Latest Articles


At Providence Provision, lentil soup and clever ideas

"How many of you like plants?" Kate Venturini shouts. "Fruits and berries?"
By PHILIP EIL  |  July 20, 2012

Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
Pushing the proximity limit
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 22, 2012
JiroDreams ofSushi

Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Eighty-five-year-old Jiro, with his unchanging expression and bald pate, resembles a wizened turtle. Leaving home at age 9 and forced to fend for himself, he would become the world's greatest sushi chef.
A quest to sushi chefdom
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 06, 2012

Further adventures of my vegan dad

The return.
By KARL STEVENS  |  January 13, 2012
Smash Mouth Big Hurt 2

Smash Mouth chicken out

In the end, some eggs were eaten and a bunch of money was raised to help sick kids, which is great. But did Steve Harwell truly meet the egg challenge? No!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 21, 2011
robinwood 3

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

think tank 3

Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 19, 2011
chinese bistro, seven stars

Review: Seven Star Street Bistro

The trick to loving Seven Star Street Bistro is to forget how enticingly they've managed to remodel such a tiny sliver of space, and to take their name literally.
Taking tasty Chinese cuisine to the street
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  August 12, 2011
chinese food red lantern

Review: Red Lantern

Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 12, 2011
dining Floating Rock

Review: Floating Rock

If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 29, 2011
comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 29, 2011

Southwestern lunch food at Bella Drew's

Review: Bella Drew's

Bella Drew's, a new luncheonette, serves what it calls Southwestern-style cuisine, a regionalism expressed mostly by liberal applications of avocado.
Mix-and-match Southwestern for the Financial District crowd  
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 01, 2011
seafood at Aragosta

Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 01, 2011
Del Frisco's - Double Eagle Steakhouse

Review: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

The good news — especially if someone else is paying — is that everything at Del Frisco's is pretty good, the view is incredible, and the service is relaxed.
A waterfrom steakhouse worth the price
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 24, 2011
Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Nebo

This column used to have a rule about never eating within 1000 cubits of a college, government building, or sports stadium. It's all about transient foot traffic, the kind that doesn't keep a kitchen honest. Colleges have somewhat reduced their radius
It's safe to eat near the Garden again
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 22, 2011

Boston seafood restaurant review

Review: Island Creek Oyster Bar

This is confusing, as about eight years ago I reviewed a fine seafood restaurant in this space, where chef Jeremy Sewall was doing terrific things with Island Creek oysters from Duxbury.
A simple, confident take on clam-shack cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 15, 2011

Review: Strega Waterfront

At some point in his life, Nick Varano must have been told that the stereotypes of Italian-Americans could be a problem. And then at some other point — and I'm just guessing — he decided that the way to subvert these stereotypes was to exaggerate them an
Bada-bing: Nick Varano's new joint makes the gravy
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 25, 2011
Lolita Cocina restaurant review

Review: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

Shooting for sexy, and serving up solid Tex-Mex
Shooting for sexy, and serving up solid Tex-Mex
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 11, 2011
Sugar  Bakery and Restaurant

Sugar Bakery and Restaurant

The old A. Borschetto bakery sign remains inside Sugar Bakery and Restaurant in Roslindale, a joint venture by the owners of the Real Deal Deli and the Rox Diner, serving sit-down breakfast and lunch.
Delicious breakfast; just don't weigh yourself afterward.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  March 04, 2011

Review: Yesterday's

Funny thing, nostalgia. When it's about an era you haven't personally experienced, the reminders can be all over the place. Yesterday's bills itself as an alehouse, so visual cues try to trigger images of clanking, frothing mugs.
Nostalgic setting, contemporary delights
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 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

Review: Billy's

Prominent in Billy's is the sort of plaque and menu notation you expect to see in a tavern that has "Ye Olde" in front of its name, only this one declares "Est. 2009." Optimistic. In a business that has the mortality rate of migrating salmon, it's appro
Philanthropy for foodies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2010

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

A new peak(1)

Only in a city as small as Portland can a move of a few blocks, like Katahdin’s recent relocation from High Street to Forest Avenue, seem like a significant change of neighborhood.
Katahdin relocates, gets even better
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 11, 2010

Review: Citron

John Elkhay has so many restaurants around the city that we just hadn't gotten around to Citron before last weekend.
A satisfying meal trumped by style
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009


In far eastern Pawtucket, almost Massachusetts, sits a 30-year-old family-owned restaurant that's a great hit with locals.
Big on family atmosphere
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 07, 2009

Stretching the wallet

I had never been to Punky's. Despite glowing reviews from food fanatics, there never seemed to be a reason to break from my norm or shake up my old fast-food standbys.
Punky's fits the stomach, and the bill
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 07, 2009

Greased lightning

Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 07, 2007