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Review: Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner

It's been a long time since we've been to Jigger's, and in the meantime, it sat empty for almost a year, with new owners Steve and Karie Head cleaning and renovating this jewel of an official Worcester Dining Car.
Delightful fare in a classic setting
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 14, 2012
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On the Cheap: Twin Donuts

Twin Donuts is an Allston classic, where you can begin your days or end your late nights. And where better to take your new crush than a donut shop at dawn?
A predawn classic for Allston’s hungry and hung-over
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  April 06, 2012
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Networking breakfast leads to citywide forum

As interest in the local-food movement expands in Portland, lack of coordination can lead to duplicate or missed volunteering efforts and resources.
Growing connections
By AMY ANDERSON  |  March 02, 2012
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Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
Preserving a treasure
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 24, 2012

Review: English Muffin

If the five plastic-resin benches lining the sidewalk to English Muffin's entrance don't trigger an image, then the banquettes lining the lobby just might.
Breakfast worth waiting for
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011

Review: Ed’s Roost

When local East Greenwichers fly the coop in the early morn, they often land at Ed's Roost, with all the other hungry chickens . . . er, customers. I might be forgiven the slip since the chicken — or more specifically, rooster theme — is so prevalent at
Breakfast worth crowing about
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011


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Where to go with what's in your pocket (or couch, or car)

After about two weeks of being back in school and eating every meal — day after day after day — in the cafeteria, it's going to start sucking. It's actually written in the student handbook.
Cheap eats
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Robinwood Café & Grille

The diner — that hallowed bastion of old-time Americana, the predecessor to modern fast-food joints — is simply not one of our long suits. In this relatively weak field, Robinwood Café & Grille, a Jamaica Plain diner, executes solidly on the standby
Executing solidly in the classic New England Greek-American diner tradition
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 19, 2011
Southwestern lunch food at Bella Drew's

Review: Bella Drew's

Bella Drew's, a new luncheonette, serves what it calls Southwestern-style cuisine, a regionalism expressed mostly by liberal applications of avocado.
Mix-and-match Southwestern for the Financial District crowd  
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 01, 2011
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Review: Paragon

Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
A many splendored brunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011

Review: The Fifth Element

The energetic strains of the Fran Curley Jazz Ensemble welcomed us to the new incarnation of the Fifth Element (formerly on Lower Thames) for a recent Sunday brunch.
A splendid brunch in Newport
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2011


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Great Taste Diner

Were I a marketing consultant, I'd tell restaurateurs not to describe any item they serve as "best in the city" or "cooked to perfection."
Living up nicely to a slightly boastful name
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2011

Review: Bluebird Café

How easy it is to take your favorite local places for granted. The Bluebird Café is my regular weekly lunch spot and a shortlist contender for taking out-of-town guests to breakfast, but I've shamefully neglected its once-a-week dinners.
From bacon and eggs to fried catfish
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 14, 2011
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Beer: It's what's for breakfast

Breakfast beers aren't for everyone. People will think you have a problem. But we aren't talking about a hair-of-the-dog here — we're drinking beer because it goes great with breakfast!
Good morning!
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 03, 2010
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Review: Mike's

Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in
Rock music as soul food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 26, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 03, 2010


Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  June 25, 2010
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Cutty's

A local daily recently reviewed several national fast-food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, even praising sub shop Quizno's.
A new sandwich shop delivers a too-rare triumph of quality over quantity
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 12, 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
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Union Breakfast & Rotisserie Café

Allston, as has often been noted here, is a cheap-eats wonderland, boasting scores of fine inexpensive restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world.
Filling an odd hole in Allston’s restaurant scene
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 29, 2010

Kelley’s Deli

Kelley's Deli has a new home: after 14 years in downtown Westerly, the space was getting tight (lines out the door in the summer), the customers' hike to the restrooms in the historic multi-use building was circuitous (to the say the least), and regula
Breakfast and lunch with an Irish accent
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2009


Mixing it up

B. DOLAN and SAGE FRANCIS provided memorable highlights at this year’s Rock the Bells in Mansfield; watch the Strange Famous reps slay Jerky’s Bar (401.621.2244) with special guest SLEEP on THURSDAY (the 12th).
B. + Sage + Roz + Chelsy + Stefan + more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 13, 2009

Slice of Heaven

Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
All this and bagels, too
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009
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Sealey's Lunch

You've driven past this one restaurant a hundred times, often thinking, "I should check that place out."
A diner with old-time friendliness and leisurely pacing
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 11, 2009
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Jim's Deli and Restaurant

The economy is kicking fine-dining restaurants in the teeth.
Family-friendly value in a friendly family joint
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2009

T's

How in the world can a restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch — the least expensive two-thirds of the business — stay in business?
The definitive family breakfast restaurant
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008