Planning a picnic? You’ve got options.
A La Esh
Avi Shemtov of Chubby Chickpea fame has launched his new Israeli-inspired barbecue restaurant, A La Esh, in Sharon at long last. It’s open on Sundays from 12-7 p.m. for now. Get pulled pork, brisket and turkey sandwiches; family-style meat platters with sides like couscous mac-and-cheese (healthy!); and banana pudding for dessert. Take it to go or sit down outside at his next-door restaurant, Simcha.
The Israeli all-day cafés run by local dad Nir Caspi have gotten into the picnic game. Choose from three family-style meals with portions for four people: Mediterranean (shakshuka, hummus, salad, pita, dessert); burgers (vegan or regular, with halloumi sticks, four sides and dessert); and plant-based (stir-fry, beet hummus, cauliflower, pita and dessert). They also have mimosa kits and Prosecco if you’re having a tough day, plus virgin drinks for the kids. Meals are $60; order online for immediate pickup at their Beacon Street or Cleveland Circle locations.
If you long for Mamaleh’s lox but don’t have time to trek into Cambridge for a fix, you’re in luck! Everyone’s favorite Kendall Square deli is now offering suburban pickups each week. Here’s how it works: First, follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be that week. Then, order in advance ($50 minimum from their full menu, plus bulk orders) and choose the “suburban pickup” option. Then make plans to pick up your bounty from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays. Temple Beth David in Westwood and Temple Isaiah in Lexington are next on their route. Pickup is contactless, and lunch or dinner is suddenly easy.