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Lhasa Love

Deconstructing the latest Boston foodie phenomenon: the Tibetan restaurant boomlet. With a large student population and famously liberal politics, Boston has become a hub of "free Tibet" activism and a favored stop for the Dalai Lama as he circles the…

East Meets Metro West

Rice Valley in Newtonville offers upscale Chinese done right. In Chinatown, some of the best food can be found at the dumpiest restaurants. But outside the city, peeling paint and worn carpets usually bespeak the kind of greasy cooking that…

Great Indoors

Downtown Boston’s best sandwich lives on in fancier digs. For years, downtown office workers braved blizzards to line up at Chacarero, the Chilean sandwich stand set into the east wall of Filene’s in Downtown Crossing. They came for the namesake…

The South End Is So Over

Overrun with velvet ropes, $8 tomatoes, and a Washington-Street-by-way-of-Route-9 crowd, the South End has some once proud residents wondering just what the hell happened to the former hippest neighborhood in town. Depending on what day of the week you visit…

Subcontinental Drift

Grain and Salt strays deliciously from standard Indian fare. For decades, most Indian restaurants in Boston were dumpy storefronts, their Punjabi/Mughlai menus limited to tandoori and biryani standbys. Recent entrants like Tamarind Bay and Mela, though, have showed diners there’s…

Follow That Bird

Pleasant autumn temps call for outdoor picnics. Picnics, obviously, call for fried chicken. Where to get the best versions of the good bird this far north of the Mason-Dixon line. Hunting for great fried chicken in Boston is a little…