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Lee's Place Burgers

A great hamburger stands out against millions of awful ones
Americans eat more than a billion hamburgers each year, most of them at fast-food restaurants. That's a lot of bad, sad burgers.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 20, 2010

‘Junk Food’ Improvement

Don’t give up the sweets
Portland native and healthful-cookie entrepreneur Laura Trice has based her career on building a better sweet tooth.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 12, 2010


A new sandwich shop delivers a too-rare triumph of quality over quantity
A local daily recently reviewed several national fast-food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, even praising sub shop Quizno's.
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 10, 2010


Polish street food that's much better than it sounds
Certain convenience foods carry negative associations from my youth. I can't look at most toaster-oven snacks since my college days, when my buddy Joe subsisted on "pizzas" crafted from English muffins, Prego, and Velveeta.
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 10, 2010

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas

Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 12, 2009

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

Good small plates and wine — license to kill not necessary
Boy, do these people ever wish they had gone for the James Bond theme instead of the US Savings Bond décor?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 05, 2009

Under $15: Auntie B's

Old-time diner atmosphere, extraordinary food
Diners have been a cheap-eats staple for a hundred years, the precursor to modern fast-food restaurants.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 14, 2009

Junk-food judges

The Best of the Bad
The Internet can help you answer any question these days.
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 31, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Steve Macone

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Eeyore talks like the kind of guy who’s already had a lot of beers with people.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 17, 2008

Rhode Island has a prominent place in diner history

Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS
Rhode Island figures heavily in The History of New England Diners , a production of Rhode Island PBS.
By TIM LEHNERT  |  May 21, 2008

The Big Hurt: This week in free stuff

A sharp decline in the value of music?
In yet another blow to the traditional record industry, the Charlatans UK have released their new album, You Cross My Path , as a free download.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 21, 2008


Live from New York City | Eagle Vision
There was a time, not so long ago, when rapping about raping your mother and strangling people with candy bars was au courant .
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 03, 2007

Carb unloading

Thanksgiving treats in clubland
After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007

Pops’s Tempura Snickers Bar

Really, really satisfies
You’ve got what is possibly the most indulgently sweet and gooey dessert ever conceived.
By KENJI ALT  |  September 19, 2007

Flushed away

Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
Lines Upon Hearing of the Systematic Theft by Persons Unknown of Certain Toilet Parts From Fast-Food Restaurants in the Town of Methuen
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 20, 2007

Hit us with your best shot

Sometimes we don't need a full-size cocktail
Shots are like candy bars: you’re worked up and craving one by the end of a stressful day, but once you’ve downed 12 in a row, you begin to feel a bit queasy.
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  February 01, 2007


Meat done well
From a distance, it’s hard to tell if Uburger — the new hamburger joint in Kenmore Square — is even open yet.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2007

Holiday 'tails

Not a creature is stirring... except your local bartender
The holidays are all about indulging — and just as we temporarily trade in our carrot sticks and cottage cheese for sugary treats, we swap our tried-and-true vodka tonics for more sumptuous seasonal beverages.
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  December 08, 2006

Quotes + numbers, February 17, 2006

Just the facts on Wal-Mart, the Olympics, Barack at the Grammys, and more
Twelve: Number of US Olympians vying for spots in the sixth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice .
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006

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