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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

El Pelón Taquería

New home, same winning way with fish tacos
A 2009 fire in the Fenway destroyed an entire block of beloved independent restaurants, including the very popular El Pelón Taquería. It was the second fire in two years to hit this Baja-style joint, prompting my comment, “If there is a God, he’s an angry God, one who probably dines at Applebee’s.”
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 21, 2010


No sombreros allowed
Sometimes you don’t want just a taco or two, or the usual burrito stuffed with rice and beans as the quickest way to fill you up.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010

Restaurante Montecristo

Another budget-priced Eastie winner serving traditional Central American fare
East Boston is a treasure trove of Latin American restaurants serving delicious, filling fare.
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2010

SXSW 2010: British Invasion

WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.  
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 24, 2010

Taquería Jalisco

Kicking off the New Year right with fine traditional Mexican
Exploring a new restaurant is like baseball: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it isn't available. My Taquería Jalisco rainout was a Tuesday, its regular day off.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 06, 2010

Mesa Café and Grill

Imaginative choices, low prices
Usually there's something special about a neighborhood restaurant, which by definition is as much about community as about commerce.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2009
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Back-to-school supplies

What you won't find on your syllabus
After a summer that started with a monsoon and coasted into its final lap with a heat wave, when we talked about Wilco, celebrity deaths, and Shakespeare in the park, when we feared tasers and crime sprees, and we consumed Mexican food and ice cream, we're ready to make the transition into fall.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2009

La Fogata

A cozy Eastie spot for Colombian snacks and more
Few Boston neighborhoods are as blessed with affordable restaurants, or as unfairly overlooked, as Eastie.
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 26, 2009

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas

Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 12, 2009

Maria's Taqueria

Fast, fresh Mexican in a neighborhood that needs it
Apple's ubiquitous iPhone ads would have you believe there's a portable application for every possible problem. How about this one: finding good, inexpensive chow in culinary dead zones at odd hours of the day?
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 08, 2009
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A beam of light

El Rayo lets the ingredients shine
We live in an era in which we are grateful when people get the big things right, even if the details are off. Too often these days we find the opposite: well-titled books with little insight, an economy that "grows" but produces nothing of actual value, clever people who lack the deeper qualities of character.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 08, 2009

Corner Pub of Chinatown

Sometimes upgrading a beloved old dive is a good thing
Some folks bemoaned the closing of Weggie's, a Leather District dive that slung drinks for years to Big Dig workers (which presumably accounts for some of the workmanship).
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 27, 2009

Trini's Mexican Grill

Splendid Mexican in a mall food court? ¡Absolutamente!
One of the joys of exploring Boston's cheap-eats universe is the occasional serendipitous encounter with an unlikely treasure.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 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

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

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

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

The Savant Project

Mostly mediocre, but with flourishes of excellence
It showed such promise: great name, good early food reviews, and rumors of expansion plans.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2009

On the cheap: T-Rex Taqueria

Indie fresh Mex and Tex-Mex that suits the tenor of the times
In restaurants, as in life, timing is everything.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 10, 2008

Cantina La Mexicana

A modest taqueria expands to go a little bit uptown
I've long been a patron of the eccentrically capitalized TaQueria La Mexicana in Somerville's Union Square, relying on it for tasty, cheap tacos from actual Mexican owners.
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 19, 2008

El Tapatio

South of Providence, south of the border
Once upon a time, Rhode Islanders would have been enormously grateful to have a Mexican restaurant like El Tapatio in our midst: good burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008

Eat like a rock star

The food you'll find around the clubs
A soundtrack as rich as Boston's deserves a menu to match.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  September 15, 2008

Shabu Shabu Toki

Where to go if you’re in-the-know
Yet another way to enjoy the soup/fondue shabu-shabu: quickly cook the meats and eat them with dips and condiments.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 10, 2008

Don José Tequilas

A great Mexican outpost on the Hill
With the restaurants on Federal Hill packed bruschetta to osso buco, competing in slow-mo culinary combat, it’s good to see one old favorite survive and even thrive.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Rosticeria Cancun Dos

Two’s a charm
The first and most striking difference is that Cancun Dos has tables and a kitchen (at Cancun Uno, you had to settle for a counter and a stove).
By KENJI ALT  |  August 06, 2008

El Potro

Curtido in disguise
Like a Mexican wrestling luchador, El Potro hides its true identity under a mask.
By KENJI ALT  |  July 23, 2008

Taco Loco

Fresh reasons to break out of your rut
Like many Boston-area Mexican restaurants, Taco Loco is run by Salvadorans, here a friendly, hustling bunch serving cheap, very fresh-tasting tacos, burritos, and pupusas to local crowds.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 18, 2008

Where's the beef?

Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008

Taqueria El Carrizal

True to the Allston aesthetic of cheap, substantial, and authentic
Central and South American dishes and Mexican tacos favored by Latino patrons seem close to Allston’s authentically minded spirit.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 28, 2008

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