Porter Square Chow
- Hegenbarth Apr 4, 2008 09:59 AM
I've had a couple of ok cheap meals at the Asian food court, but nothing amazing. What am I missing there, or near Porter in general? I'd love a few recommendations, since I do my food-shopping at that Shaws every week. I'm open to any and all cuisines and price ranges, as long as the place is within walking distance of Porter.
That's me! Though my second quarter resolution is to not be so prolific. The board, it consumes me.
One year later, here's what I'm digging:
Bakeries: Hi-Rise, Petsi's (for sweet as well as their awesome, weekend-only, savory scones), Formaggio for B&R breads, supplemented by trips to Clear Flour
Fish: Mostly East Cambridge places for me, Whole Foods & Farmers' Markets when available.
Grocer/Butcher: Market Basket, supplemented by Whole Foods & Savenor's (excellent duck) and Russo's (produce, dairy)
Thai: Sugar & Spice for a quick fix, supplemented by Brookline. Tamarind House always seems greasy to me.
Pub: The Druid (close)/River Gods (not close). West Side Lounge when I'm feelin' lounge-y. Gargoyles when I'm feelin' groovy.
Korean: Wuchon House/Buk Kyung/The place in the mall when I'm desperate
Indian: Kebob Factory/Namaskar (Northern/Southern), that place in Union when I'm ordering in.
Pizza: Sigh. Nowhere yet. No, I haven't been to Gran Gusto. No, I don't know why.
Deli: ASSBAR & Hi-Rise don't count, do they?. Haven't tried Oxford Spa yet.
Cubano: Chez Henri
Sushi: Blue Fin, supplemented by Toroya in Arlington, with occasional trips to Kotobuyaki with buonastella.
Chinese: Zoe's/Qingdao(Shanghai, Sichuan/Northern)
Torta: Tacos Lupita
Bagels: Freeze 'em from NY. The place out in Newton when I drive. Iggy's in desperation.
Cafe: Rustica. Do not get their iced tea. It's brewed though the coffee machine.
I would add just a few:
Martsa on Elm for delicious Tibetan
Cafe Barada for Lebanese
Addis Red Sea for Ethiopian
Christopher's for Sunday brunch (I like their omelettes)
Christopher's is a good place for a cheap, casual meal --- good pub-type food with a Cambridgey slant -- naturally-raised chicken and beef, veggie burgers (regular burgers, too), multi-grain rolls.
Walking Distance to Porter and Yummy? I like. . .
Tamarind House. I think it's delicious, healthy, friendly and cheap. I've never found it to be greasy.
-I can't stand Sugar and Spice. One time I swear I got La Choy chow mein noodles with jarred beef gravy there.
Petsi Pies on Beacon St. Lovely pies, sweet and otherwise. The coffee isn't bad either.
Danny's Diner: Cheap, no frill's diner like grandpa use to go to, before the coronary.
Zoe's on Beacon St. Very good, cheap Chinese. Stay away from the Americanized menu. I only get take out or eat in the restaurant. The waitress there has always been extremely friendly to me and my guests as well.
Addis Red Sea: All right Ethiopian.
Harvard House of Pizza: Normal pizza, done correctly.
Harvard Wine Shop: Pretty decent liquor store, especially for its size. Friendly staff, I still miss the cat.
Chez Henri, kind of a walk towards Harvard Sq., but great drinks.
Martsa in Davis Square. Tibetan diaspora. Eg, Tibetan food strongly influenced by Indian, Thai and American. . . stuff.
Sullivan's- Burgers (on Beacon St. across from Petsi)
Chez Henri- special occasions
add to Porter faves:
Boca Grande (toward Harvard)- Tamales!!
Sugar & Spice (not the best Thai but recently found a cold cure;-- Order big bowl of noodle soup but sub with Tom Yum broth-- I like the duck on it too)
Lemon Thai (on Highland) yummy , authentic Thai place
Greek Corner (North Cambridge)
There are so many good places to choose from. Some of my personal favorites within walking distance are:
Tacos Lupita (Mexican/Salvadorean)
Boca Grande (Mexican)
Ali Baba (Afghani/Indian)
Chez Henri (French/Cuban)