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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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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
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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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Keep up with the Mad Men

Don Draper and his ad men swig whiskey all day like it's no thing, but some of you daintier folk may think scotch and bourbon are too harsh.
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 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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Solid food, found

The Lost Coin Café is unlike any other restaurant in Portland.
Hang on to your dosh -- visit the Lost Coin Café
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 09, 2009


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Mixing it up

It seems like a simple exercise you might give students: Get a bunch of plastic bottles, lots of thread, and make some art from it. It's the kind of assignment teachers give to get students thinking about sculptural form and structure. And usually the
"Two Sculptors and a Painter" at RIC's Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2009
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Jack and the Bean Bowl

A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay's guardians of dullness
A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay’s guardians of dullness
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 12, 2009
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Trini's Mexican Grill

One of the joys of exploring Boston's cheap-eats universe is the occasional serendipitous encounter with an unlikely treasure.
Splendid Mexican in a mall food court? ¡Absolutamente!
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 22, 2009
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Space hot dogs

EDITORIAL NOTE In a bad economy everyone needs more creative advertising, even the good folks at NASA, who just wrapped up their You Control the Hubble Contest.
Really out there
By DAVID KISH  |  April 01, 2009
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A good kind of corny

To have been stuck with corn was the great curse of this continent.
Loco Pollo gets tamales right
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 28, 2009


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The nanny state

Assaults on liberty promoted by right-wing authoritarians, such as President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, may be difficult to combat, but they are easy to recognize.
Why Boston's latest tobacco ban is a blow to liberty
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2008
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The Battery

Standing in a long queue of Irish ex-pats at the Battery, a new counter-service fish-and-chips shop in Brighton Center, I pondered what local foods I'd miss if I moved overseas.
Fried fish to make an Irishman misty
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 12, 2008

Franky N the Boys

Franky N the Boys, a new cash-only Brookline Village storefront, serves only simple burgers, fries, shakes, and sodas.
One good thing
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2008
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Taco Loco

Like many Boston-area Mexican restaurants, Taco Loco is run by Salvadorans, here a friendly, hustling bunch serving cheap, very fresh-tasting tacos, burritos, and pupusas to local crowds.
Fresh reasons to break out of your rut
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 18, 2008
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King Fung Garden II

It was with considerable interest that I noticed a new King Fung Garden had opened in Brookline.
Are you ready to join the cult?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 09, 2007


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Editors' pick: Drink named after a cult band

While it’s no different from ordering the cocktail at any other bar, downing a potent Grateful Dead at the Middle East suits the gritty rock club’s atmosphere perfectly.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 20, 2007

Aisle be damned

How about diversity in the grocery aisles?
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 04, 2007
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Virgil’s Root Beer, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew, and China Cola

Put down that Pepsi for a minute; Virgil’s Root Beer, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew, and China Cola offer quirky takes on traditional sodas.
Microbrews for the underage (and non-alcohol-drinking) crowd
By MARLISSA BRIGGETT  |  January 31, 2007
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Nordic Lodge

Founders Richard and Karl Persson opened the Nordic Lodge in 1963 and their Scandinavian roots helped inspire the “Viking Buffet” concept back in 1981.
Feasting worthy of a Viking
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 08, 2006
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Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

They called him Melodious Thunk.
Not a bum note
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 18, 2006


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Lambarena redux

All summer long I’ve had the phrase “Do the Lambarena” running through my head, as if it were a dance craze, like the la-dee-dah or the lambada.
Pacific Northwest Ballet and Choreftes at JP, plus BB 2006 – 2007 and a DVD surprise
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 23, 2006
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Samuel Adams Brewer Patriot Collection

A nation founded on beer is a strong republic indeed.
Revolutionary
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2006
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SoulFire Barbecue

The soul references apparently identify an enterprise as deeply committed to ’60s and ’70s soul music as to the food that ought to accompany it.
Devilishly good food  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 02, 2006

July 30, 2006

Waxing moon in Libra. Where has the summer gone? Old Testament rain and heat and so many planets bouncing around in those air, fire, and water signs make people crave an earthbound experience. Barbecue and carbonated beverages, anyone? Libra, dithering i
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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  July 27, 2006
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Pensées mal gardées

Boston Ballet’s second production of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée made it clearer than ever what a fractured fairy tale this is. The pastoral scrim that’s revealed when the curtain goes up sports a surly Demeter bearing a sheaf of grain and
Plus, fantasy Filles
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 14, 2006


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Farm frolic

The La Fille Mal Gardée we recognize now as the real thing is quite modern.
Boston Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 14, 2006