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Review: Deluxe Station Diner

Despite breakfast all day, comfort food, the over-abundant choices of a deli menu, and the Jules Verne decorative contraptions of artist Mark Fisher — the most remarkable items at Deluxe Station Diner are things to drink.
The spread is homey, and the décor is steampunky — but the drinks are where it’s at
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: 28 Degrees

This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
More than just good, cold drinks
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen

"Now I know why they call it 'fine dining,' " Bill said, as we drove away from a recent dinner at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen. "Fine indeed! Wunderbar!"
A truly fine dining experience
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2010

Review: Wickford Diner

It doesn't look like a diner from its gray shingled exterior, and it looks like more than a diner from its extended menu, but the folks at the Wickford Diner don't care about appearances — they just want to feed you.
Good food, pure and simple
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2010

Review: Fat Belly's Pub

Who says you can't have it all? Not the folks at Fat Belly's, an "Irish" pub with the attitude — and, more importantly, the kitchen commitment — of a capable cloth napkin restaurant.
Cheap eats with classy attitude
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2010
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Silver platter

People seem eager to call Otto's the best pizza in Portland.
Finding a comfy spot to eat Otto's pizza
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 16, 2010


Review: Thornton's Grille

Restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to start up, with survival rates not unlike those of small countries with larger, hostile neighbors. But some people know how to put them together so they'll stick around awhile.
Giving people what they want
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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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

Café Nuovo

Café Nuovo is one of those places you go to celebrate.
A celebratory eating adventure
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010
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Gourmet kitchen

The gourmet recreation of classic deli cuisine, recently identified as a movement in the national media, has made an ambiguous appearance here in Portland in the form of Nosh Kitchen Bar.
Nosh satisfies with answers to many questions
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 23, 2010
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South End Buttery

South End Buttery started with cupcakes and coffee, but opened up a dining room below street level two summers ago, and has since gradually taken on more serious cheffery.
From Viennoiserie to veal: a local bakery grows up
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 16, 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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Barlow’s Restaurant

It’s not unusual for this column to have a different opinion of restaurants than the column in the Boston Globe — I favor a flatter bell curve.
When in doubt, ask for a second opinion
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 02, 2010
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The Daily Grill

You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
A newcomer earns its keep
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 05, 2010

Dan’s Place

We didn't notice any grizzlies or cougars as road kill on our trek to Dan's Place, though we kept our eyes peeled there in the wilds of West Greenwich.
Comfort food in the wilds of West Greenwich
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2010
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The Spot Café

Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
To spot the great diner, check out the bread
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 05, 2010


The Village Haven

We were headed to a concert in Cumberland and we thought we'd make a slight detour to North Smithfield — the village of Forestdale, to be precise.
Traditional (and bountiful) fare in Forestdale
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010
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The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 15, 2010
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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
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Tavern at the End of the World

They say there's no accounting for taste, though most folks will agree that if your tastes and mine are similar, then we both have good taste. This occurred to me as I scanned the jukebox at Charlestown's Tavern at the End of the World, a neighborhood b
Nice surprises in a warm, pubby package
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 20, 2009
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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


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Johnnie's on the Side

This large space has always housed attractive restaurants, despite violating two of Nadeau's laws: Eateth Not Within 1000 Cubits of a Government Institution; and Ditto for Sports Stadia.
The Front of the House is at the head of its class
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2008