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Cognac Bistro

Cognac Bistro

April 17, 2013


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It was the classiest gas station we had ever dined in. Cognac Bistro, formerly a Brookline gas station, has embraced its past with a functioning garage door doubling as the front wall. Dimly lit, the restaurant uses its small floor plan to stylish effect by devoting one section to sit-down dining a...

Genki Ya

Genki Ya

March 17, 2013


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“Two more people?” our hostess repeated, eyeing our table of seven. “Two,” we confirmed, and with just one look around Genki Ya, we could understand her surprise. The Japanese sushi restaurant had no more than 10 tables with little space in between. The effect, however, was not one of cramped...

Refuge Cafe

Refuge Cafe

February 16, 2013


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In one corner of Refuge Cafe, a young man with multiple face piercings and dressed in a tight leather jacket was drawing a human face in the shape of a tree. In another corner, a middle-aged man, while waiting for his order, danced to the sounds of the Jackson 5. With college students clad in flannel...

Orinoco

Orinoco

January 16, 2013


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Upon first glance, Brookline Village’s Orinoco appears every bit a sleek eatery of the modern moment. It is dominated by bold, clean lines—from the stainless steel framing of its open kitchen to the thin countertop of its window-side bar—and overrun with trendy 20-somethings. Look a little closer, ho...

SoulFire

SoulFire

December 16, 2012


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The walls of SoulFire, located on Harvard Street in Allston, depict musicians of soul’s golden age not in bland greys but in bold primary colors. Its menu offers the same modern take on barbecue classics. A gathering place for students from nearby Boston University, SoulFire hums with life, evoking ...

Sichuan Garden

Sichuan Garden

November 21, 2012


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Although the words greasy, oily and fatty are often associated with American Chinese restaurants, these words do not describe the food at Sichuan Garden. Despite its casual ambiance, Sichuan Garden offers a fine dining experience. The menu is split into nine different sections: speciality, Sichuan province delicacies and app...

Otto Pizza

Otto Pizza

October 31, 2012


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Pizza is generally categorized as follows: New York-style or Chicago-style. Personally, I go for New York-style thin-crust. Rarely have I heard of delicious pizza from anywhere else. Going into Otto Pizza, which opened in Coolidge Corner last May, I had my doubts. The original Otto Pizza opened in Portland, Maine in 2009. Who has ever heard of delicious pizza from Maine? The menu...

Shanghai Gate

Shanghai Gate

March 20, 2012


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Located at the intersection of Commonwealth and Harvard Avenues just a block out of Brookline and into Allston, Shanghai Gate was easy to get to. It was several steps away from a T stop on the “B” line. The restaurant was crowded. Although we didn’t have a reservation, the four of us were somehow...

Finale

Finale

February 13, 2012


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In honor of teenage romance on Valentine’s Day, a few Sagamore reporters decided to simulate a romantic stroll through Boston. And despite our limited experience with romantic dinners, we all agreed that the most romantic restaurant would be a desserterie. The evening, however, was less than sweet. Since...

Sol Azteca

Sol Azteca

January 22, 2012


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It was not snowing. It was raining. It was the middle of winter. It was cold but not cold enough to snow. This was just the kind of day that breaks a student’s spirit. A meal at Sol Azteca was quite possibly the perfect remedy to such dark, dreary weather-induced depression. Stepping into the rest...

The Abbey

The Abbey

December 20, 2011


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As a large party of eight, our table taking up half of the space in the restaurant, dinner at The Abbey pleased our stomachs, but not our wallets. Our general first impressions of the staff suggested that we would eat a good meal for a hefty price. Our assumptions were correct. An average high sc...

Naked Pizza

Naked Pizza

December 1, 2011


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Misleading is the one word I would use to describe Naked Pizza. Walking into the Coolidge Corner pizzeria, I was pleasantly surprised by how modern an establishment it was. The layout of the restaurant naturally appeared to my high-tech nature, due to the two iPads sitting in the store for customer...

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