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Restaurant Rewind: A look back at the year in Boston dining

Boston dining in 2012 can be summed up easily as the Year of the Burger.

By MC SLIM JB  |  December 21, 2012
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Ten places that served and respected beer in 2012

One of the top questions we get asked on a weekly basis is: "Where do you guys drink in the Boston area?"
The Best Beer Bars in Boston
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 21, 2012

At Muldowney’s, the dive bar lives on

There used to be more dive bars in this city. The Safari Lounge, the One Up, Decatur Splinter's. I got to thinking about this over a short glass of bourbon at one of the city's last dives — Muldowney's Pub on Empire Street.
Saddle Up
By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  October 20, 2012
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Booze 101

Welcome back to Boston, college students! As a certified old person, I'd like to be one of the many people who will remind you this school year, and for many years to come, that you have no fucking idea what you're doing.
Intro to imbibing for the recently legal
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 07, 2012
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26 Things to Do When the Students Leave Town

Nobody can fault us for heaving a sigh of relief come the annual May exodus, when we see the suitcases, futons, and mini-fridges stacked up along Mass Ave. That sight heralds sweet freedom for the rest of us.
How you can take back Boston this summer, and rediscover New England while you're at it
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO, JOE DIFAZIO, CASSANDRA LANDRY, PATRICK MCDERMOTT, LIZ PELLY, AND ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012
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Your Guide to Townie Bars

Make sure you're wearin' normal clothes.
Big Fat Whale: Student Survival Guide Edition
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 27, 2012


You call this a craft cocktail menu?


 I apologize in advance for plying you with yet ANOTHER "Shit [insert niche here] Say" video, but the interwebs have kicked out a variation that...
By Cassandra Landry  |  January 18, 2012

Review: 15 Point Road

How is it that seafood at a restaurant located on the water's edge is more appetizing than at one located inland, even a few blocks up the street? I don't recall ever salivating because a steakhouse was next to a cow pasture.
Dishes both inherited and original
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 28, 2011
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How to drink like a cartoonist

Fuck Yelp! If you really want to know where the cool bars are, you have to go with someone you can trust.
Pub scrawl
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: The Field Pub

When icy wind smacks your face no matter which direction you walk, does anything beat a warm room, Guinness on tap, and good old-fashioned pub grub?
'Tis the season for warming up with pub grub
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  September 23, 2011

The Old Timer’s Tap, once a dealmaker’s den, looks for a buyer

Tucked away in the most forgotten neighborhood in Providence, a little piece of the city's colorful political history sits on its last legs.
Watering Holes
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 19, 2011


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Photos: Grand opening for Lola's Tequila Bar & Cantina

Lola's Tequila Bar & Cantina celebrates their grand opening on July 28, 2011.
Lola's Tequila Bar & Cantina | July 28, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  July 29, 2011

Review: Breachway Grill

There's yet another restaurant down at the South County shore, adding to those giant summertime sucking sounds, with busy Narragansett Bay fishing boats at one end and Charlestown tourists slurping up oysters at the other.
A meal with a view
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011

Review: Avenue N American Kitchen

Chef/co-owners Nick and Tracy Rabar have several things going for them at their Avenue N American Kitchen restaurant.
Creative cuisine in Rumford
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 01, 2011
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Drinking with family

When I moved from Cambridge to Southie five years ago, the quality of my barroom conversations immediately skyrocketed.
Conversation and community in the bars of Southie and Dorchester
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  May 06, 2011
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Photos: The Stable's 1 Year Anniversary Party

The Stable celebrates their 1 Year Anniversary on April 14, 2011.
The Stable's Anniversary Party | April 14, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  April 15, 2011


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Photos: Don Jose's 11th Anniversary Party

Don Jose & Ricardo's Mexcian Cafe celebrates their 11th Anniversary Party on April 6, 2011.
11th Anniversary Party | Don Jose & Ricardo's Mexcian Cafe | April 6, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  April 08, 2011
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Checking out chicks at Charlie's

Hitting on strangers seems to have lost its appeal.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: Hugo's

For many years now the most memorable meals to be had in Portland have been at Hugo's.
Midweek special gets top-notch gourmet food at neighborhood prices
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 25, 2011

Review: Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub

Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub is an old-fashioned gem: an informal eatery where you can chow down on wonderful food over a brew or a few: there are 157 on tap and in bottles, at last count.
Beer, burgers, ball games, and much more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011

Review: Local 121

Local 121 isn't a locabore about their commitment to "locally harvested food and drink." The restaurant just places a list of some of their "local resources" at the bottom of their menu: Matunuck Oyster Farm, Prima Pasta, Sakonnet Vineyards, and so on.
Sincerely tethered
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011


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Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss

While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
Screw resolutions
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  January 07, 2011

Piercing pride, diving into drinks, and Facebook fanatics

I am 18 and am currently in the midst of the search for my first job. I have three facial piercings and I am wondering if this will be detrimental in landing a job ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 07, 2011
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Portland broadens its cuisines in 2010

Portland's year in food in 2010 was marked by new ventures on the part of established players on the food scene.
International taste
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 24, 2010

Review: W.B. Cody's

There aren't any theme parks close by, but a drive down to Westerly will get you to a close approximation with bells on. Well, with chaps and spurs on. W.B. Cody's is a barbecue specialist — local, not a chain — with a Western theme clearly inspired by
Buffalo Bill BBQ
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010

Manuel at Fajita Grill, December 8

It was a cold, blustery trip to Westbrook, and we were to be rewarded by hot Tex-Mex fare and margaritas. We arrived at Fajita Grill for a friend's birthday party and were immediately greeted by a six-foot Christmas tree and the warm sound of "Feliz Nav
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By AMANDA PLEAU  |  December 17, 2010


Review: Billy's

Prominent in Billy's is the sort of plaque and menu notation you expect to see in a tavern that has "Ye Olde" in front of its name, only this one declares "Est. 2009." Optimistic. In a business that has the mortality rate of migrating salmon, it's appro
Philanthropy for foodies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2010
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At a downtown bar: Fluffernutters and pickle juice

For a city driven, in many ways, by its youthful artist-entrepreneurial class, there is surprisingly little in the way of hipster night spots.
Nightclubbing
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 03, 2010

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: Apsara Palace

It's more than being loved by our mommy and being safe from barbarians from the North that we take for granted, isn't it? I found myself again and again going to Apsara Palace for lunch when I was in town, kind of a gastronomic migratory impulse, befor
For cheapskate food fans
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010