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2010: The year in cheap eats

Another good year on a tight budget
The endless recession may be crimping our dining-out habits, but 2010 continued to showcase Boston as a great place for frugal fressers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 22, 2010


Savin Scoop

Can this ice-cream parlor scoop out a place for itself?
Savin Hill brings its own nice splash of character to Dorchester, but until November, if you wanted to sit and relax with an iced coffee with cream or a coffee ice cream, you were out of luck.
By: D. BARKER  |  December 15, 2010


Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven

A trip down Sacco's memory lanes
A trip down Sacco's memory lanes
By: MICHAEL GOETZMAN  |  December 08, 2010


KO Catering and Pies

Hearty foods from the other side of the world
Hearty foods from the other side of the world
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 01, 2010



Nostalgia served up between two slices of bread
Nostalgia served up between two slices of bread
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  November 23, 2010


Lucy's Ethiopian Café

Heartwarming Habesha food and drink in a cozy neighborhood setting
While there’s no foolproof formula for judging a budget-priced restaurant by its cover, I have identified some promising markers.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 17, 2010


Life Alive

A tasty turn on the road to Wellville
I once lived in a happy hippie co-op whose residents traded duties preparing house dinners.
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  November 10, 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


The McRib is back, and it’s McWonderful

Lucky for us, the McRib has turned out to be the Cher of sandwiches
When it comes to crap food, everyone has a guilty pleasure.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  October 29, 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


Dot2Dot Café

Brunch every day? Certainly, when it's this good  
Restaurants specializing in breakfast fare tend to fall into two categories.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 13, 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


Sub City

Another worthy addition to Boston's bánh mì pantheon
I recently spoke to a local former chef who said he covets my gig as a restaurant critic. I privately wondered if this aspiring food writer would be so enamored if he knew the job can be a money-losing proposition.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 29, 2010


Tasty Burger

The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast is good all day
In the 1994 classic Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson called hamburgers "the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast."
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  September 22, 2010


Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan

Peerless Peruvian charcoal rotisserie chicken in an easily overlooked spot
Sometimes having a great restaurant next door to yours is a good thing, sometimes it’s not.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 16, 2010


Clover Food Lab

These trucks lead the trend when it comes to vegetarian fare on the go
Thanks to a recent surge in trendiness, Boston has found itself full of food trucks peddling everything from hot dogs to shashleek skewers, ice cream to organic chocolate.
By: STEVE MILLER  |  September 08, 2010


Mohr and McPherson Café

Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 01, 2010


A do-everything Brazilian bakery rises in Allston
As often happens when one makes judgments based on frivolous psychological connections (see: book, cover), one is often quite wrong.
By: DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  August 27, 2010


Las Ventas: Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End

Shockingly good Spanish sandwiches in the South End
For a couple of years now, I've been shopping at Las Ventas, the South End Spanish gourmet grocery and deli run by Luis de Haro.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 23, 2010


Saigon Restaurant

Proof that Eastie's fine budget restaurants aren't limited to the Western Hemisphere
I've long praised East Boston for its trove of terrific budget restaurants, especially the Latin-American ones.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 15, 2010



Fine tacos in a shinier-than-usual setting
For the dining-out-obsessed, it's hard to escape the nagging feeling that you're not keeping up with restaurant openings.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 11, 2010

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