The Other Critics

Strip-T’s in the Spotlight; Porter Cafe Is a Neighborhood Gem

Bon App finds its way to Strip-T’s, the old-timey Watertown hangout that now employs Momofuko Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow, who just happens to be the son of owner Paul Maslow. One new menu addition, grilled romaine salad with braised oxtail and poached egg with a chili vinaigrette, is “satisfying as hell.” [Bon App]

• Devra First hits up West Roxbury’s neighborhood gem Porter Cafe. In this ‘hood, writes First, “food is happening.” Mussels “transcend the ordinary,” while housemade sausage is “meltingly tender.” [Globe]

The Huffington Post runs a slideshow of the Butcher Shop. They also fall in love: “The food is nothing short of stellar, the steak tartar so fresh and perfectly seasoned, it’ll have your heart racing after your first bite.” But, uh, is the chef a “he”? [HuffPo]

• Robert Nadeau gives two stars to Storyville, the Back Bay’s old-yet-new speakeasy. Go here to drink, says he: “The cocktail program is at this point more advanced than the snacks, small plates, and a few bigger plates, but there is some fine eating around the bar.” Get the chickpea frites. [Phoenix]

• Weirdly, Stone Hearth Pizza has a “phenomenal” beer selection. The pizza is also “virtuous.” Writer Cassandra Landry thinks the Lower Allston location has “palpable potential” to become a neighborhood staple. [Phoenix]

• Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square seems to have an “identity crisis,” selling everything from pad thai to pizza. But “the disparate elements at this polished spot somehow work.” Doesn’t hurt that they also have a “stellar list of suds.” [Boston]

Strip-T’s in the Spotlight; Porter Cafe Is a Neighborhood Gem