9 Grilled Dishes That Perfectly Capture the Flavors of Summer

Pesce Spade at Antico Forno

Hot summer evenings seem to beg for lightly grilled fresh fish, and this North End restaurant does not disappoint with the catch of the day served with mixed greens, pickled vegetables, and a vibrant orange citrus sauce. 93 Salem St., 617-723-6733

No grill in your backyard? No problem. We rounded up nine dishes that perfectly capture that just-off-a-grill flavor of summer.

Grilled Spanish Octopus at Temple Bar American Bistro

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The romantic setting for this bistro, think over-sized mirrors, oak paneling, and generous amounts of brick, sets the scene for the thoughtfully planned menu with dishes like this bright grilled octopus appetizer served with lentils, fennel, and citrus. 1688 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5055

Grilled Baby Carrots at State Street Provisions

Long Wharf’s newest go-to spot jumpstarts dinner on a healthy note, thanks to this veggie plate. The grilled sweet baby carrots are served with warm farro, fresh pomegranate, tangy tzatziki, and pine nuts. 255 State St., 617-863-8363

Grilled Twin Lobster at Met Back Bay

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Sit on the Newbury Street patio, people watch with a glass of wine in hand, and dine on sweet, lightly grilled lobster with a brushing of butter during Met Back Bay’s Lobster Wednesdays. 279 Dartmouth St., 617-267-0451

Pesce Spade at Antico Forno

Hot summer evenings seem to beg for lightly grilled fresh fish, and this North End restaurant does not disappoint with the catch of the day served with mixed greens, pickled vegetables, and a vibrant orange citrus sauce. 93 Salem St., 617-723-6733

Duck, Kimchi, and Scallion Skewers at Heat

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Journeyman’s new sibling restaurant is introducing an all-new, wood-fired dining experience. Everything that is served is cooked on the grill, creating sumptuous, smoky dishes like these delicious skewers. 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville, 617-718-2333

Grilled Slow-Roasted Brisket at Park

Harvard Square’s coziest restaurant is infusing a bit of the South into its American fare menu. This brisket entrée is slow-roasted on the grill and comes with delectable cider-braised collard greens, warm corn bread, and sweet Vermont maple butter. 59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851

Grilled Asparagus and Pea Green Salad at Aquitaine

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Upset the Aquitaine location in the South End is closed for renovations? Head to its sister location in Dedham for this simple but delicious grilled salad, with edamame, radish, soy nuts, and chili-lemon vinaigrette. 500 Legacy Place, Dedham, 781-471-5212

Wood-Grilled Chicken at Woods Hill Table

This Concord restaurant sources its ingredients from its own farm in New Hampshire, The Farm at Woods Hill, so you know nearly everything on your plate has just been handpicked. Sample the farm’s fresh produce in the wood-grilled chicken dish, with celery root and taleggio, spinach roulade, crispy potato, and sauce perigord. 24 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, 978-369-6300

Grilled Flat Iron Steak at Cook

This Newton restaurant draws crowds (and rave reviews) from both suburbanites and city dwellers that drive out of Boston for Cook’s fulfilling menu. This take on a traditional Latin American dish comes with white corn polenta, charred broccoli, and chimichurri. 825 Washington St., Newton, 617-964-2665

 

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