This Week's Top Boston Restaurant and Food News

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 4, 2014
Credit: Evan Bradford

This week wound up a big one for openings. Among the new eateries is Precinct, a seafood-focused spot replacing Cuffs at the Loews Boston Hotel, and Audubon, a new venture from the team behind Trina's Starlight Lounge, that somewhat surprisingly threw open its doors today. (Given that it replaces Audubon Circle near Fenway Park, the stadium's opening day does seem like a good time to launch.) The spate continues on Saturday, with the openings of The Glenville Stops, a Latin-infused tavern in Allston, and Ester (pictured) an eclectic restaurant serving meatballs, risotto and salmon with harissa and spiced yogurt at the former location of The Ledge in Dorchester. [Eater Boston; Zagat Boston]

Ribelle chef Tim Maslow, one of our former 30 Under 30 honorees, responded in word and deed to Alan Richman's recent GQ feature "The Rise of Egotarian Cuisine," a takedown of young lauded chefs that, says Richman, exert too much self-indulgence and not enough hospitality. Richman wrote of Ribelle: "Sometimes I had no idea what I eating. ... I ordered one dish after another, idiotically hoping the food would get better. I left there feeling brow-beaten." This week Maslow told Boston magazine that the comments made him "sad." "I couldn't even read the whole article, to tell you the truth," said Maslow. But as a result, he's decided to concentrate his "esoteric" cooking at Ribelle and bring Strip-T's, the acclaimed Watertown restaurant that launched his prodigious success, back to the casual-comfort-food feel that "made us a sleeper neighborhood restaurant." [Boston magazine]

Now the official burger of the Red Sox, Tasty Burger celebrated the opening of its new stand inside Fenway Park by giving away 2,014 free burgers from its Boylston Street location yesterday. The new patty zone inside the stadium will offer burgers, tater tots, and shakes like the "Green Monster" with mint ice cream. It's one of a number new food and beverage options inside Fenway, and you can find the full list of newcomers here. [Zagat Boston]

Good new for fans of bison burgers: Brooklyn-born Bareburger, an organic burger chain of 18 outposts, is planning to open its first Boston location this summer. Besides its organic offerings, the chain is known for burgers of many meats: elk, boar, lamb, ostrich and bison, for instance. [Boston Restaurant Talk]

April 1 saw the return of food trucks to the Greenway, including newcomers like Stoked, serving wood fired pizza, and dumplings purveyor Moyzilla. Here's a look we took at some of the latest in the four-wheeled fleet. [Zagat Boston]

Chef Chris Douglass, owner of Ashmont Grill and Tavolo, looks set to open in Roslindale Village. According to Wicked Local West Roxbury, taking over the enormous Roslindale substation, a long-abandoned facility once used to house streetcar machinery. Little is known about the concept, but construction is slated to begin in June. [Wicked Local West Roxbury]

This week in round-ups, we took a look at Boston's 9 Best Sandwiches to Try Right Now, from spuckies at Cutty's to a red-hot "atomic meatloaf meltdown" from All Star Sandwich Bar. And we plotted a food crawl (swim?) through the Seaport, arguably the city's hottest 'hood for restaurants at present. Among the newer 12 Must-Try locations: Gather, M.C. Spiedo, and Row 34. [Zagat Boston]