New Cambridge 1 (Fenway) now open
Just a quick FYI...they opened this past Friday. Just had a great lunch there. If you like the original place, you'll like this just as much. Plus, more room. Got the wine/beer going too. And they'll be setting up the outdoor seating in the next few days.
Stopped in on Wed night (thanks for the tip, Sal - we never would have known about it since we are almost never on that side of Fenway). The space is HUGE, but familiar-looking (those MoS boys sure do have their branding down pat). Recognized a lot of the Harvard Sq. staff, which means that things seemed to be running smoothly. Took our places at the bar (three big flat panel TV's above). Food took a bit longer than the Harvard locale, but it was pleasant enough with the big garage door open on a gorgeous evening (looks out onto what will soon be an outdoor dining area - bar stools both inside and out). The #1 (tomato) and #5 (potato with fontina) were good as usual, though I felt the dough could've used a little more salt. A crisp Spanish Rose and Dogfish Head Ale 60 min (on tap - they are actually changing some of the taps in Cambridge and have added new taps in Boston!) both went down smoothly. I wonder what this place will look like on game days?....
The bartender at the Plough mentioned this over the weekend. I didn't realize that the owners of Cambridge 1 also own the Miracle of Science. Makes some sense given they both offer honest solid food and have the same minimalist kind of decor. I hope the Fenway Cambridge 1 (really, let's just call it Fenway 1) does well. I really enjoy the simple thin crust pizzas and salads.