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Jack and the Bean Bowl

A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay’s guardians of dullness
A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay's guardians of dullness
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 10, 2009


Halal Indian Cuisine

Negotiating one's way to solid Northern Indian fare
I imagine many diners who like Indian cuisine and can tolerate some chili heat have had this frustrating discussion with their server: "Curry: spicy, please." "Would you like that mild, medium, or hot?" "Hot, please." "Ooh, hot here is very hot." "Hot, please."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 03, 2009


Corner Pub of Chinatown

Sometimes upgrading a beloved old dive is a good thing
Some folks bemoaned the closing of Weggie's, a Leather District dive that slung drinks for years to Big Dig workers (which presumably accounts for some of the workmanship).
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 27, 2009


Trini's Mexican Grill

Splendid Mexican in a mall food court? ¡Absolutamente!
One of the joys of exploring Boston's cheap-eats universe is the occasional serendipitous encounter with an unlikely treasure.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 2009


King Do Baguette and Pastry

An awesome roll makes for an extraordinary bánh mì
One measure of how far Americans have come in their globetrotting culinary breadth is the number of ordinary folks I know who've tried a bánh mì, the great Vietnamese street-food sandwich.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 13, 2009


Flat Patties

Making a virtue of a usually guilt-ridden quickie
A fast-food cheeseburger is like a drunken assignation with a stranger met at a wedding reception: momentarily delectable but often leading to shame, nausea, and possibly even health issues.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 06, 2009


Chuck and Ann's

A sweet little snapshot of a simpler time
How many Boston restaurants can you name that have been in business for 47 years — with the same staff?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 29, 2009


Poppa B's

Sweet Southern hospitality + fine Southern technique = matchless Southern comfort
Pity the poor transplanted Southerner in frosty New England. Iced tea comes from powder. Nobody's heard of a butter bean.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 22, 2009


Liberty Bell

Cheap-eats lesson No. 1: don't judge a book by its really homely cover
If there's one thing has taught me, it's that appearances are unreliable: beautiful restaurants routinely serve underwhelming meals, while modest exteriors often hide fine budget-priced fare.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 15, 2009



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

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