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Dining Out: Beacon Hill Bistro

Beacon Hill Bistro conjures a fantasy of a first-class dining car. But chef Benjamin Knack needs to keep the kitchen on the rails and the […]

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Dining Out: Smooth Sailing

The last thing Boston needs, you might think, is another cute oyster bar. Jasper White invigorated the form with Summer Shack, where suddenly there was […]

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Dining Out: My Blu Heaven

More years ago than anyone present cares to remember, I was a guest at Michela Larson's house when a fresh Culinary Institute of America graduate […]

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Dining Out: The Next Stop

It would be hard for me to be happy without knowing that Amanda Lydon is cooking somewhere in or around Boston. Since her triumphant star-is-born […]

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Dining Out: Diamond in the Rough

“I'd like the 1998 Guigal cotes du Rhone,” my wine-savvy friend said at the beginning of our first meal at the exotic Back Bay restaurant […]

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Dining Out: Italian Renaissance

Umbria is an unlikely place for a very pure sort of Italian cuisine. I don’t mean the region, of course—the “green heart of Italy” that […]

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Dining Out: Aujourd'hui

Jerome Legras might be the most interesting import to our culinary shores since Thomas John landed at Mantra as if from another planet. Where John […]

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Dining Out: Chain Reaction

How did it happen? One day Park Square was one of the most idiosyncratic parts of Boston—a bit seedy, perhaps, but with the former Legal […]

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Dining Out: Pig Tale

“I'd cooked Italian so much for Todd that I burned out on it,” Marc Orfaly told me on the phone after I'd dined several times […]

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Dining Out: Club Med

Declaration of partiality: I adore Ana Sortun and her adventurous, exotic, solidly grounded food. So I couldn't wait for her to open her own restaurant, […]

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Dining Out: Mucho Gusto

“It's the South End in Roslindale,” my friend Gus the Boulevardier told me about Gusto, the simple Italian restaurant in a very pleasant neighborhood I […]

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Dining Out: Flying High

Few things are more admirable than owner-chefs who seek out the best and most local ingredients. These chefs change their growers and fishermen as they […]

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Dining Out: From the Gecko

If Boston has a nicer and more generous chef—let's make that person—than Stan Frankenthaler, with his ever-present, embroidered Tibetan cap and beatific smile, I don't […]

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Dining Out: Fire and Spice

Azita Bina-Seibel was born to run a restaurant—a comfortably elegant Persian restaurant serving the food of her native Iran. This wasn't clear to me when […]

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Dining Out: Om Sweet Om

As soon as I saw the long, oval white plate holding a latke-like disk surrounded by little rods of multicolored salads, I knew I was […]