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Something better than Central Kitchen?

knclouse Jul 15, 2008 09:47 AM

I know everyone is all crazy about Central Kitchen, but I'm more frequently disappointed than I am impressed. At a similar price, I would rather go to Green Street or EVOO any day of the week, or else I would rather pay less and enjoy something from the delicious bar menus at The Cellar or Chez Henri.

Although I love all of the places I just mentioned, I go to them all the time and would like to find some new favorites in Cambridge, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, or even Brookline that are at/below the Central Kitchen/Green Street price point. Any suggestions?


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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: knclouse Jul 15, 2008 10:15 AM

    All together now..."Highland...(clap clap)...Kitchen....(clap clap)...and Garden at the Cellellerrrrr....(clapclap)" :)

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      Taralli RE: knclouse Jul 15, 2008 10:53 AM

      Is Rendezvous, across the street, not a contender? What about Hungry Mother near Kendall?

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        knclouse RE: Taralli Jul 15, 2008 11:06 AM

        I've never tried Hungry Mother. Regarding Rendezvous - I love that place, but it's a little more formal than I'm really looking for. I definitely feel like I have to get more dressed up to go to Rendezvous, whereas I can go to Green Street or Central Kitchen with whatever I happen to be wearing. Does that make sense?

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        lhq RE: knclouse Jul 15, 2008 11:35 AM

        Desfina in East Cambridge has really good Greek food. Midwest Grill on Cambridge St outside Inman Square has great quasi-Brazilian food. The Helmand is a little more expensive but worth it. Also a little more expensive than Green St but a nice laid-back place with great food is Lineage in Coolidge Corner.

        1. gini RE: knclouse Jul 15, 2008 12:43 PM

          Places Cambridgeville that I like as much as Green Street: EVOO, Gargoyles, Sagra, Oleana (possibly a price point issue), RendezVous, Chez Henri, Garden at the Cellar, River Gods, Green Street, East Coast Grill, Casablanca, Baraka Cafe, Hungry Mother, Blue Room

          1. finlero RE: knclouse Jul 15, 2008 06:07 PM

            I've never been particularly smitten by Central Kitchen either.

            Great recs above. I'd argue that Chez Henri, especially the bar menu, nails the price point/vibe/tastiness thing. Also agree on Highland Kitchen and Garden.

            I'll also throw in a rec for the Monday Club Bar at Upstairs on the Square. I think the food is both substantially more refined and better-executed than Central Kitchen, and at a similar price point.

            Honestly, if I'm in the mood for a casual dinner in the area, it doesn't get much better for me than the Druid in Inman. I'm not a big fan of the "gastropub" moniker, but it's pretty fitting here -- good beer, great chow, fair prices. At this point, they make my favorite burger in the Boston area, and the fish 'n' chips [thanks gini for yet another good call] are excellent as well.

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