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Eat like an insider: Casey and Vanessa White

These artisan pierogi-making siblings share their favorite spots to grab a bite and a beer.
Derek Kouyoumjian

Sisters Casey and Vanessa White sell handmade Polish dumplings with a modern twist. You might find them at the Somerville Winter Market or the Canal District Farmers’ Market in Worcester, or popping up at a local brewery or cider house for a night of tasty pairings featuring their doughy delights, which are lovingly named Jaju Pierogi. These young entrepreneurs — Casey is 24, and Vanessa is 29 — roll their creations on the North Shore, churning out flavors like pumpkin and feta, kielbasa and red pepper and sweet potato with caramelized onions.

When they’re not in the kitchen, the White sisters have an eye for good eats. They share their favorite spots to grab a quick bite, enter a coloring contest and find the area’s best (and freshest) lobster rolls.

Best late night meal?
Vanessa: Punjabi Dhaba in Inman Square. Casey and I went here on Christmas Eve last year. These guys are reliable. With $10 cash, you get a metal tray piled with the main dish of your choosing, rice, toppings and naan. I throw on veggie samosas to make sure I’m extra full. 225 Hampshire St., Cambridge, punjabidhaba.co

Casey: A chicken burrito with extra guacamole from Anna’s Taqueria always wins. Various locations, annastaqueria.com

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Best meal under $5?
Vanessa: Take your pick at the Super 88 [AKA Hong Kong Supermarket] food court in Allston. 1095 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, hongkonghypermarket.com

Casey: Juliet’s breakfast tacos. 257 Washington St., Somerville, julietsomerville.com

Best hidden foodie gem?
Vanessa: Helmand in East Cambridge, near Lechmere. This place serves up Afghan food that is simple but different and seriously delicious. I love the vegetarian special — pumpkin, eggplant, spinach and okra with tomatoes, paired with pallow rice. 143 First St., Cambridge, helmandrestaurant.com

Casey: I absolutely love My Other Kitchen in Belmont. If you like gyros or chicken souvlaki, this is your place. 762 Pleasant St., Belmont, my-other-kitchen.com

Best place to dine alone?
Vanessa: Sound Bites — they have a weekly coloring contest. Sit at the bar and color while you eat. Submit your masterpiece to compete! 704 Broadway, Somerville, soundbitescafe.com

Casey: Whole Heart Provisions in Allston. They have the best veggie bowls and bar stools situated right near the window — perfect for people-watching. 487 Cambridge St., Allston, wholeheartprovisions.com

Where do you recommend to out-of-towners?
Vanessa: People always want to eat seafood, but it’s hard to get the simple, fresh stuff in Boston — I think. I’d send them to the Seaport Grille in Gloucester for $9.99 lobster rolls on Thursdays. Fresh off the boat! 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, seaportgrillegloucester.com

Casey: Sarma. This restaurant is exceptional — amazing food, amazing drinks, and cool atmosphere and concept. 249 Pearl St., Somerville, sarmarestaurant.com

 
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