Restaurant Reviews

  • 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…

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

    …, providing a nice blend of taste and textures. This is a dish which you will be sure to finish. The BBQ Burger ($11.95) is a half pound of Angus Beef topped by cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, honey BBQ sauce and onion strings on a toasted bun. Burgers come with a choice of Sweet Potato Wedges, French Fries, Onion Strings, Creole Potato Chips…

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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

    …. The Seafood Risotto is made with Riso Venere, Lobster, Sea Scallops, Shrimps, Sea Beans, Sweet Corn and Mascarpone. The black rice contrasts gorgeously with the rich orange broth and perfectly-cooked seafood. Beautiful dish by Chef Peter Larsen. Double yum – a must have at this Hudson Riverfront elegant establishment. Cheers, Veronqiue …

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  • Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

    … and environs has all but by-passed this traditionally pretty tweedy enclave. And more than a few attempts to ‘up the game’ have failed. Seriously addictive, smoky Castelvetrao olives Bufala—which I reckon makes as good a pizza as Victoria Drive’s Via Tevere—has taken over the space occupied by relatively short-lived Mac Shack, a ‘mac ‘n cheese’ specialist…

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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

    … with butter-poached lobster over creamy grits. The meat was fork-tender and the rich pan sauce served with it was an ideal complement. Desserts were masterpieces and a favorite was the decadent chocolate ganache concoction reminiscent of a s’mores with Graham cracker dust and sea salt ice cream. Chocolate Ganache The setting at Cosmos…

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  • Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    … to pay attention to the important of dessert to many of their customers. Dessert cannot just be an afterthought. In restaurant reviews of less expensive restaurants, sexual metaphors are much less common and instead you will find more of the language of drug use. I'm referring to snack foods and bar foods, burgers and fried chicken, cupcakes and fried…

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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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  • The Fun Never Ends at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

    … and restaurant in Clifton is now 2 ½ years old and judging by the convivial crowd we encountered on our last two weeknight visits, I’m guessing doing well. With nearly 50 wines by the glass and an extensive selection of tapas, shareable small plates, Spuntino offers something for everyone. Chicken Live Pate Something I especially enjoyed on my last visit…

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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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