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Trade secrets: Scott Haas's Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant

Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas's fly-on-the-wall account of Central Square hotspot Craigie on Main, Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant , drops February 5.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 29, 2013

Restaurant Rewind: A look back at the year in Boston dining

Boston dining in 2012 can be summed up easily as the Year of the Burger.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 18, 2012

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

On the Cheap: Doowee & Rice

Home-cooked East Asian fusion with soul
When I finally strolled into DooWee & Rice, a new East Asian eatery in Powder House Square, close to closing time after a weirdly long drive from Central, I had beef and noodles on the brain.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 23, 2012

Do you have the lamb special?

Sounds good.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 18, 2012

Review: Jacky’s Waterplace

Bursting with culinary character
The first time I visited Jacky's Waterplace, it was just before the grand opening, and who should be there to give us the grand tour but Jacky Ko himself.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2012

Review: Carmelina's

Old-style North End meets new-style cheffery
After a good run with "Italian tapas" under the name Damiano (a play on the given name of chef-owner Damien "Domenic" DiPaola), this space has been rechristened as Carmelina's — after the chef's mother and his first restaurant, opened when he was an undergraduate in Western Mass — and the menu reconfigured to feature more entrées.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 25, 2012

Review: Jim’s Dock

A succulent summertime tradition
There are some traditional celebrations, like the Fourth of July or Secretary's Day, that you comply with out of habit or generosity.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012

Review: Hourglass Brasserie

Pamper your palate
Providence Restaurant Weeks (which continue through July 21; view the list at is a sweet deal for several reasons.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 11, 2012

Review: El Rayo Cantina

Stepping up
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 13, 2012

Review: Iron Works Tavern

Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2012

Casco Bay’s restaurants, bars, + markets

Island hopping
The islands of Casco Bay may seem remote (especially in the winter), but some are as close as a 20-minute ferry ride. As summer approaches, take a break from Portland's busy foodie scene and treat yourself to the tastes of the islands — after a breezy, salty boat ride across the ocean.
By AMY ANDERSON  |  May 23, 2012

Tasting excellence at Miyake

Flavor frenzy
There is a theory about the extreme inequality found in American culture and economy that goes something like this: inequality is the price of a culture designed to identify and reward great talent.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 16, 2012

Review: Holy Donut

Holy potatoes! Yep, spuds are the not-so-secret ingredient in these doughnuts
All cuisines rely on the experience of regression for their deepest appeal.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 09, 2012

On the Cheap: Grass Fed Beef

Here's the beef
If you, like me, have ever found yourself pressing your nose winsomely against the window of the itty bitty "TT Bar" at Jamaica Plain's Ten Tables, you will appreciate the newly easy access to the restaurant's prize cheeseburger at its new adjunct spot, Grass Fed.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 09, 2012

Review: Sabzi Persian Chelow Kabab

Persian classics and outstanding kebabs
From the point of view of fine dining, a key benefit of America's foreign interventions is the stream of incoming refugees and immigrants with slow-food-cooking skills.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 11, 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: Al Huda

A very warm welcome indeed
The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 18, 2012

Exploring Frontier’s new menu

Civilizing influences
"Civilizing" the frontier was a long and complex process, with lasting effects on our culture.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 11, 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

Review: SoHo

Funky and chic in Narragansett
When you walk in to SoHo, an elaborate panorama of Manhattan skyscrapers catches your eye above the bar.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2012

Review: Sabor Latino

Finding the right mix
Some new restaurants obsess over getting the décor just right. Others focus on creating a perfect menu.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 14, 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

On the Cheap: Allston Diner

Down-south comfort food that would make Paula Deen proud
There's no denying that Allston is an ethnic-cuisine hub.
By ALI CARTER  |  March 23, 2012

On the Cheap: Suya Joint

Your new go-to fufu spot in Roslindale Square
A new Roslindale Square restaurant offers hearty stews, dumplings, and rice dishes prepared in home-style West African tradition.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  March 07, 2012

Will high-tech steal Central Square's gritty soul?

As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to find balance in Central.
A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 21, 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

Review: The Thirsty Pig + Novare Res

Lift a stein and down a sausage at the Thirsty Pig, or Novare Res
The traditional remedies for the burdens of life, at least in the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic traditions that dominate American culture, have been beer and sausage — cheap ways to blot the pain with a light buzz and a stomach full of rich food.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 15, 2012

Review: Siena

Close your eyes and it's Tuscany
I can't imagine that anyone returning from a visit to Tuscany fails to wax rhapsodic about the cuisine, perhaps as soon as the customs inspection.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 31, 2012

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