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Review: Temazcal Tequila Cantina

Terrific Mexican with a waterfront view
I admit, I'm a food nerd, and there are things that I miss because they aren't on the plate.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 07, 2011


Review: Forum

Deconstruction done right
Forum took over the Back Bay space that used to be Vox Populi, and sticks with the general VP design of sports bar downstairs and fine dining — in this case, somewhat futuristic food — upstairs.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 26, 2011


Review: Tres Gatos

A heartfelt tribute to Spanish tapas
I didn't like the idea of Tres Gatos, but turns out it's a very impressive restaurant.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 12, 2011


Review: Five Horses Tavern

Familiar favorites with a craft-beer chaser
I don't get Five Horses Tavern's name, but I get the concept.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 05, 2011


Review: Porter Cafe

Some clever gastropub grub, with a focus on beer
You know, I can do this gastropub thing.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 28, 2011


Review: The Journeyman

Serious seasonal eating that's well worth the effort
There are no journeymen at the Journeyman.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 14, 2011


Review: Redd's in Rozzie

Locally sourced goodness, with a touch of the South
As Redd's in Rozzie puts it, "modern and traditional American cooking with attention to using local ingredients and making it as funking good as we can."
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 09, 2011


Review: CK Shanghai

Wide-ranging Chinese with consistently polished quality
C.K. Sau was Boston's first Chinese-American celebrity chef.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 31, 2011

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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
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.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 17, 2011

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Review: Red Lantern

Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 10, 2011

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Review: Posto

Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo), has made things even trickier.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 04, 2011

dining Floating Rock

Review: Floating Rock

Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 27, 2011

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Review: B Street Restaurant & Bar

Nothing too clever, but it's all pretty good
B Street was formerly Pie Bakery, but the same owner has kept only one sweet pie and no savories.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 13, 2011

Trina's Starlite Lounge Waffle Chicken

Review: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark
Trina's Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It's noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that's including Miller High Life, Bud Light, and Black Label.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 06, 2011

seafood at Aragosta

Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 29, 2011

Del Frisco's - Double Eagle Steakhouse

Review: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

A waterfront steakhouse worth the price
The good news — especially if someone else is paying — is that everything at Del Frisco's is pretty good, the view is incredible, and the service is relaxed.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 22, 2011

Annabelle's Restaurant Review

Review: Annabelle's Restaurant

American food searching for a niche
Hyde Park is the kind of neighborhood where the idea of a Dorchester businessman coming in to set up a restaurant is big stuff.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 15, 2011


Review: Ledge Kitchen & Drinks

A fantastic idea that needs inspiration
The idea of Ledge Kitchen & Drinks is fantastic: Irish contractors take over an old neighborhood bar in the most distant reaches of Dorchester, fix it up, and hire some young chefs to make it a gastropub. Even better, they put on a green roof so you can eat right from the garden, and they set up a 60-seat outdoor patio inside the block, so you are insulated from street noise.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 09, 2011


Review: The Maharaja

Postmodern roadhouse Indian by way of London
The three owners of The Maharaja have done a very good job redecorating the already handsome upstairs space in Harvard Square that was formerly Bombay Club. They are much less clear about marketing the menu, which has all kinds of the usual Indian restaurant dishes and a few new ones.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 01, 2011


Review: Tico

Sensational small plates and tequila done right
It turns out that the tequila-bar thing can be done right.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 31, 2011


Review: Geoffrey's Café

Sure-handed comfort food and great value
Geoffrey's has been around — in the Back Bay, South End, Roslindale, even Utah — but has succeeded for two decades with a sure-handed mix of comfort food and little cheffery, very good prices, and generous portions, especially on dessert.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 23, 2011

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