Boston Fall Restaurant Preview

By Scott Kearnan  |  August 26, 2013

Things to be excited for this fall: crisp autumn air, fall foliage, seasonal ingredients, new openings, food festivals - and we're just scratching the surface of the months ahead. Read below for 10 reasons why summer coming to an end isn't worth being too bummed about. 

  • Del Frisco's Grille

    The upscale steakhouse will open the first outlet of its elegant-casual grille in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center in November. Sprawling over 8,214 sq. ft., it will emphasize an American bar vibe and serve up wood oven-baked flatbreads, seafood and steaks - including, of course, some selections from its Double Eagle steakhouse. 

  • Pastoral

    Chef Todd Winer (formerly of Met Back Bay) will open his Fort Point restaurant in September, but instead of taking cues from the nearby seaport, he's looked inland for inspiration: the decor and menu will be influenced by peasant-style country cooking, with an emphasis on Neapolitan pizzas, locally sourced veggies and rustic cuisine. 

  • Alden & Harlow

    Former Russell House Tavern chef Michael Scelfo has something new cooking: his highly anticipated Alden & Harlow, which will inhabit the Harvard Square space that used to house Casablanca. Expect a heavy emphasis on seafood and shared plates, plus some Scelfo signatures, like a rotating creative burger offering, as well as the tea-cured pork belly that helped him win Cochon 555 earlier this year. 

  • Legal Crossing

    Legal Harborside saw the Boston-born chain spread its wings and elevate. That's expected to continue with Legal Crossing (also being billed as "LX"), slated to open in November in Millennium Place: the new $220 million luxury condo development Downtown. The vibe and menu will be in concert with its ritzy home and include an exclusive "owner’s lounge," a private dining room with a separate menu, just for owners of the 256 Millennium residences.

  • The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

    Tony Maws (right, with sous chef Dan Scampoli), the culinary maestro of Craigie on Main, is set to open his new venture in September. The nose-to-tail sensibility and rotating burger options crib from Craigie, but Kirkland will offer a more casual vibe with lower price points. Maws sounds like he's playing it simple with Kirkland; but with this James Beard winner, sophistication can be assumed. 

  • Cape Cod Restaurant Week

    Lest you think the end of summer means the end of reasons to hit the beach: here comes Cape Cod Restaurant Week. Now that tourist season is over, dozens of restaurants are offering three- and four-course menus for $25, $30 or $35 from October 14-20. Check participants here, and start plotting your Cape escape. (Maybe board a day ferry from Boston to P-Town, and see if Ten Tables' outer Cape outpost lives up to the city original?)

  • Hogtoberfest

    Ready to head back to ACK? Summer may be over, but break out the critter pants for the fifth annual Hogtoberfest, a foodie favorite. From October 18-20, Michael LaScola (American Seasons) and Matt Jennings (Farmstead, Inc.) celebrate all things pork at American Seasons, with an event lineup that includes a back-of-house carving demo, a local beer and housemade charcuterie tasting, and a multicourse dinner of all-pig dishes (featuring heritage Berkshire-Tamworth pig from Faraway Farm) paired with selections from American Seasons’ wine list.  

  • Sarma 

    Behold (any time now) the imminent opening of Sarma, the new Somerville spot from Oleana wizard Ana Sortun. The meze concept will be modeled after a meyhane, a type of small-plates-serving Turkish retaurant, and boast a creative cocktail program invoking spices like mastic. Cassie Piuma, Sortun’s longtime chef de cuisine at Oleana, will be Sarma's partner and executive chef, with sous chef Kara Tobin-Chigazola taking her spot at that Cambridge favorite. 

  • Beat Hotel

    The owners of The Beehive (pictured) have a new Harvard Square hot-spot-hopeful opening this fall: Beat Hotel, a jazz club and brasserie. Details on the spot have been exceptionally scarce, but it has been in the works for at least two years under the now-abandoned name Liberal Servings. We look forward to checking in. 

  • Commonwealth and Steinbones

    Around the World in 50 Plates finalist Steve "Nookie" Postal, the former executive chef of Fenway Park, is prepping two Cambridge restaurants for the coming months: Commonwealth, a farm-to table and family-style dining destination in East Cambridge, and Steinbones, a Jewish-barbecue spot in Central Square. (For the latter, think chopped short rib pastrami on a challah roll with bagel seasonings. That was part of a pop-up preview he gave in the spring.)