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In East Providence, raffling meat and lobster

It is Saturday night at the Lincoln Bar & Grille in East Providence and Big Bill is in firm command of the room. He's the kind of guy known in these parts as "funny as a bastard." Flirts with the women. Zings the men.
By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  November 21, 2012
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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 17, 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: Red Lantern

Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 10, 2011
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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: Posto

Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo), has made things even trickier.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 04, 2011

Meet your meat

Does your butcher make house calls?
Opening the door to a large walk-in cooler and seeing a massive cow carcass hanging from a metal hook is a slightly jolting reminder that meat doesn't just appear in neat little packages in the grocery store.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  March 02, 2011

Lamb Jam Thank You Ma'am

Our reporter eats meat. A lot of meat.
On February 20, eight women gathered in an anodyne conference room in the Charles Hotel to eat and pass judgment on 17 courses of lamb. I was one of them.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 07, 2011

Azerbaijani meat with chestnuts and sour plums

A Valentine's Day invitation
If the Committee of Basic World Knowledge had given me a surprise test, a world map with directions to fill in all the country names, I would have missed Azerbaijan.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 09, 2011

How to annoy vegans

There are many ways to annoy vegans. This is #1082.
By KARL STEVENS  |  January 06, 2011

Interview: Harold McGee

Dr. Food
Before Alton Brown had even opened a culinary-school brochure, Harold McGee had written On Food and Cooking .
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 05, 2010

Mix Flavor Brazilian Grill

Mastering the hearty, diverse, and frugal pleasures of churrasco
The churrascaria is a great friend to the tight-fisted carnivore.
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 05, 2010

Review: El Parque

A Mexican oasis in Portsmouth’s Island Park
Recent talk of favorite eateries turned to places with "a good vibe." That certainly holds true for El Parque, a relative newcomer to Portsmouth’s Island Park neighborhood.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 22, 2010

Review: Kelly's Roast Beef

A new Allston outlet captures the flavors, if not the charm, of the original
In a city with hundreds of unreviewed independent restaurants, I generally avoid chains. But the new Kelly's in the former home of Marty's Liquors in Allston felt different.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 26, 2010

Playing Thai-alai

Fast-moving small plates engage at Boda
The writer Stephen Metcalf recently suggested that the cult of cultural authenticity has reached a tipping point analogous to our desperate search for oil.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 16, 2010

Review: Nico

An average North End destination with a sweet ending
The North End can be touristy, it can be posh, it can be authentically Italian, it can be nostalgically Italian-American, it can be snooty white-sauce Italian, and sometimes it can be charmingly (or not so charmingly) vulgar.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2010

Review: Wu's

Turning up the heat in Westerly
When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2010

Review: Café Latino

Heaping plates of fine Puerto Rican fare in an easy-to-miss spot
It pays to keep a sharp eye out for good cheap food; I often fail to notice worthy places right under my nose.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 09, 2010

Review: Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill

Another victory, what a surprise
The baseball record books show that Gerald Peter Remy, in 10 major-league seasons, hit a total of seven home runs. On my first visit to his Boylston Street bar and grill, I was ready to declare the restaurant home run number eight.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 02, 2010

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

Review: Anna D Café

A creative spin on classic comfort food
A roadside diner on a busy thoroughfare like Route 138 on Aquidneck Island has a captive audience of New York-to-Cape Cod travelers and summer visitors to nearby vineyards.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

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

Classic Italian

JP’s Bistro offers a trip back to the Gilded Age
America has reached the point where strip-mall dining can make us nostalgic.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 12, 2010

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

Review: Eyes Wide Open

Melancholy spirituality
Though Hair Tabakman’s intense melodrama seethes with eroticism, for most of the film the only flesh on view is the raw meat in Aaron’s (Zohar Shtrauss, who with his beard looks like Dostoevsky) butcher shop in a stark Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 05, 2010


Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 05, 2010

Ardeo at Waterplace

A sturdy culinary link
There are two kinds of chain restaurants. Some are stamped out with cookie cutters and rely on customers being attracted to something familiar. And others go for quality as the common denominator, standardizing what has been fine-tuned but allowing for creative differences.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 28, 2010

Gourmet kitchen

Nosh satisfies with answers to many questions
The gourmet recreation of classic deli cuisine, recently identified as a movement in the national media, has made an ambiguous appearance here in Portland in the form of Nosh Kitchen Bar.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 21, 2010

Café Nuovo

A celebratory eating adventure
Café Nuovo is one of those places you go to celebrate.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

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