Critic Roundup: Stephi's Furthering Boston's Trendiness

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At Stephi's in Southie, "seats are filled with stylish, fit, fashionable 30-somethings eating salads and burgers," says restaurant critic Devra First.

This week in restaurant news, restaurant critic Devra First reviews Stephanie Sokolove's latest Boston restaurant venture Stephi's in Southie, complimenting it as a "further confirmation of South Boston's trendiness." She describes the décor as "clean yet sexy," identifying its "red ikat upholstery, modern Morocco-inspired lamps, twinkly white tiles, and a gas fireplace." As for the dining crowd, "seats are filled with stylish, fit, fashionable 30-somethings eating salads and burgers. Navy-and-white stripes are a wardrobe theme. Post-yoga women still sport a radiant sheen as they sip olive-laden martinis," First says.

In Los Angeles, Fishing with Dynamite "blows away seafood lovers" with "tiny Peruvian scallops," which have a "penetrating nutty sweetness," "whole grilled sword squid with sliced chiles," and "New Zealand snapper stuffed with garlic, bok choy, and ginger and then tempura-fried," says restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.

In New York, restaurant critic Gael Greene dines at American Cut, where chef Marc Forgione has a "passion for everything bagels," a "yen for pastrami," and a "homeboy feel for Tribeca." Here, in what she describes as a "gymnasium of a space," Greene is "dazzled by the expensive, brassy Las Vegas look," the "black leather booths," and the "drop-dead lighting."


Restaurant Critic Roundup: 10/16/2013

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Gael Greene Insatiable Critic American Cut  
Ryan Sutton Bloomberg Alder  
Pete Wells New York Times Khe-Yo 1 star
Pete Wells New York Times Whiskey Soda Lounge NY 1 star
Tom Sietsema Washington Post Rose's Luxury  
Devra First The Boston Globe Stephi's in Southie  
Jonathan Gold Los Angeles Times Fishing with Dynamite  
Brad A. Johnson OC Register Hopscotch 2 stars
William Porter The Denver Post Sam's No. 3 2 stars
Scott Reitz Dallas Observer Kitchen LTO  

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