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The Meal Plan: Your Day-by-Day Guide to What to Eat and Drink in Boston This Week

Overwhelmed by the question, "What should I  eat tonight?" Consult our weekly look at new restaurant openings,  clever takeout packages, and more.

By Scott Kearnan

It’s ironic (don’t you think) that with so many of our pandemic-era  dining options limited, we’re somehow even more overwhelmed by the  question, “What should I eat tonight?” Allow our Meal Plan series to come to the rescue: When you’re tired of takeout from the same ol’ corner spot, or too exhausted to cook for yourself yet again, consult this weekly lineup of day-to-day dining suggestions and explore hot openings, new menus, innovative delivery concepts, and more. Here are our picks for the week of January 4, 2021.

Thursday: Watch chef Jason Santos in his new Hell’s Kitchen role while trying takeout from one of his Boston restaurants.

It’s been 10 years (!) since chef Jason Santos scored the runner-up slot on Hell’s Kitchen. On  Thursday, the famously blue-haired toque returns to the new season of  Gordon Ramsay’s hit Fox TV show—this time, though, he’ll be coaching other contestants as they muddle (and sizzle, and flambé) their way through various cooking challenges. Santos will star in every episode as  Ramsay’s “sous chef,” dispensing advice and mentorship to competitors.  And what better way to watch him at work than with takeout from one of  Santos’ restaurants? Order up some funky New Orleans-style eats from  Buttermilk & Bourbon in the Back Bay or B&B Fish, its new,  seafood-oriented sibling in Gloucester. Citrus & Salt, meanwhile, have tacos, ceviche, bottled margaritas, and more coastal Mexican-inspired fare. And there’s also downtown’s Abby Lane, with its people-pleasing menu of burgers, po'boys, and other New American offerings.

Abby Lane, 253 Tremont St., Boston, 617-451-2229, abbylaneboston.com; B&B Fish, 195 Pleasant St., Marblehead, 781-990-1739, bandbfish.com; Buttermilk & Bourbon, 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-1122, buttermilkandbourbon.com; Citrus & Salt, 142 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-424-6711, citrusandsaltboston.com.