I love reading chef interviews about where they go to eat in their free time, because more often than not, they bring attention to small, local spots with a great dish or two that go otherwise unnoticed by most people and the press. Case in point: Jeannette's Bakery.
Row 34 might come to overshadow sibling Island Creek Oyster Bar for two good reasons: the craft beer program and the house-smoked and -cured shellfish and flatfish offerings.
St. John is very much a destination for stunning landscapes, beaches, and weather, and less for memorable food—with a few exceptions.
If you weren't already jealous of Berkshires residents, you will be after a meal at Prairie Whale.
Reason would suggest that when you're eating on-the-go, a gooey grilled cheese is not a practical sandwich choice. Reason would also suggest that when you're picking up lunch from a fine cheese shop—in this case, one of the finest in New England—it's only prudent to order the gooiest, most spectacular-sounding grilled cheese sandwich on the menu.
I never need an excuse to eat Asian noodle soups, but it being the dead of winter and the start of Chinese New Year, the timing seemed particularly good for rounding up a few of my favorites.
What was extraordinary about The Meat Market Burger was the meat itself. I don't usually think of burger beef as clean and fresh-tasting, but this really was.
So much for those New Years diet resolutions, but who could turn this down? When Mei Mei, arguably Boston's most beloved food truck, decided to expand and open up a restaurant with walls and doors and tables and chairs, they also expanded their menu. Now the roster of offbeat Chinese-ish, farm-to-table-type eats includes Trotters and Waffles.
Portland's original and newly revamped Chinese kitchen serves familiar Cantonese and dim sum dishes done up Maine-style.
Xi'an Sizzling Woks, a recent addition to Philly's Chinatown, was so good that I went twice over Thanksgiving weekend to eat their liang pi and biang biang.
It feels a little trite to report about another Momofuku-ish noodle joint, but the food at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar is worth talking about.
When my college friends and I were brainstorming cities for a meet-up weekend, New Orleans was at the top of everyone's list—for the warm weather and the music, of course, but mostly for the food. Here's the best of what we ate.
About a month ago, the Ribelle team decided to do their version of an early-bird special: "3 for $30 before 6:30." It's one of the best deals around among upper-scale restaurants running similar special menus—and notably this arrangement comes with a lot of freedom.
Not to be a downer on traditional holiday fare, but the redundancy of pumpkin ravioli, soup, cheesecake, bread, and pie leaves me bored with the season's favorite squash. At least, I was before I met kaddo bourani, a classic Afghan preparation that has become my favorite way to eat pumpkin.
At Bronwyn, the food menu hits many of the Bavarian classics you'd expect—killer spätzle, of course, as well as sausages, huge pretzels, beer-cheese soup, pierogi, schnitzel, and sauerbraten—and a few that you might not.
At North, the kitchen doesn't just bend rules, but breaks them entirely, confidently, and incredibly skillfully.
The Korean spicy tofu soup sundudbu jjigae is incredibly savory and satisfying, the kind of soup where you keep spooning up the broth even when you're full.
I cherish a bowl of mini Twix and baby Reese's cups as much as the next person, but Halloween also presents a good excuse to splurge on high-quality candy. Here are some of the Hub's best picks for artisan sweets, a number of which are all dressed up for the holiday.
Deep-fried cauliflower + garlicky broccoli rabe + sweet pickled bell peppers + provolone on an Iggy's baguettte = one of the best sandwiches in the Boston area—vegetarian or otherwise.
We're big fans of the butter-laden, brilliantly spiced pastries at Sofra Bakery and Cafe, but the Boston area's most celebrated Middle Eastern bakery is also its youngest. There's a cluster of traditional Levantine sweets shops that have been pedaling gorgeously flaky baklava and nutty-rich ma'amoul for decades with an equally loyal following.
The setting is just the St. Mary's stretch of Beacon Street, but by the looks of the outdoor bistro tables and the breakfast service at Tatte in Brookline, you might think you've walked into a fashionable European cafe.
The Ciccio, a two-layer disk of flaky bread stuffed with four cheeses and shallots, harkens back to Lydia Shire's whimsical breads at Biba, and might be the best cheesy bread you've ever had.
A few weeks ago, the Small Axe Truck debuted its burger, the Smokestack Lightning, and proclaimed it the best burger around. Ordinarily, I'd say that's a bold statement to make, but in this case it might well be true.
At Polly's Pancake Parlor—a breakfast institution in the scenic Sugar Hill section of the White Mountains—you can turn any of their half-dozen pancake choices into a Panwhich filled with egg, sausage, bacon, ham, apple slices, or cheese.
Al Forno's grilled pizza needs no introduction, but the restaurant's desserts—particularly the free-form tarts—don't get the chatter they deserve. Chef/owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon run three or four of them at a time, filling the same ultra-flaky tart dough (flour, sugar, salt, water, and lots of butter) with a variety of produce: apples, peaches and raspberries, plums—and during the fall months, sugar pumpkins.
As food aesthetics go, the murky, rust-brown, pebbly lalla musa dal at Tamarind Bay Coastal Kitchen can't compare to the restaurant's other specialties like the fennel cream-sauced cauliflower dumplings or the spiced lobster tail. But famed Indian chefs like Julie Sahni don't consider this dish "the most exquisite of all dal preparations" for nothing, and speaking in terms of decadence, it outclasses the rest by a long shot.