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Dec 2, 2001 11:20 AM

Central Sq.

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I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.
I was wondering what are the hot spots in Central Sq., Cambridge. I find that the Middle East is just fair.
I miss the donut shop that used to be almost on the corner of Mass Av. and Prospect. The 1369 is good for a cup of coffee but can be awful noisy at times.

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  1. there are two new coffee shops about a block from the middle east going toward MIT, both quieter and more comfortable then 1369,
    one is cezanne open til 6p and the other is new , I don't know the name-it's across the street from cezanne.

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    1. re: TK

      it's called mama gaia's.

      also want to add a note about a new find in powderhouse square called "what's cooking on college ave". great baked goods and desserts. yesterday i went in for a snack and ordered a portabello risotto cake ($2.95) and a apricot-glazed chicken wing (.60) both delicious. the owner added a spoonful of sauted spinich because she thought i need something green on my plate.

      1. re: TK

        The coffee shop across from Cafe Cezanne is 8am Coffee.
        The newest places in Central Square are:
        "Centro" (Italian, next to Good Life)
        "Zuzu" (Upscale Middle-Eastern/next to Middle East)
        "Asgard" (Irish/Viking Pub - site of old Austin Grill)
        "All Asia" (casual Asian - across from Miracle of Science Bar)

      2. Check out the Green Street Grill. IT's a little gussied up from the old green street, but still has great food, and I think still has a reduced price menu on Mondays. Also Centro is pretty fantastic Italian, if you can get a seat.

        1. I've had a couple good meals at Central Kitchen. The Phoenix Landing does a good burger if you get there before the club action starts, and I always recommend the burgers at the Miracle of Science. Haven't been to La Groceria in a while but they have cheap 3 course meals til 6:30 or 7 I think. All Asia should concentrate more on being a bar I think, at least from the one time I ate there. I think the Good Life is kind of fun and fairly cheap, but totally mediocre food.

          1. Central Square hot spots I like are: Mary Chung's. Nothing like the Suan La Chow Shau dumplings and sprouts. One of the Boston areas best chinese restaurants, period. Also, Shalimar had good indian food if you go for that. I agree the M.E. is just so-so. La Groceria is pretty middle-of-the-road italian as opposed to when they opened years back they seemed more cutting-edge then.

            1. Don't forget to have an ice cream at Toscanini's. It has a national following. Burnt caramel with hot fudge!