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Review: BonChon

The real KFC (Korean fried chicken)
What am I doing in this basement in Harvard Square, reviewing the second location of a multi-national franchise chain?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 10, 2012

Review: Tonic

JP’s brilliant but erratic new bistro
Bad restaurant idea number 16: let's do a neighborhood bar-bistro where there already is one.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 06, 2012

On the Cheap: Mixtura Latin Fusion Cuisine

A casual but serious take on regional Latin favorites
Mixtura has the look and feel of a quick meal at your favorite aunt's house.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 22, 2012

Review: Happy’s Bar and Kitchen

The retro diner gets a little lost
In a year of bad restaurant ideas, one of the better bets is to have a successful fancy-food chef try a downscale restaurant.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2012

Review: Thelonious Monkfish

Sure-handed sushi, all jazzed up
The name bit flipped all the cats and kitties and the squares and the cubes, but it ends up jive; don't jibe with the vibe.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 16, 2012

Review: Vito’s Tavern

A sports bar grows in the North End
This column often deals with good ideas gone wrong. Vito's Tavern, in yet another proof of subatomic symmetry, is a cascade of bad ideas gone largely right.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 10, 2012

Review: The Cottage

Cal-Mex meets New England in Chestnut Hill
So what makes a one-star restaurant?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 28, 2012

Review: Trade

Ride the energy and go with what works
What works at Trade is the hard part: transforming a difficult industrial space on a street without foot traffic or parking into a lively dining room that lightly alludes to the mercantile past of Boston's Waterfront area, and invites the chatter of the marketplace.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 22, 2012

On The Cheap: Lone Star Taco

Another outstanding ode to Texas from the Deep Ellum crew
While the food at Allston's Deep Ellum occasionally plays second fiddle to its stand-out list of libations, the plates and tequila concoctions found next door at Lone Star Taco, the latest Texan ode from Aaron Sanders and Max Toste, are perfectly in step.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 22, 2012

Review: Q Restaurant

 A New Kind of Hot
You be careful what you ask for, and I'll be careful what I write.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 15, 2012

Review: Blue Nile Restaurant

Tasty new flavors from Ethiopia
Either this is the best Ethiopian food in Boston, or the whole scene has advanced greatly since the last time I got to review in this genre.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 09, 2012
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Review: B Street Restaurant & Bar

Nothing too clever, but it's all pretty good
B Street was formerly Pie Bakery, but the same owner has kept only one sweet pie and no savories.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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

C. Tsar's

The former Ariadne goes back to basics
It can be very good when a fine chef moves downmarket, adding focus and financial discipline to pure talent.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 10, 2010


A fusion bistro finds its crowd
Umami is a confusing name for a bistro with touches of Asian fusion, especially in Brookline, where there seems to be a sushi bar for every 15.3 residents.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 03, 2010

Bleacher Bar

A touristy sports bar with occasional pop in its bat
A touristy sports bar with occasional pop in its bat
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 03, 2010

J'Way Café

A taste of Southern home-cooking in a bookstore basement — savor it before it's gone
Not long after I dug into a plate of J'Way Café's heartfelt soul food, I felt guilty for grumping the night before, when I showed up for dinner according to posted hours, but found them closed.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  October 20, 2010

Anthem Kitchen + Bar

Half bistro, half sports bar, all quality
The original Anthem (RIP, 2007) was half bistro, half sports bar, all competent in a way that made it the best oversize restaurant ever between the Department of Mental Health and the variously named Boston Garden.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 20, 2010

Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

A winning return back to the old corner
Never mind the juicy back story here — just order the "country fried chicken wings."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 13, 2010

Al Wadi

An oasis of outstanding Middle Eastern cuisine
A wadi is a dry creek — until it rains, and then it becomes an oasis.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 06, 2010


Pan-Asian sandwich spot delivers well-being via the stomach
A trip to the spa used to mean you were getting a sandwich.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  October 06, 2010

Restaurant Review: Market

Chef Outhier's spiritual son misses the point
As the auteur of multiple restaurants on three continents, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has avoided many of the traps for unwary superstar chefs, such as overpriced pizza, videos of himself at the front of the restaurant, or a signature line of frozen entrées.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 29, 2010

Restaurant Review: East by Northeast

Modern, minimalist Chinese cuisine
There are a lot of ways to look at Chef Phillip Tang’s mod variations on the Taiwanese-American food of his youth — Chinese tapas, small plates, locovore noodles and dumplings, tea-house nouvelle, dim sum gone upscale and gone wild.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 16, 2010

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


Earning its ethnic loyalty
I rely a lot on my lumberjacks, as Dylan called them — specialists who can fill in my culinary ignorance.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2010

Tallulah on Thames

World-class dining in Newport
The buzz about any new restaurant often takes a few months to circulate. For Tallulah on Thames, it took just a few days.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2010

Food Fight

Letters to the Boston editor, March 19, 2010
I don't think food critic Robert Nadeau knows very much about fine dining and what it means to cook good seafood.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 17, 2010

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

Edgewood Café

For neighborly gourmands
The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010

Lord Hobo

This convivial corner of Hell is actually beer Heaven
What act could follow the B-Side Lounge, beloved home of craft-cocktail scholars? Well, how about a bar-restaurant for beer geeks?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 17, 2010

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