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Somali equality

Barava's appetizer basket is a glorious find
In trading up for the romantic notoriety of piracy from the ignored tragedy of famine and civil war, Somalis have pulled off the PR coup of the millennium.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 22, 2009

Panza Ristorante

A good North End restaurant without a line? Enjoy it while it lasts.
Panza, which replaced Cibo in a small space just off the busiest blocks of Hanover Street, strikes a nice balance between red-sauce expectations, a bit of cheffery, and prices you can live with.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 22, 2009

Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant

A Chinatown eatery that lives up to its name
After a series of unimpressive Chinese restaurants (and one Korean place) had vacated the premises, this odd double-storefront reopened with a silly name — and actually delivers on it. All the food we had did taste great!
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 15, 2009

Review: Tokyo!

Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 08, 2009

In search of authenticity

Real German, Real German potato salad
Friederike Munz, a 27-year-old German woman, was going to teach me how to make German potato salad the way she'd learned from her grandmother on a farm in Freiburg, Germany.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 08, 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

Slice of Heaven

All this and bagels, too
Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  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


Odd hours make this a rare North End treat
Remember the spirit and savor of the old-time North End red-sauce restaurants? Amici still does.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 25, 2009

Review: Shula's 347 Grill

A culinary field goal
NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula is understandably proud of his 347 career wins. He's so proud that he wants to share that fact with diners at his nationwide chain of seven steakhouses.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 18, 2009

Thaitation Thai Cuisine

Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009

Señor Flaco's

Tacos and more, with a smile
It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2009

Food fight at MIT

A battle to determine the superior of the Jewish treats
Latke or Hamantashen?
By IAN SANDS  |  March 11, 2009

Ristorante Damiano

Small plates pack a big punch
We Americans think of Italian food as the bountiful, overloaded tables, but when we travel to Italy, we find small plates and fashionably skinny Italians splitting dishes in four courses.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 11, 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

Cooking with two Russians

A day of authenticity, gross assumption, and great soup
Yulia Converse welcomed me into her kitchen in Maine to learn from her mother, Alla Zagoruyko, how to make authentic Russian borsht.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 11, 2009

Review: Citron

A satisfying meal trumped by style
John Elkhay has so many restaurants around the city that we just hadn't gotten around to Citron before last weekend.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009


Fine form and function at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Luxury dining has long been associated with hotels, but hotel restaurants must walk the line.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 04, 2009

Ghazal Fine Indian Cuisine

A new neighbor tones down the décor and excels in spots
Ghazal provides a variety of dishes that Bukhara (the other Indian restaurant in the area) does not, plus warm service, competitive pricing, and mixed drinks.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2009

Review: Señor Flaco’s

Tacos and more, with a smile
It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow, Señor Flaco's offers up a good dose of levity.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009

Review: Happy Teriyaki

Japanese and Chinese cuisines take second place at Happy Teriyaki
There is little that is hard about Happy Teriyaki, which is Korean-owned despite the Japanese name and the Japanese-style cute bear logo in the window.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 25, 2009

Review: Mr. Peabody's

Proud home of 'white trash/gourmet fusion'
It's the kind of neighborhood spot where locals gather for an annual get-together with their state senator, there's a rotating library of book donations on the window sills, and the coffee and tea have their own self-serve corner.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 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

Review: Walter's

 Chef Walter Potenza: A one-man food industry
It's easy to imagine Chef Walter Potenza as a boy in Abruzzo, playing with kitchen utensils and recipes like other boys play with toy trucks and chemistry sets.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2009

Mu Lan Taiwanese Restaurant; Boston primo for pizza

Fine, fast food in the Asian subcategory
Mu Lan opened three years ago and changed chefs and menus this past summer, but has maintained a good reputation in the increasingly competitive Taiwan subcategory of Asian food.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 12, 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

Review: Craigie on Main

Local, fresh, and fantastic
While culinary fads have come and gone, Chef Tony Maws has stuck by his sound principles.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 28, 2009

A good kind of corny

Loco Pollo gets tamales right
To have been stuck with corn was the great curse of this continent.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 28, 2009

Bina Osteria

Opulence: enjoy it while you can
Bina Osteria may be the last luxury restaurant to open in Boston for a long time — or at least the last that isn't situated in a boutique hotel.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 21, 2009

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