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Central Square Lunch Spot?

MaltedMilk Nov 14, 2006 06:36 PM

I am being taken out to lunch tomorrow, my choice. Any suggestions? Not too pricey, we work in community health!


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    inmanchick Nov 17, 2006 01:34 AM

    had a really good cuban at Hot off the Press. i think they called it a Feisty Cuban. Also try Picante for mexican.

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      AmandaRG Nov 15, 2006 08:20 PM

      Basta Pasta at 319 western ave I think is one of the best cheap eats around. The pasta and sandwiches are really really good and homemade and at very reasonable prices. If you don't mind a short walk out of the actual square I would say this is deifnatley a good choice for you.

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        fenian Nov 15, 2006 03:45 AM

        I second Rangzen's buffet, Moody's, and Baraka.

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          BOS_steve Nov 15, 2006 12:50 AM

          The Tavern is always a safe bet. A little pricey for bar food, but I always feel good walking out.

          Moody's Falafel Palace is good, quick, and cheap too.

          Cinderella's does quality Italian subs and their calzones are amazing. They also have a couple of pasta specials everyday which are very reasonably priced.

          As mentioned above, India Pavilion, Shalimar, Desi Dhaba and the Bengali Cafe are as good as it gets for a buffet lunch.

          1. steinpilz Nov 14, 2006 09:47 PM

            There's also The Field, about 30 feet from Central Square on Prospect. A real Irish bar - ok food and good beer, great atmosphere.

            1. MichaelB Nov 14, 2006 09:14 PM

              Lots of great suggestions already. I'd add Middlesex Lounge (next to Miracle of Science -- same owners) for good sandwiches and salads. Sort of an odd atmosphere with the movable backless bench seating but very good food.

              I really like Plough and Stars as well (at the opposite boundary of Central Sq. environs) but note that it can be a little pricey -- most of the lunch entrees are north of 10 bucks, the sandwiches a little bit less than that. (All worth the price, just wanted to mention that given your stipulation.)

              I think Baraka Cafe is a great suggestion as well -- unusual, excellent, and very reasonable. Service can be sloooow, though, if that's a factor.

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                jenga Nov 14, 2006 08:51 PM

                koreana is a few blocks up prospect st. for indian in central square, my favorite is india pavillion.

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                  erinnlee Nov 14, 2006 08:34 PM

                  I'm a huge fan of Ghandi (great Indian food, and not too expensive)

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                    TheScribe Nov 14, 2006 08:20 PM

                    I second Rangzen Tibetan. They have a buffet. It's a cuisine that may be new and different, so that's fun.

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                      Jesseve Nov 14, 2006 07:46 PM

                      Shalimar has a rather good lunch buffet for 7$

                      1. itaunas Nov 14, 2006 07:38 PM

                        How large a group and is a loud environment ok? If its fairly small, Izzy's at the corner of Harvard is excellent but its far from a sit-down environment.

                        I have always enjoyed the Plough and Stars for lunch, but haven't been for food since it reopened (its on the list). Miracle is a good suggestion and better than Asgard or Phoenix Landing.

                        Rangzen Tibetan is decent, the Middle East is a bit hit or miss but satisfying.

                        Mary Chung's is a decent option too (there is one dish at Royal East of dry fried noodles that I greatly prefer, but most of their lunch specials are fairly lame americanized).

                        A lot of Indian restaurants have opened since I have last eaten in Central, maybe India Pavilion if its still decent, but hopefully someone has more recent input.

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                          Taralli Nov 14, 2006 07:31 PM

                          Miracle of Science - burgers, salads, etc.
                          Middle East http://www.mideastclub.com/ Middle Eastern
                          Baraka Cafe http://www.barakacafe.com/ Tunisian/No African
                          Mary Chung http://www.mit.edu/~eichin/marys/mary... (not sure open for lunch)

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                            Taralli Nov 14, 2006 07:39 PM

                            Further up Mass Ave towards Harvard Sq:

                            Plough & Stars http://www.ploughandstars.com/html/me...

                          2. finlero Nov 14, 2006 07:30 PM

                            Hit Baraka Cafe for some delicious Algerian-Tunisian. NB cash only.

                            1. littlelady Nov 14, 2006 07:22 PM

                              central square is tough for lunch, i think. generally, if i'm eating in central, i go to mariposa but it's a cafe (not a restaurant). i also like miracle of science a lot- i'm not sure how crowded it gets during the day.

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