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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A List of Our 2010 Food Discussion Participants

One of the most exciting new features within the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site over the past year has been the live online food discussions that we have been hosting. Beginning in the summer of 2010, we have covered such topics as great little-known restaurants near the busiest sections of Boston, some of the best individual restaurant dishes in the area, cheap eats near colleges, restaurants that chefs like to go to, and more. And with each discussion we've had, a number of panel members (as well as our readers) have participated, asking and answering questions about many different aspects of the Boston and New England restaurant scene. So who has participated in these chats? Well, we've had food writers and bloggers, media folks, chefs, and restaurant owners. The complete list of participants follows:

Alison Arnett
Owner of Alison Arnett Consulting, former Boston Globe food writer.

Boston Tweet
Publisher of the Boston Tweet Twitter page and the Boston Tweet website.

Joanne Chang
Chef/Owner of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston and Cambridge and Myers + Chang in Boston.

Richard Chudy
Private Chef, Writer for the Boston Burger Blog.

Eat Boston
Publisher of the Eat Boston Twitter page, Boston-area event organizer.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown
Publisher of the Fun and Fearless in Beantown blog.

Raymond Gillespie
Chef at Salumeria Italiana in Boston.

Eric H.
Editor and Publisher of VisitingNewEngland.com.

Rachel Klein
Chef at Aura Restaurant and Tamo Bar and Terrace (both within the Seaport Hotel in Boston), as well as hotel in-room dining.

LD Gourmet
Writer of the Leather District Gourmet blog, contributor to Nourish Network and Good Eater Collaborative.

Lingbo Li
Food Blogger at LingboLi.com, president of the Harvard Culinary Society.

Christine Liu
Community Manager of Urbanspoon, publisher of the Discreet Hedonist blog.

Patrick Maguire
Author of the Server Not Servant blog.

MC Slim JB
Boston-based restaurant critic and freelance food/drinks feature writer (Boston Phoenix, Stuff Magazine), publisher of MC Slim JB blog.

NorthShoreDish
Publisher of North Shore Dish website.

Rich O.
Writer and Publisher of Rich O's Ravings.

Paul O'Connell
Chef/Owner of Chez Henri in Cambridge.

MichellePC
Local Food Writer, Blogger of The Economical Eater.

Richard PF
Writer of the Passionate Foodie blog.

Brian Poe
Executive Chef at Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake in Boston.

Sam Putnam
Executive Chef at Foundry On Elm in Somerville.

Rolando Robledo
Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Clover Food Lab in Cambridge.

Manny Sifnugel
Chef/Owner of Masona Grill in West Roxbury.

Gina Tempesta
News and Boston traffic reporter.

Amy Traverso
Contributing Editor to Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine.

Carol Yelverton
Publisher of the Vinetown website.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in our 2010 live online food discussions. We will be having several more chats in 2011, so check on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!

Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Best Reader Posts of 2010

We get a lot of reader posts on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site, including reviews of restaurants we haven't been to yet, answers to questions we ask, and comments about blog entries. Many, if not most, of the posts are very interesting and informative, with some resulting in our trying restaurants we have never been to. But there are other posts that stand out for other reasons, be it humor, sarcasm, oddness, or simply because they are posts that stick in the head long after they have been read. Ten such posts are shown below, all of which were added to the site over the past year, and even though they are numbered, they are really in no particular order, though the last one seems like a good way to end the list.


1) Now THAT'S a Dive Bar!
The following post came from a reader earlier this year, in response to a question we had about best dive bars in Boston. We're not sure this bar in Chinatown would qualify as the "best," but it sure does sound interesting.

"[This bar] def. fits MC Slim JB's definition, esp. on the 'threat of implied violence' end of things. It's where I learned that pimps both do and do not dress like pimps."

2) Maybe They're Grading on a Sliding Scale.
This post was a review of a Brazilian restaurant and Cafe a bit north of Boston. The review is succinct and to the point:

"I hate this place and it is the worst."

So what makes this review so interesting? Well, the reviewer gave it TWO stars. Perhaps there are different levels of "worst."

3) Beer -- A Temporary Solution (to Eating Out of Dog Bowls).
The post below was in response to a question we had about a barbecue joint south of Boston. To be honest, we can't really tell if the poster likes the place or not, but we're hoping that at the very least, the dog bowls get replaced every now and then.

"They are fair...but it's a bit disturbing to have food served in plastic dog bowls....I guess if you drink enough beer it won't matter."

4) Tell Us How You Really Feel!
Here is a post that focuses on a restaurant in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Once again, another "succinct and to the point" review, and what's funny is, this poster also decided to give out two stars rather than just one (see #2 above).

"...I will never go there again unless it's for a property auction."

5) Definitely Too Much Information.
This is a review of a hot dog joint in the South Coast region of Massachusetts. The person gave it an ok review, though perhaps the place might have been docked a star or two back in the "old days," based on this post.

"It [used to be] called Dirty Nicks cuz then-owner would line up the dogs up the underside of his arm."

6) Well, Maybe It IS a Dump.
Sometimes we have infighting among our posters, with some posts never making it to the site because of the sheer level of ugliness. But this confrontation is a bit amusing, because the second poster, in a sense, lends credence to the argument that it may, in fact, be a dump. [By the way, I personally like this place, which shall remain unnamed here.]

POSTER #1: "[The place] is a dump. Pulling the area down...."

POSTER #2: "I dare you to walk in there and call the place a dump."

7) Something's Rotten in Denmark....
As much as we'd like to, we never truly know who is posting on our site, and when an "anonymous" poster puts something up, it is probably best that we really study what has been posted, as can be seen with this first poster ("anonymous") and a response by a second poster.

POSTER #1: "I have been going [here] since I was a child. I am now 47 yrs. old. I love it there. The food is always good...."

POSTER #2: "The anonymous poster's comment is odd. [The restaurant] has only been [there] for 9-10 years."

8) I'm Goin' Off the Rails on a Quest for Steak Tips.
One of the most popular questions on our site is one that centers around marinade for steak tips. And after, oh, about 5 million people giving the "official" NewBridge Cafe (in Chelsea) recipe for steak tip marinade, one poster finally wrote what a lot of us were thinking.

"You people are insane...Keep this crazy train on the tracks!"

9) A Secret We'd Rather Not Know About.
One thread within our questions and answers section deals with recipes for bar pizza. A reader of ours responded, saying that he/she had the recipe from a popular bar pizza joint south of Boston but could not give it out because it had been in a family for a long time. A second reader responded, wondering why the original poster would even bother responding if he/she wouldn't give out the recipe, at which point a third reader sided with the second reader by stating the following:

"I do agree that if [the original poster] is not going to answer the question, he/she should not comment. Anyone could say they have [the recipe] but won't give it out. Hell, I once slept with Lady Gaga, but I can't give out the details."

10) An Old-School Review of an Old-School Restaurant.
Breaking away from humor and silliness for a bit, this rather sweet and sentimental reader review of an old-school Italian joint in a Boston neighborhood made me think of what some of these great places were like a couple of generations ago. This is actually taken from two different reviews by the same person.

"Uncle George was your bartender for how many years. My wife...and I stop in every time we are in [the area]. It is amazing [the place] is still there. I don't visit up there much anymore because all the old folks have passed on, no need to go there anymore. I will stop by some day to say hello....Ok, keep the pizzas coming, see you in the future."


Well, that's about it for now. Surely there will be many more interesting reader posts in 2011 (possibly from some of you reading this right now!), so check back in, oh, about another 365 days or so.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Ten Restaurant Dishes That Have Left Me Speechless

photo of Nutella-smothered French Toast from Victoria's Diner, Roxbury, MA The other day, a few of us were talking about meals at restaurants that are so good that no one even speaks while eating them--in other words, the food is so good that words cannot describe it. I have had a few such experience over the past several years or so, including some recent dishes at Boston-area restaurants. I could probably list many such experiences from over the years, but have whittled it down to ten memorable ones, starting with meals at local eateries and working my way out through New England and beyond (all the way to the West Coast, actually). So without further ado, the list:

1) Bucatini Carbonara from Metropolis Cafe, Boston (South End)
One of my top three overall dining experiences in 2010 was at this little restaurant on Tremont Street in the heart of the South End, with the absolutely sublime bucatini carbonara taking my breath away. The hollowed-out pasta was the perfect choice for this meal, as it allowed the amazingly rich sauce to filter into the pasta. The combined tastes and textures of egg, cheese, pork, and pasta within this marvelous dish at the Metropolis Cafe is one that I still dream about nearly every week.

2) Nutella-Smothered French Toast from Victoria's Diner, Roxbury
I've had this breakfast item a few times at this little-known diner in an industrial section of the city near South Bay and Newmarket Square, and I can never tell whether I stop talking when I eat it because I'm in awe of the rich and sweet nuttiness of the Nutella mixing with the savory taste of the French toast, or whether it's simply because I'm slipping into a food coma. This is NOT a dish you want to eat if you have a lot of plans for the day, but if your plans are to sit on the couch and watch bad TV, this sinful and decadent dish from Victoria's is hard to beat. [PHOTO]

3) Pressed Cuban Sandwich from Chez Henri, Cambridge
I have had the pressed Cuban sandwich (or Cubano, if you will) at Chez Henri several times now, and it seems that each time I do, I position myself into a hunch (much like Guy Fieri in "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives), pick up the sandwich, and eat it without saying a word. I've been noticing that my dining companions sometimes do the same, which indicates that a) I'm not being anti-social, and b) they are as amazed by this wonderful mix of pork, ham, cheese, pickles, mustard, and bread as I am. [PHOTO]

4) Curried Mushroom Soup from Strip-T's, Watertown
Strip-T's doesn't look like much from the outside, but some of the best dishes I've had anywhere have come from this little cafe between Mt. Auburn and Arsenal Streets. And the one dish that nearly made my eyes pop out of my head was one that I tried for the first time not too long ago, perhaps because it is not always available. But the curried mushroom soup is ridiculously good, with its impossibly deep and rich-tasting broth and its plethora of yummy mushrooms that soak up the warm spices mixed into the soup. If only they offered it every day, I would be even more of a regular here.

5) Roast Beef Sandwich from Nick's Famous, Beverly
Another place that doesn't exactly scream out "Look at me" when you drive past it, Nick's Famous Roast Beef on Route 1A in this North Shore community is nevertheless THE place to go for a roast beef sandwich. I still remember going there for the first time; we ordered our sandwiches and grabbed a table, squirming around in anticipation of what was to come. And it didn't disappoint, as the freshly-sliced, paper-thin, slightly warm roast beef and the hearty sauce made for an experience that made me almost feel like I would never need to go anywhere else for a roast beef sandwich (or any kind of sandwich) ever again.

6) Idli Sambar from Kabob and Curry, Providence, RI
For those who think Indian food is all about red-hot spices, it is simply not true. Some dishes are downright mild, including the tremendous idli sambar from Kabob and Curry at College Hill on Providence's East Side. But this doesn't mean that this steamed rice and lentil dumpling dish is bland; indeed, the mouthwatering breadlike dumplings are mixed with a delicious lentil sauce that has various warming herbs and spices, including curry leaves and mustard seeds. When I tried this dish earlier this year, I had the Homer Simpson look going, chewing quietly with my eyes closed and not saying a peep. I'm not sure Homer would like this food item, but I certainly did.

7) Pizza from Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, CT
The first time I tried the pizza at Frank Pepe's in the "Little Italy" section of New Haven, I remember we were talking a mile a minute about various things when we were first seated, from music to movies to food. When the pizza came to our table, however, an instant hush came upon us, which lasted until the last bite was taken. It was one of those "in the presence of greatness" moments, when you know you have had a nearly life-altering moment. And in a way, we did, because ever since then, I have been constantly comparing pizzas to those at Pepe's, which to me has become the standard-bearer for pizza in the Northeast. [PHOTO]

8) Grilled Maple Bread from 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery, Jeffersonville, VT
I could almost simply say "See #2" when it comes to this dish, as both the Nutella-smothered French toast from Victoria's and the grilled maple bread from 158 Main are similarly coma-inducing. But they are also very different, as the breakfast dish from this local haunt in the tiny Northern Vermont hamlet of Jeffersonville is covered with a maple glaze that may be the richest thing I've ever tasted. The freshly-made griddled cinnamon raisin bread used for the dish is similarly over the top in taste (and calories), making this a dish you might want to eat if there is a couch or bed nearby that you can use.

9) Pizza from Di Fara, Brooklyn, NY
Speaking of pizza (see #7), a pie that comes awfully close to Pepe's in New Haven can be found in a mostly pleasant little neighborhood of Brooklyn (Midwood) that is just far enough away from Manhattan that Di Fara remains a bit under the radar. We went to this tiny spot a few years ago to try the pepperoni pizza, getting lost a couple of time before finding it. I was in awe of this place from the start, with its history and near-legendary status, and silently ate a few slices of the astoundingly good pie in the corner while ignoring the outside world. Our minor quibble of too much olive oil on the pizza can't take away from the fact that this was another "in the presence of greatness" moments, much like that of Pepe's. [PHOTO]

10) Double Cheeseburger from Hodad's, Ocean Beach, CA
I've always said that if I didn't live in Boston, a place I would gladly move to would be the Sunset Cliffs near San Diego's Ocean Beach. But the beautiful homes and gorgeous ocean views are not the only reasons for me; another is that the cliffs are within walking distance of Hodad's, an offbeat little burger joint frequented by surfers. Easily the best burger I have ever had, the Hodad's double cheeseburger wrapped in wax paper indeed left me speechless when I bit into one for the first time, not only because the juicy goodness of the sandwich was one for the ages, but also because my jaw nearly locked trying to get my mouth around it. And yes, I would definitely consider flying 3,000 miles for this amazing food item again.

Unfortunately, there were several other great dishes that I had to leave off this list, so perhaps I'll do a #11-20 list at some point in the future. In the meantime, I need to find something to eat because this list has made me very, very hungry.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A Weekend of Festivals and Food in Southern Maine

For the past several years now, I have been going up to Southern Maine in early December to check out the holiday festivals in Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. This year was no exception, and the weather over the past weekend up there was about as good as I remember, with temperatures topping out in the 40s (and the rain holding off until Sunday, which was a travel day anyway). And as is the case each year, I got to try some restaurants in the area, including three that I had never been to. The results were mixed, with one spot being just ok, another being very good, and yet another being quite memorable, with one dish in particular being about the best meal I've had in 2010.

photo of Feile Restaurant and Pub, Wells, ME We arrived in Southern Maine late Friday afternoon, having dinner at an Irish dining spot and watering hole on Route 1 in Wells called Feile Restaurant and Pub. The restaurant is housed in a charming 18th-century structure that is cozy and intimate, with ceiling beams, wooden floors, low ceilings, and warm lighting. There are several separate sections to the place, including a quiet dining room to the left when you first walk in and a slightly more boisterous pub area to the right. We were seated in the dining room to the left (and in fact were the only ones there for much of our dinner) and perused the extensive beer menu, which included all kinds of European beers and local craft ales. Perhaps the best beers of the night were both from North Coast Brewing Company in California, with the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout being rich and full flavored and the Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale tasting a lot like some of the best ales from Belgium. The food at Feile wasn't quite as impressive as the beers served there, as the chili was rather watery, being made up mostly of soupy ground beef (a few beans were found at the bottom), while the CBR flatbread (chicken, bacon, and ranch) was basically a salad placed on top of a piece of dough. The Caesar salad was pretty good, however, and the Alehouse Stack was quite tasty, with a juicy burger topped with pastrami, onions, mustard, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, though it was so rich and filling that only about half of it could be eaten. Both the server and the owner of Feile were as nice as could be, and the prices were reasonable. This is a place I would definitely come back to for the atmosphere and the beer assortment, but perhaps not for dinner, especially with so many great spots nearby.

photo of Sebago Brewing Company, Kennebunk, ME Saturday was a day of festivals, and we headed up to the Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport in the morning. Before leaving the area for the Christmas by the Sea Celebration in Ogunquit that afternoon, we went to the Sebago Brewing Company in Kennebunk for lunch. Now brewery restaurants aren't always good, and this one worried me a bit, as it resided along the edge of a bland-looking shopping center and the exterior of the restaurant itself looked a bit like one of the countless generic family-friendly chains you see all over the country. But looks can certainly be deceiving, as we soon discovered. Everything about the place, from the comfortable interior to the super-friendly (and knowledgeable) service to the better-than-average food to the outstanding beers made me realize that this is one spot I'll most likely be going back to whenever I'm in the area. First, the beers: The Slick Nick Winter Ale was one of the best winter ales that I have tried, with a terrific malty-caramel flavor and little in the way of bitterness. And the Runabout Red was similarly sweet with hints of caramel and malt flavors. The food at Sebago Brewing Company was satisfying, with the soft and salty pub pretzels going perfectly with the beers, while the black pastrami sandwich had loads of tasty lean meat along with cheese and roasted red peppers. The flatbread pizza, while not quite as good as, say, those from Flatbread Company in the Boston area, was nonetheless very good, with a slight char on the bottom from the wood-fired oven and sweet and bitter flavors from the tomato sauce complementing the greasy cheese quite nicely. Our server helped answer several questions we had about the beers available at Sebago, and I ended up buying a couple of 22-ounce bottles to bring home, as it doesn't seem as if Sebago beers are very easy to find around Boston.

photo of Jonathan's, Ogunquit, ME After lunch, we spent some time at the Christmas by the Sea Celebration in Ogunquit, then enjoyed a sunset walk along the beautiful Marginal Way, a seaside path that leads from the center of Ogunquit to Perkins Cove. Then it was off to a combination restaurant/lounge/entertainment spot called Jonathan's for dinner. Jonathan's is located in what looks like an enormous home on a side street near the Ogunquit Playhouse (just south of the center of town). It is a rather romantic spot, with old wooden floors, candlelit tables, and gorgeous views of the outside grounds. A fireplace greets patrons by the entrance, and several rooms, including a cozy bar area, can be found throughout this sprawling structure. We were seated in a particularly nice section of the restaurant, toward the back of one of the rooms at a table by a window. We started our meal with drinks (wine and a manhattan) along with a spinach salad (which featured a nice mix of cranberries, candied pecans, fennel, and feta cheese) and a Caesar salad. Our meals were outstanding, with one in particular being over the top, namely the jaegar schnitzel. The breaded pork tenderloin was pounded flat and was so tender that it could be cut with a fork, while the mixture of mushrooms and demi-glace added a tremendous richness to the pork. The baked haddock was nearly as good, with a house-made stuffing that included shrimp, scallops, and butter crumbs, and a delicious sauce (beurre blanc) made up of butter, white wine, and vinegar. Service was professional and friendly throughout, and while the prices were a bit on the high side, in this case you definitely get what you pay for, and I would certainly be willing to pay the extra money for a meal like this again. The jaegar schnitzel really was quite amazing, competing with the bucatini carbonara from the Metropolis Cafe in Boston's South End as the best dish I've tried in 2010.

On Sunday morning, we had an excellent breakfast at Bintliff's in Ogunquit--including a hearty meat quiche with ham, sausage, and bacon, and a food coma-inducing creme brulee French toast--before heading home. I have written about Bintliff's in the past, so I won't bore you with details again, but it was indeed as good as ever, and marked a fitting end to a fun weekend of festivals in Southern Maine. I do hope to get back to the Ogunquit-Kennebnkport area either in the winter or spring, so you can probably expect another food post or two focusing on that area over the coming weeks and months.

Related Blog Entries: Maine restaurants, Ogunquit restaurants

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Bar Pizza Showdown: Alumni Cafe vs. Poopsie's

It has been awhile since we did a road trip that has focused exclusively on food. The last one we did was actually in the late spring of 2009, when we tried several restaurants in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Well, earlier this week we did a mini-food trip, this time comparing two of the best bar pizzas on the South Shore, which is where bar pies seem to reign supreme. And the results were initially a bit surprising to me, though in retrospect they probably shouldn't have been since both places we went to have rabid supporters.

photo of the Alumni Cafe, Quincy, MA Our first stop for bar pizza was a place that I am familiar with, actually. In fact, the Alumni Cafe in the Wollaston section of Quincy has indeed been featured on this site as a hidden gem for bar pizza. I had not been to this rather down-and-dirty dive bar in awhile, though, and wanted to see if the pies were as good as they had been in the past. Three of us arrived at the Alumni right around the noon hour and the dark and well-worn dining room was completely empty (the equally-dark bar area to the right had a few patrons). We tried a couple of pepperoni pizzas as well as a pickled pepper pizza (try to say that three times fast) and all three of us were greatly impressed by the quality of the bar pies. The cheese was fairly basic, though nicely browned in spots, and the sauce had that zesty, spicy, and slightly sweet taste that so many bar pizzas seem to have. The pepperoni was charred well at the edges, while the peppers had some nice heat and added a lot of taste to that particular pizza. But the crust was what put these pies over the top, as it was crispy and cracker-like with just a hint of grease and was charred nicely on the bottom without being burnt. To me, it was a nearly perfect pizza, with the good-but-not-great tasting cheese being perhaps the only minor gripe.

photo of Poopsie's, Pembroke, MA After finishing up at the Alumni, two of us continued on to Pembroke, where we stopped at a spot in a little strip mall near the Route 139/Route 3 intersection called Poopsie's. This is not a place I had ever been to before, though several people I know go there on a regular basis and absolutely rave about the place. When we first arrived, I had expected a dive bar much like the Alumni, but Poopsie's has more of a feel of an old-fashioned family restaurant, with a spacious carpeted dining area to the right and a bar to the left. Our server took our order--this time one pepperoni pizza and one hamburg pizza--and about 15 minutes later, our bar pies came out. Right off the bat, we both noticed how much tastier the cheese was--it was slightly more bitter and had more of a rough texture to it, which complemented the sauce nicely. And the sauce itself seemed just a tad more impressive, as it had a little more body, due in part to the nice mix of herbs and spices. The toppings were very good, with the large pepperoni slices having a sharp taste, while the hamburg was cooked well without being too dried out. The ultra-thin crust, however, did not compare to that of the Alumni, mainly because it had very little in the way of charring and, while not exactly bland, did not have the robust taste of the Alumni's crust. Still, the cheese and sauce more than made up for the crust, and as we left the restaurant to head back to Boston, I understood why so many people consider this the best bar pizza on the South Shore.

While it was a very tough call, we gave the edge to the bar pizza at the Alumni Cafe in Quincy, mainly because of the tremendous crust that their pies have. But for those who are more into cheese and/or sauce than crust, Poopsie's would probably get the nod. Either way, I would have to say that these two places certainly feature bar pies that rank among the top five anywhere in eastern Massachusetts, coming close to the one that is considered #1 by a lot of people, namely the Lynwood Cafe in Randolph. For my money, however, I think I actually prefer the Alumni to the Lynwood, in part because I sometimes find that the crust at the Lynwood can be slightly chalky.

Just a quick note, by the way: We are hoping to do a more extended food-based road trip sometime this winter, so keep checking back--and if you have any suggestions for a food trip, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

Related Blog Entries: bar pizza

Friday, December 3, 2010
A Preview of What's to Come in 2011

2011 is just around the corner, and with it, some changes and new sections coming to the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site. While we are still working out the details on everything, there are a few things that will more than likely be happening with the site over the coming months, including:

DESIGN UPGRADE: Over the past year and a half, we have been making some major updates to the layout and design of the site. In 2011, another upgrade will be happening, though this will be mostly cosmetic, with changes mainly coming to the color scheme of the site.

NEW CATEGORIES WITHIN "CUISINE" SECTION: Expect to see new areas added to the "Search by Cuisine" part of the site, including one on bakeries and pastry shops and perhaps another on bars.

SEARCH BY CITY/TOWN: One major undertaking will be to have an index of local cities and towns, which each page containing links to all of the reviews, blog entries, questions, etc., pertaining to that specific community.

MICROBLOGGING: If we do decide to go through with this new section of the site, it will likely feature information from our Facebook and/or Twitter pages on such items as where people went to eat over particular weekends, people's posts on favorite restaurants within specific categories, and possibly some notetaking we take on daily happenings concerning the Boston restaurant scene.

If you have any suggestions for possible changes to our site in 2011, please don't hesitate to contact us, as we're always open to new ideas. Thanks!