Corby Kummer

Dining Out at Trade

TRADE IS AN IMPROBABLE success. It’s a big urban brasserie in a funky, beautifully renovated old brick building opened by a high-profile chef and her ambitious young partners. Why improbable? Not because of the talent. Since opening Rialto nearly two…

Restaurant Review: Dining Out at Trade

Thanks to early crowds, bold spices, and the talent manning the oven, Jody Adams’s new restaurant sizzles. TRADE IS AN IMPROBABLE success. It’s a big urban brasserie in a funky, beautifully renovated old brick building opened by a high-profile chef…

Dining Out at Catalyst

CAMBRIDGE MAY BE BOSTON’S new restaurant hub. The long swath between Central and Kendall squares is now a thriving and wholly invented business district, and the young, tech-savvy, and academic crowds working in the new office and apartment buildings are…

Dining Out at Legal Harborside

Photographs by Michael Piazza BY MY THIRD DINNER at Legal Harborside, it was just starting to feel like a restaurant hitting its stride. I mean just starting: The steps were still baby ones. But that’s no surprise; it’s a big,…

Dining Out at Tres Gatos

TRES GATOS IS A QUIRKY PLACE: a bookstore and a tapas bar rolled into one. So of course it’s in Jamaica Plain, where it fits right in. The restaurant is located in a Centre Street building that for years housed…

Dining Out at Bina Osteria

BINA OSTERIA IS A VERY WARM, essentially modest restaurant inside a very cool, futuristic space. Its starkly elegant architecture — soaring windows, dazzling planar trapezoidal ceiling panels, white metal lights that look like the arms of a giant industrial robot…

Dining Out at 80 Thoreau

WHY AM I SURPRISED by a polished, grownup restaurant in the suburbs? I shouldn’t be — especially not in ritzy Concord. If anything, the surprise is that even more ambitious and citified chefs don’t think the grass is greener where…

Dining Out at Locke-Ober

LOCKE-OBER, THAT VENERABLE INSTITUTION, that magnificent relic of Boston as a gathering place for the great and the good (and politicians, too), is on life support. As it goes into its 144th year, it sputters along, clinging to its third,…