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Oct 31, 2006 05:40 PM

Best Laptop-Friendly Places

I'm looking for places that are T-accessible and are laptop-friendly... by that I mean that they won't mind you taking up a table for 2-3 hours and have some sort of access to an electrical outlet. Any type of food would be good, as long as it's tasty. I'm looking for any kind of restaurant, not just cafes.

Thanks for all your help!

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  1. trident cafe at the bar on newbury street is great.

    1. Thanks to Newbury Open Net, it's not just the Trident, but also Sonsie, Boloco, and Armani Cafe. I've plunked down for a couple of hours at Sonsie in the morning, paying the rent with coffee, pastries, and water. They kind of nudge you along once the lunch crowd starts showing up.

      1. Try Mariposa Bakery (Central) for sandwiches, baked goods, free wireless.

        1. For lunch spots, you could try Soleil Cafe in Teele Sq or True Grounds in Ball Sq. if Somerville is convenient for you. I wrote the bulk of my Master's thesis at these two places and never got moved along. True Grounds gets very crowded, so get there by 10am for a table and start with one of their yummy breakfast sandwich on iggy's bread, served until 1pm. They also have a killer grilled cheese. Soleil Cafe is much easier to find a table at noon or 1pm, and the food is often quite good - some creative sandwiches. I like the Saigon, their take on bahn mi. Amd also the egg salad wrap which is huge and includes bacon! Usually some interesting sides. I don't know about wireless at Soleil.

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          1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

            True Grounds is excellent. It has free wireless, really, really good baked goods and sandwiches, and great coffee. It would have been my #1 suggestion if the OP didn't mention T accessibility. Unfortunately, True Grounds is about a 15 minute walk from Davis Square. If that's not prohibitive, I highly recommend it.

            1. re: fenian

              I'm actually fine with driving around the Medford/Somerville area... I just don't want to be driving around downtown if I can help it.

              What time does True Grounds close?

              1. re: pamalamb

                That's the only downside - they close at 7PM every night.

          2. I've spent many hours online at the Miracle of Science in Central Sq. They'll plug you in at the bar and let you nurse a beer or a bite to eat. I try to avoid hanging out during lunch or right after work as it gets crowded. During off hours it's great though.

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            1. re: horrible

              Is it free wi-fi or is there a fee?