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Pastoral Opens Friday, 'Phantom Gourmet' Extends TV Contract

By Scott Kearnan  |  March 26, 2014
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"Phantom Gourmet" will continue haunting cable. Good news for fans of "Phantom Gourmet." The popular weekly show has extended its contract with CBS Boston for another five years of its food TV programming, which includes weekend airings of its flagship show on myTV38, feature news segments during the 5 PM hour of WBZ-TV's Friday news, and occasional specials. With the extension, "Phantom Gourmet" marks 26 years on television, making it one of the longest running, locally-produced programs ever to air in Boston. And the company is expanding in somewhat unusual directions: This month it was announced that Dave, Dan and Mike Andelman, the brothers behind "Phantom" had become the new owners of the Mendon Twin Drive-In, a rural outdoor movie theater that is one of last of its kind in New England. 

MET goes Mexican. Though it's menu is dominated by New American fare, MET Bar & Grill is head south of the border on Sundays; starting this weekend the bar will introduce a Mexican menu that, whatever the currency exchange rates, seems pleasantly inexpensive. $6 gets you a trio of tacos: either beef short rib with charred onion, Coca-Cola and jalapeno; pork carnitas with roasted pineapple and chipotle; or grilled chicken with poblano and fresno. Other plates include a "loaded" nachos assortment and a Mexican cheese dip with pulled chicken. And specialty cocktails, including pitchers of margaritas and the "Hotel California," a mango vodka and jalapeno syrup concoction, are available for (careful) sipping. 

Pastoral is (finally) opening. No, for real this time. After a few false starts and stops, Pastoral has a definite opening date of Friday at 5 PM, according to EaterIn case you missed it, here's our breakdown of what to expect, plus a look around the eclectically designed digs