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Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery

Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
More like a bistro than a bakery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 27, 2011

Review: Cognac Bistro

This is the column's second visit to this former gas station, the previous loving restoration having been a b.good burger stand.
An outstanding French take on local goodness
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 04, 2011

The Foundry on Elm

The best moment at Foundry on Elm, despite excellent food and drink, may be when you first walk in the door.
A big room that seamlessly balances the best of bistro and comfort food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 26, 2010


Umami is a confusing name for a bistro with touches of Asian fusion, especially in Brookline, where there seems to be a sushi bar for every 15.3 residents.
A fusion bistro finds its crowd
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 05, 2010

Review: Tucker's Bistro

Tucker's Bistro has always held a kind of enchantment for us, as for many other customers. The tree outside the restaurant wrapped in tiny white lights is only the beginning.
Singular dining by the sea
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2010

Review: Cook & Brown Public House

When a restaurant moves into a location that has seen several eatery incarnations, it must work doubly hard to establish its reputation, both around the state and in the neighborhood. Cook & Brown Public House seems to be accomplishing both with aplo
A special culinary experience on Hope Street
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010

Review: Provencal Bakery & Cafe

When Brenda and Mike Nardolillo bought Provencal Bakery six years ago, they were following their bliss, going back to the made-from-scratch baking and cooking that they’d loved to do in their teen years.
A dream diner in Middletown
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010

Reviewer's notebook: Tavolo and Sanette’s Karoo Kafe

Tavolo snuck under my radar because Chris Douglass, then well-known for Icarus, had made his first Dorchester move with Ashmont Grill, an admitted bistro.
Much more than pizza in Dorchester, and South African delights in Provincetown
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 10, 2010


Despite a year of planning, Noche still needs to find its niche. As it is, it seems to be rattling around in the big-shoes-to-fill of its predecessor in the space, Icarus, one of the first fine South End bistros.
Solid appetizers and late-night menu, just too conservative for the Theatre District
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 06, 2010

Review: Café Luna

You don't expect to find fine dining in a shopping center, but Café Luna does its best to make the Garden City Center live up to its name as you approach, with flowers and window boxes and hanging planters taking the edge off the urban location.
An urban culinary oasis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2010

Review: Celestial Café

I have to admit that if this were the only restaurant available to me in the afterlife, I would be happy beyond my just desserts.
Saintly culinary aspirations
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010

Andrew's Bistro

It's not hard for a restaurant to aspire to an upscale experience at downscale prices. What's hard is actually accomplishing it.
Posh presentations, reasonable prices
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

An East Boston bistro? Kind of doesn't have a ring to it — especially since we're not talking about Orient Heights or Jeffries Point.
Eastie gets a fine, trendy bistro of its own
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 01, 2009

Eatin’ good in Boston’s ’hoods

Part of the backbone of any urban neighborhood is its small, independent restaurants.
15 joints, pubs, and bistros worth the trip
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 20, 2007