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MC Slim JB
Boston, MA, USA
Boston-based restaurant critic and food/drinks feature writer best known for writing the Boston Phoenix's On the Cheap column.
Interests: Boston restaurants, food, cocktails, wine, cooking
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I love those two cask Westport River wines (white and rosé) for $5 a throw: a bargain!
Wow, you worked a lot into one visit! It took me three meals to touch that many bases. I share your early admiration. If they keep their prices close to the opening menu, and the rest of the bar staff can learn their lessons from Butler, it ought to be a burning-magnesium success.
Some help for this article's author in regard to "it's" vs. "its":
The 2009 Improper Best-Of is decent of its kind Historically, I haven't been a fan of the Improper's annual best-of list, as it's usually too full of suspect choices, lulus that make you certain they're collecting graft from advertisers. But the 2009 edition is pretty good from a restaurant perspective: I don't see a whole lot of Phantom Gourmet-like whoring to sponsors. They get a lot right, and even when I disagree with their choices for "best", I don't think they're ridiculously far off. It's true that there's not enough emphasis on cheap-eats kind of places, and that many worthy neighborhoods get largely overlooked; this is a problem with many publications' coverage of Boston restaurants. I know I don't spend as much time as I should writing about restaurants in Roxbury, Dorchester, Roslindale, and West Roxbury, but I'm working on it.