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Central Square Lunch Spot?

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


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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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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        1. 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.

          1. Shalimar has a rather good lunch buffet for 7$

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

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

                  1. 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.

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

                          1. 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.

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