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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!

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  1. 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.

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    1. 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.

      1. Grotto? Petit Robert? Garden at the Cellar? Matt Murphy's?

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        1. re: BostonCookieMonster

          Garden at the Cellar is way out of that price range

          1. re: LauraBear

            Are we thinking of the same place? Entrees are like $16- $22, unless it's gone way up since I was there.

        2. How about Highland Kitchen - lots of fantastic reviews in recent posts...I'm anxious to go there myself!

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            1. re: 02139

              That's a great suggestion! In fact, that's where we went for his birthday a few weeks ago. The meal was great, but I can't suggest it again so soon.

              1. re: Lowren710

                East coast grill, Redbones, Magnolias.

                1. re: phatchris

                  Muqueca has better food and pretty inexpensive, unique enough and not so adventurous.

          1. East Coast Grill definitely comes to mind.

            1. Would Elephant Walk be too weird?