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Fine tacos in a shinier-than-usual setting
For the dining-out-obsessed, it's hard to escape the nagging feeling that you're not keeping up with restaurant openings.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 11, 2010



Indian curries collide happily with the food-court wrap sandwich
Think of Indian food, and you may conjure the delight of spooning up savory stews with hunks of flatbreads.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 02, 2010


Mi Pueblito Restaurant

A lively, delicious Salvadoran party at the edge of Eastie
East Boston and Chelsea are two adjacent communities with a wealth of ostensibly Mexican restaurants that actually have Central American owners and chefs.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 25, 2010



Bringing the virtues of locavorism to the necessities of a quick meal
The concepts of "fast food" and "slow food" seem antithetical.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 19, 2010


Tostado Sandwich Bar

Fresh-fruit smoothies, plus the other Caribbean pressed sandwich
Bring up Caribbean flavors and sandwich presses, and most folks will think of the Cubano, the roast pork/ham/cheese pressed sandwich that actually originated among Cuban ex-pats in Florida.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 07, 2010


Mix Flavor Brazilian Grill

Mastering the hearty, diverse, and frugal pleasures of churrasco
The churrascaria is a great friend to the tight-fisted carnivore.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 05, 2010


Review: Kelly's Roast Beef

A new Allston outlet captures the flavors, if not the charm, of the original
In a city with hundreds of unreviewed independent restaurants, I generally avoid chains. But the new Kelly's in the former home of Marty's Liquors in Allston felt different.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 26, 2010


Lee's Place Burgers

A great hamburger stands out against millions of awful ones
Americans eat more than a billion hamburgers each year, most of them at fast-food restaurants. That's a lot of bad, sad burgers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 20, 2010


Review: Café Latino

Heaping plates of fine Puerto Rican fare in an easy-to-miss spot
It pays to keep a sharp eye out for good cheap food; I often fail to notice worthy places right under my nose.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 09, 2010


Mandy and Joe's Restaurant

Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 02, 2010


Sichuan Gourmet

Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 26, 2010


Griyo Lakay

Abundant, heart-warming Haitian fare awaits intrepid diners
My first visit to Griyo Lakay, a tiny Haitian restaurant near Franklin Park, reminded me of playing an adventure game: “You enter a storefront furnished with four booths. There are no signs, menus, customers, or staff in sight. At the back is a counter on which rests a hand bell.”
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 2010


Lee’s Store and Bakery

Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010



Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 05, 2010


Falafel Corner

A Middle Eastern takeout joint that’s way better than it has to be 
Much anguished ink has been spilled on the mall-ification of Harvard Square, as many quirky veteran restaurants have given way to unremarkable national chain outlets. But things aren’t all dire: some interesting, worthy venues have opened lately with modest Indian, Korean, vegan, and other options on the way.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 28, 2010


El Pelón Taquería

New home, same winning way with fish tacos
A 2009 fire in the Fenway destroyed an entire block of beloved independent restaurants, including the very popular El Pelón Taquería. It was the second fire in two years to hit this Baja-style joint, prompting my comment, “If there is a God, he’s an angry God, one who probably dines at Applebee’s.”
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 21, 2010


Cafe Mamtaz

Bracing subcontinental flavors burst into Southie
You have to admire pioneers in the restaurant business like Pho Republique, which took a big risk in 1999 by opening in a half-gentrified corner of the South End.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 14, 2010


Tremont Street Cafe

 Just your typical South End deli/bakery/cafe/juice bar/gelateria/organic convenience store
Many budget restaurants I review have a single-item focus: hot dogs, banh mi, zapiekanki. They say, “We do one thing, and do it really well.” Then there are the Swiss army knives.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 07, 2010


Restaurante Montecristo

Another budget-priced Eastie winner serving traditional Central American fare
East Boston is a treasure trove of Latin American restaurants serving delicious, filling fare.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2010


WAN Convenience Store and Deli

Excellent sub sandwiches, served on island time
I can easily imagine my less-adventurous friends entering WAN Convenience for the first time, glancing around, and turning on their heels to flee.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 24, 2010


Azama Grill

An Egyptian kebab shop rises above the Allston student-food stereotype
As someone who dines out nearly nightly in Boston at every level — from highfalutin snob joints to decrepit diners — I'm often amazed at the lack of correlation between prices and love.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 17, 2010

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