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Critic Roundup: Stephi's Furthering Boston's Trendiness

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

Gael GreeneInsatiable CriticAmerican Cut
Ryan SuttonBloombergAlder
Pete WellsNew York TimesKhe-Yo1 star
Pete WellsNew York TimesWhiskey Soda Lounge NY1 star
Tom SietsemaWashington PostRose's Luxury
Devra FirstThe Boston GlobeStephi's in Southie
Jonathan GoldLos Angeles TimesFishing with Dynamite
Brad A. JohnsonOC RegisterHopscotch2 stars
William PorterThe Denver PostSam's No. 32 stars
Scott ReitzDallas ObserverKitchen LTO

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