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What will 2013 mean for the food scene?

The Food Forecast:
"I think that grains other than corn and wheat are going to be common."
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 21, 2012

The new Salvadoran spot on Congress is a must-taste

Flores blooms in fall
No restaurant in Portland captures the look of a good hole-in-the-wall better than Flores, a new Salvadoran spot next to Bodega Latina — right where Congress Street starts to curve and head downhill, so to speak.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 31, 2012

How do Boston’s on-campus dining options measure up?

College students have a reputation for a lot of things, but a sophisticated, discriminating palate is certainly not one of them.
By STEVE HOLT  |  September 05, 2012

Photos: 2012 Fisherman's Feast

Cannolis, clams, and a flying virgin
This year's Fisherman's Feast took over the North End on August 16-19, 2012.
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  August 23, 2012

On the Cheap: Swish Shabu

Build your own meal, featuring the art of the hot pot
Swish Shabu is tucked away on a serene stretch of Peterborough Street in the Fenway area.
By KENDALL SALTER  |  August 22, 2012

On the Cheap: La Tour Eiffel

French food in Chinatown and Parisian sightseeing on Comm Ave
If you exit the Chinatown MBTA station by way of Washington Street, you're likely to find European flavors long before the Asian fare.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 15, 2012

Review: First Printer

Southern success via strong statements
First Printer is located on the site of the former home of Stephen Daye — reportedly the first printer in British North America — and commemorates the craft with a wall of old type cases and some framed historic newspapers.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 23, 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

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

On the Cheap: Crumbs Bake Shop

Giving in to cupcake culture
I have nothing against cake — or its pocket-size counterpart, the cupcake — but I've always been more of a pie girl.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  April 04, 2012

Review: Area Four

All-day delights near Kendall Square
Area Four's Web site describes it as "Coffee, Bakery, Bar, Oven."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 14, 2012

Review: Pho Hoa

Another worthy take on Vietnamese beef and noodle soup
Dorchester's Pho Hoa offers quite a lot on the menu besides the eponymous soup, and no one should miss the roasted quail appetizer
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 12, 2012

On the Cheap: Emilio's Homemade Italian Subs and Dinners

Portable, palatable pleasure in Watertown  
A few weeks ago, my father surveyed our dinner table and mused, "I'm glad we have an Italian Christmas."
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  January 04, 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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2011: The year in cheap eats

Twelve months of terrific budget-priced dining
We uncovered amazing value-priced restaurants in every corner of Greater Boston this year.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 21, 2011

Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

The year in restaurants
This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 21, 2011

Review: The Brahmin

Gourmet bits in Back Bay, never mind the history
The Brahmin is a useful restaurant with a bad name.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 16, 2011

On the Cheap: Veggie Galaxy

A down-home diner serving vegetarian food for the masses  
In Harvard Square, sub-Passim, reside the health-nut pizzacrats at Veggie Planet. But take a kick down Mass Ave into Central and you'll find a chromed throwback joint sporting a similar moniker: Veggie Galaxy.
By STEVE MILLER  |  November 09, 2011

Review: Strip T's

A perfect family restaurant with a playful menu
Under any other circumstances, I would actually not speak this restaurant's cheeky name out loud.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  November 07, 2011

Review: Temazcal Tequila Cantina

Terrific Mexican with a waterfront view
I admit, I'm a food nerd, and there are things that I miss because they aren't on the plate.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 07, 2011

Review: Otto Pizza

Painting the palate in Harvard Square
Inside the cramped quarters of Otto, you'll find a jovial crew who seem to be enjoying the hell out of making pizza. The flaky-crusted pies rest on raised, outward-facing shelves behind the counter, displayed like portraits.
By STEVE MILLER  |  August 24, 2011
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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
chinese food red lantern

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: 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
dining Floating Rock

Review: Floating Rock

Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 27, 2011
comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 27, 2011
Tamarind House -- thai food

Review: Tamarind House

A gentle step down from our fiercest traditional Thai restaurants
Tamarind House perhaps shows too restrained a hand with its cuisine's boldest flavors, but it's a useful step up from the bowdlerized meekness of the suburban Thai run-of-the-mill.
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 20, 2011
Smell season to taste

An aspiring chef searches for her lost sense of smell

Scentless Apprentice
Six years ago, while jogging in Brookline, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum was struck by an oncoming Ford. The impact broke her pelvis and shattered her skull. But worst of all, it mangled her olfactory nerves, destroying Birnbaum's sense of smell and her ability to taste all but the most overpowering of flavors.
By BY EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 20, 2011
Trina's Starlite Lounge Waffle Chicken

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

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