Parish Café to Porter Exchange
- DavisSquare Mar 20, 2007 09:08 AM
The word on the street is that the Parish Café will be opening an additional (second?) location in the ex Cottonwood/Rustic Kitchen space in the Porter Exchange "around June".
Not too much info on the current location. How's the food? Will this be a good addition to the neighborhood?
That spot seems cursed because the places there have generally sucked. IIRC, Cottonwood and RK got some pretty withering reviews on these pages. I know my personal experience at the Cottonwood was a big thumbs down, and I don't dig Todd English.
Another problem is visibility - It is hard to see as you are driving by on that side - the corner entrance faces the opposite lane - with the median island blocking, you can't make any u-turns (officially, at least) on Mass Ave. so people just flow right on to the Forrest Cafe / Cambridge Commons area.
Lastly, Porter has never really supported a upper-mid-range place - Uno's has flourished for years, and there is Christopher's, but that's basically it. That's starting to change a little bit, however, as Davis and Harvard keep marching toward the middle.
I'm betting that Parish does well - I will certainly do my part to contribute.
If I still worked in that area, I'd be thrilled to hear the news. I've eaten at the original several times, and really like it as a fun lunch option. When I worked in the Porter Sq area, Cottonwood made for a great casual lunch place. The French bistro (don't remember the name) seemed just too fancy, and by the time it changed to Rustic, I think the place had lost momentum. I hope it will do well.
Oooh really? I love the food there - upscale/casual. Or like Joanie says, "Fancy sandwiches." I always bring out of town friends there for lunch; I'd go myself almost every day since I work around the corner but every day would get pricey, and it's always crowded. I think it will be a great addition to the Porter Square area.
Agreed with the comments already made. They have a pretty good beer selection with a decent variety of bottles and five or six drafts at any given time. The heart of the dining menu is sandwiches, each purportedly designed by a celebrity Boston-area chef. I'm a semi-regular, and do like the sandwiches very much for flavor, portions and price point.
Looking forward to having this as an option in the Porter area!