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2012 in Dining: More resolutions for restaurateurs

Memo to new restaurants: follow the 10 pieces of entirely new advice below and I will keep that hungry/friendly feeling come typing time.
Challenging Boston's restaurant scene to a year that tones down the bacon, ramps up the desserts, and comes up with a new word for "gastropub."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2011

Review: Artisan Bistro

Pretending that the Artisan Bistro wasn't inside the Boston Common Ritz-Carlton, I would say this is a pretty good gastropub with an emphasis on food and unusually good service with a few old-school trimmings.
Not the old Ritz, but still very useful for many needs
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 25, 2011

Review: Five Horses Tavern

I don't get Five Horses Tavern's name, but I get the concept.
Familiar favorites with a craft-beer chaser
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 07, 2011

Review: Porter Cafe

You know, I can do this gastropub thing.
Some clever gastropub grub, with a focus on beer
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 30, 2011

Review: Ledge Kitchen & Drinks

The idea of Ledge Kitchen & Drinks is fantastic: Irish contractors take over an old neighborhood bar in the most distant reaches of Dorchester, fix it up, and hire some young chefs to make it a gastropub. Even better, they put on a green roof so yo
A fantastic idea that needs inspiration
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 10, 2011

Review: The Abbey

We could spend a lot of time trying to decide what, exactly, the Abbey is, while plenty of people are crowding in simply to enjoy themselves.
Washington Square's new neighborhood jewel
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 13, 2011


Review: Canary Square

Where are the canaries? There are no canaries here. This gastropub is on Jamaica Plain's William E. Canary Square, marked with a sign few read in memory of Corporal Canary, who died in World War I.
Remaking a popular spot in Jamaica Plain
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 14, 2011

The Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

This whole minimalism thing is not as simple as it looks, and Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is proof.
Fenway gastropub maxes out minimalism
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 17, 2010

Review: The Haven

How is a Scottish gastropub different from the Irish kind we know so well in Boston? Is it like Trainspotting versus The Commitments ? Well, sort of.
Giving the Scottish their long overdue credit for cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 03, 2010

The Gallows

I think this gastropub thing is keeper, if we can just find it a more appetizing name. And the Gallows, while its kitchen can execute, also needs a better name.
The South End gets a killer gastropub
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 20, 2010

Post 390

Another week, another gastro-pub. Okay, Post 390 technically bills itself as a Back Bay "urban tavern," and is bigger and glitzier than most, but it has the same combination of comfort food with a twist, a few bits of high cheffery, serious drinks, and
Walking a narrow path to success
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 22, 2010