Eats

Vice Squad

Chow, Baby
Here in the land of ribs, fajitas, and chicken-fried, Chow, Baby can understand that it’s hard to be a good Lentenite, which may explain why so many people wimp out with lame sacrifices like chocolate, cigarettes, alcohol...


The Italian Job

Chasing down Bobby Albanese is worth the effort.
Jimmy Fowler
Just who does restaurateur Bobby Albanese think he is?



Oooh, Mama, That’s Tasty

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby was very excited a few years back to learn about umami, the “fifth taste,” rounding out salty, sour, sweet, and bitter.


Simple Shogun

The newly opened Ronin Sushi and Sake isn’t fancy, just fabulous.
Jimmy Fowler
A fearsome black bust of a horn-helmeted samurai glares out from an alcove near the sushi bar of the recently opened Ronin Sushi and Sake in Montgomery Plaza.



Hey Baby, What’s Your Sign

Chow, Baby
The Year of the Rat begins Thursday, and according to Chow, Baby’s extensive knowledge of Chinese astrology (20 minutes each at Wikipedia, astrology.com, and the U.S. Post Office, where Chow, Baby bought a sheet of pretty...


Double Chens

Though this classic Chinese buffet may argue otherwise, fill up at your waistline’s peril.
Jimmy Fowler
With the current public health crusade against chubbiness, it’s only a matter of time before that quintessential American institution – the Chinese buffet – earns the same sordid reputation as a Prohibition-er...



The Empire Strikes Back

Chow, Baby
Ooh! Ooh! You’ll never guess who Chow, Baby ran into! Guess! Guess! Here’s a hint: Joaquim “Kim” Gameiro, who used to own the fabulous Portuguese Café up on Boat Club Road!


Batter Up the Bayou

The fried Cajun delights come on furiously but not fast at Mary’s.
Peter Gorman
Out on East Belknap Street, past Little Vietnam, is an odd little restaurant in a freestanding single-story building that’s previously been home to a Long John Silver’s and a Mason Chicken & Sea Food, among oth...



No Sharing in Heaven

Chow, Baby
Of the many, or at least the several, benefits of being in a committed relationship, surely the most vital is being socially approved to eat off each other’s plates.


(Really) Big Night

Mamma Mia is content to let you stuff yourself with its splendid Italian fare.
Jimmy Fowler
The holiday tree still sits in the middle of Mamma Mia Italian Grill & Pizza, not far from the huge stone fountain with the angel pouring water from a pitcher atop its head.