As you are doubtless aware, it’s the height of tomato season. Farmers markets across the state are brimming with heirloom varieties and the majority of specimens are sweet, juicy, and perfectly flavored. Seriously, even if you’re not a regular farmers market shopper, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to get down to your local market for some tomatoes in the next few weeks. The ones in the grocery store simply cannot compare.
One of our favorite food writers, Melissa Clark, wrote an excellent piece in last week’s New York Times documenting her effort to make a week’s worth of tomato dishes. While her recipes were, as usual, fantastic, we were a little surprised that she didn’t make one of our favorite summer tomato treats: fried green tomatoes. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern treat that is, well, exactly what it sounds like. Green tomatoes are dipped in buttermilk, coated with cornmeal, and fried in vegetable oil. The end result is delicious: a little bit tangy and totally addictive. We harnessed the power of the MenuPages Find-a-Food search to find three of the best places in the hub for fried green tomatoes.
•Stephanie’s on Newbury serves fried green tomatoes as an appetizer on their excellent lunch menu. Nosh on tomatoes nestled on a bed of spinach and topped with pecans and balsamic maple vinaigrette as you watch the endless parade of Newbury Street fashionistas passing by.
•Fried green tomatoes make their appearance at Sibling Rivalry as part of chef Bob Kinkead’s Sunday lunch menu. Cajun eggs are served on tomatoes and topped with shrimp, crawfish, artichoke, and bearnaise.
•Stephanie’s and Sibling Rivalry are great for lunchtime fried green tomatoes, but what about when your craving hits at dinnertime? Never fear, for Magnolia’s offers the tasty treats as an appetizer on their dinner menu. The tomatoes come with a fiery tomatillo salsa. Yum.