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Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
Preserving a treasure
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 24, 2012
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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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Maine Maple Sunday celebrates the changing of seasons

A cold wind made it feel more like winter than spring this weekend, but the steam pouring out of the sugarhouse means that spring is definitely here.
Liquid spring
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 01, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Pancakes! Lent! Golf!

March has been a true delight in the music-PR department — I haven't seen this many dumbshit stunts since Jackass 3D . Let's roll up our sleeves and thrust our hands elbow deep into a steaming pile of press releases:
This month's inessential press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 25, 2011
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Great Taste Diner

Were I a marketing consultant, I'd tell restaurateurs not to describe any item they serve as "best in the city" or "cooked to perfection."
Living up nicely to a slightly boastful name
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2011
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Dot2Dot Café

Restaurants specializing in breakfast fare tend to fall into two categories.
Brunch every day? Certainly, when it's this good  
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 15, 2010


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Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
Metallic myths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 01, 2010
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The Spot Café

Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
To spot the great diner, check out the bread
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 05, 2010
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Elite Restaurant

Some meals can bring you back vividly to your childhood, perhaps because your sense of smell and long-term memory are centered in adjacent areas of the brain.
Eggs, coffee, and salty conversation
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 13, 2009
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Buddy's Truck Stop

The modern truck stop typically sits in an interstate-adjacent service area with a parking lot that can accommodate scores of big rigs.
That increasingly rare bird: the honest-to-goodness old-time diner
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 02, 2009

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