|February 8||+ COMMENTS|
Still a perennial hotspot for residents from all walks of life, Mission Hill’s dining scene boasts nearly as much variety as its housing market: complete with its share of excellent hidden gems. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen some turnover: with some genuinely exciting new options hitting the scene.But are they the best? Which ones are our favorites? Read on to find out.
Open 11-3 & 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11-3 & 5-10 on Fri, 12-10 on Sat, and 12-9 on Sun.
Chocolate and peanut butter. Peaches and cream. Japanese sushi and thai entrees?Oh yeah. It’s a match made in the heavens above the Pacific. Chef Nick crafts a unique sushi menu from fresh, locally sourced ingredients daily, tailoring the artfully crafted rolls to the strengths of the day’s ingredients. Meanwhile, Chef Nick — the other one, no relation — brings his 30+ years of experience in Thai cooking to Laughing Monk’s excellent small plates and entrees. One small word of caution: the spice levels here are authentic. When they say that something is spicy, this is not the time for false bravado: Bangkok spicy means business. You’ve been warned. But for those of us who grew up with this stuff, it’s a rare treat to find in the Hub. If a world-class pad see-ew served up alongside tamago nigiri and shitake rolls sounds like your idea of a good time, nobody will scratch that itch as well as Laughing Monk.
Open Mon-Fri, 7 am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8 am-10 pm.
The undisputed heavyweight champion of Yelp reviews doesn’t look to relinquish its crown anytime soon. One of the most popular places to get brunch in Mission Hill, Milkweed isn’t exactly a “best-kept secret” these days — expect a wait if you arrive unannounced during peak brunch hours — but even when things are taking a while, the service rarely experiences a hiccup.Coming from the same team that runs the Blarney Stone in Dorchester, you can expect big portions of hearty food at reasonable prices. Their Shakshuka is already becoming the stuff of Mission Hill Legend — try it with the Falafel, trust us — and they serve their excellent breakfast until 4 pm. Protip: use Milkweed’s Yelp Page to get on their waitlist while you’re on your way there: you’ll save yourself a heap of time.
Open Daily from 10 am to 11 pm
There’s fusion restaurants, and then there’s whatever wizardry is going on Nachlo. Don’t get us wrong: we may not understand how we wound up at the intersection of Mexico City and Karachi, but we can’t complain about the results. Situated at 1443 Tremont Street, right near the Roxbury Crossing T stop, Nachlo is exactly what it says on the tin: a fun, adventurous combination of Mexican and Pakistani dishes, plus some cheeky combinations of the two. Gobi tacos? Yes please.Of course, none of this works if the food isn’t any good: fortunately, Nachlo is more than up to the task. The novelty of ordering barbacoa nachos and chicken biryani from the same kitchen is strong, but isn’t enough to carry the meal. Fortunately, Nachlo’s menu is genuinely, authentically delicious throughout. So you might come for the novelty of pairing mexican soda with lamb kofta and naan bread… but you’ll come back because everything was downright tasty.
Mon-Thurs, 11 am-10 pm, Fri breakfast 9-11, regular menu ‘till 10 pm, Sat brunch 10-5, regular menu 5-10, Sun brunch 10-5, regular menu 5-9.
We know, we know: this list is full of novel and unique offerings. But where’s the meat and potatoes? Where’s the Irish pub? Where, for the love of all that is good, is the clam chowder? Worry not, our hungry friends: the Squealing Pig is here to satisfy your cravings. With some of the best clam chowder in Boston, some enthusiastically hearty Irish breakfast/brunch options, hearty fish and chips, and the kind of beer selection you’d expect from a genuine Irish pub.Plus, as of this writing, free oyster night has just returned. Honestly, what’s not to like?
Open 10 am to 1 am Fri & Sat; open 10 am to 10 pm Sun, Tues, Weds, and Thurs. Close Mon.
What’s old is new again. The geek shall inherit the earth. Call it what you will, but the age of the Geek is well and truly upon us: and that means board game cafes have come to Mission Hill. Tavern of Tales leans hard into your favorite D&D podcasts and comes out the other side with a fun, experience-based night out that anyone can enjoy.Let’s be clear: ToT is not on this list because of their game-changing menu. While the cheese-heavy pizza is a delightfully affordable slice of comfort food (pun intended),and the tater tots make for a fun, cheeky snack, this place is first and foremost about the experience. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the modern board & card game scene — or you have that one friend who’s constantly bugging you to join them for game night — ToT makes it easy to jump in with game guides to handle all the heavy lifting. The cocktails definitely punch above their price range, and the whole experience makes for a unique night out. Definitely worth a try, and one of our favorite new restaurants in Mission Hill.
We’re only five restaurants in, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. One of the best parts of living in Mission Hill is discovering new places, finding gems hiding around the corner, as well as visiting old favorites.But short of writing a novel, there simply isn’t enough time to cover everything. That said, did we miss your favorite? Skip right past an unsung hero of restaurants in Mission Hill? Let us know in the comments!