Two restaurants that have made a name for themselves outside the borders of East Boston are now featured in The Food Lens’ first digital cookbook “Dining in Boston”.
The Food Lens, an online dining resource that helps readers discover the best food, drink, and happenings in Boston, has included a recipe each from Angela’s Cafe and Tawakal Halal Cafe in Eastie.
The Food Lens’ founders Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup also compiled more than 38 other recipes from the area’s best chefs and restaurants in an effort to bring their readers a new way to experience local dining at home during Covid-19.
A portion of proceeds from Dining in Boston will benefit Massachusetts Restaurants United (MRU) to help strengthen and support the industry after a challenging year.
“We find purpose in our work to showcase the area’s many talented chefs every day, but this effort feels particularly meaningful as we look back on a year of Covid-19 and the devastating toll it has taken on the city’s hospitality industry,” said The Food Lens Co-Founder, Molly Ford. “Our hope is to not only offer our readers with another fun and dynamic way to experience their favorite spots, but also to give back to the restaurant community that we love so deeply,” added Co-Founder Sarah Jesup.
Owned by Yahya Noor, Tawakal Halal Cafe on the corner of Maverick and Jeffries Streets, has received nothing but accolades since opening.
Bon Appetit named the small cafe that serves up home cooked Somalia cuisine on the corner of Maverick and Jeffries Streets in East Boston to its annual “Hot 10” list saying Noor’s restaurant, “Should be your first stop off the plane” when coming to Boston.
The popular Somalie cafe was also featured in an ad campaign by UberEats that paired acclaimed gold medal gymnast, Simone Biles, and ‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness.
Angela’s Cafe, with two locations in Eastie (one in Eagle Hill and another in Orient Heights) opened over 15 years ago with the late Angela Atenco Lopez’s recipes from her native Puebla, Mexico wowing residents, food critics and celebrity chefs alike.
Angela’s tacos and other traditional Puebla recipes consistently made “Best of Boston” lists in numerous magazines and the restaurant’s traditional guacamole received numerous awards over the years.
In 2013, Mrs. Lopez’s recipes gained national fame when the Food Network’s popular show, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (Triple Ds), debuted its segment on Angela’s Cafe.
Host and celebrity chef Guy Fieri was beyond impressed by the Puebla/Mexican cuisine being served at Mrs. Lopez’s small Eastie restaurant.
The Food Lens’ digital cookbook, Dining in Boston is available for purchase at thefoodlens.com/shop for $14.00, with 10% of every sale contributing to MRU’s mission to not only help local restaurants survive the pandemic, but to keep them open and thriving long after the spread of Covid-19.