Thinking Cup | The Salty Pig | Kashmir Indian Restaurant | Silvertone | Public Garden

Enjoy Globally Sourced Java With Your Pastry at Thinking Cup Near AVA Back Bay

The Thinking Cup claims to serve some of the best coffee and espresso beverages in Boston, and it has the proof to back up that assertion. The shop was listed on Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" in 2011 and has won a Certificate of Excellence over three consecutive years. To see if Thinking Cup lives up to the expectations, make the short trip here from AVA Back Bay.

Stop in at the Boston shop, which gives off a warm and welcoming vibe, and sip on a cappuccino, hot coffee, latte, or macchiato. Whichever drink you decide on will be made with fresh coffee beans that are shipped from providers all around the world. If you stay longer than expected at Thinking Cup while doing some work or catching up with friends, consider checking out the food menu, which includes breakfast and lunch items such as a breakfast burrito, muffins, pastries, and oatmeal.

Thinking Cup
165 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-5555

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The Salty Pig Near AVA Back Bay Treats Boston to the Best of Salty Pig Parts

If "salty pig parts" sound like something you'd be interested in eating, then The Salty Pig in Boston is for you. "Pig parts" is actually a rather oversimplified name for the house-cured meats that The Salty Pig serves. The gourmet meats are served as charcuterie platters along with artisan cheeses from around the region and Europe.

Located not far from AVA Back Bay, The Salty Pig also offers libations. Grab a glass of wine, a craft beer, or perhaps one of the artisan cocktails. They contain sweet and unique ingredients like juniper vodka, acai berry, and Creole orange. If you'd like something more substantial than charcuterie to soak up your drink, try one of the wood-grilled pizzas. The Salty Pig also has an impressive following for the pies alone, maybe because toppings include everything from "salty pig parts" with pale ale caramel to chicken confit.

The Salty Pig
130 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6200

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Enjoy a Meal at Kashmir Indian Restaurant Just a Short Trip From AVA Back Bay

When you're shopping at the Newbury Street stores and need to stop for a lunch break or you're looking for a place to enjoy Indian cuisine near AVA Back Bay, consider dining at Kashmir Indian Restaurant. All of the authentic Indian food that is prepared at this Boston eatery comes out of the tandoor, a pitcher-shaped clay oven.

Whether you're after lamb, jumbo shrimp, or chicken, you can expect Kashmir's meat and seafood to be marinated in yogurt, seasoned with a medley of other ingredients, and cooked in the tandoor. If you're new to Indian cuisine and not sure what to order, consider the goat curry, spinach cooked with house-made cheese, or the chicken vindaloo, all of which come highly recommended. Stop in for lunch and take advantage of the buffet, which features a variety of dishes. When the weather permits, guests can sit at one of the high-top tables on the outdoor patio.

Kashmir Indian Restaurant
279 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-1695

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Dig Into Mac and Cheese at Silvertone, a Restaurant Near AVA Back Bay in Boston

Chez Freddie, the second-floor bar at Silvertone, may not be large, but it's still a popular place for a drink. Chez Freddie's pair of high-topped tables and set of five smaller tables are sprinkled throughout the modest space—at least the part of it not dominated by a five-seat bar. Its spot-lit pictures and soft lighting hint at what you'll find downstairs in the main dining room.

On Silvertone's first floor, framed portraits bedeck the vibrant red walls, which are cast in a soft glow from classic light fixtures. The atmosphere is only part of the appeal at this Boston establishment, however. It's better known for its traditional comfort food. Some of customers' favorite dishes include the shepherd's pie, mac and cheese,steak tips, and burgers. However, you'll also find a few more upscale items on the menu, such as goat cheese crostini, bruschetta, and calamari. The eats are well worth the short drive from AVA Back Bay to this spot downtown.

69 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 338-7887

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Public Garden: The Country's First Botanical Garden, Located Near AVA Back Bay in Boston

Back in 1838 when the Public Garden was first opened, it was the very first garden of its kind anywhere in the entire country. Today, the botanical garden may have some competition, but it still remains a popular spot for Boston dwellers to unwind not far from AVA Back Bay.

Its many statues represent everything from great historical figures—i.e., George Washington riding his horses—to actual critters who inhabit the parks, like ducks and ducklings. The manmade sculptures are interspersed between blooming trees and flowers, vibrant green plants, and even a pond. Atop the pond, people leisurely float on swan boats. You're welcome to grab one yourself and enjoy the water, but you can also simply soak in the sun along the pond's edge. Whether you're a fan of nature or just enjoy people-watching, Public Garden is a convenient spot to go for some afternoon entertainment.

Public Garden
Boylston & Arlington
Boston, MA

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