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Provençal fish stew at Sycamore

For food geeks accustomed to dining in urban Boston, it's easy to be a little dismissive of suburban restaurants.
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By MC SLIM JB  |  February 15, 2013
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Lamb belly at Puritan & Company

By about the end of 2011, restaurant-industry PR people had already worn out the phrase "farm to table."
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By MC SLIM JB  |  February 01, 2013
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Porchetta arrosto at Cinquecento

As a South Ender, I find it easy to admire the smooth professionalism and crowd-pleasing instincts of the Aquitaine Group, which operates six of its eight restaurants in the neighborhood, including Metropolis, Union, Aquitaine, and Gaslight.
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By MC SLIM JB  |  January 18, 2013
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Grilled Lamb Skewer at Daddy Jones

If there's a word that annoys me in restaurant reviews, it's "authentic," as the writer is usually assuming some authority on the cuisine that is probably unmerited.
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By MC SLIM JB  |  December 14, 2012
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Pat Woodbury’s roasted clams at BoMA Restaurant + Bar

Boston's South End is in the midst of a renaissance as a dining destination: recent hits like Kitchen, Yakitori Zai, and Vejigantes are soon to be joined by newcomers Cinquecento, Boston Chops, Five Horses Tavern, and Estelle's.
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By MC SLIM JB  |  November 30, 2012
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Interview: A new world for the Coma junkies

Based on gustatory adventurer Joe Ricchio's cult foodie blog Portland Food Coma, Food Coma TV (foodcomatv.tumblr.com) has had a revelatory first season.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 06, 2012


Whole Steamed Fish in Ginger/Scallion Sauce at Peach Farm

Whole Steamed Fish in Ginger/Scallion Sauce at Peach Farm


Photo: JOEL VEAKJust a few years ago, before gleaming new places like Island Creek Oyster Bar and Legal Harborside opened, I often heard complaints about...
By MC Slim JB  |  October 03, 2011
Calamari 'spaghetti' at Blue, Inc.

Calamari 'spaghetti' at Blue, Inc.


Photo: JOEL VEAK One of the joys of being a veteran restaurant-goer is watching a talented young chef move up the ladder. It's been fun...
By MC Slim JB  |  September 19, 2011
Singapore Street Noodles at Red Lantern

Singapore Street Noodles at Red Lantern


Photo: JOEL VEAKSophisticated diners know to never judge a restaurant by its trappings. Dumpy-looking dives often serve fabulous food, while posh dining rooms don't always...
By MC Slim JB  |  September 05, 2011
Cochinita Pibil at El Centro

Cochinita Pibil at El Centro


Photo: JOEL VEAK "I've been away for a while: what's new and good in Boston restaurants?" Food writers get asked this a lot, and it's...
By MC Slim JB  |  August 22, 2011
Pizza with fennel sausage and pickled banana peppers at Area Four

Pizza with fennel sausage and pickled banana peppers at Area Four


Photo: JOEL VEAK Success in the restaurant business is often tied to location: flourishing where you were first planted offers no guarantee that your seedlings...
By MC Slim JB  |  July 25, 2011


The cheese collection at Avery Bar

The cheese collection at Avery Bar


Photo: JOEL VEAK Hotel bars occupy a special place in the life of a city, serving as versatile venues for all sorts of encounters. You're...
By MC Slim JB  |  July 11, 2011
Bento Box A at Think Tank

Bento Box A at Think Tank


Photo: JOEL VEAK For a city steeped in music of every stripe, from hip-hop to jazz to classical, Boston has scant few places to enjoy...
By MC Slim JB  |  June 27, 2011
Mallard Duck Breast at Bondir

Mallard Duck Breast at Bondir


Photo: JOEL VEAK My friends who know about my undercover food-writing job often say, "What a fantastic gig! How lucky you are!" I agree: it...
By MC Slim JB  |  June 13, 2011
Tacos de Carnitas at Temazcal Tequila Cantina

Tacos de Carnitas at Temazcal Tequila Cantina


Photo: JOEL VEAK The shifting currents and eddies of fashion aren't limited to clothing, hair, and accessories. Restaurants also have their own fads, as well...
By MC Slim JB  |  May 30, 2011
Lobster fra diavolo at Aragosta Bar + Bistro

Lobster fra diavolo at Aragosta Bar + Bistro


Photo: JOEL VEAK The flagship restaurant of a five-star hotel must serve a broad spectrum of customers, from foreign tourists with sophisticated tastes to business...
By MC Slim JB  |  May 16, 2011


Shallow-poached West Coast halibut at Bergamot

Shallow-poached West Coast halibut at Bergamot


Photo: JOEL VEAK As a restaurant hunter, I don't always find neighborhood distinctions helpful. To me, downtown Boston embraces everything within five miles of the...
By MC Slim JB  |  May 02, 2011
Cocoa-braised beef short ribs at KO Prime

Cocoa-braised beef short ribs at KO Prime


Photo: JOEL VEAKThe love of a man for a well-grilled steak is one of food writing's hoariest clichés. But it's true: given their druthers, most...
By MC Slim JB  |  April 18, 2011
Maccheroncelli at Sorellina

Maccheroncelli at Sorellina


Photo: JOEL VEAKTrying to define the allure of a restaurant is tricky business, about as slippery as examining someone's sex appeal. Looks are a good...
By MC Slim JB  |  April 04, 2011
Grilled swordfish at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Grilled swordfish at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse


Photo: JOEL VEAK Even in tough economic times, there are moments when you can't pinch pennies on a celebratory meal. Commemorating a big round number...
By MC Slim JB  |  March 21, 2011
Crispy Red Snapper at Market by Jean-Georges

Crispy Red Snapper at Market by Jean-Georges


Photo: JOEL VEAK Boston isn't a city where the "scene" part of the restaurant scene counts for much: most of us simply don't dress to...
By MC Slim JB  |  March 07, 2011


Tagliata di Manzo al Rosmarino at Trattoria Toscana

Tagliata di Manzo al Rosmarino at Trattoria Toscana


Photo: JOEL VEAK Celebrity chefs spend big to make sure you know their faces, building whizzy, headshot-laden websites and employing an army of PR flacks...
By MC Slim JB  |  February 21, 2011
Antipasto di Marco at Marco Cucina Romana

Antipasto di Marco at Marco Cucina Romana


Photo: JOEL VEAK In the dense, misty jungle that is the world of romance, knowledge of the restaurant scene's terrain can be a real competitive...
By MC Slim JB  |  February 07, 2011
Lamp top at the Blue Room

Lamp top at the Blue Room


Photo: KIM GRAY Food Coma prides itself on its relative imperviousness to novelty. We're as likely to review a long-running restaurant that STUFF readers may...
By MC Slim JB  |  January 24, 2011
Blue crab remoulade at Cognac Bistro

Blue crab remoulade at Cognac Bistro


Photo: JOEL VEAK Friends often ask, "How can you tell if a restaurant is going to be any good?" My answer is, "The only reliable...
By MC Slim JB  |  January 10, 2011
One giant profiterole at Petit Robert Central

One giant profiterole at Petit Robert Central


Photo: JOEL VEAK The Thanksgiving-to-New-Year's stretch means reuniting with relatives, friends, and colleagues over a roundelay of parties and dinners. We eat and drink lustily...
By MC Slim JB  |  December 13, 2010


Risotto all'aragosta at Strega Waterfront

Risotto all'aragosta at Strega Waterfront


Photo: JOEL VEAK In the food-nerd circles I run in, it's popular to mock theme restaurants like the Medieval Manor for their cornball atmosphere and...
By MC Slim JB  |  November 29, 2010
Dibi at Teranga

Dibi at Teranga


Photo: JOEL VEAK Everybody has?a friend who's a dedicated food?nerd (a term I much prefer to the infantile-sounding "foodie"):?the person who?races to every new restaurant...
By MC Slim JB  |  November 15, 2010
Seasonal salad at Journeyman

Seasonal salad at Journeyman


Photo: JOEL VEAK Imagine a couple who are extraordinarily gifted home cooks and love to entertain. Their legendary dinner parties reflect their vast cookbook collection...
By MC Slim JB  |  November 01, 2010
Roasted-duck flatbread at Garden at the Cellar

Roasted-duck flatbread at Garden at the Cellar


Photo: JOEL VEAK The gastropub concept - the notion of elevating humble tavern fare into something wonderful by using great local ingredients, applying old-time kitchen...
By MC Slim JB  |  October 18, 2010