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With soda under siege, Yacht Club

If soda were a person, it would need a publicist. Those sweet, sugary bubbles — once the image of wholesome Americana — have lately been blamed for rotting teeth, obesity, even teenage aggression.
By PHILIP EIL  |  June 22, 2012

Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 02, 2010

Malt liquor madness

Malt liquor is alternately derided as preying on our nation's poor, as a cheap way for frat boys to get drunk, and as just terrible beer.
Sipping at the other end of the spectrum
By JOSH SMITH  |  July 02, 2010

Review: Nico

The North End can be touristy, it can be posh, it can be authentically Italian, it can be nostalgically Italian-American, it can be snooty white-sauce Italian, and sometimes it can be charmingly (or not so charmingly) vulgar.
An average North End destination with a sweet ending
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 18, 2010

Bombay Club

As we were on our way home from dinner at Bombay Club, Mrs. Nadeau said, "We didn't try any curries — we missed that."
A favorite local Indian eatery finds a new home
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 11, 2010

Have beer, will travel

Culture and experience have taught us that beer in a can is of lesser quality. But with several craft brewers' recent foray into the world of canning, it may be time to put this crude stereotype to bed.
Craft beer in a cooler? Can do!
By JOSH SMITH  |  June 04, 2010

Review: Temple Downtown

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

Foolish dreams

There’s nothing in the Maine Democratic Party’s platform about free beer.
Maine Democratic Party offers a lot of freebies, beer is not one of them
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2010

Beer on a budget

The beer industry is generally considered recession-proof, since people are still going to drink beer when times get tough. But has the same been true for more expensive craft beer in the recent recession?
In defense of expense
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 21, 2010

The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010

Old haunts

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2010

Bell ringers and brown nosers

It was a number of months ago when I first observed a guy who was working as a barista at the coffee place I favor in the morning ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 14, 2010

Lee’s Store and Bakery

I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010

Russell House Tavern

For a place with major, major foot traffic, Harvard Square has proven to be a tricky spot for restaurateurs.
Tastes good, looks great — no gimmicks necessary
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 14, 2010

Savor the flavor

Whether you only occasionally hoist a craft beer or carry a notepad to rate beer everywhere you go, we can all become better beer drinkers by following a few simple guidelines.
How to make great beer even better
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 07, 2010

Ten Foot Polecats | I Get Blamed For Everything I Do

There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi.
Hillgrass Bluebilly (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2010



Once upon a time, before the heyday of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all beer was organic. And now organic is back for good.
The second coming of organic beer
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 23, 2010

Woodward at Ames

The Woodward is the slightly quieter upstairs of the Woodward Tavern, a high-concept downtown café-bar based on the idea “Ben Franklin meets a supermodel.”
Ben Franklin meets a supermodel? Go with it — it works.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 23, 2010

El Pelón Taquería

A 2009 fire in the Fenway destroyed an entire block of beloved independent restaurants, including the very popular El Pelón Taquería. It was the second fire in two years to hit this Baja-style joint, prompting my comment, “If there is a God, he’s an ang
New home, same winning way with fish tacos
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 23, 2010

South End Buttery

South End Buttery started with cupcakes and coffee, but opened up a dining room below street level two summers ago, and has since gradually taken on more serious cheffery.
From Viennoiserie to veal: a local bakery grows up
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 16, 2010

Justified arrogance

Stone is the country’s number one brewer. And they know it.
Stone Brewing Company comes to Julian’s
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 09, 2010


American Craft

If American Craft was a brand-new restaurant, I still would be an enthusiast. But it’s even better as is, because it’s the end result of a story of hard knocks.
Brewed to perfection
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 09, 2010

Tremont Street Cafe

Many budget restaurants I review have a single-item focus: hot dogs, banh mi, zapiekanki. They say, “We do one thing, and do it really well.” Then there are the Swiss army knives.  
 Just your typical South End deli/bakery/cafe/juice bar/gelateria/organic convenience store
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 09, 2010

Barlow’s Restaurant

It’s not unusual for this column to have a different opinion of restaurants than the column in the Boston Globe — I favor a flatter bell curve.
When in doubt, ask for a second opinion
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 02, 2010

Beer Heaven

Beer heaven does exist. And it’s in the backwoods of Lovell, Maine.
A pilgrimage to Ebenezer’s Pub
By JOSH SMITH  |  March 26, 2010

10 things to do on St. Patty's Day 2010

Places to go, food to eat, and where to have fun on this Irish holiday.
You don't have to be Irish to score some fun this St. Patrick's Day
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB TEAM  |  March 19, 2010


Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
Time to face the music
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2010

Irish ayes

Beer comes in a rainbow of different colors, but green is not one of them. Unless it's St. Patrick's Day, of course.
Don’t go green on St. Patrick’s Day
By JOSH SMITH  |  March 12, 2010

Sins of the father

On a rainy afternoon, Hally, short for Harold, (Michael Littig) comes home from school as usual to his wealthy parents' tea room in apartheid-era South Africa.
Visiting the son in 'Master Harold'
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2010


A local daily recently reviewed several national fast-food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, even praising sub shop Quizno's.
A new sandwich shop delivers a too-rare triumph of quality over quantity
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 12, 2010