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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: 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
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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
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: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

A waterfront steakhouse worth the price
The good news — especially if someone else is paying — is that everything at Del Frisco's is pretty good, the view is incredible, and the service is relaxed.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 22, 2011
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Review: Annabelle's Restaurant

American food searching for a niche
Hyde Park is the kind of neighborhood where the idea of a Dorchester businessman coming in to set up a restaurant is big stuff.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 15, 2011
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Review: The Maharaja

Postmodern roadhouse Indian by way of London
The three owners of The Maharaja have done a very good job redecorating the already handsome upstairs space in Harvard Square that was formerly Bombay Club. They are much less clear about marketing the menu, which has all kinds of the usual Indian restaurant dishes and a few new ones.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 01, 2011
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Review: Tico

Sensational small plates and tequila done right
It turns out that the tequila-bar thing can be done right.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 31, 2011
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Review: The Abbey

Washington Square's new neighborhood jewel
We could spend a lot of time trying to decide what, exactly, the Abbey is, while plenty of people are crowding in simply to enjoy themselves.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 11, 2011
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Sugar Baking Co. & Restaurant

Delicious breakfast; just don't weigh yourself afterward.
The old A. Borschetto bakery sign remains inside Sugar Bakery and Restaurant in Roslindale, a joint venture by the owners of the Real Deal Deli and the Rox Diner, serving sit-down breakfast and lunch.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  March 07, 2011



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On the cheap at Deli-icious in Davis Square

Deli-icious

TCB meets TLC
In addition to generously sauced, slightly greasy sandwiches, Davis Square sandwich joint Deli-icious doles out an ample supply of New England–themed warm fuzzies.
By MICAH HAUSER  |  February 16, 2011
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Mandy and Joe's Restaurant

Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 02, 2010
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Review: Coppa

A complicated conception with a delicious finish
One of the strange features of the Great Recession is the incredible complexity of down-market maneuvers.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 28, 2010
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Griyo Lakay

Abundant, heart-warming Haitian fare awaits intrepid diners
My first visit to Griyo Lakay, a tiny Haitian restaurant near Franklin Park, reminded me of playing an adventure game: “You enter a storefront furnished with four booths. There are no signs, menus, customers, or staff in sight. At the back is a counter on which rests a hand bell.”
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 2010
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Lee’s Store and Bakery

Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010
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Woodward at Ames

Ben Franklin meets a supermodel? Go with it — it works.
The Woodward is the slightly quieter upstairs of the Woodward Tavern, a high-concept downtown café-bar based on the idea “Ben Franklin meets a supermodel.”
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010
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Cafe Mamtaz

Bracing subcontinental flavors burst into Southie
You have to admire pioneers in the restaurant business like Pho Republique, which took a big risk in 1999 by opening in a half-gentrified corner of the South End.
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 14, 2010
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South End Buttery

From Viennoiserie to veal: a local bakery grows up
South End Buttery started with cupcakes and coffee, but opened up a dining room below street level two summers ago, and has since gradually taken on more serious cheffery.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010
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American Craft

Brewed to perfection
If American Craft was a brand-new restaurant, I still would be an enthusiast. But it’s even better as is, because it’s the end result of a story of hard knocks.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 07, 2010
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Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Time to face the music
Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 17, 2010
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Arbri Cafe

Albanian food returns to former Italian territory
I loved the Café Apollonia when it opened in this space in 2004 as what was then Boston's sole denominated Albanian restaurant.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 10, 2010
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Cutty's

A new sandwich shop delivers a too-rare triumph of quality over quantity
A local daily recently reviewed several national fast-food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, even praising sub shop Quizno's.
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 10, 2010
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The Daily Grill

A newcomer earns its keep
You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 03, 2010
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Sonny Noto's Restaurant

A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 24, 2010
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Conga's

Faking it, just not quite making it
The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaurant in this space didn't catch on.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 24, 2010
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The Spot Café

To spot the great diner, check out the bread
Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 03, 2010
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Skara Grill

Satisfying a Grecian yearning
Having longed for an all-out Greek dining room in metro Boston since, well, almost since the Phoenix was reviewing plays by Euripides and protesting the Peloponnesian War, I finally hit Dionysos in Cambridge about a year before it closed in 2007.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 03, 2010

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