Restaurant Reviews

    • Red Heat Tavern: The Food & Drinks (Part 2)

      How does food taste cooked in the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven? Red Heat Tavern, located in Wilmington, opened in March 2014 and is owned and operated by the Burtons Grill restaurant group. It is easily accessed from Route 93, or you can get there via Route 129. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and on both times when I visited, the restaurant was very busy, a ...

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    • Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio-diverse garden… while enjoying ...

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    • Alpamayo: Peru in the Berkshires

      While driving home from the Hudson Valley, we were on the Mass Pike in the Berkshires and decided to stop and grab lunch somewhere. I didn't have a specific destination in mind, and didn't know the area well. From a quick check on the map on my iPhone, it seemed there were a number of restaurants in Lee, so we pulled off the Pike and drove down Route 20 into Lee.

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  • Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

    … was the Chicken Fried Local Rabbit ($15) which comes with celery, apple, blue cheese, and chili oil. For a detailed explanation of their rabbit dish, check out a Anatomy of Alden & Harlow’s Chicken Fried Rabbit in Boston magazine. Though some of the accompaniments for this dish are different, the main info about the rabbit is still applicable. Chef…

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  • HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

    … A couple weeks ago, I visited HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar with some colleagues and once again, against my normal rule of not ordering the same dish at the same place multiples times, I ordered the Seafood Risotto, again. This one one of my favorite dishes of 2013 and after enjoying it again on my last visit, it’s still very special…

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  • Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

    … Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture that’s engulfed the rest of Vancouver…

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  • Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

    … While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one…

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  • Chef Tim Fischer Finds a New Home at Cosmos

    … steelhead trout over baby beets and halibut served with fava beans. Both fish were pristinely fresh and some of the finest our team’s had. A cook after my own heart, Chef Fischer served us a sizeable portion of seared foie gras from Minnesota….delectable, rich, praise-worthy. Next came a surf & turf featuring beautifully-rare bison tenderloin paired…

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  • Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    … twinkies. In describing such foods, people may state they crave the foods, are addicted to them, or need a fix. No longer is the meal equated to a sexual experience, but instead it is equated more to a shot of heroin or a vial of crack. Are such foods your drug of choice? Why is this so? Jurafsky states they these foods are guilty pleasures, foods…

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  • Rant: Dirty Restaurant? No Worries If It's Authentic

    … in Consumer Evaluations of Restaurants was published in Management Science. The study was conducted by Glenn Carroll of Stanford Graduate School of Business, David W. Lehman of the University of Virginia and Balázs Kovács of the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Their study included statistical analysis of over 724,000 consumer reviews from Yelp (of over…

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  • Rant: Yelp & Extortion

    … is a crowd-sourced business review site, where consumers rate everything from restaurants to nail salons. It has been the center of controversy for years, for a variety of reasons. In the case at hand, several businesses filed a class-action lawsuit against Yelp for civil extortion, as well as violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL…

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  • Sfixio – Italian Fare at Its Los Angeles Best

    … While on a business trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Sfixio, an incredible restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. I found this little gem with a non-descript façade from some fellow food writers who’d discovered it and claimed it’s the best Italian food they’ve outside of Italy. I arrived…

  • AKA Bistro & Restaurant Week

    …The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln…

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  • Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New…

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  • Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

    …, Aquavit and Merkato and also at some of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Tuna and Beet Amuse The décor of the 45-seat Terre à Terre leans to French country with light fixtures made from Mason jars, wall artwork featuring local farming and tables dressed in burlap and butcher paper. Over 75% of the food served at Terre à Terre is sourced within…

  • Puritan & Co.: Alsatian Wine Advice

    …. They are enjoyable while young but can also age well. They can provide a sense of history, as well as showcase state of the art wine making. At their most basic though, they are delicious. You can read some background info on Alsatian wines here, and also check out my prior Alsatian wine reviews. From those articles, you will quickly see that I am a fan…

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