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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.
| December 28, 2011
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.
| December 21, 2011
Review: Sweet Cheeks
All-American barbecue with a subtle, steady touch
What happens when a name chef decides to open a barbecue joint?
| December 14, 2011
Jazzing it up with old-school cocktails
There must be some readers out there who remember the original Boston Storyville, a jazz nightclub.
| December 07, 2011
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.
| November 22, 2011
Review: The Brahmin
Gourmet bits in Back Bay, never mind the history
The Brahmin is a useful restaurant with a bad name.
| November 16, 2011
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.
| November 07, 2011
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.
| October 26, 2011
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.
| October 12, 2011
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.
| October 05, 2011
Review: Porter Cafe
Some clever gastropub grub, with a focus on beer
You know, I can do this gastropub thing.
| September 28, 2011
Review: The Journeyman
Serious seasonal eating that's well worth the effort
There are no journeymen at the Journeyman.
| September 14, 2011
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."
| September 09, 2011
Review: CK Shanghai
Wide-ranging Chinese with consistently polished quality
C.K. Sau was Boston's first Chinese-American celebrity chef.
| August 31, 2011
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.
| August 17, 2011
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.
| August 10, 2011
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.
| August 04, 2011
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.
| July 27, 2011
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.
| July 13, 2011
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.
| July 06, 2011
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.
| June 29, 2011
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