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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


The Green Tomato 2

A Somerville cafeteria escapes the horror of Lunch Lady Land
Cafeterias — the kind of restaurant where you push a tray along a line and get served by counter help instead of having food brought to your table by a waiter — don’t have the greatest associations.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 29, 2008


Mike & Patty’s

Lilliputian place trumps Brobdingnagian expectations
Yet another set of owners has now taken over this tiny, nearly invisible Bay Village spot, calling it Mike & Patty’s and serving coffee, tea, pastries, breakfast plates, and sandwiches in the morning, and sandwiches and salads at midday.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 24, 2008


Guru the Caterer

Scintillating Indian takeaway — if you can find it
Guru was catering-only for four years before starting takeout service this year.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 16, 2008


Mangia Pizza

Hanging tough with a featherweight crust
Mangia channels a little bit of Naples with a thin crust and simple sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, but it doesn’t hew to the canon the way Gran Gusto does.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 24, 2008

Franky N the Boys

One good thing
Franky N the Boys, a new cash-only Brookline Village storefront, serves only simple burgers, fries, shakes, and sodas.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2008


Mi Tierra

Frugal, globe-trotting gourmands take note
Newcomers to Boston often take a while to discover Waltham, a neighboring small city that boasts 80 restaurants within a 15-minute walk of its central Common.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 17, 2008


The Hen House Wings ’n Waffles

A soul-food novelty finds a home in Boston
The Hen House recently arrived near Newmarket Square to perplex neophytes like me with myriad variations on this sweet/savory platter of comfort.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 03, 2008


T.J. Scallywaggle's

Tasty, scruffy, and cruelty-free
It’s eye-opening for a professed omnivore to visit the improbably named T.J. Scallywaggle’s, a 100-percent-vegan pizza and sub shop.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 27, 2008



Not keeping late-night hours, but still delivering the Lebanese goods
Dining options for night owls are limited to a handful of Chinatown eateries and a few dubious diners. We also suffer from a dearth of good street food: what we’d give for one decent LA-style taco truck!
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2008


Billy's Sub Shop

Neighborhood tested, peace officer approved
With its counter service, laminate booths, plastic tableware, and cafeteria trays, Billy’s is short on frills, but the food is cheap, tasty, and fresh.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 30, 2008


Boston Speed’s Famous Hot Dog Wagon

Keeping a cherished flame alive
If you haven’t heard of Speed’s Famous Hot Dog Wagon, you clearly are not plugged into Boston’s chow grid.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 16, 2008


Four Burgers

Make mine medium-rare — and green
What is Four Burgers’ edge? The owner favors sustainability-minded suppliers of all-natural ingredients.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 02, 2008


El Paisa Restaurante

Another thrifty South American standout in Eastie
I found out about El Paisa from a cabbie from Medellín, who called it the prettiest, most authentic Colombian place around.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 25, 2008


Taco Loco

Fresh reasons to break out of your rut
Like many Boston-area Mexican restaurants, Taco Loco is run by Salvadorans, here a friendly, hustling bunch serving cheap, very fresh-tasting tacos, burritos, and pupusas to local crowds.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 18, 2008


Terrie's Place

Real Southie flavor, on the plate and in the air
This is a Southie neighborhood restaurant, and I’m the only one in the place whom Terrie doesn’t know by name.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 11, 2008


New York Pizza

A pretty good slice, despite the dubious branding strategy
After years of willful neglect, I finally gave New York Pizza a whirl — and now regret not visiting sooner.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008


Where's the beef?

Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008


Taqueria El Carrizal

True to the Allston aesthetic of cheap, substantial, and authentic
Central and South American dishes and Mexican tacos favored by Latino patrons seem close to Allston’s authentically minded spirit.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 28, 2008


Trutony's Deli

Bulging sandwiches with a side of friendly conversation
Trutony’s is the sort of idiosyncratic local joint they’re not minting anymore.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 21, 2008


The Junction: Southie

An island of solid pub fare in a sea of bad drunk food
“Forget Southie dining, MC,” says my pal Eddie, a long-time resident who doesn’t include the Seaport or Fort Point Channel in his definition of the neighborhood.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2008

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