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Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

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In food-nerd circles, the question of authenticity is a loaded one.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 12, 2013

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Oyster Stew at Steel & Rye

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Pity the poor would-be restaurateur in the city of Boston.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 01, 2013

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Provençal fish stew at Sycamore

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For food geeks accustomed to dining in urban Boston, it's easy to be a little dismissive of suburban restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 13, 2013

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Lamb belly at Puritan & Company

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By about the end of 2011, restaurant-industry PR people had already worn out the phrase "farm to table."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 01, 2013

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Porchetta arrosto at Cinquecento

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As a South Ender, I find it easy to admire the smooth professionalism and crowd-pleasing instincts of the Aquitaine Group, which operates six of its eight restaurants in the neighborhood, including Metropolis, Union, Aquitaine, and Gaslight.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 18, 2013

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First Tastes: A look at 2013 in Boston dining


Here are the forthcoming spots we're anticipating the most, plus some brand-new eateries that just fired up their burners.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 02, 2013



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Restaurant Rewind: A look back at the year in Boston dining


Boston dining in 2012 can be summed up easily as the Year of the Burger.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 18, 2012

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Grilled Lamb Skewer at Daddy Jones

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If there's a word that annoys me in restaurant reviews, it's "authentic," as the writer is usually assuming some authority on the cuisine that is probably unmerited.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 11, 2012

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Pat Woodbury’s roasted clams at BoMA Restaurant + Bar

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Boston's South End is in the midst of a renaissance as a dining destination: recent hits like Kitchen, Yakitori Zai, and Vejigantes are soon to be joined by newcomers Cinquecento, Boston Chops, Five Horses Tavern, and Estelle's.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 26, 2012

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Buta Ramen at Yume Wo Katare

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At Yume Wo Katare, a new thimble-sized Japanese joint, you can expect 90-minute waits for one of its 15 or so seats. Is it worth it?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 16, 2012

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Slow-Roasted Brisket at Park Restaurant & Bar

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Park Restaurant & Bar manages to overcome the drawbacks of its underground space via clever decorating.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 30, 2012



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Shrimp Capellini Egg Nest at Shōjō

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Many Bostonians have specific ideas about Chinatown dining.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 16, 2012

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Roast Duck Breast at Farmstead Table

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How does a suburban restaurant compete with urban hotspots like Boston's Seaport, with its slew of chain outlets with big marketing budgets, easy interstate access, and abundant cheap parking?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 05, 2012

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Mofongo Tradicional De Platano At Vejigantes


The South End is one of Boston's great dining destinations, but its luster has been dimmed in recent years by a series of closings highlighted by splashy failures like Ginger Park and Rocca.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 18, 2012

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On the cheap: Kaju Tofu House

A new Korean soup house is a wondrous, fiery addition to Allston's restaurant stew
Boston's dining scene has its gaps (looking at you, Jewish deli), but as a rule, it's diverse enough to offer fresh surprises to intrepid diners, especially at the budget-priced end.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 14, 2012

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On the Cheap: Bánh Mì Ngon

Boston’s southwestern neighborhoods get a budget-priced blast of fresh Vietnamese flavors
If there's one trend that food nerds find gratifying, it's the growing popularity of the bánh mì, the Vietnamese street-food sub I've long called Boston's best cheap lunch.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 17, 2012



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On the Cheap: China King

The spectacular return of a brilliant Northern Chinese specialist to Chinatown
A new restaurant can inspire a mixture of anticipation and dread: will it live up to its pre-opening hype?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 30, 2012

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Valentine's Day for the Frugal and Savvy Diner

Avoiding the V-Day fine-dining shit-show
On the Cheap thinks you should take your honey out to a fabulous dinner in February. But fine dining on Valentine's Day, with its overpriced prix fixes, cheap Champagne, and harried servers is a rookie choice, like clubbing on New Year's Eve.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 08, 2012

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9 hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2012

 Tacos, midnight ramen, and chicken n' waffles make up Boston's forthcoming new options for noshing on the cheap  
The new year promises a wealth of inexpensive and moderate new restaurants in Greater Boston. Here are a few that have us on tenterhooks.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2011

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2011: The year in cheap eats

Twelve months of terrific budget-priced dining
We uncovered amazing value-priced restaurants in every corner of Greater Boston this year.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 21, 2011
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