Boston Marathon Carbo-Loading on Sunday, October 10th, 2021

by | Oct 5, 2021 | Dirty Water News, Food and Drink

With the return of The Boston Marathon fast approaching this coming Monday, October 11th, 2021, many Boston restaurants are gearing up to support runners’ pre-race carbo-loading needs. With specialty pasta menus, heaping portions, and more, runners and spectators alike are guaranteed a delicious meal to fuel a long day of racing, cheering, and being Boston Strong. See below for a few delicious options.


Newton’s charitable American restaurant and bar, Baramor, located just a few blocks from the infamous Heartbreak Hill portion of the Marathon course, is offering a special carbo-loading menu. All day on Sunday, October 10th, 2021, guests can choose from a selection of four pre-race pasta dishes off the Baramor Carbo-Loading Menu including: Calamarata ($23) with sautéed calamari, penne pasta, and marinara sauce, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo ($21) with grilled chicken, penne pasta, broccoli, and alfredo sauce, Garlic Noodles ($24) with sautéed shrimp, linguine pasta, and garlic oil sauce, and Arrabiata Pasta ($22) with meatballs, arrabiata sauce, served atop linguine pasta. For more information, visit or call (617) 202-6718.

MidiCi Wood-Fired Italian


Over in Assembly Row, MidiCi Wood-Fired Italian is excited to offer new menu specials for runners on October 10th. Alongside a selection of specialty cocktails and the staple MidiCi pizzas, guests enjoy Orecciette Pasta ($22) tossed with hand carved spicy pork sausage, broccoli rabe, garlic, and grape tomatoes, Bucatini alla Amatrucianna ($20) with homemade meatballs, marinara sauce, chili flakes, and shaved Parmesan Reggiano, and a classic Chicken Alfredo ($24)  with sautéed chicken breast, homemade alfredo sauce, spinach, and shaved Parmesan Reggiano. To view MidiCi’s hours of operation and to book a reservation, visit or call (617) 764-1541.

Sweet Basil

Both of Chef Dave Becker’s Sweet Basil locations in Needham and Waltham will be open on Sunday, October 10th from 4:00PM to 9:00PM, serving up a variety of carbo-heavy pasta meals for marathon participants and pasta lovers alike. With Italian American staples such as Chicken Parmesan ($24) with mozzarella in a basil marinara sauce served with a choice of pasta, Spaghetti and Meatballs ($25) made with beef, veal and pork in a rich tomato sauce with Romano and fontina cheese, and Rosemary Chicken ($24) served with pancetta, tomatoes, and asparagus in a garlicky cream sauce over ziti. To view the entire Sweet Basil menu, visit

Troquet on South

For the runners looking for a more elegant, celebratory feast, Chef Cameron Cieslak of Troquet on South is whipping up a few culinary creations for guests looking to carbo-load. The Garganelli Bolognese ($26) with ground pork, veal, beef, and 36-month aged parmesan reggiano is a perfect Italian classic filled with carbs to fuel guests for race day. And for a more seasonal-inspired approach to carbo-loading, Chef Cieslak is cooking up a Pumpkin Tortellini made with housemade ricotta and white truffle. For more information on Troquet on South, or to book a reservation, visit or call 617.695.9463.

Red Heat Tavern

Out in the suburbs, all Red Heat Tavern locations are offering carbo-loading meals both carb-full and gluten-freeThe Pulled Pork Mac ‘N Cheese ($15.95) includes cavatappi pasta with five cheese sauce topped with cornbread crush, BBQ pulled pork, and brown sugar BBQ sauce. In addition to the Pork, guests can also select a Veggie Mac ($14.95) or a Buffalo Chicken Mac ($15.95). Gluten lovers and gluten intolerants alike can enjoy pre-race carbo-loading without the guilt. For more information on all Red Heat Tavern locations, visit

Season to Taste

Chef Robert Harris’s farm-to-table eatery, Season to Taste, in Cambridge, MA is whipping up a few delicious pasta dishes for Marathon Sunday. For a starter, Chef Harris is offering a House-Made Parisian Gnocchi ($18) with prufrock fonduta, chanterelle, and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. And for a main course option, the House-Made Mezzi Rigatoni ($27) includes broccoli pesto, summer squash, pignoli gremolata, mascarpone, and pecorino. For more information, visit or call 617.945.9535.

The Beehive

Guests can stop by Chef Ryan Skeen’s bohemian eatery, The Beehive, on October 10th from 10:00AM to 11:00PM for a pre-race meal. For pasta enthusiasts, Chef Skeen offers a Fusilli Bolognese with pecorino romano and fried sage ($24). For more information, visit or call 617.423.0069.