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Harvard Square for Lunch - Where to Go?

I'll be in Harvard Square on Friday and plan to have lunch, but where? I usually end up at Grafton Street or John Harvard and I'm looking for some place different. I'm thinking maybe Smile Thai. Anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. How about Cafe Z? I haven't been there, but I've heard it's great!

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    1. re: parkslopemama

      Really? I've heard almost nothing positive about Cafe Z, including a not-so-hot review in the Globe. I haven't been there either, but if anyone's a fan out there, let us know why.

      1. re: wontonton

        Tried to go today for breakfast b/c a friend's parents had RAVED about it to her. Decided to be open-minded and try it. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be as the waitress was running late so they had to delay their breakfast start-time to 11AM and we didn't want to eat from the limited/counter service menu upstairs. It was 10:15 when we walked in. Have to say I won't rush back given how un-accomodating they were to us.

        1. re: wontonton

          Been once, for dinner.

          The best thing about Cafe Z, IMHO, is the niche it fills: mid-priced, non-ethnic, non-pub food in Harvard Square. You can get a cup of decent soup an entree with a meat/fish and a side or two and a drink for $25 or so plus tax/tip.

          On my particular visit, I had a decent-not-great carrot soup, the "Wursthause Plate" entree with 3 different sausages, good red cabbage and mashed potatoes and an Endurance Pale Ale. $35 after tip, I think, and well worth it IMHO.

          The take-out lunch menu also looked promising - always good to have more options in The Square.

      2. Time and weather permitting, might be a good opportunity to hoof it over to the Plough and Stars and try one of those cubanos the kids have been talking about.

          1. re: heathermb

            Upstairs on the Square (Monday Club) also has a prix fix for lunch. $20 for three courses. I've had it in the past and the portions were substantial and delicious. An excellent lunch deal. Plus, I love the decor.

          2. Tamarind Bay, for Indian lunch buffet.

            1. Smile is not very good. The best of the (deeply mediocre) Thai in Harvard Square is Spice. But I'd go with one of the above suggestions, or if you're in the mood for something Asian (non-Indian), try Rendang (formerly Penang, same menu, same food).