Gangou dry fish fillet at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Gangou dry fish fillet at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham.

Why the best Chinese food might be outside Boston

Plant a critical mass of expats craving the taste of home, and the restaurants will follow.By Ted Weesner

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/sichuangourmet_05.jpg The best Chinese food outside of Boston

These restaurants serve some of the area’s best Chinese food, beyond city limits.

Quick Bite

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Boghosian_quickbite3_ART.jpg At the new Villa Mexico, have a burrito and hot chocolate

The Mexican favorite has moved from a Beacon Hill gas station to a downtown location.

Tables

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Ken Oringer’s sushi parlor within the Eliot Hotel has opened after a revamp.

tables

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/editedturner011314FOOD22families265-4791.jpg Bistro du Midi chef Robert Sisca leaving for R.I.

Sisca departs Boston for his home state of Rhode Island, where he’ll become corporate executive chef at ProvidenceG.

Q&A

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/6B7A4556_HiResA.jpg Christine Flynn on her alter ego, Jacques La Merde

The chef talks about her soigne snack-food creations, Instagram, and the art of having fun.

dining out

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_branchline2_food.jpg At Watertown’s Branch Line, a star turn for chicken

Garrett Harker’s new restaurant focuses on unpretentious, satisfying dishes, and the humble rotisserie chicken takes center stage.

Bottles

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Samuel Adams debuts three nitrogen-infused beers: Nitro White Ale, Nitro IPA, and Nitro Coffee Stout.

Plated

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/tlumacki_D_Agostino_s_lifestyle159.jpg Deli has served up subs for nearly half a century

Super Bowl Sunday is a busy day at D’Agostino, which specializes in Italian sandwiches and also has a branch in Arlington Heights.

From the Bar

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At Fuji at Assembly, executive sushi chef Ming Cao’s maki-that’s-not-a-maki pairs well with a white blend from California.

Dining Decor

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/04diningdecorA.jpg At Rosebud, a logo with family history

A wall hanging at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar honors Milford-based company Al Cass, named after restaurateur Joe Cassinelli’s dad.

Cooking With GORDON HAMERSLEY

Crispy wings with Italian flair score at Super Bowl party

Broccoli rabe pesto makes a robust accompaniment to slather on chicken wings as you eat.

Texas-style short rib chili

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Recipe for Texas-style short rib chili

This hearty, meat-centric dish differs from non-Texan chili in that there are no beans or tomatoes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_0134.jpg Recipe for braised chicken with caramelized onions

To braise a whole chicken you need a pot that will hold it snugly.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/avocado4A.jpg Recipe for avocado fries with buttermilk poppy yogurt

No Super Bowl gathering is complete without avocado.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_0130A.jpg Recipe for fruit and nut bars

Dried fruit, nuts, and warm spices vie for attention, irresistible with a cup of tea.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/01/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/ChocolateFootballPlain.jpg A chocolate football for all fans

Phillips Candy House’s NFL replica football is 2 pounds of fully inflated milk chocolate.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/tlumacki_southstreetdiner_lifestyle160.jpg A Mardi Gras feast at South Street Diner

This year, says owner Solomon Sidell, the nearly 70-year-old eatery’s Fat Tuesday celebration will be “bigger and better.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/2508963AprEpicureanPinstripeGraniteA.jpg The Mighty Apron has you covered

The Mighty Apron is generously cut to keep your cooking off your clothes.

The Confident Cook

Flavorful fish cooked inside a salt crust

It may look complicated, but this is an easy way to prepare whole fish.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/dining_out_90.jpg Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cheap_eats_90.jpg Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

The Burger Beat

the burger beat | jon Mael

City Streets Restaurant

City Streets Restaurant in Waltham, which is moving to a larger space in the fall, has such a following for its burgers that it makes 200 City Burgers a week.

Best wines under $20

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/31/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/05plonkapix17.jpg 10th annual Plonkapalooza: Best wines under $20

Sommeliers sampled 25 whites, 25 reds, all under $20, and uncorked some surprises among the winning wines.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/doubleshot-5060.png The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.

New England diners

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/p24_Jamie_Floyd.jpg 16 must-visit New England diners

These restaurants greet their guests with good food, down-to-earth atmosphere, and friendly prices.

Barbecue in Boston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/p22_opening_photo.jpg Boston’s 10 best BBQ joints

We decree which spots serve the tastiest ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked specialties.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/headmag0803_Cover-1956--90x90.jpg The food issue

How “Top Chef” Kristen Kish entertains, plus Clover Food Lab’s secret ingredient.