The Dish: 5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

Including Glizzy Sticks, hard kombucha, and beer floats.

Glizzy Sticks at The Fed
Glizzy Sticks at The Fed Provided

Wondering what to eat and drink in Boston this weekend? The Dish is a weekly guide to five things in the local restaurant and bar scene that are on my radar right now. Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] to let me know what other dishes and drinks I should check out.

1. Head to The Fed for Glizzy Sticks

Don’t call ’em corn dogs. When The Fed, a cocktail-centric pub within The Langham hotel, opened downtown on Monday, it debuted with customizable seafood towers, bags of whoopie pies, and a lobster BLT. But my county fair food-loving heart was drawn to the Glizzy Stick, an all-beef hot dog wrapped in crispy potato and served with spicy mayonnaise and pickled cabbage. The Fed’s luxe seating area may not seem like the place to order food on a stick, but you should definitely do it. Pair with a Kool and The Gang, a cocktail featuring The Langham’s Celebration Gin, raspberry, lime, ginger, Aquafaba, and tonic.

2. Slurp up noodles and pork belly at Cambridge’s Menya Jiro

There’s a new ramen spot in town! Japan’s award-winning ramen chain, Menya Jiro, debuted at 57 John F. Kennedy St. inside the Crimson Galeria on Wednesday, and is now serving Kagoshima-style ramen, takoyaki, gyoza, and more. The temps are finally climbing, so Menya Jiro’s cold ramen might be the way to go. If Cambridge is a little out of your way, stay tuned: The company will be opening a branch at Legacy Place in Dedham in the coming months, as well as an outpost in the Seaport.

3. Try the pineapple chili kombucha at Roxbury’s Flying Embers brewery

Roxbury gained a new brewery with the opening of Flying Embers, a California-based hard kombucha and seltzer company that recently debuted in the old Backlash Brewery space at 152 Hampden St. I’ve tried a few flavors in the past and am partial to the pineapple chili kombucha, but the taproom has plenty of options, including hard seltzers in flavors like guava jalapeño, clementine hibiscus, and pineapple cayenne, plus Flying Embers’s take on cocktails, called boochtails. Stop by from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this weekend for both indoor and outdoor seating.

4. Listen to live music while snacking on wings and fish tacos at Tempo

Waltham’s Tempo has been a neighborhood mainstay for the past 16 years, serving casual American fare at the corner of Moody and High Streets. When an adjacent convenience store became available, owners Erin Barnicle and Nathan Sigel snatched it up and converted it into an additional bar and performance space. This week, they debuted the new expansion, which features a 35-seat bar, plus a smattering of high tops and dining room tables in an industrial space. Sigel told me they have plans to add a late-night menu at some point, but for now, you can get Tempo’s full menu at the new bar while listening to local acts. Check out Tempo’s Instagram for updates on their music schedule.

5. Sip on beer floats for National Ice Cream Day

I’d normally be one to ignore a national anything day, but National Ice Cream Day, which takes place on Sunday, is something I’m on board with. And there’s no shortage of scoop shops around the city to frequent this weekend. J.P. Licks will set up shop at Turtle Swamp Brewing on Sunday, combining their vanilla ice cream with Turtle Swamp’s Orange Line IPA for a delightful creamsicle, and Johnny Cupcakes applewood smoked vanilla with the brewery’s 02130 Copper Kolsch (plus a handful of other flavors that can be mixed and matched to create beer floats). New City Microcreamery is throwing a throwback fest party at both its Hudson and Central Square locations, bringing railroad tracks, blackberry, and vegan mounds back to its menu. The shop will have live music, face painting, a tie-dye station, and other activities to celebrate. And then there are all the other excellent ice cream shops that you should pop by in the coming days — check out our guide to the best scoops in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Cape Cod.


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