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Wrapro--Mass. Ave/Porter Square, Camb.

Had been waiting for this little Middle Eastern joint to open up for the past few months, along the Mass Ave. stretch heading from Harvard to Porter. The walls were papered for quite a long while, so I had hopes of it being casual, but decidedly sit-down. Instead, it's bright, clean, modern, with blonde wood tables, high-stools, simple pendant lighting, but overall much more of a take-out joint with everything under $10.00. (Also don't love the "punny" name...).

The menu has all the usual suspects--falafel, baba, hummous wraps, shwarma and kofta plates. Apps. include grape leaves, a couple of soups and varied Middle Eastern salad plates. One interesting offering seems to be the "ouzi" plates--described as a "feast of meat, rice, nuts and vegetables." These are avail. with baked lamb, roasted chicken, spicy baked fish and "samkeh harra?"

I stopped in for a late, light lunch and just ordered the litmus test of a falafel wrap. ($4.75) Very simple, but very fresh and flavorful. Chewy, thin, wrapper pita, three freshly-fried falafel balls, a light coating of of tahini, fresh tomato and romaine. The falafel had a pleasantly pronounced cinnamon overtone that was a little sweet but still savory. As I was pretty hungry, it did hit the spot and seemed quite tasty.

Although not something to go out of anyone's way for, seems like this is at least a Middle Eastern sandwich/light plates offering rounding out some of the usual Mexican, Thai, pizza, pub grub choices in this 'hood.

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  1. Thanks for reporting on this. I walked past it today around lunchtime and the place was totally packed.

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    1. re: triple creme

      No problem. Yes, too early to tell how really good this place is (as I had a simple item when I was starving--so maybe was not as discerning as I might be on another occation) but I think the fact that it is already packed shows how this neighborhood hasn't had anything new and in a different international food group open in a while.

      1. re: Sugar04

        Yes, I often bring home take-out dinner from the various places along Mass Ave, and tend to tire of all the Pacific Asian places. Middle Eastern is a welcome addition.

    2. Sounds like exactly what I hoped it would turn out to be...even if the falafel wrap is the only good thing I'll still be taking out from there regularly. Can't wait to try it, thanks for the post!

        1. Anyone have an address/phone number for Wrapro? Thanks!

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            I don't have the address or phone number but, it's around the corner from Chez Henri. So the intersection of Mass and Shepard. It's next door to some fancy barber shop on Mass. Ave.

            1. re: beetlebug

              Thanks. Maybe I'll swing by and grab a menu this evening, depending on how late they are open.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                between Star*ucks and the Forest Cafe

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  1670 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
                  617.876.0311

              2. re: hiddenboston

                It's part of the old Cambridge Naturals space, if that helps.

              3. My wife and I got some sorely dissapointing combo plates there yesterday. If you are expecting something like Reef cafe or Shwarma King, think again. The cinammon in the falafel was off-putting and the portions were miniscule.