Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden
HARU Bluefin Crab and Corn Fritter

Ahhh, summer! As the city packs away remnants of the dreadful reminders of its epic winter, everyone is heading out to enjoy summer every way possible. Winter in Boston is famously freezing but summer here can also be terribly unbearable. The good news is there are plenty of ways to stay cool and enjoy summer before we have to return to bundling up and complain about winter again. Two great places are sure to welcome you inside from the heat with their new summer menus: Haru and The Tip Tap Room. Haru, located at 55 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay, is a great place to enjoy summer indoors.The following summer dishes and cocktails are available now until October 6:

From the kitchen: Bluefin Crab & Corn Fritter: blue crab, corn, green onion, ginger, Thai basil and an Old Bay dressing ($8) Tuna Tataki & Tomato Salad: seared rare tuna, vine ripened tomatoes, avocado and fresh herbs in a light lemon vinaigrette ($16) Watermelon Roll: snow crab, green onion, mint and watermelon that is topped with shrimp and served with a lemon dressing ($18)

Cucumber Matcha and Margarita Watermelon Lemonade

From the bar: Cucumber Matcha Margarita: Avión Silver tequila, Ty Ku Cucumber sake, Luxardo and matcha mixed in with a housemade cucumber-jalapeño ($7.50) Watermelon Lemonade: Absolut Citron, Ty Ku Silver Junmai, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh watermelon, lemon and thyme syrup. ($7.50) Sounds delicious, right?! Everyone will surely look for retreat from the heat and some will flock indoors to cool off so  call 617.536.0770 or visit www.harusushi.com to make your reservation! If you are unaware, one thing you should know is Boston does brunch and we brunch HARD!

Tip Tap Room - Tip Tap Breakfast
Tip Tap Room – Tip Tap Breakfast

Tip Tap Room - Biscuits & Gravy
Tip Tap Room – Biscuits & Gravy

Chefs Brian Poe and Douglas Rodrigues of The Tip Tap Room, located at 138 Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill are offering the following summer brunch menu:

From the kitchen:
Summer Vegetables & Herb Frittata: tossed greens, black truffle vinaigrette, home fries ($10.95)
The Signature: three-egg omelet, mushrooms & vegetables, toast, home fries ($12.95)
Lobster Scrambled Eggs: fines herbes salad, home fries, toast ($17.95)
Skillet Roasted Scrambled Duck Eggs: duck confit, spring onion, petit potatoes, tossed greens  ($11.95)
Roasted Spring Onions & New Potatoes: bacon, pecorino cheese, black garlic ketchup ($9.95)
Strawberry French Toast: Devonshire double cream, walnut crumble, rhubarb syrup  ($12.95)
Smoked Cheddar & Corn Griddle Cakes: (corn butter, bacon, pomegranate, brown butter crisped eggs ($10.95)
Corned Brisket Red Flannel Hash: black garlic, fried farm eggs, baby herbs ($14.95)
Fried Calamari: licorice glacé, preserved lemon yogurt, shishito peppers – ($13.95)
Biscuits & Gravy: buttermilk biscuits, pork sausage patty, lemon-thyme gravy ($10.95)
Baked Open Face B.L.T.: thick toast, broiled Idiazábal cheese, fried egg ($11.95)
Glazed Short Rib Grilled Cheese: Gruyère cheese, red kosho – ($12.95)
Fruit & Granola: (mint, angelica, yogurt ($8.95)
Tip Tap Summer Salad: Eva’s Wild Greens & Mints, herbs, ricotta salata, cucumber, zucchini, bing cherry vinaigrette – ($12.95)
Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad: Harry’s Berries, aromatic herbs, angelica vinaigrette, black pepper honey tuile ($12.95)
Hearts of Palm Panzanella Salad: Idiazábal cheese, nectarine, balsamic vinaigrette, grilled sourdough ($13.95)
Prosciutto Parma Plate: Asparagus & herb salad, capers, roasted cherry tomatoes, arzak egg ($14.95)

They are also offering new sides this summer!
Asparagus: lemon oil, parmesan ($5)
Griddled Ham: thick-cut, black forest smoked ($6)
Cheesy Eggs: three scrambled, cheddar, chives ($5)
Mixed Greens balsamic vinaigrette ($5)

From the bar:
The Tip Tap Bloody Mary: Spicy pickles – $10
Violetta: vodka, violet liquor, fresh lemon, cava ($12)
Bittersweet in Barcelona: Cocchi Rosa, cava, sugar – ($12)
Sangria: white peach or blackberry red ($8.50)
The Three Doshas: ginger & lemon bourbon, lemon, honey, mint ($12)
Cold Toddy: (Ethiopian cold brew coffee, chicory ($6)
Rosemary-Yuzu Limeade: (rosemary, lime, yuzu – $6)

The next time you are stumped for brunch options or looking to try new dishes, check out The Tip Tap Room. For more information, please visit www.thetiptaproom.com or call 857.350.3344.Also, follow The Tip Tap Room on Facebook and Twitter.

My mouth watered as I write this post and definitely look forward to bringing friends and family to try these new summer dishes. Tell me, which food or drink mentioned here caught your attention and would like to try? If you do go and try these new dishes and drinks, please share with me your thoughts and experience. I would love to hear all about it.

See you around town!

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