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Budget-friendly Thanksgiving options for the kitchen-averse

Out for the holidays
There are many good reasons to outsource your Thanksgiving meal to a professional.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 16, 2011


Review: My Thai Vegan Cafe

Vegan Thai cuisine even omnivores can love  
It's not easy being vegan.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 12, 2011


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


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

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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

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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

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

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

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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


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


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: 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


Review: Bon Me Truck

A new food truck delivers the Vietnamese street-food goods
Boston long owned a reputation for being hostile to food trucks: getting licensed to offer meals on wheels meant braving a daunting tangle of municipal red tape.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  May 02, 2011


Review: La Frontera

Your own mom should cook so beautifully
An old adage says, "Never eat at a place called 'Mom's,' " which of course is not a snipe at actual mothers, but the folly of marketing a restaurant as somehow capable of channeling the love, care, and multi-generational lore that the ideal of mom's cooking represents.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  April 13, 2011

Roast Beast restaurant

Review: Roast Beast

 If you're going to do one thing, you might as well kill it  
Running a restaurant that offers essentially one product is a high-wire act: it can be breathtaking, but you're working without a net, and if you falter . . . Food nerds like me root heartily for such places, having endured too many restaurants with long menus and no memorable dishes.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 31, 2011

The Wholy Grain

The Wholy Grain

Another gourmet bakery/café curries the custom of busy South Enders  
Some restaurants are haunted by ghosts; it can be hard to like a new place that took the spot of a bygone one you loved (sorry, Joe V's). The Wholy Grain, a new South End bakery/café, has ghosts of a different kind: it used to be the "social club" where the notorious local mobster Philip "Sonny" Baiona conducted business for decades.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 09, 2011


Review: Tawakal Halal Cuisine

The eclectic, beguiling cuisine of Somalia makes its Boston debut in Eastie  
So upon hearing that Boston's first Somali restaurant has opened, food nerds should seek out Tawakal Halal Cuisine, hidden above the Victory Pub in Orient Heights, where their geeky determination will be amply rewarded.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 23, 2011


Romantic Valentine's Day dining on the Cheap

Because romance needs great food, not a $15 glass of crummy sparkling wine
Want a lousy place to celebrate Valentine's Day? Try a fine-dining restaurant. These frugal alternatives will make for memorable dates nights throughout the year.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 09, 2011


Review: Darul Kabab

Outstanding Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi fare in an unlikely setting  
The latest evidence for the encouraging trend of Indian-restaurant diversity: the debut of Darul Kabab, a Cambridge spot that features halal Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Northern Indian fare, prepared by a chef from Delhi.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 26, 2011


Great Taste Diner

Living up nicely to a slightly boastful name
Were I a marketing consultant, I'd tell restaurateurs not to describe any item they serve as "best in the city" or "cooked to perfection."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 12, 2011


Hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2011

A look ahead on the cheap
Critics often struggle to keep up with new restaurants, let alone worthy, unreviewed ones that have been around a while.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 29, 2010

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