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On the Cheap: Neighborhoods Coffee & Crepes

Walking into the warm, aromatic embrace of the new, gingham-curtained, brightly austere café on Fenway's Restaurant Row on one of the new year's first frosty mornings felt a bit like walking into a hug after getting one's feelings bruised by an unkind wo
French treats find a cozy nook in Fenway
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 11, 2013
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On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
DIY dessert in Davis Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Beach Rose Café

When a foodie friend (whose bedtime reading is cookbooks) recommended Beach Rose Café, I immediately took notice.
Simple delights in Wickford
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 16, 2012
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Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a
Intimate grandeur
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2012
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On the Cheap: Zinneken's

Tucked away on the corner of Mass Ave and Arrow Street in Harvard Square is the new Belgian-waffle bakery and café, Zinneken's.
A new café-bakery with the warm, welcoming air of a Belgian kitchen  
By ALI CARTER  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: Museum Café

In the long transition by which medieval mysticism gave way to modern rationality and bureaucratic efficiency, the placement of clocks on church steeples was a profound milestone.
Sampling the artistic institution's take on food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 07, 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
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Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011
Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 17, 2011

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


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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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The Wholy Grain

Some restaurants are haunted by ghosts; it can be hard to like a new place that took the spot of a bygone one you loved (sorry, Joe V's). The Wholy Grain, a new South End bakery/café, has ghosts of a different kind: it used to be the "social club" where
Another gourmet bakery/café curries the custom of busy South Enders  
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 11, 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

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
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Mohr and McPherson Café

A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 03, 2010


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

Wiley's Night Shift at Phil's

It's one thing when you live in an urban area, and you follow a favorite chef when he or she moves from place to place. But down in the boonies of South County, a lot of restaurant news is word of mouth.
Culinary creativity, two nights a week
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2009