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If you had to choose one for tonight...for chef

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My aunt is in town from Chicago, and she is a chef (here for seafood show at Hynes). I'm trying to decide where to take her to eat - I usually eat on the Cambridge side, and have limited funds, so don't have an overall sense of restaurants in the city. I've read the board, but still can't decide. No specific cuisine, price cap pp is probably $60, any Boston area location. The first places that I thought of are: Oleana, Rendezvous, and Franklin Cafe - mainly because I have not been to any of them (can you believe it??) and have wanted to. I also thought of Matt Murphy's, which I have been to and love. I've been to Helmand a lot lately, so not there...HELP!

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  1. If you don't mind forgoing alcohol with the meal, perhaps Baraka Cafe in Central Square for North African?

    1. I believe it's still restaurant week? I would go to Pigalle and sit at the bar-early! Great bar menu at resonable prices. I would call first 617 423 7205.

      1. restaurant week ended last night, friday. some places may extend it and pick it back up tomorrow.

        you can enjoy a very good meal over here at eastern standard at that price point. and central kitchen on your side.

        1. Pava in Newton Center, where Chef Susan Regis reigns, has wonderful food.

          1. Might be cool to try a place that makes a different kind of food from the restaurant where your friend works. Here's a variety of places that I like, some will be way below your $60 budget. Tamarind Bay, Salt and Grain, Cafe Baraka, Buk Kyung (I or II), Reef Cafe, Aneka Rasa, New Shanghai, Shanghai Gate, Khao Sarn, The Daily Catch (North End).