Maggie Brooks

Small Bite at Blue Inc.

Jason Santos’s new spot makes much of his wacky techniques — too bad razzle-dazzle doesn’t guarantee great food.

The 50 Best Restaurants in 2011

If it’s serious, considered advice on where to eat that you’re after, you need this: the intelligent diner’s guide to dining out now.

The 50 Best Restaurants 2011

SO YOU WANT TO KNOW what the hordes think about dining out in the city? Just pull up one of a million amateur-review websites or flip through a couple of those quote-filled guidebooks. But if it’s serious, considered advice on…

Small Bite at Redbones Rib Shack

The folks at Somerville’s Redbones have taken the next step toward citywide barbecue domination with their new rib shack in Kendall Square.

Al Fresco Feasts

Whether you want secluded and quiet, a place to take the kids, a killer view or all of the above, we have your top picnic spots at the ready right here. You Want a Place With a View Try: Corey…

The Ultimate Niçoise Salad

WITH SPRING JUST ABOUT HERE, you know what comes next: rejiggering the diet to accommodate a warm-weather wardrobe. Enter the niçoise salad, a classic combo of protein (thick chunks of tuna — usually poached — and bits of hard-boiled egg),…

Oleana’s Warm Buttered Hummus

At her Middle Eastern–influenced Cambridge restaurant Oleana, chef Ana Sortun rolls scoops of this velvety hummus in sliced basturma, a dried, cured beef rubbed with spices. For a less-formal appetizer or snack, though, it’s also terrific served with black olives,…

The Ultimate: Antipasto

Our city’s wealth of Italian restaurants could only mean one amazing antipasto plate after another, right? Wrong. Unless you consider jarred pickled veggies, deli-style cheeses, and canned olives a tasty prelude to your meal, far too many of the area’s…

The Ultimate: Buffalo Wings

On Super Bowl Sunday, nothing gets a crowd roaring like a plate of spicy, messy, Buffalo-style wings with chunky blue cheese dip and celery stalks.