If you’re feeling helpless (welcome to the club), and haven’t picked up a phone to call your local congressmen, or stood in a picket line, or donated to the ACLU … here’s something you can’t find an excuse not to do: Go out to eat. Go eat at one of these immigrant-owned establishments, and support them during this very dark and troubling time. We asked some area food folks what their favorite immigrant-owned restaurants were, and we now turn to you to go indulge them.
[Side note: The amazing people at Universal Hub posted a listbased on a callout from the Friends of the Boston Hidden Restaurants' Facebook group. It features restaurants and shops owned by Iraqi, Iranian, Sudanese, Yemeni, Libyan, Somali and Syrian communities. Bookmark it.]
Izzy Berdan, Creative Director for The Aquitaine Group (Aquitaine, Gaslight, Cinquecento, La Motta, Metropolis Café)
Food that I adore in the city really starts in Chinatown. My hat tips to the team at New Golden Gate, who I’ve been following for the last 18 years and three restaurants, when I worked in dance clubs in the theater district! Gourmet Dumpling House is also one of my favorites. They’ve been getting tons of recognition in the last few years and it is, oh so very well deserved! Don’t forget to order the Szechuan fish, and let the peppercorns numb your face off!
All over the city, the team at One World Cuisine has been setting the bar for Indian cuisine, crazy high, since I moved here twenty years ago, starting from when I was introduced to the group with Kashmir in the South End.Also, in JP, Wonder Spice Cafe! Cambodian and Thai cuisine that is absolutely delicious and the service is on point. Love, love, love them!
New Golden Gate, 66 Beach St., (617) 338-7721
Gourmet Dumpling House, 52 Beach St., (617) 338-6223
One World Cuisine, various locations,oneworldcuisine.com
Wonder Spice Cafe, 697 Centre St., Jamaica Plain,(617) 522-0200
Steve Morlino, Chef de Cuisine of Gaslight Brasserie, Lynnfield
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I’m a huge fan of Rincón Limeño. It is in East Boston, and it is a Peruvian restaurant, immigrant owned and has the best ceviche you will ever have in Boston, hands down. 409 Chelsea St, East Boston, riconlimeno.com
Jason Heard, Chef at Coppersmith, South Boston
Bánh Mi Ba Le in Dorchester – it’s the most authentic Vietnamese food you can get anywhere in New England. Their banh mi is destination-worthy. 1025 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, banhmibaleboston.com
Lauren Stein, cookbook author, Fresh Made Simple
The first place that comes to mind is Orinoco — they now have 3 locations around Boston and the owner is Andres Branger, from Venezuela. It’s been one of my favorite spots since we moved here and went to their tiny Shawmut Ave location. It's bursting with life and flavor and the food is so authentic and delicious. The Mechada Arepa is my go-to dish when I'm there. Multiple locations,orinocokitchen.com
I love Mike’s City Diner, which is in the South End and owned by Jay Hajj. Jay came to states from Lebanon as a child and has really lived the “American Dream.” The food is always great at Mike’s and I love supporting Jay and his business.714 Washington St., mikescitydiner.com
Robert Tobin, Chef of the Seaport Hotel
The bread shop at Bricco is old school, it’s like you’re walking into the back of the house and seeing where the magic happens. The bread is stacked to the right, the oven's within view in the back, everybody there is a baker, and the bread is fresh. Taranta blends the two cuisines and philosophies together in the food — Italian empanadas, Peruvian pasta and just a wonderful difference from everything else Italian in the North End neighborhood. Bricco, 241 Hanover St., bricco.com; Taranta, 210 Hanover St., tarantarist.com
Johnny Sheehan, Executive Chef at Liquid Art House
Cuchi Cuchi opened by Fernanda da Silva, an immigrant from Portugal, is atruly unique place inCambridge. [It has] a retro feel and glamorous staff and is a perfect ambiance for a fun and lively evening with great food and fun drinks. They make onefeel like home! Love it. 795 Main St, Cambridge, cuchicuchi.cc
Todd Winer, Executive Chef/Owner of Pastoral in Fort Point
Go to: Dumpling House in Chinatown. I love the soup dumpling and beef and peppers. Great attentive taste — like a trip to China without leaving Boston. It's as close to the homeland China you can get on the East Coast. 52 Beach St.,(617) 338-6223