What our critics had to say about Anthony J's, Grano Arso, and Liv's Shack

Anthony J's 'L' Salad
(Ann Baldelli/Special to The Day)

Anthony J’s 6 Holmes St., Mystic (860) 536-0448 www.anthonyjsbistro.com Whenever I write a food review, I hear from people after about their opinions of the restaurant. Some of those people I know, and some are...

Ham salad, a retro throwback, keeps its cool by losing the mayo

Ham salad with chips (Washington Post photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg; food styling by Bonnie S. Benwick/The Washington Post)

Picnic salads, such as egg salad and ham salad, tuna salad and chicken salad, are welcome bring-alongs to office lunches, outdoor get-togethers and cookouts.

How chefs find restaurants when they travel

Thai food impresario Andy Ricker offers advice on finding good restaurants when you travel. (Richard Vogel/AP Photo)

Chefs tend to have better restaurant radars than the average civilian. René Redzepi does not bumble into a tourist-trap bistro next to the Eiffel Tower when he's in Paris, and you shouldn't have to, either.

A Greek-style collection of toppings turns these 'pizzas' into a glorious mess

Greek Pita Pizzas (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

Cookbook author Heather Thomas, who splits her time between Greece and the U.K., uses pita breads as a base for a pile of spinach, soft onions, tomatoes, feta, olives and pine nuts.

Review: 'Smokelore' is a tasty history of barbecue, food and culture

'Smokelore,' a new release by Georgia author Jim Auchmutey, demonstrates there's room for one more book about barbecue





Rick's List — Naive Edition

The other evening at a dinner party, I made on offhand comment, something about, "Gosh, I don't see anything bad happening anywhere in this fine world of ours ever again." And one of the folks eating foie gras said,...

An Allagash River Adventure, Part I: Surviving squalls, wind and bugs on an exquisite, 90-mile wilderness river

Resplendent with churning rapids, sparkling lakes, dense forests and panoramic views of distant mountains, Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway embodies a paddler’s paradise — except when you step ashore.


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Buddy Guy — Nov. 15 at Garde; tickets on sale at noon today; $49-$79

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Pure Prairie League — Sept. 11 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65-$100

Leslie Jones — Sept. 7 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $39-$59