Restaurant for little brother?
My younger brother is taking his girlfriend out for a belated Valentine's Day dinner this weekend and asked me for a recommendation. They are both 21 and live around Porter Square. Here are the constraints: T-friendly, more fun than fancy, entrees around $20 max (they are both poor college students), and they are not particularly adventurous when it comes to food. I would normally recommend Addis Red Sea as a fun and inexpensive place, but I don't think they would like it. . .so something more American. Maybe Cambridge One? Thanks!
I am not a big fan of Cambridge One. Too pubby & bad service, although they have a good beer selection. Temple Bar is OK, West Street Grill is decent too. There is that new Tavern in the Sq in the Porter Exchange but that location seems cursed. I like the Asian Food Court or Blue Fin for Sushi.
re: mr mangia
I think you are thinking of Cambridge Common, not Cambridge One -- the former is pubby but the latter is not.
West Street Grill just got a nice review after a little period where they were not getting a lot of love.
If it wasn't a weekend I'd send them to Chez Henri to share a cubano at the bar and have a few tasty cocktails.
If it's not too late, here are my recs in no particular order:
West Side Lounge
Temple Bar (for the fun-fancy feel more than the food)
Cambridge Common, Christophers (both are fine in a pinch, but not special)
Tavern (unless it's hugely better than the one in Central)