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Dinner suggestion in Cambridge?

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Looking to try a new place for dinner tonight. I am looking for someplace along the lines of Central Kitchen and Chez Henri or Craigie St Bistro. Suggestions?

Thanks,

-Thatcher

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  1. I hear lots of good things about Rendezvous... no matter where you go, keep in mind that it's Restaurant Week.

    1. Have a look at my recent review of EVOO ... really liked it.

      1. Ate at Central Kitchen last night- it wasn't very busy, though it was freezing out. The ceasar salad was slightly bland- and came in a lightly deconstructed form...the lettuce was uncut so it was difficult to eat. The trout was perfectly done, delicate and fresh tasting with a flavorful, but not over powering sauce.

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        1. re: foodforthought.m

          I had that trout dish last Thursday--it's absolutely exquisite. Very refined cooking, letting the ingredients speak for themselves. I liked the (fairly small portion) of potato gratin buried underneath the crisp fish; great texture contrast. I haven't always been Central Kitchen's biggest fan, but I'm now going to be returning a whole lot more often. I can't remember having a better single dish in a Boston restaurant at this mid range/bistro price point.

          But if you're bored of Central Kitchen and want to try a new place, then I'd second Rendezvous. The West Side Lounge between Harvard and Porter might also be an option, though it's slightly more casual than the other places you mention. Some great mixed drinks, though.

        2. Rendezvous is definately worth trying.

          1. I haven't been there in a few years, but you might also consider The Green Street Grill(http://www.thegreenstreetgrill.com/). I'd be interested in an update.

            1. I would try Oleana. The chef/owner, Ana Sortum(?), is an exceptional chef and is usually in the kitchen.

              1. Central Kitchen is good. You may also want to try The Blue Room or Rendezvous but the best Cambridge restaurant is East Coast Grill. The worst Cambridge restaurant is Craigie St. Bistrot.

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                1. re: skypilot

                  Craigie Street the worst restaurant in Cambridge? I've had friends who were disappointed by it, said it didn't live up to the hype.

                  But man, have you been to the Border Cafe? John Harvard's Brew House? The Hong Kong? Finale? Sidney's? Royal East? Temple Bar? Bambara? Either of the Tommy Doyles's? Joe Sent Me? Desfina? Not even counting the many bad chain restaurants, there's a whole world of suck in Cambridge that in my own experience Craigie Street doesn't even begin to approach. I'd be interested to hear more about what soured you to it.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Granted some of the restaurants you mention are not the greatest or most acclaimed but you don't expect them to be and they are not as expensive. Craigie St is the critics darling and they don't deliver. The menu is difficult, full of gamey organ meats etc. The dinning area is underground, cramped and poorly ventilated. The servers act as they are doing you a favor. I agree Craigie St does not live up to the hype. I'd rather eat at Temple Bar, West End Grill, Mary Chung, Salts, Rialto(when it reopens) , Bambara and Blue Room. At least those restaurants meet my expectations and appreciate my business.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        there's no doubt that places like blue room are a lot of fun. if you want great, sophisticated but unpretentious food -- things you wont be served elsewhere, with attention to detail, a quiet energy that makes it possible to have a conversation, and a terrific wine list, you are better off at Craigie Street Bistrot.

                        Sounds like Sky Pilot is looking for a date, not looking for a great meal.