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NoMu Alternative Ice Cream: Vegan Sweets in Allston

NoMu Alternative Ice Cream + Cafe, which opened this week on Cambridge Street in Allston, serves coconut-based frozen desserts, including “fantastically fabulous” sundaes, according to melodyrose. “Apparently, these are the

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Goan Fish Curry and a Weekend Buffet at Biryani Park

Biryani Park in Malden now offers a lunch buffet, though cost, availability, and offerings are not yet set in stone. “They’re still test-driving it out,” says Nab. “But I think

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Phien’s Kitchen Still Shines

Phien’s Kitchen in Lowell changed ownership two months ago, which caused some concern among Boston-area hounds. “As long as the papaya salad, sausages, larb, and coconut dessert stay the same,

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Boston’s Best Café Mocha

Café mochas, also known as mocha lattes, are just like regular lattes, but with chocolate added. Pretty much every coffeehouse in Boston has them, but who makes the best? Diesel

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Smoked Ribs at Lawrence’s Three Dogz Diner

Three Dogz Diner in Lawrence smokes their own ribs each Saturday, and serves them for dinner on Saturday nights. “If you are in the area, and enjoy good ribs, then

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New: Soft Corn Tortillas from Maria and Ricardo’s Tortilla Factory

There’s a new type of corn tortilla on the market, and it’s available at Boston-area Whole Foods. The new soft corn tortillas from Maria and Ricardo’s Tortilla Factory are “deep

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Locke-Ober’s Crab Meunière Takes a Dive

Now that it’s soft-shell crab season, Locke-Ober‘s seasonal special of crab meunière is back on the menu. There’s a new chef in the kitchen, however, and ScotchandSirloin reports that the

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Fantastic Afternoon Tea at L’Espalier

For under $40 per person, you can enjoy a lovely “Fantasy Tea Party” at Boston’s L’Espalier, says Crazy Egg, who offers an excellent recap of a recent experience. Teas are

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Beantown Taqueria: Bad Name, Good Tacos

Beantown Taqueria isn’t winning any fans with its name, but the house-made corn tortillas and convenient late hours at the Central Square newcomer are keeping hounds coming back for more.

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No Consensus on Pan-Asian Moksa

Moksa, the newest restaurant from Chef Patricia Yeo, opened in Cambridge in March. Early reviews have been all over the spectrum. Self-described as “Boston’s first Pan Asian Izakaya,” Moksa has

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Biáng Biáng Noodles at Gene’s

Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café continues to serve great, spicy Western Chinese food. Here’s a photo of tammyh‘s favorite dish from a recent meal: the biáng biáng hand-pulled noodles, also described

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Stephi’s on Tremont Trumps Stephanie’s on Newbury

Stephanie’s on Newbury has been open nearly 20 years, which is partly why many Boston hounds hate it. The Back Bay restaurant “is just in dire need of a renovation,”

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The Best Wurst Appetizer at Deep Ellum

If you like pickles, then run, don’t walk, to Deep Ellum in Allston. heypielady reports that the pickled veggies that come with the sausage appetizer plate are fantastic. So is

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Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich at Fresh Pond Seafood

The fried clams at Fresh Pond Seafood are popular with Boston hounds, but the soft-shell crab sandwich might become a new seasonal favorite; it’s available until August, and costs $7.99,

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Teatro Before the Ballet

Teatro often comes up in discussions about where to eat before a show in the Theater District, and yumyum reports that it is indeed the perfect spot. “[We] sat in

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Modern Pastry: Worth the Wait?

No first-time visit to Boston is complete without a stop in the North End, and Modern Pastry remains a favorite for out-of-towners. Cannoli are top-notch, but Italian specialties like torrones

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Cheeseburger Masterpiece at the Gallows

The “Our Way” burger at The Gallows in the South End comes with American cheese, grilled onions, iceberg lettuce, and homemade pickles. Mike5966 thinks it’s the best in town, thanks

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A Lamb Brains Sandwich in Jamaica Plain

Cafe Beirut opened earlier this year in the former Sami’s space in Jamaica Plain, and the menu lists a variety of pita roll-ups, including one with lamb brains. The brains

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Boston’s Best Octopus at Troquet

Troquet serves seasonal French cuisine, boasts an extensive wine list, and, thanks to a prime location, offers great views of Boston Common from the dining room. The current menu features

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Iraqi Chicken at Babylon in Lowell

“Babylon Chicken” at Babylon Restaurant in Lowell consists of a whole, deboned chicken stuffed with biryani rice and baked. Because it’s so large, it’s a great dish to share with

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Who Has Boston’s Best Bagels?

Last year’s discussion of Boston’s best bagels included two local favorites, but a recent thread on the Boston board has generated a larger list. So, who’s making the best bagels

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