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Festive lunch in Cambridge or Boston

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Meeting 2 friends next week for a Christmas lunch. One friend is a consumate foodie and the other one likes plain roast chocken and not much else! Any suggestions for a nice but not too trendy menu and some atmosphere? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Henrietta's Table. Will have everything you seem to want, plus most of the food is local. It's in the Charles Hotel. The other roast chicken I love is at Rendezvous in Central, but I don't know if they do lunch.

    1. Redbones isn't exactly "nice" but I adore their straight up roast chicken, just melt-off-the-bone tender and very, very tasty. Also certainly has "atmosphere."

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      Redbones
      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

      1. Sel de la Terre is nice for lunch. No roast chicken, but some simple chicken options, and great service in a nice atmosphere.

        http://www.seldelaterre.com/menu/lunc...

        1. Locke Ober. I think Grill 23 and No. 9 Park serve lunch during Xmas time. Doesn't Upstairs on the Square serve lunch? That would be festive but maybe too trendy.

          1. I second Henrietta's Table.