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Espèria Grill & Rotisserie

Come for the gyros, stay for the pizza, lamb shanks, subs, etc . . .
The Center House of Pizza was a regular neighborhood pizza place for more than 20 years, and then, two years ago, suddenly changed its name to Espèria and put up a sign for rotisserie.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 17, 2009

Recession lesson

Drinkin 'n' thinkin'
Cigarette tax hikes in Rhode Island have smokers kicking the habit.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 20, 2009

A cure for all ills

Gin cocktails are great for starting spring
Gin has a massive public-relations problem, one that is centuries old and showing no signs of waning.
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 01, 2009

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

Eastie gets a fine, trendy bistro of its own
An East Boston bistro? Kind of doesn't have a ring to it — especially since we're not talking about Orient Heights or Jeffries Point.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 01, 2009

Review: Citron

A satisfying meal trumped by style
John Elkhay has so many restaurants around the city that we just hadn't gotten around to Citron before last weekend.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009

Review: Craigie on Main

Local, fresh, and fantastic
While culinary fads have come and gone, Chef Tony Maws has stuck by his sound principles.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 28, 2009

Inauguration Day Round-up

Most people round these parts will be celebrating President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20. But, even those rare local GOPs who are mourning the loss of a Republican administration will be looking for a good time.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 19, 2009

Entertainment on the cheap

Where to go without breaking the bank
You've paid your rent and your tuition, and bought your books and groceries. Yes, you're broke. But that's no fun. Now what?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 15, 2009

On the 10th drink of Christmas

Navigating the holidays with seasonal stagger
Seen through the right lens, Christmas looks like a season of devilish malevolence — a time of gloomy cold, bad movies, gift anxiety and consumer hoards, inane music repeated indefinitely, and family, hour after hour, day after chatty day.
By JAYSON O’BRYAN  |  December 11, 2008

Cantina La Mexicana

A modest taqueria expands to go a little bit uptown
I've long been a patron of the eccentrically capitalized TaQueria La Mexicana in Somerville's Union Square, relying on it for tasty, cheap tacos from actual Mexican owners.
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 19, 2008

Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine

A second successful effort from an Indian-food master
Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square set a new standard for Indian restaurants in Boston, and perhaps in the whole country.  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 16, 2008

Unhinging the binge

Some drinks are just too good to chug
I have a possible solution for the binge-drinking quandary: be more discerning about what you pour down your throat.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 02, 2008

Sweet release

Cupcake OD
Peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, milk and cookies, indie rock and microbrew beer — these are pairings that have stood the test of time.
By MEREDITH HASSETT  |  August 13, 2008

Let it all hang out

Underbear at the Alley
It’s hard to feel too threatened by an IT administrator in SpongeBob boxers sipping a Long Island iced tea through a stir straw.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008

New Guitar Summit: Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin

Shivers | Stony Plain
This cool, sleek soundtrack for a night of cocktails, sophisticated banter, and, hell, maybe even nookie brings the elegance of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s jazz blues crisply into the present.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 08, 2008

Audubon Circle’s habanero-infused guava margarita and grilled shrimp with citrus dipping sauce

Red-hot summer
They start with the world’s hottest peppers and let them soak in white tequila for three days until a mere whiff puts tears in your eyes.
By KENJI ALT  |  July 03, 2008

Up River Café

Sipping Prosecco on the Pawcatuck
It’s always a shame when a restaurant with a great location fails to equally impress with the actual food. Not to worry, however, about the Up River Café.  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2008


Definitely worth the wait
So what’s all the excitement about?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 11, 2008

Eco-booze, eco-buzz

Going green
Why drink organic booze? There might be a practical reason: fewer, or less-aggressive, hangovers.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008

Grezzo Restaurant

Raw power
Grezzo, which means “raw” in Italian, is an upscale vegan restaurant specializing in “raw and living food.”
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2008

Theatrical progress

A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 02, 2008


Well worth the trip
Two non-food notes ring through our tale of dining at Vintage.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2007

Cheer on the cheap

A guide to seasonal imbibing
Having such a bursting social calendar requires being armed, in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, to the teeth.
By TODD RICHARD  |  November 14, 2007

New Rivers

Fully back in swing
For those of us who’ve known New Rivers over the years, it’s always been a haven — and not just for its excellent food.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 31, 2007

Razzy’s infused vodka

Defying expectations
To me, non-infused vodka reeks of hairspray, while infused vodka reeks of pretentious cocktails and strained conversation. But...
By RACHEL NOLAN  |  October 17, 2007

Eatin’ good in Boston’s ’hoods

15 joints, pubs, and bistros worth the trip
Part of the backbone of any urban neighborhood is its small, independent restaurants.
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 20, 2007

Here comes the neighborhood

Venue watch
She wants you to cook some bacon, scramble some eggs, and pour some mimosas — and she wants you to be able to do it all at the last minute.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 19, 2007

Notre ami Pierrot

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007

Local 121

Regional and reasonably priced
My usual dining companion doesn’t order shrimp anymore because she’s tired of asking where they came from.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2007

Pineapples On the Bay

(Psst: don't tell anybody)
Let me tell you about the out-of-the-way Pineapples On the Bay.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 15, 2007

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