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On the Cheap: Zinneken's

Tucked away on the corner of Mass Ave and Arrow Street in Harvard Square is the new Belgian-waffle bakery and café, Zinneken's.
A new café-bakery with the warm, welcoming air of a Belgian kitchen  
By ALI CARTER  |  December 16, 2011
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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
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Review: Lorenz Island Kuisine

When I find a family-run place that seems to serve as an anchor for neighborhood life — serving three meals a day, doing a brisk takeout business, offering live music, DJs, and poetry readings a few nights a month — I think, "Damn, wish my neighborhood
Fresh, traditional Jamaican fare in a friendly neighborhood spot
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 08, 2011
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Review: Annabelle's Restaurant

Hyde Park is the kind of neighborhood where the idea of a Dorchester businessman coming in to set up a restaurant is big stuff.
American food searching for a niche
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 17, 2011
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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
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Review: La Casa de Pedro

There are many ways to stay under this column's radar.
Under-the-radar Venezualan Flavot at the Arsenal
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2011


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Istanbul'lu

On one side of the scales, Nadeau's Law: "Never eat anything famous." On the other side, chef-owner Huseyin Akgun, who really ought to be famous for his cooking at the original Beacon Hill Istanbul Cafe, the bigger one in Allston, and some other spots i
Tasty Turkish cuisine that earns its fame
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 21, 2011
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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
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Petit Robert Central

JACKY'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Jacky's empire strikes back
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 10, 2010
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Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

I wasn't crazy about Zocalo when it was in Brighton, but others were. Now it has reopened near Back Bay Station, and the food and drinks are much the same.
Just as it was in Brighton, for better or worse
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 03, 2010
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The Foundry on Elm

The best moment at Foundry on Elm, despite excellent food and drink, may be when you first walk in the door.
A big room that seamlessly balances the best of bistro and comfort food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 26, 2010


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Deuxave

Maybe it is all relative.
Flawed deconstruction, no matter how you pronounce it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 19, 2010
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Rafiki Bistro

We'll get to the "socially responsible" cuisine, the organic rum and vodka drinks, and the Whole Foods mix of health and gourmet at this bistro, which is remarkably relaxed for all that right thinking.
A neighborhood bistro for Cambridge's crunchy side
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 24, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010
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The Daily Grill

You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
A newcomer earns its keep
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 05, 2010

Edgewood Café

The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
For neighborly gourmands
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010


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Conga's

The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2010

Review: India restaurant

At one time in the mid-'90s, India had branched out to three or four restaurants in Providence and the East Bay.
A Feast for the Senses
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 26, 2010

DeWolf Tavern

Our previous visit to DeWolf Tavern was on a wintry December eve, and I had been yearning to take in the setting in the summer. Thus we recently perched ourselves on a balcony overlooking Bristol Harbor, cooled by the constant sea breeze that set the m
 wholly satisfying experience
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2009

The Pirate Girl

The economic downturn is such that we may eventually see pirate ships showing off the Jolly Roger around Narragansett Bay. When they do, you can bet that their favorite place to unwind after a long day Yo-ho-ho -ing will be a friendly fisherman's bar
Shiver me stuffies!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 21, 2009

Franklin Spa

You know how some places just seem like they have a story behind them and you keep meaning to stop over the years but somehow it's never the right time of day (diner-type places mostly close by 2 pm)? That's been my relationship with Franklin Spa until
Friendly and flavorful by the sea
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 14, 2009


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Kinsale

"Take one spectacular location, season liberally with Norman, Spanish, and English influence, add one major battle and let it simmer for 400 years. The result — Ireland's fine food capital." So says the official tourist Web site of Kinsale, Ireland.
A little bit Irish, a little more 'whatever works'
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 07, 2009
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Ali's Roti Restaurant

Watching folks eat at national fast-food outlets depresses me. Not only are they paying for advertising, but they're getting so little give-a-damn in their food. You sense that acutely after dining at a neighborhood place like Ali's Roti, a 22-seat count
A taste of Trinidadian love, with echoes of the Punjab
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 07, 2009

Spice Thai

If I tried, I think I could work up a tear recalling the '70s, when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island — a dark age largely devoid of the culinary spice of life. Thank goodness there was Szechuan.
Exceptional and ridiculously inexpensive
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2009
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A beam of light

We live in an era in which we are grateful when people get the big things right, even if the details are off. Too often these days we find the opposite: well-titled books with little insight, an economy that "grows" but produces nothing of actual value
El Rayo lets the ingredients shine
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 10, 2009

St. Clair Annex

Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2009


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The Savant Project

It showed such promise: great name, good early food reviews, and rumors of expansion plans.
Mostly mediocre, but with flourishes of excellence
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2009