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Chowder Undergoes a Metamorphosis

We here at Chowder are big fans of Eastern Standard. Back in December, Matthew Reed Baker and the Boston magazine fact checkers enjoyed a great […]


Dining Out: Losing Something in the Translation

Toscano’s new owners have reinvented it as a clubby Beacon Hill magnet for the power set. Too bad some of its trademark authentic Italian flavors didn’t make the cut.

Mercury Rising? Not Quite

In addition to the influx of upscale joints plating up astronomically priced maki and nigiri in neighborhoods already drowning in the stuff, yet another alarming […]


Toscanini’s Lives to Scoop Another Day

Ice cream fans are one step closer to rejoicing. Toscanini’s is getting closer to reopening. After launching a blog to solicit donations for its $167,000 […]

Dispatches from the Back Burner

Despite the city’s impressive run of restaurant debuts in past months (Mooo, Myers + Chang, T.W. Food, et al.), delays in some high-profile openings have […]

Ghosts of Restaurants Past

A wise friend once said: Once you start to give directions based on what used to be there—e.g., “That bar near that falafel place that […]

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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.

Best of Boston: Restaurants

Best of Boston: Restaurants

Stellar seafood, the coolest cocktails, and the reservations to make right now.

Chowder Loves Trader Joe’s Turkey Chili

This week’s cold snap has us craving warm, rich foods. While there’s nothing better than spending all day tending to a simmering pot of stew […]


Save Toscanini’s, Save the Burnt Caramel Ice Cream

The Toscanini’s saga continues to unfold, four days after its surprise shuttering for unpaid taxes. On Friday, owner Gus Rancantore informed us that he and […]


Tosci Update: Gus Speaks

As of Friday afternoon, Toscanini’s remains closed. However, owner Gus Rancantore sent us this update: “We were trying to prevent this from happening and we […]


Goodbye Tosci’s?

Everyone here at Chowder was dismayed (devastated?) to learn via Bostonist that beloved Cambridge ice cream parlor Toscanini’s had been shuttered this morning—seized by the […]

Cheese, Please

Last week, at a Chef’s Collaboriative lunch meeting, I sampled two fantastic new cheeses from Massachusetts. The first, from Fiore di Nonno in Lexington, is […]

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Restaurant Guides

Restaurant Guides

Where to eat right now.



Trying to decide whether to visit the hottest new restaurant in town? Stay in the know with our reviews.

Name That Smell, JP Edition

Every morning, my whole street smells like chicken. Starting around 7 a.m, the poultry aroma flows through the neighborhood, taunting us all. It’s infuriating. The […]

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies: The Recipe

Now that last week’s warm weather has given way to snow-covered streets, we’re back to craving carbs. Forget eating healthier in ’08: we want Chocolate […]

The Spice of Life

For a mid-week dinner rendezvous with a friend last week, I suggested La Verdad, the Ken Oringer taqueria I had heard so much about but […]

Too Much Sushi

Sushi is a staff favorite here at Chowder. We don’t care if it’s prepared in a fancy high-end restaurant or a tiny storefront; as long […]

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