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Hegenbarth Apr 4, 2008 09:59 AM

Whats good?

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.

  1. hiddenboston Apr 5, 2008 07:58 AM

    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)
    Christopher's (American)
    Ali Baba (Afghani/Indian)
    Chez Henri (French/Cuban)

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      mangotango Apr 4, 2008 06:21 PM

      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)

      1. holldoll Apr 4, 2008 05:06 PM

        Changsho-Chinese
        DiMio-Pizza
        Sullivan's- Burgers (on Beacon St. across from Petsi)
        Chez Henri- special occasions

        1. sailormouth Apr 4, 2008 02:46 PM

          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.

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            pemma Apr 4, 2008 12:36 PM

            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.

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              Stride Apr 4, 2008 11:51 AM

              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)

              1. finlero Apr 4, 2008 10:09 AM

                Chowhound gini, one of the most prolific posters on the Boston board, moved to Porter about a year ago and started a similar thread that became fairly comprehensive:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395237

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                1. re: finlero
                  Hegenbarth Apr 4, 2008 10:11 AM

                  Thanks, dunno why I didnt find this through search.

                  1. re: Hegenbarth
                    finlero Apr 4, 2008 10:15 AM

                    Well, periodic topic recycling is a good thing. But so is hyperlinking.

                    A few things I enjoy at the Porter Exchange:

                    Cafe Mami - stir-fried hamburger set, oyako don, teriyaki don
                    Chocho's - bibimbap
                    Blue Fin - curry-flavored chicken set, misoyaki chicken set

                  2. re: finlero
                    gini Apr 4, 2008 11:38 AM

                    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.
                    Tempura: Tompapo
                    Donburi: Ittyo
                    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.

                    1. re: gini
                      Calico Jack Apr 4, 2008 12:31 PM

                      Get thee to Gran Gusto. pizza is excellent. Toss in DiMio and Armando's for pizza as well.

                      Kotobuyaki is not to be missed.

                      1. re: gini
                        beetlebug Apr 4, 2008 04:31 PM

                        BTW, I've seen savory scones at Petsi's on Wednesday mornings.

                        1. re: beetlebug
                          gini Apr 5, 2008 03:36 PM

                          Good to know! I did have a gorganzola, ham & onion biscuit this morning.

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                          triple creme Apr 5, 2008 06:48 AM

                          gini - For Deli, my advice would be to forget Oxford Spa (infuriatingly stingy portions of meat in their sandwiches, especially at those prices) and walk in the other direction from Porter Square, to Pemberton. Their sandwiches are generous, and made with top-quality ingredients.

                          1. re: triple creme
                            gini Apr 5, 2008 09:53 AM

                            I do quite like the sandwiches at Pemberton Farm. I haven't visited them in quite some time. Thanks for the reminder!

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                              triple creme Apr 5, 2008 01:31 PM

                              Their soups and prepared foods are good too.

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