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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


Review: The Abbey

Washington Square's new neighborhood jewel
We could spend a lot of time trying to decide what, exactly, the Abbey is, while plenty of people are crowding in simply to enjoy themselves.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 11, 2011


Cooking for the circus means a lot more than an apple a day

High-flying, fine dining
Before the marathon, there is the pasta dinner. The soccer team gathers for pizza. But what to eat when you're the man on the flying trapeze?
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 04, 2011


Review: La Casa de Pedro

Under-the-radar Venezualan flavor at the Arsenal
There are many ways to stay under this column's radar.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2011


Review: Nebo

It's safe to eat near the Garden again
This column used to have a rule about never eating within 1000 cubits of a college, government building, or sports stadium. It's all about transient foot traffic, the kind that doesn't keep a kitchen honest. Colleges have somewhat reduced their radius of bogosity, but the double-curse of the TD Garden and the O'Neill Federal Building has kept the North Station area pretty dismal for diners out.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 20, 2011

Boston seafood restaurant review

Review: Island Creek Oyster Bar

A simple, confident take on clam-shack cuisine
This is confusing, as about eight years ago I reviewed a fine seafood restaurant in this space, where chef Jeremy Sewall was doing terrific things with Island Creek oysters from Duxbury.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 24, 2011


Review: Dumpling Cafe

No matter how you eat them, these dumplings are winners
Come for the dumplings, stay for a full Taiwan-style menu. Actually, you might just come for the dumplings.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 08, 2011


Review: Strega Waterfront

Bada-bing: Nick Varano's new joint makes the gravy
At some point in his life, Nick Varano must have been told that the stereotypes of Italian-Americans could be a problem. And then at some other point — and I'm just guessing — he decided that the way to subvert these stereotypes was to exaggerate them and play them for laughs.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 24, 2011


Review: Bosphorus

A coming-out party for Turkish food in Boston
I've given up trying every crème brûlée or fried calamari in the Boston metro area; that would be akin to taking on the labors of Hercules.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2011

Lolita Cocina restaurant review

Review: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

Shooting for sexy, and serving up solid Tex-Mex
Shooting for sexy, and serving up solid Tex-Mex
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2011


Review: Deluxe Station Diner

The spread is homey, and the décor is steampunky — but the drinks are where it’s at
Despite breakfast all day, comfort food, the over-abundant choices of a deli menu, and the Jules Verne decorative contraptions of artist Mark Fisher — the most remarkable items at Deluxe Station Diner are things to drink.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 23, 2011


Review: 28 Degrees

More than just good, cold drinks
This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 16, 2011


Review: Cognac Bistro

An outstanding French take on local goodness
This is the column's second visit to this former gas station, the previous loving restoration having been a b.good burger stand.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 02, 2011


Review: Bon Chon

Korean fried chicken, plus lots of hot and spicy
Bon Chon is a nine-year-old Korean fried-chicken franchise with a few dozen outlets in Korea and a few less than that in the United States.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 26, 2011



Tasty Turkish cuisine that earns its fame
On one side of the scales, Nadeau's Law: "Never eat anything famous." On the other side, chef-owner Huseyin Akgun, who really ought to be famous for his cooking at the original Beacon Hill Istanbul Cafe, the bigger one in Allston, and some other spots in between.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 19, 2011


Review: Canary Square

Remaking a popular spot in Jamaica Plain
Where are the canaries? There are no canaries here. This gastropub is on Jamaica Plain's William E. Canary Square, marked with a sign few read in memory of Corporal Canary, who died in World War I.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 12, 2011


Review: Jerusalem Pita & Grill

Savory, kosher, and so much more
Our first real review of the new year, and already we are ticking off one of last week’s resolutions for restaurateurs.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 06, 2011


2010 in Boston restaurants

It's not hard to name the restaurant trend of the year, which is gastro-pubs. Or rather, it is hard to name it, because that is such an unappetizing name for what has been a very revitalizing short-menu format.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 22, 2010


The Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Fenway gastropub maxes out minimalism
This whole minimalism thing is not as simple as it looks, and Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is proof.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 15, 2010


Petit Robert Central

Jacky's empire strikes back
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 08, 2010


Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

Just as it was in Brighton, for better or worse
I wasn't crazy about Zocalo when it was in Brighton, but others were. Now it has reopened near Back Bay Station, and the food and drinks are much the same.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 01, 2010

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