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Restaurant for little brother?

Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 06:41 AM

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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    mr mangia RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 06:46 AM

    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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      yumyum RE: mr mangia Feb 15, 2008 12:15 PM

      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.

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        cassoulady RE: mr mangia Feb 15, 2008 12:17 PM

        How about tapas at cuchi cuchi?

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        BostonCookieMonster RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 06:51 AM

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

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          LauraBear RE: BostonCookieMonster Feb 16, 2008 04:42 AM

          Garden at the Cellar is way out of that price range

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            BostonCookieMonster RE: LauraBear Feb 16, 2008 02:05 PM

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

        2. JudyHP RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 06:52 AM

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

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            02139 RE: JudyHP Feb 15, 2008 08:04 AM

            Antico Forno in North End?

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              Lowren710 RE: 02139 Feb 15, 2008 08:12 AM

              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.

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                phatchris RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 08:26 AM

                East coast grill, Redbones, Magnolias.

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                  02139 RE: phatchris Feb 15, 2008 02:16 PM

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

          2. TomH RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 11:27 AM

            East Coast Grill definitely comes to mind.

            1. Aromatherapy RE: Lowren710 Feb 15, 2008 12:01 PM

              Would Elephant Walk be too weird?

              1. Karl S RE: Lowren710 Feb 16, 2008 04:30 AM

                Well, East Coast Grill is tad pricier than you are asking for. So would be my pick - the Blue Room (http://www.theblueroom.net/main.html). Entrees for both are in the notch above $20.

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                  jajjguy RE: Lowren710 Feb 16, 2008 09:28 AM

                  If it's not too late, here are my recs in no particular order:
                  West Side Lounge
                  Highland Kitchen
                  Cambridge One
                  Green Street
                  Temple Bar (for the fun-fancy feel more than the food)
                  River Gods
                  RF OSullivans

                  don't bother:
                  Cambridge Common, Christophers (both are fine in a pinch, but not special)
                  Tavern (unless it's hugely better than the one in Central)

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