take-out lunches in the Cambridge/Allston area
- Gabe Handel Apr 30, 2002 12:06 PM
I do a weekly take-out lunch with my staff, usually from places in Allston, Watertown, and Harvard/Porter squares. Our range of options hasn't grown in a while, so people are getting a little bit bored. I'm wondering if 'hounds have suggestions for good take-out foods of any variety in these areas.
Our standby restaurants currently include the Greek Corner, Boca Grande, Pinocchio's, Anna's Tacqueria, the Oxford Spa, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Strip-T's, and Moogy's.
Any and all new suggestions would be much appreciated.
For sandwiches, soups, salads:
Hi Rise (Huron Ave. or Brattle St., Camb.)
Darwin's (Mt. Auburn St, Camb.)
Zaftig's (Harvard St in Coolidge Corner)
And a couple of other good pizza/sub places near Harvard (though I found out the hard way switching pizza on people can cause Balkan-like conflicts):
Armando's (Huron Ave, Camb.)
Il Panino (Mass Ave, Camb.)
The banh-mi and all the other Vietnamese specialties, (wonderful papaya salad!) from the GooseBearry take-out truck on Ames St. at MIT.
i cannot plug Darwin's on Mt. AUburn St. enough --- delicious bread, kooky staff, baked goods, Formaggio-esque dry goods incl. wine. all the sandwishes are named after the local streets --- my fave is the Chapman, egg salad on sourdough.
also, S&S uber-deli in Inman Square does a very nice bag lunch catering.
This suggestion is THE proverbial hole-in-the-wall, but try Charles Kitchen, 5 N. Beacon St, Allston for their Roast Duck Noodle Soup or other non-standard fare. Really great quality, cheap, and the owner is very pleasant.