We turn to our friends for first-hand reviews on shops, movies, even the best gym classes, so creating an all-encompassing site for their dining recs (with detailed write-ups, no numbering system) was a no-brainer for Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup.
The duo just launched their (incredibly gorgeous) site The Food Lens and we spoke with them about their favorite dishes and spots in Boston, especially for memorable evenings, from a Girls' Night Out to your hundredth or so date with your better half. Don't miss the chance to chat with Jesup and Ford and nosh on some fine food when the duo hosts the official launch party on April 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Warehouse XI in Somerville. Get your tickets via Eventbrite.
Girl’s Night Out
The Dish: Charred Maitake Mushroom Toast at Yvonne’s
Why: We love sharing small plates (and maybe a large format cocktail or two) on a girl’s night out at Yvonne's. This dish’s deeply savory hen-of-the-woods mushroom doused in bold flavors stands up to any of the inventive cocktails.
Why: Sarma absolutely nails the vibe for a first date, providing the perfect balance of casual and fun in an out-of-the-way location. A colorful layered dish of mezze in different flavors and textures is ideal for sharing—and for sparking conversation.
Why: For us, Giulia feels like a home away from home, which is exactly what we’re looking for on a 500th date. Like a tried-and-true couple, this homemade pasta with braised wild boar and a bottle of Barolo makes the perfect pair.
Why: There’s a reason these gnocchi have been a staple on the menu at No. 9 Park for ages. The crowd-pleasing rich pillowy pasta is dressed to impress here, cradling vin santo-soaked prunes and topped with seared foie gras.
Why: Who doesn't love a lobster roll with cold beer? Set right in the midst of Fort Point’s bustling office buildings, Row 34 elevates this buttery Boston staple with lobster sourced from the chef’s cousin and house-made potato chips—and the craft beer selection here is hard to beat.