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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


Review: Vapiano

A dining hall with food not worth fighting for
In a year of bad restaurant ideas done surprisingly well, Vapiano is a mediocre idea done disastrously.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 25, 2012


Review: Thelonious Monkfish

Sure-handed sushi, all jazzed up
The name bit flipped all the cats and kitties and the squares and the cubes, but it ends up jive; don't jibe with the vibe.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 16, 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: 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


Review: The Cottage

Cal-Mex meets New England in Chestnut Hill
So what makes a one-star restaurant?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 28, 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


Review: Trade

Ride the energy and go with what works
What works at Trade is the hard part: transforming a difficult industrial space on a street without foot traffic or parking into a lively dining room that lightly alludes to the mercantile past of Boston's Waterfront area, and invites the chatter of the marketplace.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 22, 2012
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