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Review: Temple Downtown

Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2010
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Falafel Corner

Much anguished ink has been spilled on the mall-ification of Harvard Square, as many quirky veteran restaurants have given way to unremarkable national chain outlets. But things aren’t all dire: some interesting, worthy venues have opened lately with mo
A Middle Eastern takeout joint that’s way better than it has to be 
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 30, 2010
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Azama Grill

As someone who dines out nearly nightly in Boston at every level — from highfalutin snob joints to decrepit diners — I'm often amazed at the lack of correlation between prices and love.
An Egyptian kebab shop rises above the Allston student-food stereotype
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 19, 2010
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Fordee's Falafel and Deli

I've added a new entry to my growing catalogue of "stupid reasons why I waited too long to try some restaurant": the unlikely name.
A winning way with the humble ground-chickpea croquette
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 18, 2009
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Indian Dhaba

The phrase “fusion cuisine” inspires dread in me — I’ve been served too many misconceived culinary mash-ups over the years, usually European sauces awkwardly force-fit onto Asian foundations, or vice-versa.
Mumbai street-food novelties and worthy fusion cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 11, 2009
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Pasha Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine

Even without enormous evidence, the Nadeau family has decided that "Turkish food never lets you down." Louise likes to grab lunch downtown at Boston Kebab House; Maurice prefers Allston's Saray; and Stephanie and her school friends enjoy Brookline Famil
A fantastically long list of Turkish delights
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 04, 2009


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Boston Kebab House

Dozens of lousy fast-food chain outlets dot the Financial District. (If I worked there, I'd frequent Chinatown for lunch.)
An oasis of fresh Turkish and American food in the Financial District desert
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 09, 2009
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Saray Turkish Restaurant

Saray snuck in under my radar because the sign outside advertised halal meat.
Middle Eastern cuisine at its finest
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 18, 2009
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Tajine

With visions of spices of the souk, we are apt to imagine that Moroccan food is as spicy as that of Mexico or Ethiopia.
A plea to kick up the heat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 28, 2009
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Teranga

Teranga is Boston's first serious Senegalese restaurant, but belongs more in the upscale-import category with the Helmand, Lala Rokh, and Orinoco than with typical immigrant restaurants. It's a pleasant and beautifully decorated bistro where diners ming
The South End's Senegalese restaurant joins the bistro crowd
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 31, 2009
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South End Pita

Restaurant critics must perform a balancing act. We want to bring attention to worthy new places, but slagging a brand-new venue during its shakedown cruise for slow service or uneven kitchen output isn't really fair.
Even sandwich shops need a little time to grow up
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 19, 2009


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Espèria Grill & Rotisserie

The Center House of Pizza was a regular neighborhood pizza place for more than 20 years, and then, two years ago, suddenly changed its name to Espèria and put up a sign for rotisserie.
Come for the gyros, stay for the pizza, lamb shanks, subs, etc . . .
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 19, 2009
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Halal Indian Cuisine

I imagine many diners who like Indian cuisine and can tolerate some chili heat have had this frustrating discussion with their server: "Curry: spicy, please." "Would you like that mild, medium, or hot?" "Hot, please." "Ooh, hot here is very hot." "Hot,
Negotiating one's way to solid Northern Indian fare
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 05, 2009
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Somali equality

In trading up for the romantic notoriety of piracy from the ignored tragedy of famine and civil war, Somalis have pulled off the PR coup of the millennium.
Barava's appetizer basket is a glorious find
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 24, 2009
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Jerusalem Pita and Grill

It's important to know your amateur online reviewers. While some are reliable cheap-eats dowsers, a rave from a Chowhound who also adores the Cheesecake Factory loses some credibility.
Fresh, kosher, and underrated online
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2009
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Olive Café

Solid tastes at Olive Café
Thin but strong
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 21, 2009


European Café

At this time of year, when the weather is messing with us and we don't know whether we're going to romp sand or shovel snow, a restaurant like this can be a lifesaver.
A tasty little getaway
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 22, 2008
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Movies are moving, hot dogs are hopping, Binga's is burning

Even as the temperatures drop and we head into hibernation mode for winter, Portland's drinking, dining, nightlife, and shopping scenes continue to evolve. Here's a round-up of comings and goings.
Venue watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008
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Oran Café

Recently, Boston Chowhounds steered me to Oran Café, a two-month-old Moroccan restaurant in East Boston that has much in common with Angela’s.
Revelatory Moroccan, served without frills
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 05, 2008
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Kookoo

Much like the pottery studio on the Station Street block in Brookline Village, Kookoo is practically imperceptible to the average passerby. In fact, were it not for the chalkboard easel of menu items out front on the sidewalk, you could easily miss it
Gourmet hideaway
By Liz Bomze  |  October 27, 2008
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Brookline Lunch

It turns out that its Mediterranean-inspired menu, coupled with Monopoly-money prices, makes this an excellent spot for any meal.  
Not just for breakfast
By AARON KAGAN  |  October 02, 2008


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Brookline Family Restaurant’s Döner Kebab

This Greek-turned-Turkish restaurant serves up fresh, authentic fare that could put to ease homesick Turks and Brits alike.  
Meat the family
By KENJI ALT  |  September 17, 2008
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Sami’s

Dining options for night owls are limited to a handful of Chinatown eateries and a few dubious diners. We also suffer from a dearth of good street food: what we’d give for one decent LA-style taco truck!
Not keeping late-night hours, but still delivering the Lebanese goods
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2008
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Where's the beef?

“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008

3 Steeple Street

Given its location, 3 Steeple Street has an edge in being successful.
More than a gravitational attraction
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2008
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Church

The former occupant of this space, the old Linwood Grill, wasn’t such a bad bar.

No religious experience, but decent Italian food


By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 23, 2008


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Farm Grill & Rotisserie

I once risked life and limb for a good gyro.
A gyro worthy of Odysseus
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 19, 2008
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Fresh start

Great books and films about contemporary Iraq uncover admirable and encouraging details but ultimately leave you with a sense of foreboding about the country's future.
StarEast Café brings back a taste of the Middle East
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 20, 2008
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Pita Kabob

Pita Kabob has found a new home on the other side of Downtown Crossing near the Hyatt Regency.
You can’t keep a great kebab-maker down
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 09, 2008
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Saray Restaurant

Turkish cuisine is criminally ignored in Boston: fewer than 10 places feature its influences or authentic dishes.
A delectable education
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 19, 2007