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The Fairy Godmother of Dying Restaurants

The Fairy Godmother of Dying Restaurants


Attention industry folks! Is it your dream to get verbally and emotionally abused (but in a nice, well-intentioned and constructive way, of course) on national...
By Cassandra Landry  |  January 13, 2012
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Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
The year in restaurants
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Bom Café

Bom Café is a neighborhood gem: unique, heartspun food served warmly by its makers in an inviting setting.
An oasis of Brazilian delights, from breakfast to dessert
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 15, 2011
Trina's Starlite Lounge Waffle Chicken

Review: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Trina's Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It's noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that's including Miller High Life,
Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 08, 2011
Southwestern lunch food at Bella Drew's

Review: Bella Drew's

Bella Drew's, a new luncheonette, serves what it calls Southwestern-style cuisine, a regionalism expressed mostly by liberal applications of avocado.
Mix-and-match Southwestern for the Financial District crowd  
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 01, 2011
Del Frisco's - Double Eagle Steakhouse

Review: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

The good news — especially if someone else is paying — is that everything at Del Frisco's is pretty good, the view is incredible, and the service is relaxed.
A waterfrom steakhouse worth the price
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 24, 2011


Annabelle's Restaurant Review

Review: Annabelle's Restaurant

Hyde Park is the kind of neighborhood where the idea of a Dorchester businessman coming in to set up a restaurant is big stuff.
American food searching for a niche
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: The Maharaja

The three owners of The Maharaja have done a very good job redecorating the already handsome upstairs space in Harvard Square that was formerly Bombay Club. They are much less clear about marketing the menu, which has all kinds of the usual Indian restau
Postmodern roadhouse Indian by way of London
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 03, 2011
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Review: Tico

It turns out that the tequila-bar thing can be done right.
Sensational small plates and tequila done right
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 27, 2011
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Review: The Abbey

We could spend a lot of time trying to decide what, exactly, the Abbey is, while plenty of people are crowding in simply to enjoy themselves.
Washington Square's new neighborhood jewel
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 13, 2011
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Sugar Bakery and Restaurant

The old A. Borschetto bakery sign remains inside Sugar Bakery and Restaurant in Roslindale, a joint venture by the owners of the Real Deal Deli and the Rox Diner, serving sit-down breakfast and lunch.
Delicious breakfast; just don't weigh yourself afterward.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  March 04, 2011


Spotlight on Boston’s BEST: What is the best new restaurant?


We want to know which new Boston restaurant serves up grub and good times that makes you loosen your belt -- for dessert. Nominees were...
By Ariel Shearer  |  February 22, 2011

Words of wisdom from the women of Boston's restaurant industry


Great article by our sister mag STUFF on the women in Boston's kitchens: Although the gender division of labor throughout human history has dictated that...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 22, 2011
On the cheap at Deli-icious in Davis Square

Deli-icious

In addition to generously sauced, slightly greasy sandwiches, Davis Square sandwich joint Deli-icious doles out an ample supply of New England–themed warm fuzzies.
TCB meets TLC
By MICAH HAUSER  |  February 12, 2011
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Mandy and Joe's Restaurant

Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 29, 2010
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Coppa

One of the strange features of the Great Recession is the incredible complexity of down-market maneuvers.
A complicated conception with a delicious finish
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 28, 2010


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Griko Lakay

My first visit to Griyo Lakay, a tiny Haitian restaurant near Franklin Park, reminded me of playing an adventure game: “You enter a storefront furnished with four booths. There are no signs, menus, customers, or staff in sight. At the back is a counter o
Abundant, heart-warming Haitian fare awaits intrepid diners
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 21, 2010
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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
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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
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Cafe Mamtaz

You have to admire pioneers in the restaurant business like Pho Republique, which took a big risk in 1999 by opening in a half-gentrified corner of the South End.
Bracing subcontinental flavors burst into Southie
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 16, 2010
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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


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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
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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
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Arbri Cafe

I loved the Café Apollonia when it opened in this space in 2004 as what was then Boston's sole denominated Albanian restaurant.
Albanian food returns to former Italian territory
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 12, 2010
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Cutty's

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
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The Daily Grill

You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
A newcomer earns its keep
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 05, 2010


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Sonny Noto's Restaurant

How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2010
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Conga's

The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2010
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The Spot Café

Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
To spot the great diner, check out the bread
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 05, 2010
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Skara Grill

Having longed for an all-out Greek dining room in metro Boston since, well, almost since the Phoenix was reviewing plays by Euripides and protesting the Peloponnesian War, I finally hit Dionysos in Cambridge about a year before it closed in 2007.
Satisfying a Grecian yearning
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 05, 2010