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What will 2013 mean for the food scene?

"I think that grains other than corn and wheat are going to be common."
The Food Forecast:
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 21, 2012

The new Salvadoran spot on Congress is a must-taste

No restaurant in Portland captures the look of a good hole-in-the-wall better than Flores, a new Salvadoran spot next to Bodega Latina — right where Congress Street starts to curve and head downhill, so to speak.
Flores blooms in fall
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 02, 2012

How do Boston’s on-campus dining options measure up?

College students have a reputation for a lot of things, but a sophisticated, discriminating palate is certainly not one of them.
By STEVE HOLT  |  September 07, 2012

Photos: 2012 Fisherman's Feast

This year's Fisherman's Feast took over the North End on August 16-19, 2012.  
Cannolis, clams, and a flying virgin
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  August 24, 2012

On the Cheap: Swish Shabu

Swish Shabu is tucked away on a serene stretch of Peterborough Street in the Fenway area.
Build your own meal, featuring the art of the hot pot
By KENDALL SALTER  |  August 24, 2012

On the Cheap: La Tour Eiffel

If you exit the Chinatown MBTA station by way of Washington Street, you're likely to find European flavors long before the Asian fare.
French food in Chinatown and Parisian sightseeing on Comm Ave
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 15, 2012


Review: First Printer

First Printer is located on the site of the former home of Stephen Daye — reportedly the first printer in British North America — and commemorates the craft with a wall of old type cases and some framed historic newspapers.
Southern success via strong statements
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Vito’s Tavern

This column often deals with good ideas gone wrong. Vito's Tavern, in yet another proof of subatomic symmetry, is a cascade of bad ideas gone largely right.  
A sports bar grows in the North End
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 06, 2012

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

On the Cheap: Crumbs Bake Shop

I have nothing against cake — or its pocket-size counterpart, the cupcake — but I've always been more of a pie girl.
Giving in to cupcake culture
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  March 30, 2012

Review: Area Four

Area Four's Web site describes it as "Coffee, Bakery, Bar, Oven."
All-day delights near Kendall Square
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 16, 2012


Review: Pho Hoa

Dorchester's Pho Hoa offers quite a lot on the menu besides the eponymous soup, and no one should miss the roasted quail appetizer
Another worthy take on Vietnamese beef and noodle soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 09, 2012

On the Cheap: Emilio's Homemade Italian Subs and Dinners

A few weeks ago, my father surveyed our dinner table and mused, "I'm glad we have an Italian Christmas."
Portable, palatable pleasure in Watertown  
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  January 06, 2012

Review: Blue Nile Restaurant

Either this is the best Ethiopian food in Boston, or the whole scene has advanced greatly since the last time I got to review in this genre.
Tasty new flavors from Ethiopia
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 06, 2012
New Year's Noshes: Check out these restaurants with prix fixe menus to ring in 2012 right

New Year's Noshes: Check out these restaurants with prix fixe menus to ring in 2012 right

By now, we hope you've checked out all the parties, shows, and opportunities for some end-of-2011 debauchery in our New Year's Eve listings. But if...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 28, 2011

2011: The year in cheap eats

We uncovered amazing value-priced restaurants in every corner of Greater Boston this year.
Twelve months of terrific budget-priced dining
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 23, 2011


Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
The year in restaurants
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2011

Review: The Brahmin

The Brahmin is a useful restaurant with a bad name.
Gourmet bits in Back Bay, never mind the history
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 18, 2011

On the Cheap: Veggie Galaxy

In Harvard Square, sub-Passim, reside the health-nut pizzacrats at Veggie Planet. But take a kick down Mass Ave into Central and you'll find a chromed throwback joint sporting a similar moniker: Veggie Galaxy.
A down-home diner serving vegetarian food for the masses  
By STEVE MILLER  |  November 11, 2011

Review: Strip T's

Under any other circumstances, I would actually not speak this restaurant's cheeky name out loud.
A perfect family restaurant with a playful menu
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  November 04, 2011

Review: Temazcal Tequila Cantina

I admit, I'm a food nerd, and there are things that I miss because they aren't on the plate.
Terrific Mexican with a waterfront view
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 04, 2011


Review: Otto Pizza

Inside the cramped quarters of Otto, you'll find a jovial crew who seem to be enjoying the hell out of making pizza. The flaky-crusted pies rest on raised, outward-facing shelves behind the counter, displayed like portraits.
Painting the palate in Harvard Square
By STEVE MILLER  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 19, 2011
chinese food red lantern

Review: Red Lantern

Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Posto

Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo),
Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 05, 2011
dining Floating Rock

Review: Floating Rock

If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 29, 2011

comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 29, 2011
Tamarind House -- thai food

Review: Tamarind House

Tamarind House perhaps shows too restrained a hand with its cuisine's boldest flavors, but it's a useful step up from the bowdlerized meekness of the suburban Thai run-of-the-mill.
A gentle step down from our fiercest traditional Thai restaurants
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 22, 2011
Smell season to taste

An aspiring chef searches for her lost sense of smell

Six years ago, while jogging in Brookline, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum was struck by an oncoming Ford. The impact broke her pelvis and shattered her skull. But worst of all, it mangled her olfactory nerves, destroying Birnbaum's sense of smell and her a
Scentless Apprentice
By BY EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011
Trina's Starlite Lounge Waffle Chicken

Review: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Trina's Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It's noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that's including Miller High Life,
Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 08, 2011