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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


Sichuan Gourmet

Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 26, 2010


Griyo Lakay

Abundant, heart-warming Haitian fare awaits intrepid diners
My first visit to Griyo Lakay, a tiny Haitian restaurant near Franklin Park, reminded me of playing an adventure game: “You enter a storefront furnished with four booths. There are no signs, menus, customers, or staff in sight. At the back is a counter on which rests a hand bell.”
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 2010


Lee’s Store and Bakery

Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010



Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 05, 2010


Falafel Corner

A Middle Eastern takeout joint that’s way better than it has to be 
Much anguished ink has been spilled on the mall-ification of Harvard Square, as many quirky veteran restaurants have given way to unremarkable national chain outlets. But things aren’t all dire: some interesting, worthy venues have opened lately with modest Indian, Korean, vegan, and other options on the way.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 28, 2010


El Pelón Taquería

New home, same winning way with fish tacos
A 2009 fire in the Fenway destroyed an entire block of beloved independent restaurants, including the very popular El Pelón Taquería. It was the second fire in two years to hit this Baja-style joint, prompting my comment, “If there is a God, he’s an angry God, one who probably dines at Applebee’s.”
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 21, 2010


Cafe Mamtaz

Bracing subcontinental flavors burst into Southie
You have to admire pioneers in the restaurant business like Pho Republique, which took a big risk in 1999 by opening in a half-gentrified corner of the South End.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 14, 2010


Tremont Street Cafe

 Just your typical South End deli/bakery/cafe/juice bar/gelateria/organic convenience store
Many budget restaurants I review have a single-item focus: hot dogs, banh mi, zapiekanki. They say, “We do one thing, and do it really well.” Then there are the Swiss army knives.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 07, 2010


Restaurante Montecristo

Another budget-priced Eastie winner serving traditional Central American fare
East Boston is a treasure trove of Latin American restaurants serving delicious, filling fare.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2010


WAN Convenience Store and Deli

Excellent sub sandwiches, served on island time
I can easily imagine my less-adventurous friends entering WAN Convenience for the first time, glancing around, and turning on their heels to flee.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 24, 2010


Azama Grill

An Egyptian kebab shop rises above the Allston student-food stereotype
As someone who dines out nearly nightly in Boston at every level — from highfalutin snob joints to decrepit diners — I'm often amazed at the lack of correlation between prices and love.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 17, 2010



A new sandwich shop delivers a too-rare triumph of quality over quantity
A local daily recently reviewed several national fast-food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, even praising sub shop Quizno's.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 10, 2010


Dosa Factory

Indian street-food snacks and more, tucked in the back of a grocery store
I tend to be skeptical of retail/restaurant combinations. IKEA serves frankfurters and Swedish meatballs, but you'd hardly drive there just to dine.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 03, 2010


Sonny Noto's Restaurant

A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 24, 2010


Bull McCabe's

A sweet little neighborhood pub with modest food at nice prices
I asked a friend who lives in Union Square, Somerville, if he'd checked out the nearby Bull McCabe's. "No, I'm still in mourning for Tír na nÓg [its predecessor]."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 18, 2010



Polish street food that's much better than it sounds
Certain convenience foods carry negative associations from my youth. I can't look at most toaster-oven snacks since my college days, when my buddy Joe subsisted on "pizzas" crafted from English muffins, Prego, and Velveeta.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 10, 2010


The Spot Café

To spot the great diner, check out the bread
Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 03, 2010


Union Breakfast & Rotisserie Café

Filling an odd hole in Allston’s restaurant scene
Allston, as has often been noted here, is a cheap-eats wonderland, boasting scores of fine inexpensive restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 27, 2010


Cafe 57 and Grille

Fresh flavors and super-friendly service in an indie neighborhood restaurant
I've always felt a little sorry for Brighton; it's a lovely residential neighborhood, but seems short on decent places for a quick bite.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 20, 2010


Parish Cafe and Bar

A veteran Back Bay restaurant expands to the South End
The edge of gentrification can present some close-minded folks with a barrier to finding good cheap eats.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 13, 2010

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