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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Part 2: More Restaurants for College Students to Check Out

photo of the Squealing Pig, Boston, MALast week, we posted an article on restaurants for college students to check out, focusing mainly on the largest colleges and universities in the Boston area. And thanks to your input, we are now posting "Part 2" of this feature, this time looking at some of the slightly smaller schools in and around the city. Once again, this is basically a sampling of mainly lesser-known places (including some that we have reviewed), most of which are relatively inexpensive. And this time, we match up three restaurants each with the schools, and many of the eateries are within walking distance (or a very short bike ride).

To the list....

Bentley University
Elephant Walk (Main Street, Waltham)
Sadie's Saloon and Eatery (Pine Street, Waltham)
Sweet Peach Diner (Trapelo Road, Belmont)

Berklee College of Music
India Quality (Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Trident Booksellers and Cafe (Newbury Street, Boston)
Woody's (Hemenway Street, Boston)

Brandeis University
Carl's Steak Subs (Prospect Street, Waltham)
Dairy Joy (Route 117, Weston)
Taqueria Mexico (Charles Street, Waltham)

Bunker Hill Community College
Chow Thai Cafe (Main Street, Charlestown)
Tavern at the End of the World (Cambridge Street, Charlestown)
Zume's Coffee House (Main Street, Charlestown)

Emerson College
Hong Kong Eatery (Harrison Avenue, Boston)
jm Curley (Temple Place, Boston)
Montien (Stuart Street, Boston)

Suffolk University
Sam La Grassa's (Province Street, Boston)
UBurger (Tremont Street, Boston)
Villa Mexico (Cambridge Street, Boston)

UMass Boston
McKenna's Cafe (Savin Hill Avenue, Dorchester)
Pho Hoa (Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester)
Shanti (Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester)

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Penguin Pizza (Huntington Avenue, Boston)
The Squealing Pig (Smith Street, Boston)
Thaitation (Jersey Street, Boston)

Wheelock College
Audubon Circle Restaurant (Beacon Street, Boston)
O'Leary's (Beacon Street, Brookline)
Thorntons Fenway Grill (Peterborough Street, Boston)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Some Restaurants for College Students to Check Out

photo of Flat Patties, Cambridge, MASo it's late August and college students are getting ready to return to the Boston area (or are already here), and for newcomers to the city especially, one of the most important questions is, "Where can I get some good food around here?" Well, there are countless options near colleges and universities, but included here is a list of some of the lesser-known spots (including a handful of places that we have reviewed), most of which are inexpensive enough to not put much of a dent into the budget. We matched up five restaurants each with some of the biggest colleges and universities in the area, with most eateries being within walking distance of (or a short bus/subway/cab ride away from) the listed schools. [NOTE: Part 2 of this list can be found at]

And now to the list....

Boston College
Bamboo (Commonwealth Avenue, Allston/Brighton)
El Pelon Taqueria (Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton)
Inna's Kitchen (Pelham Street, Newton Centre)
Moogy's Sandwich Shop (Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton)
New Rod Dee (Beacon Street, Brookline)

Boston University
Brown Sugar (Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Dok Bua (Harvard Street, Brookline)
India Quality (Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Shanghai Gate (Harvard Avenue, Allston)
T. Anthony's Pizzeria (Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Harvard University
Armando's (Huron Avenue, Cambridge)
Cambridge Common (Mass. Ave., Cambridge)
Charlie's Kitchen (Eliot Street, Cambridge)
Flat Patties (Brattle Street, Cambridge)
Orinoco (JFK Street, Allston)

Aceituna Cafe (Athenaeum Street, Cambridge)
Desfina (Third Street, Cambridge)
Dosa Factory (Mass. Ave., Cambridge)
Mary Chung (Mass Ave., Cambridge)
Emma's Pizza (Hampshire Street, Cambridge)

Northeastern University
Lucy Ethiopian (Mass. Ave., Boston)
Penguin Pizza (Huntington Avenue, Boston)
Squealing Pig (Smith Street, Boston)
Thaitation (Jersey Street, Boston)
Woody's (Hemenway Street, Boston)

Tufts University
La Cascia's (Main Street, Medford)
Martsa On Elm (Elm Street, Somerville)
Qingdao Garden (Mass. Ave., Cambridge)
Renee's Cafe (Holland Street, Somerville)
Tu Y Yo (Broadway, Somerville)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Some Recent Restaurant and Food Questions on Facebook

This summer we have been posting various questions on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page, and among the basic questions about best sub shops, favorite places for burgers, and favorite donut flavors are some questions that are less specific on foods and more focused on cities/neighborhoods, popular topics, social media, and so on. A few of these questions sparked a lot of interest--for instance, a question on food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants reached more than 7,000 folks in a 24-hour period, with nearly 50 comments posted during that time.

A few of these Facebook questions can be accessed below, and since they are "permanent" posts, they can be answered at any point in time. Expect more questions to be posted on our Facebook site every day or two, so keep checking back!

Do you think food trucks are unfairly hurting brick-and-mortar restaurants, or is it a healthy competition?

What is your favorite "guilty pleasure" food?

True or false: Providence is the 2nd best dining destination in New England after Boston. (If false, which city/town would you consider #2?)

Which current craze do you think will start to fade first--frozen yogurt, cupcakes, or burgers?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the Back Bay dining scene?

What are some long-closed restaurants that you miss?

A social media question--do you spend more time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Instagram? (Or something else?)

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Friday, August 3, 2012
Ten More Great Desserts from Boston-Area Spots

photo of brownie sundae from the Dogwood Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MAOne of our first photo slideshows (from last year) focused on five great desserts from Boston-area and New England spots, and since then, well, we've tried a lot more terrific sweets and treats. Therefore, it is time for a "Part 2" of our dessert slideshow, with ten pictures this time, and unlike last time we're keeping the focus more on the Boston area (the first dessert slideshow included a treat from a Vermont diner). The desserts shown in this slideshow have several chocolate-based dishes, and the items come from a mix of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and pastry shops.

Please go to the link below to check out this second dessert slideshow, and get ready for more slideshows coming up over the next few months!

Slideshow for Ten More Great Desserts

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