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At this new restaurant you can eat as much as you want

By meerna Jul10,2024
At this new restaurant you can eat as much as you want

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Welcome to The B-Side, your daily dose of news you really want to hear. Katie Cole

It’s Wednesday, Boston.

🥵 We’ve all felt the heat this week: But Mayor Wu just made it official and issued a heat warning for the city through July 12. For tips on how to beat the heat, safety information, and public places to cool off, check here. And stay hydrated!

🍕 Also … We warmly welcome our new readers who recently chose B-Side for the Boston Pizza Festival. We promise we’ll have a great time!

👀What’s on the agenda today:

  • No more CharlieCard embarrassment
  • Pour one for ‘Rita
  • Hop trails



A journey for your taste buds

Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe

No more vacations on the horizon? How about culinaryholidays? If you’re looking to shake up your restaurant rotation,’s list of new places to visit this month is the perfect guide.

Here’s what you’ll find on the menu:

🍜HungryCambridge. Fans of handmade noodles, rejoice! Jahunger, Providence’s beloved Uyghur and Central Asian spot from a James Beard semifinalist, is officially expanding to Cambridge, and it’s bringing all that noodle goodness with it. The menu includes dumplings, meat dishes, their signature spicy noodles, and rumor has it they might bring back some fan-favorites from their original 2017 menu. You can check out the lineup here.

Things to try:

  • Lamb dumplings
  • Jahunger brand pasta
  • Unusual honey cake

🍫 CocoaSouth End (and soon to be the Financial District). We already know that coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven, but Cacao is making it official. The Dominican coffee shop and chocolate bar has expanded from its OG location in Newton to the South End. Expect handmade chocolates, truffles, candies, and bark. Not a chocolate lover? They also offer an assortment of delicious coffee and tea drinks, fancy nuts, and cookies (not to mention the best hot cocoa in town). Here’s a look at the menu.

Things to try:

  • Iced hot chocolate
  • Chocolates with salted caramel, Earl Grey and chai
  • Cinnamon-coated almonds

🥩Omi Korean BBQFenway. The phrase “all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ” sells itself. And for $39.99, that’s exactly what you get at Omi Korean Grill. The “premium” menu includes appetizers, meats (think ribs and bulgogi), seafood, veggies, and more. And if you need more convincing, look no further than these mouthwatering IG rolls. Once the drink menu is up and running (it’s still loading), there won’t be many reasons to leave. Check out the menu here .

Things to try:

  • Seafood and Chive Pancake
  • Marinated Beef Bulgogi
  • Grilled pineapple

🥟 Mr. HSeaport. If you love Lolita, Yvonne’s, and Mariel, you’ll probably love Mr. H. The latest offering from COJE Management Group aims to bring Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine to the Seaport. Most details are still under wraps (including the menu) since the venue won’t open until the end of the month, but the atmosphere is reminiscent of a Shanghainese cocktail bar with unique drink options to complement the food. Sign up for updates here.

👀 Want more? You can find a full list of new restaurants opening this month here.



The expressway to summer fun runs over the water

☀️🚢 Leave the gridlock and set sail by hopping on the Seastreak fast ferry from New Bedford. With spacious seating, an open top deck, a fully stocked bar and air-conditioned cabins, it’s the perfect way to travel to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard in style. Plus, save on hotels with convenient morning departures and evening returns, making planning day trips a breeze. Book your next getaway now!


Quick and dirty headlines

Image: MBTA

📱 The days of shame for the empty CharlieCard have come almost ABOVE. As of August 1, the MBTA will be At last introduce contactless payments at all ticket gates, buses, and Green Line and Mattapan Trolley trains. The new payments will be made at these “Charlie reader” boxes and will accept touch-enabled credit and debit cards, as well as Apple/Samsung/Google Pay on your phone or watch of choice. Bonus: Contactless payments can even be set up on discounted fare accounts. But don’t worry, CharlieCard fans, all your previous payment methods will remain intact.

🚇 Red Line: 1. Red Line Passengers: 0. It was a typical Tuesday morning at the T: Maintenance equipment derailed on Park Street, damaging the third rail and forcing the MBTA to send our beloved shuttle buses between Harvard and Broadway. While service returned to normal later that morning, the MBTA said “we’re sorry,” making afternoon/evening Red Line service free, Why The derailment remains a mystery. Think of it as an amuse bouche before the 16-day Red Line closure that begins Saturday.

🌀 Beryl, a tropical depression, brings us stormy weather. As if the weather this week couldn’t get any nastier, scattered thunderstorms, heavy rain, and a risk of flooding could arrive over the next few days as the remnants of Beryl head toward New England. Watch for 25-mph winds, potential for thunderstorms, and a risk of flash flooding, though the risk is slightly lower in Boston than in most of Vermont, New Hampshire, and even parts of western Massachusetts. Check here for the latest updates.

🍹 Pour one into the Fajitas & ‘Ritas. After more than three decades in business, the beloved Tex-Mex restaurant known for its cheap margaritas and great atmosphere will close for good on July 13. And it’s safe to say that customers are DEVASTATED. The owner told that the building’s landlord has decided not to renew the lease, making the decision to close “out of (his) hands.” Thoughts and prayers to the local college students who are mourning the loss of their $7 margaritas. Nothing will ever be the same.


Party like a local

B-Side is a proud sponsor of NICE, the festival, a four-day local talent extravaganza taking place in Davis Square from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28. NICE, the festival is a great opportunity to support local music and art creators by jumping from stage to stage. Check out the (super-rich) lineup, get excited, and get your tickets fast!


Hop trails

Photo: Kim Beaulieu. Illustration: Gia Orsino

We hear many stories of people who have climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks. …but the news that this bunny is climbing to the top didn’t make it onto our 2024 bingo card.

Poppy Rose (the bunny in question) is a natural hiker who hikes and backpacks, drinks from a water bottle, and comes when called. She first learned to hike from her owner, Bree Schuette, an avid hiker and distance runner.

But when Schuette began having difficulty hiking due to a rare autoimmune disease, she reached out to the local community to help her take Poppy Rose with her on her trail hikes.

And not only did they fulfill our request, but the rabbit hike experience has become the highlight of many a hiker’s career.

You can donate to the Schuette Foundation’s GoFundMe account here.

— Written by Gia Orsino and Emily Schario

🐰 Thank you for reading! Against all odds, apparently there’s a second rabbit who’s made it all the way to 4,000 feet. Meet Moose.

💜 Special thanks to today’s sponsor, Seastreak Ferries, for supporting local journalism and making summer travel in New England more affordable and accessible.

⚖️ Here are the results: 38% of readers are surprised that Karen Read’s trial was overturned — and believe Read is innocent, while another 29% are not surprised and think the case is difficult to resolve. One reader said, “I’m waiting for the Netflix documentary.”

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