lobster

A Maine-sourced Lobster Roll in New York City

On a list of tough ways to make a living, owning a restaurant in New York City has to be somewhere near the top.  But what’s so great about it is that if you find a niche and that niche has a market, then owning a restaurant is a rewarding experience. So it is with […]

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Superbly-Prepared Italian Fare in Boston

It’s rewarding to see good things happening to good people, particularly when these good people prevail in spite of harsh conditions. The harsh conditions for Charles Draghi and Joan Johnson, co-owners in the role of chef and hostess respectively of Erbaluce, located in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood, were among the worst for businesses in general […]

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Italian Street Pork in the Lower East Side

Time. Such a curious thing that makes a difference to perception and reality. For example, the foundation of Italian civilization and the Italian food culture has been around for 2000 or so years; in America, its just about 1/10th of that. Interacting with Italians on many levels over his lifetime has left the impression that […]

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Oysters in Philadelphia

Sometimes relationships with restaurants are mere transactions. They purvey. You patronize. Other times, they are – ehrm, – relationships. This was this correspondent’s case with Oyster House in Philadelphia. Over the course of two years, your correspondent and the establishment got to know each other, got comfortable with each other, fought, made up, and parted […]

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The Perfect Lobster Roll in Portland

When I learned I was going to Maine for a wedding, my first call was to Luke Holden, a friend from college and proprietor of Luke’s Lobster Shack. When asked about the must visit in Portland, Luke sent me to his hometown haunt – The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Portland, ME. This place […]

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