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The Decade When Boston Dining Grew Up

The last ten years have transformed our restaurant scene—and we're just getting started.


Here's Your First Look at the New Orleans-Inspired Menus at French Quarter

Restaurant Reviews

Peregrine Review: Flight of Fancy


There’s a New Wine-Focused Restaurant Downtown (Well, Sort Of)

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Ball Square’s Seafood Hideaway

My wife and I live in Somerville and when we’re exhausted from a long work week, we don’t want to fight through the North End […]


Le Grrrr

With the exception of chopsticks, we generally don’t give a whole lot of thought to utensils, or how well they bridge that whole plate-to-mouth gap. […]


Chow Main

Porter Square isn’t known as a foodie destination, but it does boast one of my favorite Chinese takeout spots, Qingdao Garden. The restaurant is named […]

Wild Things

Whenever we find ourselves in rural Ohio, as we did this past holiday weekend, we’re reminded of just how good we Bostonians have it. Much […]


Puff Love

This time of year, it’s not unusual for certain foods to keep cropping up on the Chowder radar: Champagne. Cookies. Chocolate. But lately we’re starting […]


Factcheckers Confirm Eastern Standard Still Good

Factcheckers are a notoriously uptight lot, and it’s no different here at Boston. As the magazine’s research editors, Francis Storrs, Rebecca Dorr, and I do […]

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50 Best Restaurants

50 Best Restaurants

An updated list of the top 50 restaurants in town that make Boston a true dining destination. These are the best places to eat in the city right now.

The Weather May be Frightful, but the Cookies are Delightful

Last weekend’s snowstorm may have wreaked havoc with my tightly-packed holiday schedule, but it did have an upside. Being snowed in gave me an opportunity […]


Feeding the Beast

I’ve never been much of what you might call a provider. Though proven capable of keeping plants watered (mostly), pets sated, and cars fueled, I […]


Navigating the Brunch Wars

Somerville’s Ball Square has long been prime breakfast and coffee territory. There’s java mecca True Grounds, old-school Kelly’s Diner, and the cute Broken Yolk. But […]

House Proud

It has become an annual tradition in the Chowder household to build a gingerbread building. Not a little cottage or an A-frame chalet, but something […]


Raw Deal

“Did you hear there’s a raw food restaurant coming to the North End? Ugh.” So shuddered my friend, the food snob. She was talking about […]

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Restaurant News

Restaurant News

Where to eat right now.


Dining with Dorm-Dwellers

A couple of weeks ago, I was out running errands with a friend and decided to grab a late lunch at UBurger. It was around […]


Notes on a Sandal

You’ve had tacos, tamales, pupusas, arepas…but have you ever had a huarache? That was my pick for dinner the other night at Tacos Lupita, the […]

In Praise of Market Basket

Some of the greatest food pleasures can also be the most inexpensive. There’s nothing better on a Sunday than reading the paper over at a […]


Grape Expectations

The cost of European wine is about to go up, according to a story in this morning’s New York Times. The dollar is weak, the […]

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