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Celebration Dinner....Davis/Porter area

I was planning on taking my boyfriend out for a celebratory dinner tonight. We wanted to check out Pescatore, but it's closed Monday nights (sad!). Since this is the only evening that works for our schedule this week, I'm kind of scrambling about!
I live in Porter, he's in Davis....we'd love something easy to walk to, that's nicer than Christophers...haven't tried Sagra, and honestly, i've heard so many mixed things that i'm a bit nervous to do so. We went to Gargoyle's somewhat recently...which was good, but I wasnt blown away...
Was thinking that someplace in Arlington? Maybe Tango....
Perhaps Jose's in Cambridge...
Maybe Temple Bar or Westside Lounge?
Chez Henri doesnt appeal so much since i havent had a positive experience there, and he's not into mustard and pickled things so the Cuban is not a fun option for him :)

I guess I'm at a bit of a loss....so many places, but which one is right?!?! Doesnt have to be as fancy as Oleana...
We both enjoy many different cuisines, and are up for trying anything!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Monday is tough.. I think Tryst and Punjab (Indian) in Arlington are good. Za is good as well, but more casual and the menu is a bit focused on salads and pizzas. Blue Fin if he is a sushi-enjoyer. Highland Kitchen in Somerville gets good reviews, but I THINK that it is closed Monday as well.

    1. What about Temple Bar? They do have a fuller menu and nice ambiance..

      1. Dali is open on Mondays, although a bit far to walk from Porter. But it's a short cab ride, and it most definitely will not be packed.

        On that same corner is EVOO Restaurant and might provide the right touch for a celebratory dinner.

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        EVOO Restaurant
        350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

        Dali
        415 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. Gran Gusto on Sherman Street (just down the street from Jose's) and so much better!

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            1. re: phoebek

              Second Gran Gusto. The Neapolitan pizza is the real draw for me, but everything is good, as well as pretty reasonably priced.

              Temple Bar and West Side Lounge are both good options. Between the two, I'd say West Side Lounge, which seems to have some genuine adoring fans on the board. The sentiment on Temple Bar is more along the lines of "surprisingly much less crappy than it used to be"; I'm not going out of my way for it, but I no longer cringe at the thought of meeting up with friends there.

              1. re: finlero

                Thanks everyone!
                Very excited to try this Gran Gusto place!
                Had made reservations at Evoo....but when push came to shove we ended up being in a more low key mood and went to get bibim-bap (my first experience! it was fun..and the people at Seoul Korea are quite lovely and make you feel ever so special!).
                however, these suggestions are not going to be lost and will be used in the upcoming weeks for various birthday dinners

                thanks again!

                1. re: mollyditty

                  so glad you tried bi bim bap! what did you think?!

            2. Gran Gusto! That's the way to go. Evoo has always been great for us. Ditto Dali. Stay away from Sagra...I fear it may be dying. Too bad, the place had so much going for it. Check out the myspace page for The Sagra Lounge! Sad...it used to have great food but it is palpable, the move from a food centric place when the old chef (desmore?) left. They had the best pizza anywhere. Oh, well. How about Ole in Imman Square? Solid. Drive and go to Bricco (free valet parking!).

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              1. re: FrankFausto

                I was at sagra and I didn't get the vibe that it was dying at all Frank. I went in last Wednesday and there was a wait to get seated! I ate the lobster rav special...so good. and my date had chicken parm. HUGE portions and perfectly cooked. I also hope they get the pizzas back though. SO GOOD. we can only hope!