Date Idea, Drinks, Food
You told us on social media that all Valentine’s reservations around the city were all booked up, so we rounded up the best restaurants that don’t take reservations. Let the uncertainty of where you’ll end up spice up the night. Most of these spots start serving at 5pm. For the best chance of getting in, we recommend arriving at open. Or live on the edge…you do you.
Where: East Cambridge
Pro tip: Truly the best tacos in the city and one of our favorite restaurants! Get the carnitas or the beef barbacoa taco (fun fact: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives featured Lone Star and their beef barbacoa taco in Season 21, Episode 1) and their delicious and very boozy mug-aritas!
Where: North End
Pro tip: Don’t forget to bring cash with you to this old-school North End favorite. The squid ink pasta makes it all worth the wait.
Pro tip: Join the waitlist ahead of time on the Bartaco website and order guac & a marg as soon as you sit down :) (you won’t find a fresher marg anywhere else – at bartaco you literally get a fresh squeezed key lime for any drink)
Pro tip: Treat yourself and your date to Highland’s famous spicy jambalaya with homemade cornbread or (in our opinion) the best shrimp and grits in the city.
Where: Davis Square/Porter Square
Pro tip: Recently named in the New York Times’ “the 50 restaurants we love most in 2022” this one understandably fills up fast. Worth the hype, Dear Annie is a pescatarian’s dream dinner paired with natural wines galore.
Where: Union Square
Pro tip: Grab a glass of natural wine and bites from around Bow Market…we recommend Hot Box for pizza or Bluefin for seafood. This space is cozy and intimate, the perfect lowkey V-Day locale.
Where: Fort Point
Pro tip: Arrive right at 5p and you’ll have the bartender’s full attention to make you the perfect personalized cocktail. Let them know how sweet, spicy or sour you like your drink, do you like bubbles? More spirit forward? How drunk do you want to get? And then let the Drink team work their magic…
Where: Harvard Square
Pro tip: This no-frill pub in the heart of Harvard Square has an extensive list of beer and wine. Our favorite thing about Shays? The $8 glasses of wine.
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