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American Craft

Brewed to perfection
If American Craft was a brand-new restaurant, I still would be an enthusiast. But it’s even better as is, because it’s the end result of a story of hard knocks.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 07, 2010


Barlow’s Restaurant

When in doubt, ask for a second opinion
It’s not unusual for this column to have a different opinion of restaurants than the column in the Boston Globe — I favor a flatter bell curve.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 31, 2010


Red Lentil Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant

No meat? No problem.
By now everyone knows Red Lentil is dog-plays-the-piano good. It’s the best all-vegetarian and lots-vegan restaurant Boston has ever had. The question before us is: is it actually good -good?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010


Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Time to face the music
Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 17, 2010


Arbri Cafe

Albanian food returns to former Italian territory
I loved the Café Apollonia when it opened in this space in 2004 as what was then Boston's sole denominated Albanian restaurant.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 10, 2010


The Daily Grill

A newcomer earns its keep
You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 03, 2010



Faking it, just not quite making it
The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaurant in this space didn't catch on.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 24, 2010


Lord Hobo

This convivial corner of Hell is actually beer Heaven
What act could follow the B-Side Lounge, beloved home of craft-cocktail scholars? Well, how about a bar-restaurant for beer geeks?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 17, 2010


Bistro du Midi

Fine, but not necessarily French
Bistro du Midi purports to serve "authentic Provençal" cuisine, but Midi actually refers to all of southern France.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 10, 2010


Skara Grill

Satisfying a Grecian yearning
Having longed for an all-out Greek dining room in metro Boston since, well, almost since the Phoenix was reviewing plays by Euripides and protesting the Peloponnesian War, I finally hit Dionysos in Cambridge about a year before it closed in 2007.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 03, 2010


House of Chang

A welcome change in the neighborhood
For more than 30 years, this location housed Lucky Garden, one of the first neighborhood Mandarin-Szechuan restaurants in Greater Boston, and one of the best in stretches.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 27, 2010


Post 390

Walking a narrow path to success
Another week, another gastro-pub. Okay, Post 390 technically bills itself as a Back Bay "urban tavern," and is bigger and glitzier than most, but it has the same combination of comfort food with a twist, a few bits of high cheffery, serious drinks, and playful desserts found throughout the city so frequently these days.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 20, 2010


The Regal Beagle

A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks; and scrambled nostalgia.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 13, 2010


Il Casale

Nothing quaint and everything delicious at Belmont's 'country house'
Il Casale — the "country house"— may be more rustic than Chef Dante de Magistris's magisterial and experimental restaurant Dante in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta, but it ain't no hometown spaghetti shack.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 06, 2010


Ginger Park Kitchen & Bar

The second time's the charm
One of my frustrations with restaurant criticism is that restaurants do not usually respond to it.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2009


2009: The year in dining

My year in food
This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 28, 2009



Artistry and taste combine — but perhaps not often enough
At breakfast and lunch, Pairings serves as a basic hotel restaurant, which the Park Plaza has lacked for about 10 years.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 16, 2009


Myung Dong 1st Avenue

Can a Korean dive bar serve the masses? Certainly, with alcoholic melon drinks.
Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo. This restaurant has a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, but the idea is to appeal to a young crowd, more specifically a drinking crowd.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 09, 2009


Pasha Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine

A fantastically long list of Turkish delights
Even without enormous evidence, the Nadeau family has decided that "Turkish food never lets you down." Louise likes to grab lunch downtown at Boston Kebab House; Maurice prefers Allston's Saray; and Stephanie and her school friends enjoy Brookline Family Restaurant.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 02, 2009


Gennaro's 5 North Square Ristorante

A former tourist trap proves its worth
The owners of Caffé Vittoria and the Florentine Cafe took over this venerable tourist trap that looks out on North Square a year ago, renamed it for their son last May, and quietly spiffed up the rooms and the menu.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 25, 2009


City Table

Sampling the perks of a recession
I'm enjoying this restaurant recession more than the last one.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 18, 2009

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