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Review: El Embajador

Mining the culinary treasures of our Dominican community
Boston has a strength shared by few American cities our size: many small, independent restaurants helmed by immigrant chef/owners cooking traditional cuisines for other ex-pats.
By: MC Slim JB  |  September 28, 2011


Review: The Field Pub

'Tis the season for warming up with pub grub
When icy wind smacks your face no matter which direction you walk, does anything beat a warm room, Guinness on tap, and good old-fashioned pub grub?
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  September 21, 2011


14 new Boston restaurant and bars opening this fall

Recession? What recession?
A staggering economy hasn't slowed the pace of new Boston restaurant and bar openings.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 19, 2011


Review: The Ginger Exchange

Standout Asian fusion overcomes an identity crisis
Out in Inman Square, there's a sleek Asian fusion eatery where Montien used to be.
By: STEVE MILLER  |  September 07, 2011


Review: Thinking Cup Coffee Bar

Toning down technology and one-upping fair trade
This past December, Thinking Cup Coffee Bar opened downtown, serving up strong brew in an atmosphere that fosters low-tech creativity.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 31, 2011


Review: Otto Pizza

Painting the palate in Harvard Square
Inside the cramped quarters of Otto, you'll find a jovial crew who seem to be enjoying the hell out of making pizza. The flaky-crusted pies rest on raised, outward-facing shelves behind the counter, displayed like portraits.
By: STEVE MILLER  |  August 24, 2011

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Review: Robinwood Café & Grille

Executing solidly in the classic New England Greek-American diner tradition
The diner — that hallowed bastion of old-time Americana, the predecessor to modern fast-food joints — is simply not one of our long suits. In this relatively weak field, Robinwood Café & Grille, a Jamaica Plain diner, executes solidly on the standbys.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 17, 2011

chinese bistro, seven stars

Review: Seven Star Street Bistro

Taking tasty Chinese cuisine to the street
The trick to loving Seven Star Street Bistro is to forget how enticingly they've managed to remodel such a tiny sliver of space, and to take their name literally.
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  August 10, 2011

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Review: Jasmine Taste of Persia

A winning introduction to an underrated cuisine
Boston is fortunate to boast a number of worthy budget-priced Persian restaurants, among which Jasmine Taste of Persia, located in a stretch of Watertown thick with indie restaurants and Armenian bakeries/grocers, has to rate highly.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 04, 2011

comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 27, 2011

Tamarind House -- thai food

Review: Tamarind House

A gentle step down from our fiercest traditional Thai restaurants
Tamarind House perhaps shows too restrained a hand with its cuisine's boldest flavors, but it's a useful step up from the bowdlerized meekness of the suburban Thai run-of-the-mill.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 20, 2011

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Review: Bom Café

An oasis of Brazilian delights, from breakfast to dessert
Bom Café is a neighborhood gem: unique, heartspun food served warmly by its makers in an inviting setting.
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 13, 2011

Lorenz Island Kuisine curry goat

Review: Lorenz Island Kuisine

Fresh, traditional Jamaican fare in a friendly neighborhood spot
When I find a family-run place that seems to serve as an anchor for neighborhood life — serving three meals a day, doing a brisk takeout business, offering live music, DJs, and poetry readings a few nights a month — I think, "Damn, wish my neighborhood had a place like this."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  July 06, 2011

Southwestern lunch food at Bella Drew's

Review: Bella Drew's

Mix-and-match Southwestern for the Financial District crowd  
Bella Drew's, a new luncheonette, serves what it calls Southwestern-style cuisine, a regionalism expressed mostly by liberal applications of avocado.
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  June 29, 2011

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Review: Victor's Italian Restaurant

The kind of tiny Italian-American joint only the cognoscenti seem to know  
The kind of tiny Italian-American joint only the cognoscenti seem to know  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 22, 2011

Jaho Coffee and Tea brings Slow-Life to South End

Review: Jaho Coffee & Tea

A slow-life beverage chem lab opens in the South End
Jaho is dedicated to slow living and slow brewing, but the haughty morning attitude of Boston commuters rushing for a cup may challenge this shop's efforts to make caffeine consumption relaxing.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 15, 2011


Review: Thailand Café

Terrific traditional Sichuan cuisine hiding behind bad Thai
I don't read Chinese, but I do read Chowhound, where I learned that Thailand Café — a long-running Central Square purveyor of mediocre Thai cuisine — changed hands a couple of years ago. The English-language name didn't change, but the sign now also says "Authentic Sichuan cuisine" in Chinese.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  June 09, 2011

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Review: Alive & Kicking Lobsters

When is a lobster roll not a roll? When it's Alive & Kicking.
When you're on the hunt for good grub on a bargain, a $13.95 sandwich might take a little justifying. But look, we're talking lobster here.
By: CHRISTOPHER PINEO  |  June 06, 2011


Review: Camie's Bakery

A friendly neighborhood Haitian joint you don't want to overlook
If you're keeping an eye out for quality cheap eats, the car and the MBTA are not always your friends. While drivers focus on the road and buses retrace the same main-drag routes, it's only pedestrians who get off the beaten path to notice the kind of joints that quietly thrive on neighborhood trade.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 25, 2011


Review: La Befana

Authentic pizza that respects its roots
One of the nice things about hating blasphemous BBQ-chicken nonsense pizza is that when you really want to throw down in the name of authenticity, you can look to the European Union, which granted protected status to traditional Neapolitan pizza in 2009.  
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 18, 2011


Review: Staff Meal

A new high-water mark for Boston street food
A few years ago, Boston's street-food universe was tightly limited in scope, ambition, and geography. There was little to see beyond a few trucks and carts peddling so-so hot dogs, burritos, and American-Chinese fare, mostly in Downtown Crossing and around the MIT campus.  
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 11, 2011

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