Dining

By - 1/2/16 - 8:04 pm

Boston Eater asked local food writers for their "biggest restaurant grievances" of the year just past. Some of the writers responded with complaints about overly loud restaurants, the ubiquity of "small-plate" menus, the cost of going out these days.

Kerry Byrne, who writes about food for the Herald, complained about lazy welfare queens.

The dearth of talent, especially noticeable from a dining perspective in the front of the house. Every chef and restaurateur complains about it and struggles with it. One of the inevitable fallouts of an ever-expanding welfare society in which millions of Americans find it's more profitable to sit at home than it is to work. Restaurateurs are struggling as a result.

By - 1/1/16 - 3:34 pm

BostonJohn asks:

Anyone know where to buy red hot dogs in the city?

By - 12/30/15 - 11:42 am

Candelaria Silva misses those days:

Commercial places must now have superior ventilation systems that eliminate the aromas of what’s being prepared and, for me, something is lacking as a result.

When I cook and bake, the aromas of the foods linger in the air. There’s something too antiseptic, sterile, about many of the foods sold by food purveyors. It's actually reduced the amount of pastry that I eat - a good thing I guess - because it's easy to avoid something that is cold and, other than visual appeal, doesn’t make my mouth water.

By - 12/30/15 - 9:06 am
Former Panera in West Roxbury

Where the large Panera sign used to be.

The Panera on Spring Street shut Monday - right in the middle of the day.

Last night, workers removed the ovens. The large Panera sign on the front is gone, although the menus over where the cash registers used to be remain illuminated. Read more.

By - 12/25/15 - 10:31 am

A.P. Blake asks:

Just got off work, not much food at home, and can't find an open Dunkins. Not even Rt 1 Saugus. Help me, @universalhub, you're my only hope.

By - 12/23/15 - 10:13 am

A city health inspector yesterday ordered Bubor Cha Cha, 41 Beach St., to shut immediately after an inspection found a variety of violations, including pork and fish left out on counters too long, raw food stored above ready-to-eat food, fruit flies and hand sinks being blocked by boxes - and not having any hot water.

Also, hot egg rolls were being stored at temperatures that weren't hot enough.

The restaurant can re-open after a re-inspection shows the problems have been fixed.

By - 12/22/15 - 1:41 pm

Drew Starr asks:

Where to get the Norwegian cheese nokkelost in the Boston area? Difficulty level: not carried by Formaggio.

By - 12/22/15 - 10:46 am

Just in time for Christmas, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 12/21/15 - 3:51 pm

CherryOMighty asks:

Where can a person get goat for their Xmas goat stew?

By - 12/21/15 - 12:29 pm

EggBones asks:

Looking for a good Chinese food (or any food) recommendation for Christmas Day.

By - 12/17/15 - 2:46 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today approved the transmogrification of Urban Art Bar, 709 E. Broadway, into a restaurant serving tapas and small-plate stuff. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 6:03 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owners of the shuttered Sa Pa Vietnamese restaurant on Beacon Street in Cleveland Circle as a sit-down Asian restaurant with a bar.

Manager Frank Schillace said the previous "Chipotle-like" format, in which customers would order, cafeteria style, then find a seat, proved to be a money loser - $20,000 to $30,000 a month, he told the board at a hearing today. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 5:18 pm

Douglas Bacon, who owns several restaurant/bars in the Allston area, said today he's completely recasting two and seeking a bit of an hours change at the third. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 2:13 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a resolution calling for restaurants with under 30 seats outside the downtown area to let customers bring their own beer and wine if they don't have liquor licenses.

The proposal now goes to the Boston Licensing Board, which has oversight of liquor service in the city and which currently bans all BYOB. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 12:03 pm

UPDATE, Thursday: The licensing board decided to pass over this issue for now, deferring action until a later date.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to allow a Wine Gallery wine and spirits store at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Embassy Road, in the new building that replaces a block destroyed by fire in 2012. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 3:47 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of Nick's Famous Roast Beef on charges they evaded taxes on $6 million in sales over a six-year period, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Read more.

By - 12/13/15 - 10:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the impending demise of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace bar.

By - 12/13/15 - 8:12 pm
Tonic for sale at Tony's in West Roxbury

Tonight's specials show that, when it comes to drinks, Tony's in West Roxbury is old school (right up there with the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale, which also still offers tonic).

By - 12/11/15 - 3:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered license suspensions for two Vietnamese restaurants where police found customers with beer in tea cups, because neither place has a license to serve beer. Read more.

By - 12/11/15 - 3:30 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday rejected a request from Foodies, 230 Broadway, for a license to sell beer and wine.

The proposed license had been opposed by Al's Liquors - which had put out a protest sandwich board a few doors down.

In addition to Al's, Foodies customers can stock up on "curated craft beers and spirits" at Social Wines across from Amrheins.