Amy Traverso

Small Bite: Bosphorus

ON LOOKS ALONE, the dining room at Bosphorus, a new Turkish restaurant in Inman Square, has the makings of a hot spot: Walls are washed in spicy red; banquettes are capped with gauzy orange tents. The place might even get…

First Bite: Cognac Bistro

THE AREA AROUND COOLIDGE CORNER has always been a good place to eat — if you don’t mind doing it from takeout containers. The sushi, pad thai, burrito, and falafel options are the envy of other, more white-bread communities. But…

Navigating the Schools System: How It Works

Here’s how Boston’s byzantine school-assignment process works: The city is divided into three zones: North, East, and West. When it comes to elementary and middle schools, your options are limited to the schools in the zone where you live, plus…

Small Bite: Isabelle's Curly Cakes

THE ARRIVAL of Curly Cakes was announced long before it actually happened. Years before, in fact. It took so long that we wondered if the cupcake craze would long be over by the time it opened. Still, we couldn’t help…

First Bite: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar Review

THE BACK BAY’S NEWEST Mexican restaurant is, if nothing else, a seriously lively place to drink. There are 175 different tequilas poured at two handsome bars, plus a nice selection of skillfully made (if pricey) party drinks like sangria, mojitos,…

Navigating the Boston Public Schools System

STEFAN LANFER HAS LIVED in Jamaica Plain for 10 years. He moved to the neighborhood not long after college, and in many ways he fits the profile of the J.P. lifer: politically engaged (both he and his wife, Ashley, work…

Small Bite: Blackstrap BBQ Restaurant Review

Boston’s newest barbecue joint has much to recommend it: a pair of East Coast Grill alums at the helm, staffers who seem genuinely delighted that you showed up, and a roster packed with comfort-food standards including made-from-scratch baked beans, solid…

First Bite: Canary Square Restaurant Review

Restaurateurs Michael Moxley and James Cochener, the duo behind Allston’s Common Ground, put a neighborhood restaurant at the northern edge of the South End about four years ago. It was a real local eatery, not some designer’s fantasy of a…

Small Bite: Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen

When Darryl Settles shuttered Bob’s Southern Bistro in 2007, we mourned the loss of its down-home comfort food, gospel brunch, and rare ability to draw crowds both black and white, town and gown. Two tonier restaurants, Circle and Stork Club,…

First Bite: Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar

THE TEAM BEHIND Citizen Public House — founders of the Franklin Café mini empire — long ago nailed the neighborhood-restaurant formula: entrées under $25, smart cocktails, and cozy surrounds. The group’s spots in the South End, Southie, and Gloucester have…