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Jan 31, 2008 07:37 AM

lunch near mass general

Have to be at MGH for a late afternoon appointment. Any recommendations for a nearby (walking is limited right now) lunch and/or great bakery?

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  1. Actually, the food right at MGH isn't all that bad, but if you want to eat away from the hospital, Phoenicia on Cambridge Street (more or less across from MGH), which serves Middle Eastern cuisine, isn't bad.

    For a bakery/cafe nearby, Panificio might be worth going to. They are on Charles Street near the T Stop.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      I like their whole wheat crust pizza.

    2. I think the Spotted Apron is also close (bakery on Cambridge Street). For lunch I'd head to Pierrot Bistrot ... within shuffling distance from MGH.

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        1. re: saltyair

          The Spotted Apron has closed (a sign on the door says it is closed and will be relocating elsewhere).

      1. Harvard Gardens is also a good option, right on Cambridge St. near the rotary.

        1. You might also want to try Cafe Podima across the street, or Ristorante Venice for a cheap slice of pizza. Also, Viva Burrito is right behind the hospital on Staniford St - recommended if you're after a more substantial lunch <$10.
          And if you're really in chowhound mode, step into Grampy's gas station for a burrito. They are rumored to be great.

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          1. re: cots

            Second the burritos at Grampy's gas station across the street. You could get it to go and eat it in the MGH cafeteria... A way better option than the strange burritos at Viva, IMHO.

            I also like the salads and sandwiches at Panificio on Charles St (that's a little further, about a block down Charles).

            1. re: chilibaby

              Why are they strange? I like the Viva Burritos. Not "best in show" or anything, but quite decent. Above average.

              B-Bob3: they let you take in food there?

              1. re: Alcachofa

                Into the Beacon Hill Pub? Sure, I've never had a problem, at least at lunchtime.

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  Well, this is based on very faint recollections that are dated from years ago. I seem to recall the burritos being overwhelmed by rice that I didn't care for and had too many peas for a burrito. I stopped going because I thought they were weird. Do you have a more recent experience?

                  1. re: chilibaby

                    Are you talking about Villa Mexico (the place in the gas station), or Viva Burrito? I'm the Villa Mexico fan. Viva Burrito is okay though. Not great, but okay in a pinch.

                    EDIT: Oh, see you're talking about Viva Burrito as having strange burritos. Don't necessarily disagree, but again, in a burrito-pinch, they're okay IMO. But nothing like Villa Mexico. (Or Angela's, but that's a bit of a walk from Beacon Hill.:))

            2. My perfect lunch in that area:

              Villa Mexico takeout (good mole, tacos, burritos, tamales) eaten with a beer (or three) at the Beacon Hill Pub around the corner.