Ready, Set, Grill!

By Melissa C. Gillespie Labor Day means it’s time to fire up the grill. Chances are good that you’ll be grilling up some hamburgers – it’s practically mandatory on any American grill. To guide along the path to burger perfection, Chef Matt O’Neil, owner of The Blue Ox in Lynn, serves up his tips for grilling the ultimate hamburger this …

Second Win For Blue Ox

Chef Matt O’Neil and Joanna O’Neil, co-owners of The Blue Ox in Lynn and residents of Swampscott, celebrate their win as Boston Magazine’s Battle of the Burger champions for their restaurant’s “Sin Burger” alongside the team from Boston Magazine. The Blue Ox’s winning creation features a prime beef burger topped with apple wood smoked bacon, truffle aioli, tomato and lettuce …

Blue Ox In Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot I don’t have a valid excuse. I should have done it years ago but, for no specific reason; it didn’t happen until recently. Friends advised me to do it, and I read very positive comments in the press, but it just didn’t motivate me sufficiently. However, after doing it once, I know that …

8 Boston Bartenders You Need To Know

Charlie Gaeta, general manager and beverage director at The Blue Ox By Scott Kearnan Why we’re watching him: Because he ditched a job in finance to follow his passion. At The Blue Ox in his native Lynn, Gaeta has transformed from self-taught wunderkind to a well-trained expert; he’s studied at Boston University’s Wine Resource Center and is “currently working the way …

No Beef On Who’s Burger Boss!

Chef Matt O’Neil of The Blue Ox in Lynn wins Boston Magazine’s 3rd annual Best Burger Battle in Boston, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (Photo by Melissa Ostrow/courtesy of Regan Communications) In a moment of steer delight, chef Matt O’Neil owner of The Blue Ox in Lynn, was crowned Battle of the Burger champion Wednesday night at Boston Magazine’s third annual beef beatdown. More than …

Donut Competition; Burger Battle

Harvard Square – Union Square Donuts is popping up at The Sinclair on Saturday September 20 for a friendly donut-and-drink competition. The Sinclair’s Matt Cunningham will compete against the USD team to create the perfect mini donuts to pair with a boozy coffee cocktail and a mimosa. Tickets are $20, and the event runs between noon and 3 p.m. Call (617) 547-5200 for …

Happy National Oyster Day, Boston!

By Kate Today is National Oyster Day so what better way to celebrate than rounding up all the cheap oyster deals and specials in the Greated Boston area! $1 oysters anyone? Here are some deals especially for National Oyster Day on Tuesday, August 5th 2014: Social Restaurant and Bar; 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA $1 Oysters on 8/5/14 for National Oyster …

Off The Menu: Cold-Smoked Filet Mignon At The Blue Ox

This week we brought you a look at 9 Secrets of the Boston Food Scene, including a host of off-the-menu orders. But you’ll have to head to the smaller nearby city of Lynn to find one of our favorites: the cold-smoked filet mignon ($32) at The Blue Ox. Chef-owner Matt O’Neil recently made our list of 7 Must-Follow Social Media …

Gear Up For National Tequila Day In Beantown

Joonbug has the juicy lowdown for urbanities… By Alexa Mellardo With National Tequila Day just around the corner, all urbanities should know the juicy lowdown … specialty cocktail scoop, that is. Joonbug has the ultimate roundup prepared for Beantown to throw it down tequila style this Thursday, July 24th . Our list of restaurants will be serving up luscious cocktail specials in …

Worth Their Salt

By Gillian O’Callaghan Globe Staff It has always had unique characteristics and now saltmakers on the North Shore and the Cape have allies in restaurants and home kitchens who recognize the subtle difference a variety of salt can make on the tongue. Last fall, longtime friends Heather Ahearn and Alison Darnell went to the farmers’ market in Salem to shop …