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2012 in Dining: More resolutions for restaurateurs

Challenging Boston's restaurant scene to a year that tones down the bacon, ramps up the desserts, and comes up with a new word for "gastropub."
Memo to new restaurants: follow the 10 pieces of entirely new advice below and I will keep that hungry/friendly feeling come typing time.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 28, 2011

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Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

The year in restaurants
This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 21, 2011

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Review: Sweet Cheeks

All-American barbecue with a subtle, steady touch
What happens when a name chef decides to open a barbecue joint?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 14, 2011

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Review: Storyville

Jazzing it up with old-school cocktails
There must be some readers out there who remember the original Boston Storyville, a jazz nightclub.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 07, 2011

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Review: Artisan Bistro

Not the old Ritz, but still very useful for many needs
Pretending that the Artisan Bistro wasn't inside the Boston Common Ritz-Carlton, I would say this is a pretty good gastropub with an emphasis on food and unusually good service with a few old-school trimmings.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 22, 2011

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Review: The Brahmin

Gourmet bits in Back Bay, never mind the history
The Brahmin is a useful restaurant with a bad name.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 16, 2011



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Review: Temazcal Tequila Cantina

Terrific Mexican with a waterfront view
I admit, I'm a food nerd, and there are things that I miss because they aren't on the plate.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 07, 2011

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Review: Forum

Deconstruction done right
Forum took over the Back Bay space that used to be Vox Populi, and sticks with the general VP design of sports bar downstairs and fine dining — in this case, somewhat futuristic food — upstairs.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 26, 2011

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Review: Tres Gatos

A heartfelt tribute to Spanish tapas
I didn't like the idea of Tres Gatos, but turns out it's a very impressive restaurant.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 12, 2011

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Review: Five Horses Tavern

Familiar favorites with a craft-beer chaser
I don't get Five Horses Tavern's name, but I get the concept.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 05, 2011

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Review: Porter Cafe

Some clever gastropub grub, with a focus on beer
You know, I can do this gastropub thing.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 28, 2011



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Review: The Journeyman

Serious seasonal eating that's well worth the effort
There are no journeymen at the Journeyman.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 14, 2011

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Review: Redd's in Rozzie

Locally sourced goodness, with a touch of the South
As Redd's in Rozzie puts it, "modern and traditional American cooking with attention to using local ingredients and making it as funking good as we can."
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 09, 2011

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Review: CK Shanghai

Wide-ranging Chinese with consistently polished quality
C.K. Sau was Boston's first Chinese-American celebrity chef.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 31, 2011

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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 17, 2011

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Review: Red Lantern

Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 10, 2011



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Review: Posto

Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo), has made things even trickier.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 04, 2011

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Review: Floating Rock

Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 27, 2011

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Review: B Street Restaurant & Bar

Nothing too clever, but it's all pretty good
B Street was formerly Pie Bakery, but the same owner has kept only one sweet pie and no savories.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 13, 2011

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Review: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark
Trina's Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It's noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that's including Miller High Life, Bud Light, and Black Label.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 06, 2011

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Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 29, 2011


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