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Review: Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner

Delightful fare in a classic setting
It's been a long time since we've been to Jigger's, and in the meantime, it sat empty for almost a year, with new owners Steve and Karie Head cleaning and renovating this jewel of an official Worcester Dining Car.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2012

On the Cheap: Twin Donuts

A predawn classic for Allston’s hungry and hung-over
Twin Donuts is an Allston classic, where you can begin your days or end your late nights. And where better to take your new crush than a donut shop at dawn?
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  April 10, 2012

Networking breakfast leads to citywide forum

Growing connections
As interest in the local-food movement expands in Portland, lack of coordination can lead to duplicate or missed volunteering efforts and resources.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  February 29, 2012

Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Preserving a treasure
Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 22, 2012

Review: English Muffin

Breakfast worth waiting for
If the five plastic-resin benches lining the sidewalk to English Muffin's entrance don't trigger an image, then the banquettes lining the lobby just might.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 13, 2011

Review: Ed’s Roost

Breakfast worth crowing about
When local East Greenwichers fly the coop in the early morn, they often land at Ed's Roost, with all the other hungry chickens . . . er, customers. I might be forgiven the slip since the chicken — or more specifically, rooster theme — is so prevalent at Ed's.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 22, 2011
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Where to go with what's in your pocket (or couch, or car)

Cheap eats
After about two weeks of being back in school and eating every meal — day after day after day — in the cafeteria, it's going to start sucking. It's actually written in the student handbook.
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  August 31, 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
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

Review: Paragon

A many splendored brunch
Sunday morning. Time to go out for brunch!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 12, 2011

Review: The Fifth Element

A splendid brunch in Newport
The energetic strains of the Fran Curley Jazz Ensemble welcomed us to the new incarnation of the Fifth Element (formerly on Lower Thames) for a recent Sunday brunch.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 19, 2011

Great Taste Diner

Living up nicely to a slightly boastful name
Were I a marketing consultant, I'd tell restaurateurs not to describe any item they serve as "best in the city" or "cooked to perfection."
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 12, 2011

Review: Bluebird Café

From bacon and eggs to fried catfish
How easy it is to take your favorite local places for granted. The Bluebird Café is my regular weekly lunch spot and a shortlist contender for taking out-of-town guests to breakfast, but I've shamefully neglected its once-a-week dinners.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 11, 2011

Beer: It's what's for breakfast

Good morning!
Breakfast beers aren't for everyone. People will think you have a problem. But we aren't talking about a hair-of-the-dog here — we're drinking beer because it goes great with breakfast!
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Mike's

Rock music as soul food
Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in general.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 24, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2010

Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  July 03, 2010


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

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

Union Breakfast & Rotisserie Café

Filling an odd hole in Allston’s restaurant scene
Allston, as has often been noted here, is a cheap-eats wonderland, boasting scores of fine inexpensive restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 27, 2010

Kelley’s Deli

Breakfast and lunch with an Irish accent
Kelley's Deli has a new home: after 14 years in downtown Westerly, the space was getting tight (lines out the door in the summer), the customers' hike to the restrooms in the historic multi-use building was circuitous (to the say the least), and regulars had been begging for years for Sunday hours.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2009

Mixing it up

B. + Sage + Roz + Chelsy + Stefan + more
B. DOLAN and SAGE FRANCIS provided memorable highlights at this year’s Rock the Bells in Mansfield; watch the Strange Famous reps slay Jerky’s Bar (401.621.2244) with special guest SLEEP on THURSDAY (the 12th).

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

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

Jim's Deli and Restaurant

Family-friendly value in a friendly family joint
The economy is kicking fine-dining restaurants in the teeth.
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2009


The definitive family breakfast restaurant
How in the world can a restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch — the least expensive two-thirds of the business — stay in business?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008

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