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Coda

Good start to finish
I will be in one of those ice-cream parlors where the special is rye-whiskey-macadamia-nut-blue-cheese sorbet, and I will hear myself ordering . . . vanilla.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 14, 2007

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Robyn’s Bar and Grill

Not your average ‘regular food’
With all the insanely expensive steakhouses going up, it’s good to see a quiet, steady revival of neighborhood pubs.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 07, 2007

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Clink

Fine, eccentric cuisine that’s hardly prison food
Nearly 20 years and more than $100 million later, it has been rebuilt as a luxury hotel, with a restaurant cleverly named Clink.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 31, 2007

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Wagamama

At the top of the food chain
I’m not supposed to like Wagamama, but I do. I’m not supposed to like chains, and Wagamama is a UK-based chain with 79 restaurants in 10 countries.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 24, 2007

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Vlora

Covering all the bases with first-class Albanian and more
The “fork-tender grilled octopus” is true to its name and brings three tentacles almost big enough to carry off Captain Nemo of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea .
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 17, 2007

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Smoken’ Joe’s Authentic Southern Barbeque

It's time to turn up the heat
You wouldn’t have told Otis Redding to sing faster, so take a hint from him and slow down the cooking.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 10, 2007



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Galway House

Where 1950s specialities live at 1980s prices
Getting tired of reading about $40 steaks, $60 steaks, $120 Japanese Wagyu beef steaks?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 03, 2007

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The Beehive

Boho chic never tasted so good
This is the kind of restaurant that I’ve always loved and haven’t found in a long time.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 26, 2007

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All Star Sandwich Bar

A star is born in Inman Square
The All Star Sandwich Bar has the greatest cornbread I’ve ever tasted.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 19, 2007

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Zenna Noodle Bar

Regional stability in a bowl of soup
What’s three times better than a Vietnamese restaurant?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 12, 2007

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Mooo . . . .

Yet another steak house with cash-cow dreams
This week’s victim: the Federalist, recently recast as Mooo.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 05, 2007



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Potbellies Kitchen

With food this good, you won't mind the bulge
Two trends are currently sweeping through the food universe: lavishly upscale steak houses and modest bistros featuring local produce.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 29, 2007

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Red Sky

At night, delight. But take warning.
The pitch for Red Sky is that it’s nicer, more upscale, and appeals to a slightly older crowd than the other nightspots around Faneuil Hall.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 22, 2007

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The Mission Bar + Grill

It’s not impossible to find good food in a bar
So this is bar food, and it has its own rules.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 15, 2007

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Sage

Bistro on the verge of greatness
It’s already quite popular, so don’t wait till the fall rush.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 08, 2007

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KO Prime

Steak: well done
KO stands for Ken Oringer, of Clio, Uni, Toro, and La Verdad.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 07, 2007



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Garden at the Cellar

This Cambridge gastropub is blooming with local flavors
You can hardly eat better in Boston than you will here.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 25, 2007

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Vernissage

Russian around for decent Siberian food
I was working on the Russian paradox, when it slapped me right in the column!
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 18, 2007

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Flat Iron Tapas Bar

Big tatses, small packages
You can assemble small plates that add up to protein, vegetable, and starch, but it won’t feel like dinner.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 11, 2007

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Rocca

Small plates rock big taste in SoWa
We don’t always want to be stunned; otherwise more of us would keep electric eels as pets.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 27, 2007

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Phuket Thai Restaurant

Hard-hitting fusion food both novel and traditional
Now, later generations of Thai restaurateurs are beginning to re-fuse Thai cuisine with dishes more familiar to American customers.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2007


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