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Small Bite: 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.

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.

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.

Small Bite: Red’s in Rozzie

Down-home cooking at Redd’s in Rozzie — served with a side of biscuits.

This summer, lay down a blanket at one of these top picnic spots!

The Ultimate: Niçoise Salad

The perfect summer wardrobe-friendly meal.

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.

The Ultimate: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

With comfort food taking over menus at every tavern in town, it’s not surprising that so many restaurants are paying homage to a humble classic: a grilled cheese sandwich served with creamy tomato soup.

The Ultimate: Fried Chicken

Highland Kitchen gets fried chicken right with its buttermilk-fried version, served only on Monday nights.