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Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

In food-nerd circles, the question of authenticity is a loaded one.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 15, 2013
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Simmons workers, students, and faculty join forces to create a cafeteria union

At Simmons College, the dining hall may soon start serving a dish unfamiliar to the Fenway-area school: organized labor.
Food Fight
By DAN SCHNEIDER  |  March 15, 2013
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Row 34, where are you?

With the situation at the Seaport devolving rapidly into some kind of Epcot-style food court, there's zero shame in indulging a few good tears.

By JOLYON HELTERMAN  |  March 15, 2013
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On the Cheap: Union Square Donuts

My first maple-bacon donut was overnighted to my freshman-year roommate and me by his mother in Portland, Oregon. I hadn't had one since.
Pastry perfected in Somerville
By LUKE PYENSON  |  March 08, 2013
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Five Courses with: Brian Lesser of Speakeasy Group

We thought we knew Brian Lesser — a smart businessman who always had a good exit strategy.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  March 01, 2013
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Oyster Stew at Steel & Rye

Pity the poor would-be restaurateur in the city of Boston.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 01, 2013


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On the Cheap: Felcaro Pizzeria

By day, there isn't much to distinguish Cambridge Street's Felcaro Pizzeria from the infinitude of American pizza joints.

By ERIC TWARDZIK  |  February 22, 2013
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The steep ascent of Tea Cuvée

We've all been told that once upon a time, angry Bostonians dumped three shiploads of English tea in the harbor to protest taxes, but let's be real here — it was probably just really shitty tea, and they were doing what any of us would do when continuall

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 15, 2013
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Five Courses with: Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road

When chef Louis DiBiccari wants something, he makes it happen.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  February 15, 2013
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Provençal fish stew at Sycamore

For food geeks accustomed to dining in urban Boston, it's easy to be a little dismissive of suburban restaurants.
FOOD COMA
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 15, 2013
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On the Cheap: Banh Mi House

A newcomer to our city's unfortunately anemic banh mi scene, Banh Mi House is located in the urban hellscape we call Downtown Crossing, tucked into a small, difficult-to-find quasi food court.
Knockout sandwiches where you'd least expect them
By LUKE PYENSON  |  February 08, 2013


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The challenge? Turn Valentine’s candy into haute cuisine — no desserts allowed

As adults, we find ourselves missing those halcyon years when Valentine's Day was just a Halloween knock-off with no pressure and lots of processed sugar.
Out of the Box
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 08, 2013
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Bee’s Knees takes flight: Chef Jason Owens readies his gourmet grocery

"There was a bit of a setback with the wood for the floors," Jason Owens says, a facemask hanging from his neck and a trucker hat perched on his head, his easygoing Nashville drawl rising above the sound of electric saws.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 08, 2013
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A mobile farmers’ market revs up

The USDA defines a "food desert" as any location without a grocery store within a one-mile radius.
Fresh Solutions
By DAN SCHNEIDER  |  February 01, 2013
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Lamb belly at Puritan & Company

By about the end of 2011, restaurant-industry PR people had already worn out the phrase "farm to table."
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 01, 2013
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Trade secrets: Scott Haas's Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant

Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas's fly-on-the-wall account of Central Square hotspot Craigie on Main, Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant , drops February 5.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 01, 2013


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The sweet smell of success: UNREAL's aim to unjunk junk food

It all started on Halloween.

By CHERYL FENTON  |  January 25, 2013
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On the Cheap: Piperi Mediterranean Grill

Anyone who has experienced the falafel-toppings orgy found in any Maoz falafel joint will feel at home at the universe's very first Piperi Mediterranean Grill.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 25, 2013
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The new Mike & Patty’s crew gives us a taste

T he new iteration of Mike & Patty's has neither Mike nor Patty: discuss.
Hot Plate: Breakfast Torta
By LUKE PYENSON  |  January 18, 2013
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Porchetta arrosto at Cinquecento

As a South Ender, I find it easy to admire the smooth professionalism and crowd-pleasing instincts of the Aquitaine Group, which operates six of its eight restaurants in the neighborhood, including Metropolis, Union, Aquitaine, and Gaslight.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 18, 2013


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Going meal for meal with Jamie Bissonnette in food heaven

It's just over an hour after we've touched down in Hong Kong, and Jamie Bissonnette has already sniffed out a street joint where a woman snips piping-hot lengths of tripe into a bubbling broth with kitchen shears.
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By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 11, 2013
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Soup's On

Most cookbooks catch you with a really stellar recipe about a third of the way in — something with heft and a rustic photo to go with it, past all the stocks and appetizers.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 11, 2013
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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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Restaurant Rewind: A look back at the year in Boston dining

Boston dining in 2012 can be summed up easily as the Year of the Burger.

By MC SLIM JB  |  December 21, 2012
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Spread the love: Patricia Kiernan's small-batch Caribbean Pepper Jellies

Since 2006, Jamaica-born chef Patricia Kiernan has brought locals a taste of the Caribbean with her Weymouth catering business, Stir It Up.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 14, 2012


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Not-so-humble pie

The frozen-food aisle doesn't seem like a likely place to find asafetida. Ditto for harissa, mustard seed, or habanero chillies.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  December 14, 2012
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A Quest for the Treasure of Mount Denny’s

When we heard Denny's had released a special menu in honor of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , our first collective thought was "Uh, gross."
There and back again
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 14, 2012
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Clio’s new pastry chef breaks it all down for us

Clio's newest pastry goddess, Monica Glass, arrived at the Back Bay institution in September after stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and Le Bernardin in NYC and 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Crumble aux Pommes
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 14, 2012
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Grilled Lamb Skewer at Daddy Jones

If there's a word that annoys me in restaurant reviews, it's "authentic," as the writer is usually assuming some authority on the cuisine that is probably unmerited.
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 14, 2012