[Photo: Katie Chudy] Seasons 52, a chain with over 30 locations nationwide, including one nearby in Burlington. is the latest eatery to open in what is becoming the mecca for shopping malls. Three of them within walking distance of each other. Brico Tuscan Grille is also open in the Chestnut Hill Square. Both these restuarants offer special menus to accomodate those who have dietary restrictions, e.g. gluten-free, vegan and low calorie options. Seasons 52 takes calorie consciousness a step further by offering "tiny desserts". The Cheesecake Factory's new space at the upper Chestnut Hill Mall (Bloomingdales) has moved over from the nearby Atrium, and a new Japanese restaurant is slated to open in the former Bernard's space on the second level. Bernard's has enlarged and added a full bar to its new digs next to the Showcase Cinema Add a Mexican restaurant to the mix to the long time ensconced Papparazzi. And if that's not enough of a choice, at the lower mall ,now called "The Street", you have Cuccina Davio's, Shake Shack, And the soon to open steak house DelFrisco's In case you're wondering Legal's Seafood and The Cottage are still packing them in.
Craigie on Main's new sister restaurant, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, in Somerville, focusies on a more rustic, casual menu. Lots of items are wood-grilled.
Look for things like salmon head, chicken liver, and smoked and roasted pork neck The KT&T burger features grass-fed beef, waffle-cut fries, and house-made pickles, and it can be yours for $17. It's on the standard menu, not part of an off-menu limited supply like the Craigie burger.
There's beer: eight on draft and sixteen bottles, at the moment. Prices range from a $4 can of Schlitz Gusto to a $28 25.4-ounce bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's "La Roja." There's also a cocktail menu at $10 a pop, with options like City Line Soda (Del Maguey Vida, pineapple-celery soda) and A Tale of Two Kitties (Plantation Dark, allspice, almond, citrus). The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is open daily from 5pm until 1am (food is available until midnight).
Rox Cafe in Newton Highlands in former Baker's Best Space on Lincoln St.
The third restaurant added to the West Rosbury And Newton Highlands "Rox" is aT 60-seat restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a full bar, and a market with takeout food.The menu varies with the seasons and the availability of locally sourced ingredients.