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Review: Ralph’s Bull & Claw Tavern

Time was, a place that called itself a tavern purveyed meals as well as drinks to weary travelers. Nowadays at most such places you might snag some buffalo chicken wings at best.
So much more than pub food
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 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: Pal's Restaurant

The logo for Pal's is a cartoon of two smiling men in high-collar period suits.
Good ingredients, well-prepared, can't lose
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2011

Review: Thornton's Grille

Restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to start up, with survival rates not unlike those of small countries with larger, hostile neighbors. But some people know how to put them together so they'll stick around awhile.
Giving people what they want
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
Time to face the music
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2010

Dad’s Place

Sometimes it's hard to assess the quality of a small diner-like place, in a small tourist-type town, but when you notice the cook-owner, Jean Pion, snipping fresh herbs for his omelets from pots he grows behind the eatery three seasons of the year, then
Father knows best
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2010


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The Battery

Standing in a long queue of Irish ex-pats at the Battery, a new counter-service fish-and-chips shop in Brighton Center, I pondered what local foods I'd miss if I moved overseas.
Fried fish to make an Irishman misty
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 12, 2008