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Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

Food Coma
In food-nerd circles, the question of authenticity is a loaded one.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 12, 2013


Oyster Stew at Steel & Rye

Food Coma
Pity the poor would-be restaurateur in the city of Boston.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  March 01, 2013


Provençal fish stew at Sycamore

For food geeks accustomed to dining in urban Boston, it's easy to be a little dismissive of suburban restaurants.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 13, 2013


Lamb belly at Puritan & Company

Food Coma
By about the end of 2011, restaurant-industry PR people had already worn out the phrase "farm to table."
By: MC SLIM JB  |  February 01, 2013


Porchetta arrosto at Cinquecento

Food Coma
As a South Ender, I find it easy to admire the smooth professionalism and crowd-pleasing instincts of the Aquitaine Group, which operates six of its eight restaurants in the neighborhood, including Metropolis, Union, Aquitaine, and Gaslight.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  January 18, 2013


Grilled Lamb Skewer at Daddy Jones

Food Coma
If there's a word that annoys me in restaurant reviews, it's "authentic," as the writer is usually assuming some authority on the cuisine that is probably unmerited.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  December 11, 2012


Pat Woodbury’s roasted clams at BoMA Restaurant + Bar

Food Coma
Boston's South End is in the midst of a renaissance as a dining destination: recent hits like Kitchen, Yakitori Zai, and Vejigantes are soon to be joined by newcomers Cinquecento, Boston Chops, Five Horses Tavern, and Estelle's.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 26, 2012


Buta Ramen at Yume Wo Katare

Food Coma
At Yume Wo Katare, a new thimble-sized Japanese joint, you can expect 90-minute waits for one of its 15 or so seats. Is it worth it?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  November 16, 2012


Slow-Roasted Brisket at Park Restaurant & Bar

Food Coma
Park Restaurant & Bar manages to overcome the drawbacks of its underground space via clever decorating.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 30, 2012


Shrimp Capellini Egg Nest at Shōjō

Food Coma
Many Bostonians have specific ideas about Chinatown dining.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 16, 2012


Roast Duck Breast at Farmstead Table

Food Coma
How does a suburban restaurant compete with urban hotspots like Boston's Seaport, with its slew of chain outlets with big marketing budgets, easy interstate access, and abundant cheap parking?
By: MC SLIM JB  |  October 05, 2012


Mofongo Tradicional De Platano At Vejigantes

The South End is one of Boston's great dining destinations, but its luster has been dimmed in recent years by a series of closings highlighted by splashy failures like Ginger Park and Rocca.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 18, 2012


Bootstrap compost goes to business bootcamp

Trash: Interrupted
I'm standing in an alleyway behind American Provisions, a specialty grocery shop in Southie with a cheese display that's borderline pornographic, watching Andy Brooks shove his hands into a barrel of future compost.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 12, 2012


Five great gazpachos

Eat these now, before the tomato takes a winter break
Yes, we know it's tragic, but summer is on its way out.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 29, 2012


Review: BonChon

The real KFC (Korean fried chicken)
What am I doing in this basement in Harvard Square, reviewing the second location of a multi-national franchise chain?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 10, 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: Tonic

JP’s brilliant but erratic new bistro
Bad restaurant idea number 16: let's do a neighborhood bar-bistro where there already is one.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 06, 2012


Review: Happy’s Bar and Kitchen

The retro diner gets a little lost
In a year of bad restaurant ideas, one of the better bets is to have a successful fancy-food chef try a downscale restaurant.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2012


Review: Gennaro's 5 North Square

A daughter of Italy conquers the North End
In year of bad restaurant ideas (often done well), this the worst idea — and best meal — yet.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 18, 2012


Review: Moksa

Asian-fusion takes on tapas
Moksa, or moksha, is the concept in Buddhism and Hinduism of enlightenment by way of release from the mental bonds of reality.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 30, 2012
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