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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

2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009

Con Sol

Three-year-old ethnic bargain spot Con Sol snuck under reviewers' radar with an Iberian menu that draws mostly on Portuguese-American food — a cuisine that feels native to long-time Cantabrigians, but otherwise is little known north of New Bedford and F
Shining light on a secret Iberian bargain
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 09, 2009


It's not even 6 pm and the parking lot is packed.
Iberia via Narragansett
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2009

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


For more than 10 years, the Great Thai Chef held forth in Somerville's Union Square.
A small-plates concept elevates a veteran Thai place above the pedestrian
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 17, 2009

Rosinha's Restaurant

The latest eatery at Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village is Rosinha's Restaurant, offering Portuguese cuisine — Cape Verdean, to be specific. Not wanting to give the wrong impression — music hipper and hoppier than fado sometimes reverberates from the Bla
The traditional taste of Portugal
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 03, 2009

Exotic Sushi and Tapas

Exotic Sushi and Tapas doesn't have the most exotic sushi, but the combination of Japanese bar snacks with their European small-plate counterparts is an unusual angle on fusion that can be worked into a square meal.
A little bit of everything, from Europe to Japan
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 10, 2009

The Savant Project

It showed such promise: great name, good early food reviews, and rumors of expansion plans.
Mostly mediocre, but with flourishes of excellence
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2009


It's not fair to review Greater Boston's only Argentine restaurant right after spending two delicious weeks in Buenos Aires, but it is revealing.
It doesn’t take two for a fine Argentine meal
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 03, 2008

Me and my tattoos

I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008



A divorce and new partners have put Julio de Haro in the position to open Estragon, a larger restaurant with a 1930s-tapas-bar theme. Nostalgia deepens authenticity, no?
And you thought Taberna de Haro was authentic . . .
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 16, 2008

Siena Cucina Enoteca

How does a restaurant re-invent its image while spinning off a sister venture?
Small plates, Italian style
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2008

Small plates

Why spend a lot of money on advertising when you have a menu dedicated to small plates and can name the restaurant after the concept?

Good food, small packages

By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 09, 2008

Cheeky Monkey

When Cheeky Monkey folded up in Newport at the end of 2006, many of us wondered how such a creative venture could disappear.
Still swinging
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008


I’m one of those Rhode Islanders who remembers DownCity when it was more like the “diner” that used to be part of its name.
Dressed up and still homey
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 06, 2008


2007 restaurant awards

What were the best dining-out experiences of 2007?
The best of this year's dining
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 19, 2007

A taste of Tapeo

Think you can’t squeeze in another bite after Thanksgiving?
November 27
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  November 20, 2007

El Rancho Grande

The best neighborhood eatery might be the one with the most police officers eating there at a given time.
A superb Mexican in Olneyville
By JOHNNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2007


The tiny space is reminiscent of traditional wine bars in Italy — there’s even a small bar tucked between the two dining areas.
An unusually good Italian
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2007

Fateful changes

Sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe has argued that those who work in dangerous conditions form “communities of fate” that result in greater solidarity and rigidity in unofficial workplace norms.
Local 188 has a rough transition to a new home
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 17, 2007


Marco Cucina Romana’s salumi

Whether it’s chorizo, a terrine of foie gras, beef jerky, or just plain hot dogs, I’m a fan of all forms of cured meat.
The cure for the common cure
By KENJI ALT  |  September 26, 2007

MuQueCa’s fried yucca with carne del sol

Most people who visit MuQueCa, the familial Brazilian restaurant in Inman Square, go for the eponymous seafood stew — and with good reason.
Beef with special sauce and a side order of fries (but it’s not what you’re thinking)
By KENJI ALT  |  September 05, 2007

Flat Iron Tapas Bar

You can assemble small plates that add up to protein, vegetable, and starch, but it won’t feel like dinner.
Big tatses, small packages
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 11, 2007

La Sultana Bakery

Shame on anyone who goes to the doughnut chain across the street.
Forget the pupusas; bring on the pork
By KENJI ALT  |  July 02, 2007

Elizabeth of Portofino

This time the “under new management” banner, contrary to what happened last time, will not be the culinary kiss of death.
Elegance re-emerges
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 12, 2007

Fresh city

Sip a cocktail that smacks of summer vacation
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  June 04, 2007

Hit the dirt! It’s a flan!

All my wife, Susannah, wanted was a flan recipe, which  Google delivered online  and offered to  “translate” from the Spanish .
Tragically lost in translation
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 11, 2007


How many ethnic offerings does it take before a place is an ethnic restaurant?
Back home again
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 28, 2007

La Lupita

Rhode Island has many places in which you suddenly feel plunged into another culture.
The flavor of Mexico
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 21, 2007