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Field of Greens: Four Standout Salads Served Around Boston

With the rise of inventive cafés and surprisingly chic health-centric storefronts, Boston—let’s face it, long a salad desert—finally has some deeply satisfying grown-from-seed entrée alternatives. Here are four crisp, verdant exemplars of the form, jam-packed with produce and tossed with flavorful, creamy-crunchy accessories.

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The New Flock: Four Fantastic Fried Chicken Dishes in Boston

For a city full of northerners, Boston’s no slouch at serving up a mean piece of fried chicken. Sure enough, it’s been a banner year for battered-poultry aficionados, with the debut of four worthy exemplars of the crunchy, flour-dredged art form to add to the old “bucket” list. Here, we break them down according to provenance, prep, and plating.

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Toast of the Town

Whether you call it bruschetta, crostini, or, simply, toast, this crisp bread (and all its toppings) has become the snack du jour.

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Ruling the Roost: How Restaurants Get Creative with Chicken

Once the safe choice on a menu, chicken is no longer a cop-out. Chefs have begun giving poultry the same creative treatment as that other perennial culinary-world darling, pork. Here’s a look at how local restaurants are using every part of the bird for dishes that are anything but tame.

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