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Under $15: Auntie B's

Old-time diner atmosphere, extraordinary food
Diners have been a cheap-eats staple for a hundred years, the precursor to modern fast-food restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2009


Ghazal Fine Indian Cuisine

Far-ranging Indian, served with a smile
Years ago, I brought a date to Boston's oldest Indian restaurant (the bygone Kebab-n-Kurry), promising, "The food's great, but the servers are the surliest bunch you've ever seen — so sullen it's hilarious!"
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 08, 2009


163 Vietnamese Sandwich

The piquant (and unscary) joys of Asian sub sandwiches
163 Vietnamese Sandwich is a typical slightly shabby Chinatown storefront.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2008


Josephs Two

Classic Italian-American and diner fare with no superfluous apostrophes
It's tough to be a punctuation stickler who writes about restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 23, 2008


On the cheap: Waterfront Café

An Italian-flavored pub that hoes its modest row beautifully
Staying power is rare in the restaurant business.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 17, 2008


On the cheap: T-Rex Taqueria

Indie fresh Mex and Tex-Mex that suits the tenor of the times
In restaurants, as in life, timing is everything.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 10, 2008


Ula Café

Caffeine, fine food, and no annoying CD compilations
Ula Café, located in the Brewery complex in Jamaica Plain, has all the fundamentals: great coffee and tea, very fine baked goods, free Wi-Fi. But what might surprise you is how good its other food is.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 12, 2008



Transport yourself to a magical land of inexpensive Korean delicacies
ChoCho's distinguishes itself from the other cubby-like eateries in the Porter Exchange in two ways. First, it captures the fun, food-court-like energy of the adjacent noodle shops and sushi bars, but manages to feel more like a restaurant than a lunch counter.
By: AARON KAGAN  |  November 26, 2008


Cantina La Mexicana

A modest taqueria expands to go a little bit uptown
I've long been a patron of the eccentrically capitalized TaQueria La Mexicana in Somerville's Union Square, relying on it for tasty, cheap tacos from actual Mexican owners.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 19, 2008


The Battery

Fried fish to make an Irishman misty
Standing in a long queue of Irish ex-pats at the Battery, a new counter-service fish-and-chips shop in Brighton Center, I pondered what local foods I'd miss if I moved overseas.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 13, 2008


Oran Café

Revelatory Moroccan, served without frills
Recently, Boston Chowhounds steered me to Oran Café, a two-month-old Moroccan restaurant in East Boston that has much in common with Angela’s.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 06, 2008


The Green Tomato 2

A Somerville cafeteria escapes the horror of Lunch Lady Land
Cafeterias — the kind of restaurant where you push a tray along a line and get served by counter help instead of having food brought to your table by a waiter — don’t have the greatest associations.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 29, 2008


Mike & Patty’s

Lilliputian place trumps Brobdingnagian expectations
Yet another set of owners has now taken over this tiny, nearly invisible Bay Village spot, calling it Mike & Patty’s and serving coffee, tea, pastries, breakfast plates, and sandwiches in the morning, and sandwiches and salads at midday.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 24, 2008


Guru the Caterer

Scintillating Indian takeaway — if you can find it
Guru was catering-only for four years before starting takeout service this year.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 16, 2008


Mangia Pizza

Hanging tough with a featherweight crust
Mangia channels a little bit of Naples with a thin crust and simple sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, but it doesn’t hew to the canon the way Gran Gusto does.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 24, 2008


Brookline Lunch

Not just for breakfast
It turns out that its Mediterranean-inspired menu, coupled with Monopoly-money prices, makes this an excellent spot for any meal.  
By: AARON KAGAN  |  October 22, 2008

Franky N the Boys

One good thing
Franky N the Boys, a new cash-only Brookline Village storefront, serves only simple burgers, fries, shakes, and sodas.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2008


The Hen House Wings ’n Waffles

A soul-food novelty finds a home in Boston
The Hen House recently arrived near Newmarket Square to perplex neophytes like me with myriad variations on this sweet/savory platter of comfort.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 03, 2008


T.J. Scallywaggle's

Tasty, scruffy, and cruelty-free
It’s eye-opening for a professed omnivore to visit the improbably named T.J. Scallywaggle’s, a 100-percent-vegan pizza and sub shop.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 27, 2008



Not keeping late-night hours, but still delivering the Lebanese goods
Dining options for night owls are limited to a handful of Chinatown eateries and a few dubious diners. We also suffer from a dearth of good street food: what we’d give for one decent LA-style taco truck!
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2008


Rosticeria Cancun Dos

Two’s a charm
The first and most striking difference is that Cancun Dos has tables and a kitchen (at Cancun Uno, you had to settle for a counter and a stove).
By: KENJI ALT  |  August 06, 2008

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