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 week’s show at Posto in Somerville. Posto offers a full menu with antipasti, handmade pastas, grilled meats and, of course, its signature Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. With its Italian wood-burning oven, imported Italian flour and tomatoes, and homemade mozzarella cheese, Posto will create out-of-this-world Neapolitan classics, as well as exciting new ones of their own.
*187 Elm Street (Davis Square), Somerville, Mass., 02144; (617) 625-0600; http://www.postoboston.com/
Uni, a sleek and modern space located at The Eliot Hotel in Boston, is an intimate subterranean sashimi bar that has been transformed into a lively, contemporary izakaya. This Asian cuisine establishment features many fresh seafood and sushi options. In addition, they have a late-night food offering Thursday through Saturday nights.
*370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 02215; (617) 536-7200; http://uni-boston.com/
Best Restaurants: Special Menus
Red Lantern: This sophisticated Asian restaurant immediately grabs your attention when you walk through the large traditional wooden doors. This large venue, accompanied by large tables, has hundreds of red lamp lighting hanging from the ceiling. Complete with a custom, center wok station, this elegant Asian cuisine also offers a six-person sushi bar and a 40-person private dining room.
*39 Stanhope Street, Boston; (617)-262-3900; http://www.redlanternboston.com/
Masa: If you are looking for some good brunch, Masa is the place to go. This sophisticated restaurant located in the South End of Boston gives a great Southwestern flare to its dishes. Along with its large selection of different Mexican cuisines and tequilas, it’s also well-known for award-winning margaritas.
*439 Tremont Street, Boston; (617)-338-8884; http://www.masarestaurant.com/
Papagayo: As the self-proclaimed best Mexican restaurant-tequila bar around, Papagayo now has four locations scattered across the Greater Boston area. Making its margaritas completely from scratch, Papagayo only uses the freshest ingredients for both its drinks and food dishes.
*283 Summer Street, Boston, 02210; (617) 423-1000; http://papagayorestaurants.com/
VIP Seat: Surf Restaurant
Billy and Jenny interview VIPs Scott Little and his wife, who dined at Surf Restaurant in Portsmouth. Since opening in 2002, Surf has set the standard for providing only the freshest seafood catch in New Hampshire.
*99 Bow Street, Portsmouth, N.H., 03801; (603) 334-9855; http://surfseafood.com/
J-Tox: Bentonite Clay
In this week’s J-Tox, Jenny explains the benefits of bentonite clay. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and in skin care recipes.
Leinenkugels India Pale Lager is everything you love about hops. You will taste citrus, tropical fruits and a little spicy pepper, followed by a refreshing crisp finish!
*For more information on the India Pale Lager, go to https://www.leinie.com/
Athlete Interview: R.J. Hunter
Check out this week’s interview with Boston Celtics rookie guard R.J. Hunter.