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Allston Korean with an unusual specialty, and plenty more
Hanmaru is back from the ashes of a 2008 fire that closed down many nearby businesses.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 08, 2009


Jerusalem Pita and Grill

Fresh, kosher, and underrated online
It's important to know your amateur online reviewers. While some are reliable cheap-eats dowsers, a rave from a Chowhound who also adores the Cheesecake Factory loses some credibility.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2009


Alex's Chimis

Soulful fare from the heart of the Dominican Republic
I haven't eaten much Dominican food since the South End's excellent Miami Café closed. But Alex's Chimis, a humble, 12-seat counter-service storefront, has rekindled my fire for the cuisine.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 25, 2009


Gourmet Dumpling House

A pan-regional Chinese treasure trove
The Phoenix is predictably cheap with expenses for "On the Cheap," which makes it challenging to review restaurants with broad menus without dipping into my own wallet.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 18, 2009


Sealey's Lunch

A diner with old-time friendliness and leisurely pacing
You've driven past this one restaurant a hundred times, often thinking, "I should check that place out."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 11, 2009


Pupusería Mama Blanca

A pan of Salvadoran gold in residential Eastie
Pupusería Mama Blanca sits on a corner of residential East Boston that you'd never pass if you didn't live nearby.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 05, 2009


Jim's Deli and Restaurant

Family-friendly value in a friendly family joint
The economy is kicking fine-dining restaurants in the teeth.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2009


On the cheap: Sushi Yasu

Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 18, 2009


Burritos and Tacos to Go!

Healthy bargains for starving strap-hangers
I travel to Manhattan a lot, and since 9/11 have found Amtrak's Acela service out of Back Bay Station a far more pleasant and hassle-free way to get there than flying.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 11, 2009


On the cheap: Pho Basil

Welcome freshness and value too rarely seen in the Back Bay
When I lived in the Back Bay, my suburban friends would coo, "Oooh, you must love the great restaurants!"
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 04, 2009


Bom de Boca Grill

Deliciously grilled meats by the gently priced plateful
Craving steak but counting your pennies? If so, churrascarias (Brazilian grilled-meat restaurants) offer some of the best deals around.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 29, 2009


Under $15: Auntie B's

Old-time diner atmosphere, extraordinary food
Diners have been a cheap-eats staple for a hundred years, the precursor to modern fast-food restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2009


Ghazal Fine Indian Cuisine

Far-ranging Indian, served with a smile
Years ago, I brought a date to Boston's oldest Indian restaurant (the bygone Kebab-n-Kurry), promising, "The food's great, but the servers are the surliest bunch you've ever seen — so sullen it's hilarious!"
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 08, 2009


163 Vietnamese Sandwich

The piquant (and unscary) joys of Asian sub sandwiches
163 Vietnamese Sandwich is a typical slightly shabby Chinatown storefront.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2008


Josephs Two

Classic Italian-American and diner fare with no superfluous apostrophes
It's tough to be a punctuation stickler who writes about restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 23, 2008


On the cheap: Waterfront Café

An Italian-flavored pub that hoes its modest row beautifully
Staying power is rare in the restaurant business.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 17, 2008


On the cheap: T-Rex Taqueria

Indie fresh Mex and Tex-Mex that suits the tenor of the times
In restaurants, as in life, timing is everything.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 10, 2008


Ula Café

Caffeine, fine food, and no annoying CD compilations
Ula Café, located in the Brewery complex in Jamaica Plain, has all the fundamentals: great coffee and tea, very fine baked goods, free Wi-Fi. But what might surprise you is how good its other food is.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 12, 2008


Cantina La Mexicana

A modest taqueria expands to go a little bit uptown
I've long been a patron of the eccentrically capitalized TaQueria La Mexicana in Somerville's Union Square, relying on it for tasty, cheap tacos from actual Mexican owners.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 19, 2008


The Battery

Fried fish to make an Irishman misty
Standing in a long queue of Irish ex-pats at the Battery, a new counter-service fish-and-chips shop in Brighton Center, I pondered what local foods I'd miss if I moved overseas.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 13, 2008


Oran Café

Revelatory Moroccan, served without frills
Recently, Boston Chowhounds steered me to Oran Café, a two-month-old Moroccan restaurant in East Boston that has much in common with Angela’s.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 06, 2008

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