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the%20kirkland%20tt%20bar%20-%20rachel%20leah%20blumenthal%20-%20150px.jpgFor his "The Gastronaut" column in Boston Magazine, Jolyon Helterman examines the "casual conundrum," where diners "get flummoxed by the financial disconnect" of the emerging batch of casual restaurants where "casual" doesn't necessarily mean "cheap." He admits that "value is an intensely personal concept" but urges diners to keep in mind that just because a space feels casual doesn't mean that "quality or craftsmanship has receded, or that restaurant buildouts suddenly became cheaper—or purveyors less expensive." [BM]
[Photo: The Kirkland Tap & Trotter/Rachel Leah Blumenthal]