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East Cambridge restaurants?

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I recently moved to the East Cambridge area and through this board have been able to find some great neighborhood restaurants, but I'm sure there are others I'm just completely unaware of!

I know about Hungy Mother and Blue Room, and I eat often from Similans (Thai restaurant). I just discovered Courthouse Seafood through this board.

Any other hidden gems in the area that you like??

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  1. Pkit - Just to get you started - There's a Kendall lunch thread with lots of options, Mulan and Izzy's, Helmand, of course, the Poruguese places (one popular one has closed, so check the dates of the threads). "Itaunas" has lots of suggestions, so do a search of his (?) posts. Also, someone had a thread in Sept, looking for suggestions, try a search for Tremont (St., where she was headed, I think) - but this thread should also pop up if you do a search for Izzy's, for instance!

    1. Wisteria House on Cambridge St. (fairly new), good Taiwanese. Near Mayflower Poultry (not a restaurant, but a resource). A bit further up is the Snack Bar/O Senhor Ramos, which looks like a dump but has some good Portuguese food, try the Azorean pot roast next fall. Mostly takeout but you can eat in (no license). Skampa's is on my to-try list for roast beef sandwiches.

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      1. re: Aromatherapy

        I do like the Skampas roast beef sandwiches, though I bring them home so I can add more horseradish. Last week I saw someone with a large roast beef. It was enough food to feed a small village! I stick to the smaller sandwiches which are served on hamburger buns.

        1. re: smtucker

          I agree...and tend to get the "jr. beef." Skampa also has good salads (chicken kabob, chicken salad), with nice bread and house dressing. also worth trying their fish and chips and pastrami sandwiches. i eat lunch there all the time.

          1. re: goose

            oh, and the onion rings, which are thin, crsipy, greasy and pretty much awesome...I somehow blocked these out of my memory, but no longer.

            damn you chowhound.

      2. Not sure if it's technically East Cambridge (I'm not so good with exact locations...) but I enjoy the food at Atwoods on Cambridge street. It's basic bar-type food, but well executed and reasonably priced. I especially like their sweet potato fries, which they serve with a banana curry aioli that I've taken to reproducing at home.

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        Atwood's Tavern
        877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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        1. re: italyinmind

          Second Atwoods - try the fish cakes - also great music - Duke Levine and Dennis Brennan (among others) play there regularly. I love how fresh the Greek Salad is - for veggie you can enjoy the curried pasta primavera - sloppy joes are excellent - everything there is inexpensive and very well prepared. Friendly service - it is like everyone is a regular.

          1. re: Small Plates

            Went to Atwood's last night - I guess the prior chef has moved on -
            The menu has changed with the elimination of the mix and match dinner combos - iirc, you could have a meat and a choice among several interesting sides.
            Still have the fish cakes on the menu - $9 - decent app. sized portion of three -
            DC had the veggie burger which was house-made - slivery sweet potato fries.
            I had the mac and cheese with bacon (was chicken or other meat a prior option?) - it was ok, but man, I guess I just don't like mac-n-cheese out. Too liquid cheesy. Still, a cheap buy at $9 or so.
            Original Sin hard cider on tap - a little sweeter than Magner's, less sweet than say Woodchuck.
            The food was fine, but I guess the last menu seemed to have more and healthier options - more expansive. This one seemed pared down.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Never, ever give up on mac and cheese. I agree that the runny kind is not good. If you think you might like one that's crispy on the top and edges with stringy cheese and served in a hot skillet, try the mac and cheese at the B-Side. I'm in hot pursuit of a replacement for when they close.

              1. re: pollystyrene

                The mac n cheese at Green Street is great -- has brussels sprouts and bacon in it too, with crispy breadcrumbs on top. It's a humongous portion, easily 2 meals and probably 4 for Joanie. ;-)

                1. re: yumyum

                  Ha ha, not the way I've been eating since Krakow. Cleaning my plate of all 3 courses last nite at Pigalle, I better watch it as winter sets in.

                  And as far as that mac n cheese at Green St. goes, that sounds amazing. I'm going next week hoping for the corn chowder w/ bacon and fried clams (on the menu again?) but will have to pick one super rich dish over the other I think.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    We love ya Joanie -- you know it's all in good fun.

                    The corn chowder was not on the menu last week. I wonder if it's a summer item?

                    I love the homemade chips and onion dip, the mussels, and that burger -- man oh man. But if you are looking for pure comfort and would like to take home a big doggie bag, the mac n cheese is the way to go.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      Oh, there's no way that very rich corn/bacon/fried clam chowder is a summer item. I'll ask when I'm there next week, I know I'm not the only one here who loves it. Will probably check out that mac n cheese.

                      Even tho I have nothing approaching a "regular" spot, Green St. is as close as it gets.

                  2. re: yumyum

                    Great to know. Thanksthanks, yumyum!

                2. re: Bob Dobalina

                  It is true he has moved on and the menu now reflects some of the new chef's preferences for Italian-influences (this according to Patrick). I miss the meatloaf incredibly, but re: healthier options - what is missing is the meatloaf and the sloppy joe and what is new are salads and veggies burger - with (the delicious) pasta primavera still available. I think the menu has more, newer light options. (I say this as one who favored the more savory dishes that are now 86'd from teh menu.)

                  Either way, Atwood's is still a solid option for decent food at a great price with great iPod tunes and some of the best live local music (if you stay late enough for it). At least check it out.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    It is true he has moved on and the menu now reflects some of the new chef's preferences for Italian-influences (this according to Patrick). I miss the meatloaf incredibly, but re: healthier options - what is missing is the meatloaf and the sloppy joe and what is new are salads and veggies burger - with (the delicious) pasta primavera still available. I think the menu has more, newer light options. (I say this as one who favored the more savory dishes that are now 86'd from the menu.)

                    Either way, Atwood's is still a solid option for decent food at a great price with great iPod tunes and some of the best live local music (if you stay late enough for it). At least check it out.

              2. Here's the Kendall Square lunch thread. It's awesome!

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504505

                1. There are some old threads, which touch on some of the restaurants and markets in the area but don't cover everything. These are probably a bit more relevant than the Kendall thread (and some of the Kendall sq lunch options are not night options, although the more chowish ones usually are both). Be aware of vacation closings (Royal might still be away from July 4th, Courthouse is back, Snack Bar is probably on vacation soon -- think its more than a week and usually their prices edge up a bit afterwards.) When the wind isn't blowing and its not rush hour, its a fairly pleasant urban walk to the North End....

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/443458
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/408985
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/406558
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/508233
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503162

                  Update: One other idea. I know the Portuguese American Civic League on Springfield Street (Union Square, where Ole is located) is having a festival the Festa do Espirto Santo (an important celebration in the Azores) this weekend. Some of the social club events can be quite chowish and tend to be a bit more so than the larger festivals in the Boston area (South Coast is different) but really not certain about this one and hope to check it out. There also are quite regular banquets at other locations which you can regularly find advertised in shop windows on Cambridge St. Some are interesting chow-wise, some not so, but they strike me as not appropriate to post on the board.

                  With the walk to the North End idea you do have the North End Feast all summer, some chowish at times, some just a zoo. The Italian Feast on Cambridge St is Labor Day weekend and East Somerville Greek festival is usually in August.