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Jun 28, 2007 06:00 PM

Best Haitian food near Cambridge?

A friend from Vermont is visiting. He used to work with Haitian kids here years ago and has fond memories of home-cooked meals prepared by their families. He requested a Haitian restaurant for dinner tomorrow night. Any ideas?

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  1. How about Highland Cafe in Somerville, by the Circuit City?

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    1. re: Prav

      Are there other Haitian options around?

      BTW, the only Circuit city I know is on the other side of 93 near the Home Depot, a good mile and a half away. I guess it's close if you're coming from Vermont but not a good landmark for directions.

      1. re: DavisSquare

        I think Highland is better, but there also is Sunrise on Middlesex Ave right by the Assembly Sq Mall (near to the 99 and dunkin donuts). There was another Haitian restaurant on Medford St in Somerville, but it closed about 3 months ago. There also is Chez Mimi's in Everett and Cafe Creole right at the rotary on Main St. There are a number of options in Dorchester, but I don't know anything about them.

        Cammie's in Cambridge is pretty good for their baked goods, but they do have limited food service too (Izzys is too near by for me to have fully taken advantage of this).

        1. re: DavisSquare

          Highland cafe is on Highland avenue, near union square, where highland and medford street meet mcgrath highway ( not by the circuit city which is think is in assembly square about 5-7 minutes away). I worked in Haiti for a summer teaching music and have always wanted to try Highland cafe, especially since I live only a few blocks away. Maybe I'll go now.

      2. I agree 100%. The Highland Cafe in Somerville is the go to place for Hatian food.

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        1. re: TomH

          Bon Appetit on Blue Hill Ave is worth the trip.. Many other good Carribbean spots on Blue Hill as well.

        2. Is the place in Huron Village close enough to Haitian to qualify?

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Are you talking about Ortanique in Huron Village? That place is Jamaican.

              1. re: Prav

                What are the differences between the food on the Highland Cafe menu and that of Ortanique?

            2. Thanks for the replies. Highland Cafe it is. Do they serve beer? If not, can we bring some beer in ?