10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

By Scott Kearnan  |  August 5, 2013

Summer is a fleeting season. (And let's not even think, New Englanders, about what comes after fall.) Luckily, there's just enough time to work in a few must-eat menus and must-visit restaurants best enjoyed in the summertime. So soak up the sun, while you still can.

  • Have beachside burger delivery.

    When we heard that South Boston’s fast-casual Tasty Burger was offering delivery throughout that neighborhood, summer suddenly got sunnier. Even better was when we discovered it included Carson Beach in its drop-off zone, actually bringing burgers, dogs and shakes straight to diners strewn on sandy blankets. Before the summer’s over, grab a spot by the waves and give a call, just because you can.

  • Get your claws into one last lobster.

    Okay, not your last lobster. But you have to admit that they just taste sweeter and more succulent during a New England summer. If you still have time to make the rounds, check out our roundup of the best lobster rolls in town. If you’re forced to pick just one, make it Belle Isle Seafood; this is its first summer in a new location triple the size of its old spot.

  • Shuck over to the Seaport.

    With so many restaurants facing the harbor horizon, there’s no better place to feast your eyes on a gorgeous summer sunset - while feasting on fresh oysters, of course. Legal Harborside offers 15 varieties in its first floor dining. (While you’re there, enjoy the breeze on the open-air third floor before the retractable roof goes up in cool weather.) And this is the last month to check out Island Creek Oyster Bar’s “pop-up oyster bar” at the waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art. Every Friday night they’re there, shucking away with cool culture vultures.

  • Sip seasonal beers.

    Much as we love a nice fall cider, it’s sad to see the summer brews go. So make sure to drink them down while you can. On Monday, August 12, Posto kicks off its beer dinner series: pairing a different New England brewer (Peak Organic, to start) with a five-course dinner. Or just grab a seat at Harpoon Brewery’s German-inspired beer hall, which is wrapping up its first summer.

  • Cool off your inner kid with an adult beverage.

    When you were little, refreshing summer drinks were slush puppies and lemonade stands. Today, that doesn’t quite do the trick, but grown-up spins on them? Yes, please. While it’s still in season, order up a glass of limoncello lemonade from Davio’s that's sweet, spiked and infused with basil. Or there’s the booze-infused granita (basically a Sicilian slushie) in flavors of espresso with chocolate liqueur, passion fruit with Grand Marnier, and prickly pear with tequila and lime.

  • Go swimming right after you eat.

    If you’re the really daring type, don’t even wait that half hour. (Sorry, Mom. We’re feeling rebellious.) While it’s still pool season, order up some sliders and grab rays in a chaise at Rooftop @ Revere, which opened earlier this summer. Or if you feel like visiting an old favorite, there’s a comfy cabana (and plenty of bites) waiting at BOKX 109 in Newton’s Hotel Indigo.

  • Bid farewell to Anthony’s Pier 4.

    All great things must come to an end. Sadly, it’s time for one of Boston’s most iconic restaurants to head to the big blue seaport in the sky: Anthony’s Pier 4 closes in August. Once regarded as one of the country’s most successful restaurants, the classic surf 'n' turf at Anthony's Pier 4 made it your mom and dad’s special occasions restaurant. but in an era of expanded options and innovation-centric foodie culture, it evidently wasn’t yours. Still, a legend is a legend. Seize the moment for a last supper this month.

  • Welcome back, Forum.

    The Back Bay restaurant, located right at the Boston Marathon finish line, has been closed since the tragic April 15 bombings. On August 15, it holds a grand reopening for guests of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, the cancer-fighting nonprofit that was holding a benefit at Forum on Marathon Monday; the restaurant, which was heavily damaged by the bombings, reopens to the public on August 16. So stop by this summer to welcome its staff back, and get a look (and taste) of some changes, which include a renovated exterior and first floor (scope the rendering above), and a menu from new chef Dan Schroeder.

  • Get fried.

    In theory, you can eat it anytime. But fried food comes with a permission slip in the summer. (Really, just ask your cardiologist.) If you’re not sure what to gorge on, choose Sullivan’s. The seasonal fried seafood shack on Castle Island is summertime tradition, and its hot dogs are generally regarded as among the best around.

  • Scream for (vegan) ice cream.

    There’s no shortage of spots to enjoy a cold ice cream on a hot summer night, including Boston-born chains like JP Licks and Emack & Bolio’s. But if you’ve never tried vegan ice cream, now’s a good time to lick a cone at chef Wheeler del Torro’s spot 3 Scoops. Not only are there tasty treats, like the peanut butter mud pie ice cream seen here, but this summer 3 Scoops introduced a line of smoothies and baked goods. And in August, del Torro releases his new globally inspired cookbook, Afrovegan.