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Hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2011

A look ahead on the cheap
Critics often struggle to keep up with new restaurants, let alone worthy, unreviewed ones that have been around a while.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 29, 2010

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2010: The year in cheap eats

Another good year on a tight budget
The endless recession may be crimping our dining-out habits, but 2010 continued to showcase Boston as a great place for frugal fressers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 22, 2010

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KO Catering and Pies

Hearty foods from the other side of the world
Hearty foods from the other side of the world
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 01, 2010

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Lucy's Ethiopian Café

Heartwarming Habesha food and drink in a cozy neighborhood setting
While there’s no foolproof formula for judging a budget-priced restaurant by its cover, I have identified some promising markers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 17, 2010

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Bleacher Bar

A touristy sports bar with occasional pop in its bat
A touristy sports bar with occasional pop in its bat
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 03, 2010

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Dot2Dot Café

Brunch every day? Certainly, when it's this good  
Restaurants specializing in breakfast fare tend to fall into two categories.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 13, 2010



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Sub City

Another worthy addition to Boston's bánh mì pantheon
I recently spoke to a local former chef who said he covets my gig as a restaurant critic. I privately wondered if this aspiring food writer would be so enamored if he knew the job can be a money-losing proposition.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 29, 2010

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Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan

Peerless Peruvian charcoal rotisserie chicken in an easily overlooked spot
Sometimes having a great restaurant next door to yours is a good thing, sometimes it’s not.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 16, 2010

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Mohr and McPherson Café

Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 01, 2010

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Las Ventas: Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End

Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End
For a couple of years now, I've been shopping at Las Ventas, the South End Spanish gourmet grocery and deli run by Luis de Haro.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 23, 2010

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Saigon Restaurant

Proof that Eastie's fine budget restaurants aren't limited to the Western Hemisphere
I've long praised East Boston for its trove of terrific budget restaurants, especially the Latin-American ones.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 15, 2010



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Olecito

Fine tacos in a shinier-than-usual setting
For the dining-out-obsessed, it's hard to escape the nagging feeling that you're not keeping up with restaurant openings.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 11, 2010

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Chutney's

Indian curries collide happily with the food-court wrap sandwich
Think of Indian food, and you may conjure the delight of spooning up savory stews with hunks of flatbreads.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 02, 2010

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Mi Pueblito Restaurant

A lively, delicious Salvadoran party at the edge of Eastie
East Boston and Chelsea are two adjacent communities with a wealth of ostensibly Mexican restaurants that actually have Central American owners and chefs.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 25, 2010

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Canteen

Bringing the virtues of locavorism to the necessities of a quick meal
The concepts of "fast food" and "slow food" seem antithetical.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 19, 2010

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Tostado Sandwich Bar

Fresh-fruit smoothies, plus the other Caribbean pressed sandwich
Bring up Caribbean flavors and sandwich presses, and most folks will think of the Cubano, the roast pork/ham/cheese pressed sandwich that actually originated among Cuban ex-pats in Florida.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 07, 2010



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Mix Flavor Brazilian Grill

Mastering the hearty, diverse, and frugal pleasures of churrasco
The churrascaria is a great friend to the tight-fisted carnivore.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 05, 2010

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Review: Kelly's Roast Beef

A new Allston outlet captures the flavors, if not the charm, of the original
In a city with hundreds of unreviewed independent restaurants, I generally avoid chains. But the new Kelly's in the former home of Marty's Liquors in Allston felt different.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 26, 2010

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Lee's Place Burgers

A great hamburger stands out against millions of awful ones
Americans eat more than a billion hamburgers each year, most of them at fast-food restaurants. That's a lot of bad, sad burgers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 20, 2010

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Review: Café Latino

Heaping plates of fine Puerto Rican fare in an easy-to-miss spot
It pays to keep a sharp eye out for good cheap food; I often fail to notice worthy places right under my nose.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 09, 2010

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Mandy and Joe's Restaurant

Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 02, 2010


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