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Christopher's in Cambridge - any good?

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Will be going to a show at Toad and wanted to grab a bite beforehand. I know Christopher's is right next door, which would be convenient, but how's the food?

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  1. Hmmmm...I haven't had the best experiences there. Maybe if you stick with a burger and fries...it should be fine. I find it disappointing, considering all of the great places in Boston to eat.

    Other ideas: Anna's taqueria in porter. R.F. O'Sullivan's is also a close walk from Toad.

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    1. re: cricketmoore

      I'll echo the "disappointed" sentiment re: Christopher's, even with my low expectations for something as simple as a burger.

      And to my non-athletic legs, the walk to O'Sullivan's would be quite a hike from Toad! Probably a 15 - 20 minute walk.

      If I were going to a show there, I'd plan on grabbing a bite over at the Porter Exchange, either at Blue Fin for some cheap decent sushi or at one of the stalls.

      If you wanted something more upscale, I think it would be a shorter walk to Elephant Walk.

      BK

      1. re: BJK

        Christophers is a good choice if you are watching what you eat, lots of choices that a geared toword healthier options, but the food is middle of the road at best.

        RF O'Sullivans is great but is no where near a quick walk..a quick ride maybe but not walk.....right near by...I forget the name of the building which is awful because I was just there.... but the "fill in the blank" exchange building where Rustic Kitchen was has a great Asian food court hidden inside..a really good spot for a quick lunch or dinner

        1. re: jvish

          I'll follow the rest here. Food is not so great, but has been vastly better then say about 3 years ago. Nice tap selection though with rotating local offerings and an occasional rarity.

          FR O'S has better food, but not as good a tap selection.

    2. The burgers at Christopher's are totally fine and I prefer them to O'Sullivan's, which remind me of eating a softball stuffed between two rapidly disintegrating pieces of bread. I've also had completely non-offensive salads at Christopher's.

      Porter Exchange has a dearth of options, most of which are casual food stalls.

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      1. re: gini

        >Porter Exchange has a dearth of options

        You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

        Sorry, I couldn't resist.

        1. re: DavisSquare

          You're entirely correct. I meant an abundance. I'm an idiot, obviously:).

          1. re: DavisSquare

            Inconceivable! :)

            I love Ittyo in the Porter Exchange food court. Also Cafe Mami, but for some reason it's been Ittyo all the time for me lately.

        2. I like the burgers at Christopher's, and the atmosphere is pretty nice. I don't think it would be a bad choice at all, especially since it is literally next door to Toad.

          Other places I like within a 5-minute walk are Boca Grande (Mexican), Passage to India (Indian), Sugar and Spice (Thai), and Tacos Lupita (Mexican and El Salvadoran).

          1. How about Forest Cafe, which is about 4-5 blocks on the same side of Mass Ave? I love eating at the bar there and the food, while not the best Mexican in town, would make a good pre-show meal. Last time I was there, I had a (large) piece of salmon on top of seafood-tinged rice in a light tomato-based sauce. Quite hearty and not a sign of shredded cheese anywhere.

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            1. re: digga

              The Forest would be my vote, too. It's solid, nothing too earth shattering. I love the ejotes (fried garlicky green beans) and last week there was a meatball special that was great. Love the chicken vegetable soup for something simple in the cold weather. Full of great veggies (no rice as filler) and a great broth. they used to have a potato app that I really liked, too, but can't remember if it's still there.

              walk another block and you're eating cubans at chez henri, too.

            2. I don't want to be harsh, but the food at Christopher's, well, sucks.

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              1. re: TheScribe

                i disagree that the food sucks. It's not amazing or very inventive but it serves above average pub food . if you stick to the burgers and steak tips you'll be just fine. and as other posters have mentioned they do have a pretty good beer list. and the convenience to Toad is great.

                1. re: cambridgeMike

                  I have to agree with CambridgeMike - Christopher's has fine food - nothing amazing or destination worthy - it is what it is. Just a casual dining spot. It does not suck.

                  re: general Porter Sq. dining options - apparently the Tavern on the Square folks are opening a similar venue at the old Rustic Kitchen location on Mass. Ave. in the Sears Roebuck building. Sports bar-ish theme similar to the one in Central Square. (Ain't it cool, they don't even need to change the name! ;)

                  The Crimson used to be the place to watch sports in Harvard Square, but since that turned into the Redline, there has been a lack of options for this kind of place. Spirit serves this purpose in a way, but is not really a sports bar. With its proximity to Tufts and Harvard, it SHOULD do really well, in a spot that has been a black hole to other restaurants.

                  I think the sign on the door says opening in December.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    I've had both good and very bad experiences at Christopher's. Depends on whether you want to roll the dice or not. It's not my first choice, for sure.

                    Other options I didn't seen brought up on this thread include Addis Red Sea and (pricier than the other places mentioned) Elephant Walk.

                  2. re: cambridgeMike

                    Ditto. The food is totally fine. Honestly, it's where we go with our friends who are fussy eaters, because the menu's huge -- which should tell you something right there (they do a lot, but nothing great).

                    1. re: franksnbeans

                      I had to weigh in -- Christopher's has a great tap selection and does the basics well: Burgers, salads, soups...but we've relegated it to a place we go to only when we're exactly right there and just want a bite and a beer. I have had some bad experiences there too with stale/cold, mediocre food...but i also feel the need to defend it, at one time it was really good...I think the kitchen staff sometimes just doesnt care and that will seriously affect average food -- food made with love *does* taste better.

                      Also, i *hate* the upstairs space...i swore last time we got stuck up there that i'd rather leave.

                      In that area, Sugar & Spice and Cambridge Commons (same peeps as Christophers but I like it better) are both ok, or hop into Davis or Harvard. Spirit is a good place to drink/watch the game/play darts but I dont like the food and find the tap selection...pitiful :)

                    2. re: cambridgeMike

                      I completely disagree that Christopher's serves "above average pub food." It serves average pub food, which is fine if that's what you expect. But if you go expecting "above average" food -- as I did based on previous posts on this board -- you likely will be disappointed, as I was. The Druid, in Inman Square, serves an outstanding pub burger. RF O'Sullivan's has lots of fans who consider its burger a best-in-Boston contender (I'm not one of them; I'm squarely in the Bartley's camp). I have a hard time understanding, though, how anyone can put Christopher's in the same league.