering a nice little treat to perk up the school week. Last week the restaurant rolled out Teacher Tuesdays, a weekly series offering half-priced appetizers to educators. That menu includes prosciutto-wrapped figs stuffed with Gorgonzola, fried avocado tacos and the Greek Isle flatbread topped with feta and Kalamata olives, drizzled with lemon vinaigrette. 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain; 617-524-3740

Wednesdays: Wednesdate at La Brasa. While we're waiting for the summer opening of Fat Hen, La Brasa chef-owner Daniel Bojorquez's Italian-inflected collaboration with A Voce alum Michael Bergin, we'll continue coming by his energetic Somerville pan-Latin La Brasa for a romantic Wednesdate: family-style, three-course dinners offered at just $50 per couple. The menu changes each week, but recent offerings have included hush puppies with guajillo​ honey and herb salt and banana pudding with graham crumble. Sweet! 124 Broadway, Somerville; 617-764-1412

Thursdays: Thursday Social Hour at Empire Restaurant & LoungeThey say there's no such thing as a free lunch — and that may be true. Free after-work apps? That's another story now that this glitzy pan-Asian in the Seaport, known for live-spinning DJs and a buzzing post-office scene, has introduced Thursday Social Hour from 5–6 PM weekly, when culinary director Kevin Long (who also oversees the kitchen at sibling restaurants Red Lantern and GEM) sends complimentary apps to get you noshing while the bar, inevitably, gets you sloshing. 1 Marina Park Dr.; 617-295-0001

Loco photo by Mike Diskin

Fridays: Lunch at Loco Taqueria & Raw BarSummer Fridays are made for extra-long lunch "hours" and cashing in vacation days to build yourself a three-day weekend. Loco gets it. And that's why the tequila-drenched South Boston taqueria decided to roll out Fridays-only lunch service for the summer only. Through Labor Day, guests can now swing by from 11:30 AM–5 PM for a lunch array of tacos stuffed with everything from fried fish to cola-braised pork, fresh and light ceviche selections and awesome apps like the garlic- and chile mojo sauce-slathered grilled street corn (pictured at page top). Plus, two words: noon margaritas. 412 W Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-5626

Saturdays: Blues Brunch at Beat BrasserieWe'd already recently recommended it as a must-go for live music lovers, but Harvard Square's boho-chic Beat Brasserie has introduced a new reason to visit on the weekend. Last month the joint kicked off Saturdays Blues Brunch from 10 AM–3 PM, featuring a different lineup of moody sax-wailing musicians and heartstring-tugging vocalist with each installment. The music: blues. The menu: pretty green, overflowing with awesome veggie and rice bowls like the "Sunny Bowl" heaped with kale, cucumber, olives, couscous and more in a yogurt tzatziki dressing. 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001

Sundays: Patio Paella at MET Back BayLast week restaurateur Kathy Sidell opened Saltie Girl, her small and charming new seafood restaurant inspired in part by travels to Barcelona. But this weekend her other, neighboring restaurant debuts a different Spanish-inflected idea: seafood paella Sundays, where each plate of shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron rice and chorizo (add lobster for an up-charge) will be prepared right outside on the patio for a little live alfresco entertainment. Pro tip: pairs well with pitchers of sangria too. 279 Dartmouth St.; 617-267-0451