Corby Kummer

Tico Review

TICO SHOULDN’T BE GOOD. Despite the big-name talent behind it — Michael Schlow, of the highly successful Radius and Via Matta — it seems like a formula restaurant. Schlow has recently hit the casino trail, opening an Alta Strada at…

Dining Out at the Met Back Bay

MET BACK BAY SERVES FACTORY FOOD in a factory setting. That may sound harsh, but I have to admire Kathy Sidell Trustman, the owner (and not just because she married somebody I went to college with). It’s a locally designed,…

Corby Goes to Bondir

WITH BONDIR, JASON BOND JOINS THE RANKS of our top artisan chef-owners. His intimate restaurant deserves to be a place of pilgrimage for visiting and local foodies alike. [sidebar]There’s nothing showy about the place, located on a sleepy, mostly commercial…

Dining Out: Journeyman Review

WHETHER OR NOT YOU ENJOY Journeyman comes down to this: how much you like being told what to eat, and if you believe in dinner as performance art — watching the creative process unfold with every course. Whether or not,…

Dining Out: Island Creek Oyster Bar Review

THREE REASONS Island Creek Oyster Bar has been an early hit: It has a big space that’s fun to be in, a restaurateur who knows how to make a lot of people happy even when the place is packed, and…

Restaurant Review: Beacon Hill Bistro

A NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT has a few duties to its regulars: Recognize them; welcome them; give them reliable dishes they can order again and again knowing they’ll be as good as they were the last time, plus a few new things…

Restaurant Review: Deuxave

AFTER THREE DINNERS AT DEUXAVE and a long conversation with the very American chef, Christopher Coombs, I still don’t have a clue what the name means. You’d think it was French for Second Avenue, even though that would be Deuxième….

Restaurant Review: Towne

THERE’S SOMETHING UNSTOPPABLE about chef Lydia Shire. She likes flash, and flashy local businessmen she can team up with to create huge, pulsating restaurants. She’s done it before at Biba, now closed, and at Scampo, in the Liberty Hotel. And…

50 Best Restaurants 2010: Restaurants I Miss

IF I HAD ONLY ONE WISH for a restaurant I could spend an evening at again, it would be Michela’s, no question. It’s not just that, in opening the place, owner Michela Larson discovered Todd English. Or that MICHELA’s rolls…

Dining Out: Troquet

By my second dinner at Troquet, I knew the experience wasn’t a fluke. These were two of the most assured meals I’d had in Boston, with direct, balanced, complex flavors that seemed simple but aren’t easy to achieve. I thought…