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Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

In food-nerd circles, the question of authenticity is a loaded one.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 15, 2013

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.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 18, 2013

Work of Artistry: Indie holiday gift ideas

Holiday shopping doesn't have to mean braving the horrors of the mall. Indier options abound.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 16, 2012

This weekend, Boston’s the home base for the country’s best menswear

This weekend, Boston’s the home base for the country’s best menswear.
America, the beautiful
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 19, 2012

Mofongo Tradicional De Platano At Vejigantes

The South End is one of Boston's great dining destinations, but its luster has been dimmed in recent years by a series of closings highlighted by splashy failures like Ginger Park and Rocca.

By MC SLIM JB  |  September 21, 2012

Tenants organize to preserve an affordable housing complex in the South End

Esther Echevarria worked as an activist before coming to Boston.
Holding their ground
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  September 07, 2012

 A Very Homegrown Holiday; Siena Farms Farmstore opening party

A Very Homegrown Holiday; Siena Farms Farmstore opening party

We know some holiday parties are mildly painful, and usually require some sort of maximum-strength libation to keep you going, but here's one we'll gladly...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 14, 2011

Most Anticipated Opening

Our appetites are whet for spring 2012, when a new spot from South End stalwart the Aquitaine Group is slated to open in the shuttered...
By MC Slim JB  |  October 03, 2011

The top 10 jazz events in town this fall

As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Red Lantern

Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 12, 2011
Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 17, 2011


Review: Geoffrey's Café

Geoffrey's has been around — in the Back Bay, South End, Roslindale, even Utah — but has succeeded for two decades with a sure-handed mix of comfort food and little cheffery, very good prices, and generous portions, especially on dessert.  
Sure-handed comfort food and great value
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 20, 2011
The Wholy Grain

The Wholy Grain

Some restaurants are haunted by ghosts; it can be hard to like a new place that took the spot of a bygone one you loved (sorry, Joe V's). The Wholy Grain, a new South End bakery/café, has ghosts of a different kind: it used to be the "social club" where
Another gourmet bakery/café curries the custom of busy South Enders  
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 11, 2011

Photos: Neon Indian's South End ''secret show''

Neon Indian perform at the power station on Harrison Ave in Boston as part of the "Secret Generator Series" on October 3, 2010
Neon Indian perform at the power station on Harrison Ave in Boston as part of the "Secret Generator Series" on October 3, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 08, 2010

Mohr and McPherson Café

A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 03, 2010

Las Ventas: Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End

For a couple of years now, I've been shopping at Las Ventas, the South End Spanish gourmet grocery and deli run by Luis de Haro.
Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2010


The Gallows

I think this gastropub thing is keeper, if we can just find it a more appetizing name. And the Gallows, while its kitchen can execute, also needs a better name.
The South End gets a killer gastropub
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 20, 2010

Photos: One Night in Boston 2010

STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over nine hours on the night of August 22, 2010; here are a few of our favorites
Fifteen photographers. Nine hours.
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: Pinchbottom Burlesque Book Launch at the Beehive (kinda NSFW)

Pinchbottom Burlesque shakes up the South End and unveil their new book, The Burlesque Handbook .
Pinchbottom Burlesque, live at the Beehive, July 20, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  July 23, 2010

Photos: Boston Pride Parade 2010

The 40th annual Boston Pride march to City Hall on June 12, 2010
Boston Pride 2010 Parade | Tremont Street to City Hall | June 12, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  June 18, 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


Team spirits

Up in Vancouver, the red, white, and blue are riding high on gold (medals that is) for feats of awe-inspiring athleticism.
Competitive Drinking Dept.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 26, 2010

Secret Harbor

A home for the criminally insane it might not be, but the real-life Shutter Island is, like the one in the new Martin Scorsese film that hits theaters this week, a spooky and controversial land mass in Boston Harbor that is indeed off-limits to the publi
The real-life version of Scorsese's Shutter Island imports hundreds of homeless from the South End every evening; they’re among the few allowed on Boston Harbor’s isle of mystery.
By CHRISTOPHER KLEIN  |  February 19, 2010

Parish Cafe and Bar

The edge of gentrification can present some close-minded folks with a barrier to finding good cheap eats.
A veteran Back Bay restaurant expands to the South End
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 15, 2010

Stella's Pizza

Asked what I thought about Stella's the other day, I went on at some length about the swank South End fine-dining Italian destination.
A little slice of mid-century American heaven
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 21, 2009
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Ali's Roti Restaurant

Watching folks eat at national fast-food outlets depresses me. Not only are they paying for advertising, but they're getting so little give-a-damn in their food. You sense that acutely after dining at a neighborhood place like Ali's Roti, a 22-seat count
A taste of Trinidadian love, with echoes of the Punjab
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 07, 2009



Teranga is Boston's first serious Senegalese restaurant, but belongs more in the upscale-import category with the Helmand, Lala Rokh, and Orinoco than with typical immigrant restaurants. It's a pleasant and beautifully decorated bistro where diners ming
The South End's Senegalese restaurant joins the bistro crowd
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 31, 2009

Franklin Southie

The original Franklin Café in the South End won friends quickly with a unique combination of minimalist but inventive cuisine, comfort food like turkey meatloaf, an innovative wine-pricing scheme ($15 over wholesale), a terrific selection of draft beers
A popular chef's hangout branches out
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 03, 2009

Market Forecast: Opening of the Copley Square Farmers Market + SoWa Open Market

Atone for a winter of KFC Famous Bowls and Grilled Stufft Burritos by hitting the opening day of the Copley Square Farmers Market | St...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 13, 2009

Nervous, stressed, and depressed, LLC

Twenty-seven-year-old Jesse White is a temporary staff attorney at a domestic-violence nonprofit in the South End.
What's a recent law grad expected to do in this economy?
By KARA BASKIN  |  May 01, 2009