7/03/2013 04:35:00 PM

Food Fun Through the July Fourth Weekend and Beyond

Maeve Stier and Marah Smith take on the USS Lobstitution.
We know you have your Fourth of July plans, but just in case you don’t know what to do with the rest of the weekend, here are some ideas. On Friday, July 5, check out a giant lobster roll - the USS Lobstitution - at Pauli’s in the North End. That’s right, a 24-ounce lobster roll using knuckle and claw meat piled onto a roll. Sure, it’s available any day (except they are closed on the Fourth), but we thought the day after the Fourth would be a perfect time to indulge. Just don’t try this at home ($49.99; 857-284-7064). P.S. There are other, smaller lobster rolls, but who could resist? 
On Saturday, July 6, head to grill night at Upstairs on the Square for Italian sausage, open-faced BBQ pulled pork and Mexican street corn - corn on the cob with jalapeño aioli, scallions and queso fresco - and many more specials. Dine alfresco weather permitting ($16-$28; 617-864-1933).

If you haven’t had enough of Independence Day, head to Bistro du Midi across from the Boston Public Garden on Sunday, July 7 or up until July 14 (Bastille Day), when chef Robert Sisca presents a special four-course prix fixe menu of American dishes made with French flair. For example, there’s a coral-infused tagliatelle butter-poached Main lobster with chanterelles and arugula or grilled hanger steak with pomme purée. Ask for the 714 Menu, which signifies seven options, one prix fixe and four courses. At any rate, you are free to choose. Get it? ($45 per person; 617-426-7878)

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