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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.
| 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.
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."
| 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.
| 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.
| October 23, 2012
Do you have the lamb special?
| 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.
| August 28, 2012
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.
| 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.
| July 25, 2012
Review: Hourglass Brasserie
Pamper your palate
Providence Restaurant Weeks (which continue through July 21; view the list at goprovidence.com/RW) is a sweet deal for several reasons.
| July 11, 2012
Review: El Rayo Cantina
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
| June 13, 2012
Review: Iron Works Tavern
Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
| May 29, 2012
Casco Bay’s restaurants, bars, + markets
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.
| May 23, 2012
Tasting excellence at Miyake
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| April 18, 2012
Exploring Frontier’s new menu
"Civilizing" the frontier was a long and complex process, with lasting effects on our culture.
| 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?
| April 10, 2012
Funky and chic in Narragansett
When you walk in to SoHo, an elaborate panorama of Manhattan skyscrapers catches your eye above the bar.
| 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.
| March 14, 2012
Review: Area Four
All-day delights near Kendall Square
Area Four's Web site describes it as "Coffee, Bakery, Bar, Oven."
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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
| 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.
| February 15, 2012
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.
| January 31, 2012
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