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blintz Jun 28, 2007 06:00 PM

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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    blintz Jun 29, 2007 12:25 PM

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

    1. Bob Dobalina Jun 29, 2007 09:39 AM

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

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        lennyb Jun 29, 2007 10:11 AM

        Bob Dobalina- you being serious?

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          Prav Jun 29, 2007 10:50 AM

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

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            Bob Dobalina Jun 29, 2007 12:34 PM

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

        2. TomH Jun 29, 2007 07:28 AM

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

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            lennyb Jun 29, 2007 09:38 AM

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

          2. Prav Jun 28, 2007 09:29 PM

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

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              DavisSquare Jun 29, 2007 09:34 AM

              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.

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                itaunas Jun 29, 2007 09:40 AM

                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).

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                  dinnerbell Jun 29, 2007 11:02 AM

                  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.

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