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going to be in Cambridge for lunch and downtown Boston for dinner. Please rec some great spots.


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  1. Can you give us something to go on-- preferences, prices, etc?

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    1. re: newhound

      something simple for lunch, good sandwich with creativity.

      dinner in the range of $60/head. I read about Mare and Neptune, they sounded good

      1. re: djsun

        Also try Parrish Cafe on Boylston in Back Bay. They have about 20 sandwiches, each from a famous Boston chef. If you're looking for good sandwiches.

    2. For lunch you might try Casablanca - they are sort of the quintessential "Harvard Square" restaurant with an interesting mix of people. Since Boston/Cambridge is famous for its schools, this makes for an interesting choice and the food can be quite good. The people watching is usually great.

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      1. re: ptrefler

        i'd second the casablanca rec. you can read on this board about their burger and other dishes. while i like darwin's and hi-rise, i find them to be just your typical gourmet sandwich places, nothing special for a new yorker i suspect. cardullo's does make a nice sandwich with duck confit, but it's mostly a gourmet market.

        downtown people like chacarero for lunch, but the waits can be long.

        1. re: jenga

          This is the second time recently I've seen someone speak positively about Casablanca. Have they changed ownership? When I lived in Cambridge, the food was OK and the service affirmatively awful.

          Also, you'd be surprised re the sandwich situation in NYC. I've yet to really find a place like Hi Rise or Darwin's. I also second the Bartley's rec someone mentioned. Personally, however, I'd head up Mass Ave to Elephant Walk for Cambodian or either Boca Grande or Anna's for a burrito.

      2. good sandwiches in cambridge (can find more exact info by searching board):
        -oxford spa
        i think they are all in the ~$7-10/sandwich range. cardullo's does not have seating.

        1. One more- a new place - - All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge from Chris Schlesinger (sp?).

          1. If you want a burger, try Bartleys.

            1. Lunch in Cambridge:
              Excellent sandwiches at Hi-Rise
              Annoying lines and a celebrity chef at ASSBar
              Old school with a side of sweet potato fries at Bartley's
              Burgers at Miricle of Science
              Sandwiches at Plough and Stars
              Algerian-Tunisian at Baraka Cafe

              Boston for dinner:
              Given your lack of criteria, I shoot off of the hip:
              Prix fixe at Grotto
              Tuscan at Trattoria Toscana
              Seafood at Neptune Oyster
              Troquet. I'm pretty sure you could get away with $60/pp if you don't order an entire bottle of wine.

              In full disclosure, I would probably choose a cuisine that isn't as well represented in NY (Portugese, Brazilian, etc) by venturing out to East Boston and Somerville.

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              1. re: gini

                Just to clarify for an out-of-towner: ASSBar, as gini so charmingly puts it, is Chris Schlesinger's All-Star Sandwich Bar near Inman Square.

                1. re: gini

                  Thanks for the Rec's. I would prefer something that isnt so well represented in NY. I've had italian on the South End, and it was very good, but I do get plently of good italian in NYC.

                  1. re: djsun

                    Well, Mare is organic costal Italian. Make of that what you will.

                    Neptune is fantastic. Have some oysters or the hot buttered lobster roll.

                    Good luck with your search.

                2. Much prefer Darwin's and Hi-Rise to Cardullo's or Oxford Spa.

                  1. For dinner, I would suggest:
                    Sorellina (see a review I wrote today from a w/e visit) - excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Chic, but not stuffy.

                    B&G Oysters - excellent seafood in a nice enviro. It's a small place, excellent service, not "fancy" but pretty funky. They also have an excellent wine list. You could also do apps (oysters!) here and cross the street to the Butcher Shop for dinner. Haven't been to Mare or Neptune, so can't compare, but have been to lots of other seafood places, and it remains my favorite.

                    Stella - Italian-ish funky South End spot on Washington St. Can get loud, but better in "side" room. I think their food is better than most South End fare, service is good and I LOVE their cioppino - one of my faves. Their fish is consistently good as well.

                    1. I wouldn't recommend Stella, more style than substance I think.

                      Is Chez Henri in Cambridge open for lunch? Great Cubano there. Like Miracle of Science burgers too.

                      You can eat just about anywhere for $60 if you rein in on the wine. I'd eat at the bar at No. 9 Park and have the prune gnocci. Or try Lala Rohk - cosy Persian food on Beacon Hill - very Boston location, interesting food. Haven't been to Neptune Oyster/Mare, but next time I'm in No. End plan to go to both, heard great things. Hammersley's is pretty much a Boston classic, not edgy but with a really nice ambiance, bistro-y, known for amazing roast chicken.

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                      1. re: sflory

                        Alas, Chez Henri is not open for lunch.

                        1. re: finlero

                          Yes, that would have been one of my suggestions, too. Love that cubano...

                      2. Mangia Mangia is one of those totally off-the-bearten-track places in the North End that's non-locals rarely venture into. It's worth the detour from the main drag in the North End. On Endicott Street. Get a hot sub -- chicken parm's good.

                        You could probably get a dish of Alaskan King crab at Jumbo Seafood in Chinatown for $60. I'd call and check for availability. Steamed with garlic or flash fried and stir-fried with ginger and scallions. Live salt and pepper eel is great too.

                        1. Chez Henri is worth going to for dinnner as well. The menu in the dining room is great....They have some of the best sweetbreads I have ever tasted.

                          You could also try Oleana in Cambridge

                          As far as downtown goes, I always like Pho Republiqe for fun and good food as well as Les Zygomats for some great live music and quality food.