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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

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

What will 2013 mean for the food scene?

"I think that grains other than corn and wheat are going to be common."
The Food Forecast:
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 21, 2012

The new Salvadoran spot on Congress is a must-taste

No restaurant in Portland captures the look of a good hole-in-the-wall better than Flores, a new Salvadoran spot next to Bodega Latina — right where Congress Street starts to curve and head downhill, so to speak.
Flores blooms in fall
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 02, 2012

On the Cheap: Doowee & Rice

When I finally strolled into DooWee & Rice, a new East Asian eatery in Powder House Square, close to closing time after a weirdly long drive from Central, I had beef and noodles on the brain.
Home-cooked East Asian fusion with soul
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012

Do you have the lamb special?

Sounds good.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 19, 2012


Review: Jacky’s Waterplace

The first time I visited Jacky's Waterplace, it was just before the grand opening, and who should be there to give us the grand tour but Jacky Ko himself.
Bursting with culinary character
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 24, 2012

Review: Carmelina's

After a good run with "Italian tapas" under the name Damiano (a play on the given name of chef-owner Damien "Domenic" DiPaola), this space has been rechristened as Carmelina's — after the chef's mother and his first restaurant, opened when he was an un
Old-style North End meets new-style cheffery
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Jim’s Dock

There are some traditional celebrations, like the Fourth of July or Secretary's Day, that you comply with out of habit or generosity.
A succulent summertime tradition
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Hourglass Brasserie

Providence Restaurant Weeks (which continue through July 21; view the list at is a sweet deal for several reasons.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 13, 2012

Review: El Rayo Cantina

There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
Stepping up
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 15, 2012


Review: Iron Works Tavern

They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 01, 2012

Casco Bay’s restaurants, bars, + markets

The islands of Casco Bay may seem remote (especially in the winter), but some are as close as a 20-minute ferry ride. As summer approaches, take a break from Portland's busy foodie scene and treat yourself to the tastes of the islands — after a breezy,
Island hopping
By AMY ANDERSON  |  May 25, 2012

Tasting excellence at Miyake

There is a theory about the extreme inequality found in American culture and economy that goes something like this: inequality is the price of a culture designed to identify and reward great talent.
Flavor frenzy
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 18, 2012

Review: Holy Donut

All cuisines rely on the experience of regression for their deepest appeal.
Holy potatoes! Yep, spuds are the not-so-secret ingredient in these doughnuts
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 11, 2012

On the Cheap: Grass Fed Beef

If you, like me, have ever found yourself pressing your nose winsomely against the window of the itty bitty "TT Bar" at Jamaica Plain's Ten Tables, you will appreciate the newly easy access to the restaurant's prize cheeseburger at its new adjunct spot,
Here's the beef
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 11, 2012


Review: Sabzi Persian Chelow Kabab

From the point of view of fine dining, a key benefit of America's foreign interventions is the stream of incoming refugees and immigrants with slow-food-cooking skills.
Persian classics and outstanding kebabs
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 11, 2012

Review: First Printer

First Printer is located on the site of the former home of Stephen Daye — reportedly the first printer in British North America — and commemorates the craft with a wall of old type cases and some framed historic newspapers.
Southern success via strong statements
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Al Huda

The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
A very warm welcome indeed
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 20, 2012

Exploring Frontier’s new menu

"Civilizing" the frontier was a long and complex process, with lasting effects on our culture.
Civilizing influences
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 13, 2012

On the Cheap: Twin Donuts

Twin Donuts is an Allston classic, where you can begin your days or end your late nights. And where better to take your new crush than a donut shop at dawn?
A predawn classic for Allston’s hungry and hung-over
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  April 06, 2012


Review: SoHo

When you walk in to SoHo, an elaborate panorama of Manhattan skyscrapers catches your eye above the bar.
Funky and chic in Narragansett
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 30, 2012

Review: Sabor Latino

Some new restaurants obsess over getting the décor just right. Others focus on creating a perfect menu.
Finding the right mix
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 16, 2012

Review: Area Four

Area Four's Web site describes it as "Coffee, Bakery, Bar, Oven."
All-day delights near Kendall Square
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 16, 2012

On the Cheap: Allston Diner

There's no denying that Allston is an ethnic-cuisine hub.
Down-south comfort food that would make Paula Deen proud
By ALI CARTER  |  March 16, 2012

On the Cheap: Suya Joint

A new Roslindale Square restaurant offers hearty stews, dumplings, and rice dishes prepared in home-style West African tradition.
Your new go-to fufu spot in Roslindale Square
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  March 09, 2012


As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2012

Review: Pho Hoa

Dorchester's Pho Hoa offers quite a lot on the menu besides the eponymous soup, and no one should miss the roasted quail appetizer
Another worthy take on Vietnamese beef and noodle soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 09, 2012

Review: The Thirsty Pig + Novare Res

The traditional remedies for the burdens of life, at least in the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic traditions that dominate American culture, have been beer and sausage — cheap ways to blot the pain with a light buzz and a stomach full of rich food.
Lift a stein and down a sausage at the Thirsty Pig, or Novare Res
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 17, 2012

Review: Siena

I can't imagine that anyone returning from a visit to Tuscany fails to wax rhapsodic about the cuisine, perhaps as soon as the customs inspection.
Close your eyes and it's Tuscany
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2012