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Casual, family-friendly dinner near MIT Marriott?

taylor_blair Apr 22, 2008 01:46 PM

I'm going to be in Cambridge for 2 weekday nights and I need recs for a restaurant to grab dinner with my family, which includes 2 kids around ages 2-3.

The problem is that they'll be exhausted from their inter-state drive to MA and they understandably want to stay near their hotel, the MIT/Cambridge Marriott on Broadway, close to the Kendall T.

Emma's would be ideal (pizza = great for kids) but they don't take reservations and sometimes there's a long wait. The Blue Room might be too stuffy..? Got any recommendations?

Thanks all!


  1. Bob Dobalina Apr 22, 2008 02:10 PM

    Hungry Mother is the place that comes to mind.

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      meb26 Apr 22, 2008 02:37 PM

      The Similians (sister restaurant to Brown Sugar) would be good if Thai is an option. Cambridge Brewing Company is another option. The food won't blow you away but it's a step above usual pub fare, they have great beer, it's definitely casual enough for the kids, and they have a great outdoor patio that may be open.

      1. steinpilz Apr 22, 2008 03:51 PM

        I'll suggest Legal's at Kendall Square, I'm sure they're used to dealing with children, it's close by, and the food is good classic New England seafood.

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        1. re: steinpilz
          Bob Dobalina Apr 23, 2008 06:09 AM

          I think that particular branch of Legal's has been universally panned here on the board, if I recall. Check the board, perhaps.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina
            steinpilz Apr 24, 2008 05:58 PM

            Not quite universal, I've recommended it several times. :-)

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          jajjguy Apr 22, 2008 08:47 PM


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            jajjguy Apr 22, 2008 08:49 PM

            Also you could try La Groceria on Main St almost to Mass Ave.

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              ghostcat Apr 22, 2008 11:27 PM

              There's a shuttle bus almost in front of your door that will take you to the Cambridgeside Galleria. There's a California Pizza place and a Cheesecake Factory, both of whom could handle young kids and you could get some adult food and the kids could have their pizza. I haven't tried the Legal's there, and it is a very short walk.

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                yankeebbq Apr 23, 2008 06:29 AM

                Bertuccis is pretty close by

                1. nfo Apr 23, 2008 07:14 AM

                  I don't think Emma's would be too bad on a weeknight. Another good place would be Mulan (if your kids like Chinese food).

                  Cambridge Brewing would only be worth going to if you like craft beer. Legal only if you don't want to walk very far.

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                    wilbanks Apr 23, 2008 08:19 AM

                    Black Sheep in the firehouse across from Legal is plenty edible. Not a destination restaurant, but plenty edible, especially if you can get an outside table.

                    You can also get a takeout pie from Emma's and eat it in the square at 1 Cambridge. Take a blanket, sit on the steps above the blue room, get coffee when you're done, watch the world go by.

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