Convenience and Fast Foods

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Lee's Place Burgers

Americans eat more than a billion hamburgers each year, most of them at fast-food restaurants. That's a lot of bad, sad burgers.
A great hamburger stands out against millions of awful ones
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 18, 2010

‘Junk Food’ Improvement

Portland native and healthful-cookie entrepreneur Laura Trice has based her career on building a better sweet tooth.
Don’t give up the sweets
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 14, 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


Certain convenience foods carry negative associations from my youth. I can't look at most toaster-oven snacks since my college days, when my buddy Joe subsisted on "pizzas" crafted from English muffins, Prego, and Velveeta.
Polish street food that's much better than it sounds
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 12, 2010

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas

Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 14, 2009

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

Boy, do these people ever wish they had gone for the James Bond theme instead of the US Savings Bond décor?
Good small plates and wine — license to kill not necessary
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 10, 2009


Under $15: Auntie B's

Diners have been a cheap-eats staple for a hundred years, the precursor to modern fast-food restaurants.
Old-time diner atmosphere, extraordinary food
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2009

Junk-food judges

The Internet can help you answer any question these days.
The Best of the Bad
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 30, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Steve Macone

Eeyore talks like the kind of guy who’s already had a lot of beers with people.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 17, 2008

Rhode Island has a prominent place in diner history

Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS.
Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS
By TIM LEHNERT  |  May 21, 2008

The Big Hurt: This week in free stuff

In yet another blow to the traditional record industry, the Charlatans UK have released their new album, You Cross My Path , as a free download.
A sharp decline in the value of music?
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 21, 2008



There was a time, not so long ago, when rapping about raping your mother and strangling people with candy bars was au courant .
Live from New York City | Eagle Vision
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 03, 2007

Carb unloading

After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
Thanksgiving treats in clubland
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007

Pops’s Tempura Snickers Bar

You’ve got what is possibly the most indulgently sweet and gooey dessert ever conceived.
Really, really satisfies
By KENJI ALT  |  September 19, 2007

Flushed away

Lines Upon Hearing of the Systematic Theft by Persons Unknown of Certain Toilet Parts From Fast-Food Restaurants in the Town of Methuen
Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 20, 2007

Hit us with your best shot

Shots are like candy bars: you’re worked up and craving one by the end of a stressful day, but once you’ve downed 12 in a row, you begin to feel a bit queasy.
Sometimes we don't need a full-size cocktail
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  February 01, 2007



From a distance, it’s hard to tell if Uburger — the new hamburger joint in Kenmore Square — is even open yet.
Meat done well
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2007

Holiday 'tails

The holidays are all about indulging — and just as we temporarily trade in our carrot sticks and cottage cheese for sugary treats, we swap our tried-and-true vodka tonics for more sumptuous seasonal beverages.
Not a creature is stirring... except your local bartender
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  December 08, 2006

Quotes + numbers, February 17, 2006

Twelve: Number of US Olympians vying for spots in the sixth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice .
Just the facts on Wal-Mart, the Olympics, Barack at the Grammys, and more
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006