NESN’s “Dining Playbook” features two of America’s favorite pastimes: Food and sports with help from the region’s best known hosts, athletes and tastemakers. Emmy award-winning duo Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will leverage their considerable following and bring NESN viewers a fresh new approach to enjoying the best of what the region has to offer.
Billy and Jenny host this episode from Davio’s in Maketstreet Lynnfield. They try some of the new items on the menu and chat with Steve about the location, food and some of his celebrity encounters.
*427 Walnut St, Lynnfield, MA 01940 (781) 944-4810
*Information can be found at: davios.com/lynnfield
Review: A&B Salem
Located in the old Salem Jail, A&B Salem offers quality burgers with all the fixings. The Hangover Burger served under a fried egg is a favorite.
*50 St Peter St, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 498-4997
*Information can be found at: anbburgers.com
Before, During & After the Game
Before: Salty Pig
Known for their charcuterie, we sampled some other items on their menu including the Pork Back Ribs and the Salty Pig Pizza.
* 130 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 536-6200
*Information can be found at: thesaltypig.com
During: Tuscan Kitchen
Good food, big bar and TV’s from every angle, make the wine bar at Tuscan Kitchen a great spot to watch the game.
*67 Main St, Salem, NH 03079 (603) 952-4875
*Information can be found at: tuscanbrands.com/Kitchen/Salem/
After: Carrie Nation
After the game, check out Carrie Nation, a restaurant with a pre-prohibition style and appropriately, a killer cocktail. Play pool in the back and try the Million Dollar Cop cocktail.
*11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 (617) 227-3100
*Information can be found at carrienationcocktailclub.com
J-Tox: Goji berries
Jenny and Billy try the “fountain of youth” berry in this week’s J-Tox. Established in China, the berries are rich in nutrients and have many alleged benefits, including mental well-being and happiness.
*Information can be found at wholefoodsmarket.com/products/organic-goji-berries
Training Camp: Nick Calias
Chef Nick Calias, of Colonnade Hotel and Brasserie Jo, makes his special seafood paella that is specifically requested by Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz.
Special Correspondent Joe Piantedosi
Joe Piantedosi, of Piantedosi Baking Co, travels to stadiums throughout the country, testing the concession food. This week Joe went to Madison Square Garden. Jenny knows it as the home of her favorite artist, Billy Joel, but Joe insists its great food is another attraction.
* 11 Thompson St, Winchester, MA 01890 (781) 604-1020
*Information can be found at: piantedosishoppe.com