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Review: Chinese Iron Wok

As recommendations go, hearing indirectly from four mainland Chinese kids new to this country that Chinese Iron Wok is their favorite place to eat got plenty of extra points for authority from me. I had to check it out.
Hard-to-find dishes (and the usual)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 26, 2011
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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
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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

Review: Phil's Main Street Grille

As local landmarks go, the ones you can eat at grow closer to your heart than statues and buildings.
Good and cheap
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2011
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Culinary changes on Westminster Street

Talking to the owners of Farmstead and Flan y Ajo Tapas Bar about bringing the Downcity area to life is like a study in generation gap.
Citywatch
By NICOLE FRIEDMAN  |  July 01, 2011
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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


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Review: Paragon

Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
A many splendored brunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Bon Me Truck

Boston long owned a reputation for being hostile to food trucks: getting licensed to offer meals on wheels meant braving a daunting tangle of municipal red tape.
A new food truck delivers the Vietnamese street-food goods
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Narragansett Grill

Over the years, restaurants have come and restaurants have gone at the remote 1200 Ocean Road in Narragansett: Wiley's, the Drunken Clam, the Ugly Old Toad, 1200 Ocean Grill, and so on.
A visit to the latest resident
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 07, 2011
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Cooking classes taught by refugees give the real scoop

The kitchen of St. Pius X Church at the north corner of Payson Park was particularly steamy on the muggy, unusually hot night of October 1.
Sumac and citric acid
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 08, 2010
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Review: Whaddapita

Whaddapita is an indicator of our bright lunch-future. It brings to Mediterranean food the trend of giving upscale-fast-food treatment to regional cuisines, sort of like the BajaFresh chain did with Mexican.
Whaddapita sends fast Mediterranean fare upscale
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 01, 2010


Review: Provencal Bakery & Cafe

When Brenda and Mike Nardolillo bought Provencal Bakery six years ago, they were following their bliss, going back to the made-from-scratch baking and cooking that they’d loved to do in their teen years.
A dream diner in Middletown
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010
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Review: Lbs.

With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight — as well as laughs and heartstring tugging — into the struggles of a food addict.
A double-wide in the woods
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 09, 2010