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The Savant Project

Mostly mediocre, but with flourishes of excellence
It showed such promise: great name, good early food reviews, and rumors of expansion plans.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2009


Johnnie's on the Side

The Front of the House is at the head of its class
This large space has always housed attractive restaurants, despite violating two of Nadeau's laws: Eateth Not Within 1000 Cubits of a Government Institution; and Ditto for Sports Stadia.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2008


My year in food

The 2008 Dining Awards 
The 2008 Dining Awards 
By: BY ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 30, 2009


J.J. Foley's Café

An old standby starts low and aims high
An old standby starts low and aims high.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 17, 2008


Review: Taam China Glatt Kosher Chinese Cuisine

The best of its very rare kind
Theoretically, there could be terrific kosher Chinese restaurants.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 10, 2008



It doesn’t take two for a fine Argentine meal
It's not fair to review Greater Boston's only Argentine restaurant right after spending two delicious weeks in Buenos Aires, but it is revealing.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 03, 2008


Restaurant Marliave

Introducing a menu that multitasks
The Marliave is 132 years old. It opened as a French restaurant, survived Prohibition as a speakeasy, and at some point became Italian.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 12, 2008



Elaborate cuisine that's simply delicious
If they start rotisserie leagues for restaurants, I'm never going to draft a chef in the first round. I just can't follow them all, what with their constant job changes and stints working for other chefs — for a week, for a year, taking out the garbage, who knows?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 12, 2008


Roadhouse Craft Beer & BBQ

Off to a (somewhat) smoky start
So, about the long-awaited Roadhouse Craft Beer & BBQ, sister restaurant to the popular Publick House, which has finally been rebuilt, licensed, and is now open.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 12, 2008


Winsor Dim Sum Café

Dim sum all day and night
At most of Boston’s dim-sum palaces, my strategy has always been to sit near the kitchen door, to get the little plates off the cart when they’re hottest.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 06, 2008


BOKX 109

Go meat in Newton
To get questions about the name out of the way, “bokx” is the industry term for boxed cuts of meat, and number 109 is prime rib.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 29, 2008


Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill

Double the pleasure, half the price
Having made a success of their remarkably authentic Peruvian restaurant in Union Square, the owners of Machu Picchu moved it to a bigger space up 30 yards across the street.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 22, 2008


Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine

A second successful effort from an Indian-food master
Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square set a new standard for Indian restaurants in Boston, and perhaps in the whole country.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 16, 2008


The Melting Pot

Dip into confusing dining
You can eat pretty well at the Melting Pot, but you need some focus and discipline.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 29, 2008



Unusual pan-Himalayan cuisine in the heart of Cambridge
Annapurna is owned and decorated by Nepalis, but in addition to Nepali cuisine, it serves a pan-Himalayan menu, including Afghan food, and a couple of Tibetan items.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 02, 2008



Go out of the way for good food and a welcoming atmosphere
It’s south of Cleary Square, which is similar to what Davis Square was like 20 years ago, a world of mom-and-pop stores leavened with immigrants that now seems as remote.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 25, 2008


Mi Tierra

Frugal, globe-trotting gourmands take note
Newcomers to Boston often take a while to discover Waltham, a neighboring small city that boasts 80 restaurants within a 15-minute walk of its central Common.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 17, 2008


Central 37

Good food if you can find it
The food wasn’t great Rene Michelena, but it was him, and fun, and there are some real advantages to being the only diners in the room.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 17, 2008


Shabu Shabu Toki

Where to go if you’re in-the-know
Yet another way to enjoy the soup/fondue shabu-shabu: quickly cook the meats and eat them with dips and condiments.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 10, 2008


Gran Gusto

A well-kept secret . . . But not for long
Gran Gusto is an Italian delight located as close to the middle of nowhere as it gets in North Cambridge.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 03, 2008


Privius Lounge

Sashimi for the dancing set
I thought I had Privus figured out based on what owner Jarlath Quinn had done with his popular bar, The Kells, located right next door.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 27, 2008

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