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Where should I have dinner tonight?

Eschewing leftovers from last night's "party", I'm going out. I'd like to try something new and am open to anything on T.

I'm having a craving for Chinese but, again, am pretty open and it's only 10:40 am now.

Requirements are:

A beer and wine license (or BYOB)
Under $30 for app, main, and a beer or two, including a tip.
On T (not up for buses or heavy rail tonight, sorry)
Bar seating a plus but not a requirement as I'll likely be solo.
I'm kinda tired of the South End and Cambridge; will happily do East Cambridge though.
No short ribs. I'd be happy not to see another short rib again in my entire life.
Good cocktails a plus, but not required.

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  1. How about Island Hopper on Mass Ave near the Hynes Station? Pan Asian, warm friendly owners, good food, beer & wine and in your price range.

    Or, if you can switch to Indian, India Samraat at 52 Mass Ave. Wonderful family who will pamper you there too.


    No bar in either place but they are solo friendly.

    1. Give Atwood's in Cambridge a consideration. You'd have to walk from Lechmere or take a bus so that requirement may scratch this off your list.

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      1. re: Sal Monella

        Sal, you and I were thinking along the same lines. I was about to suggest something pub-like and comforting after last night's loss (at least that's I need). Atwood's, Deep Ellum, the Independent, or Highland Kitchen would fit all bills except easy subway access and Chinese food. In the same vein, there's Publick House, Audubon, Miracle of Science, River Gods, Green Street, Washington Sq. Tavern. The Druid is nice, too. If you are seeking out Asian, how about something like Zenna Noodle Bar (I've never been in, but I remember a favorable Phoenix review)? I think they have beer and wine.

        Edit: Sorry for all the Cambridge recs...gotta read posts more carefully.

        1. re: digga

          Highland Kitchen isn't open on Mondays as I discovered last Monday.

      2. Depending on what you ordered, you could do Silvertone for $30.

        Probably $10 north of the threshold would get you Kingston Station or the Good Life. That said, the portions are large enough that you could easily forgo an app and hit your target.

        1. A random assortment:

          MuLan (no bar, but does have beer & wine)
          River Gods
          The Druid
          Audobon/Miracle of Science
          Green Street
          Sichuan Garden, Brookline (pretty certain it has a liquor license - can anyone confirm?)

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          1. re: gini

            We must be eating in the same places, gini!

            BTW, I know that's a typo - Mulan DOES have beer and (really) bad wine. Not sure how comfortable I would be eating there solo.

            1. re: digga

              Great minds, they think alike.

              Thank you - yes, MuLan does have beer and a horrible, disastrous wine list. I think the staff is very sweet there, but I'm not sure how much of the excellent menu one could plow through on one's own.

            2. re: gini

              Sichuan Garden does indeed have a liquor license.

            3. Hey folks,

              I ended up at Deep Ellum. I had a great wurst plate with pickled cabbage (more like kim chi than sauerkraut) and diced sweet potatoes. I also had a decent glass of whiskey, a half-pint of a really smoky beer (rauchbier, perhaps?) and an incredible aged Unibroue, a 2004.

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              1. re: sailormouth

                Deep Ellum is amazing. It's as if all the hipsters at the Model Cafe who are a little too old for the scene moved next door. Amazing food, great atmosphere, and some stiff drinks...I'm in love.

                1. re: mitchsinclair

                  You calling me a worn out hipster?! Perhaps we should do battle at the Rat and listen to the Dresden Dolls?

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    ha! Hey, I'm one too..
                    By "older" hipster I meant over 23...not hard to beat.