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Sep 13, 2008 06:06 PM

Recommendations for Affordable dinner options in Cambridge

After going to school in Cambridge for a year, i've finally made the move and am living between Porter and Harvard Square. Because I didn't used to live here before, I know the bars in the area and some of the nicer options (Rendezvous, Oleana, Craigie Street Bistrot), but I'm trying to find some restaurants that have tasty food I can eat on a regular basis without breaking the bank. So far, I've personally come to like Cambridge One, Emma's, Christopher's, All Star Sandwich Bar, and Wagamama, but I'm sure there's other good (better?) Chowish options.

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  1. algier's on brattle is a good deal - some of their food is bad, but they do several dishes very well: the falafels, lamb kebab, and lamb sausage is fantastic. you can make a meal out of a filling sandwich for less than $10.
    cheap cheap is boca grande on mass ave. v good mexican, they have great tamales. this is a quick-sit place though, no alcohol served.
    the cellar on mass ave. quality food, nice bar, good prices.
    baraka on pearl - closer to central but not far. super cheap, delicious n. african food.
    if you're into sandwiches, darwin's cafe has fantastic food.
    for a quick cheap meal, go for vietnamese at Le's.
    last but not least, the cuban at the chez henri bar is a deal. it's ~$13 but is huge, so it's perfect to split or eat for lunch the next day.

    1. Boca Grande just outside of Porter is one of my favorites.

        1. re: pollystyrene

          I love Veggie Planet. Other cheap but good places are
          -the Dolphin (seafood) used to have a great deal for early supper, maybe before 5PM
          - Basta Pasta
          - is it Il Panino in the same arcade as the Dolphin? really good pasta
          - the Buddhist Center on Mass Ave between HS and CS , I think $10 for a vegetarian meal

          1. re: cassis

            Il Panino is actually a few blocks further towards Central Square from Dolphin, in the complex that once upon a time housed the Orson Welles Cinema (I'm dating myself!) I haven't tried their pastras, but the subs are good.

        2. I would absolutely recommend skipping Wagamama and hitting up Porter Exchange instead- it's priced better and there are tons of options! If you walk a little past All Star, you can eat at Muqueca for Brazilian that's not super pricey. Cafe of India on Brattle has a lunch buffet that's a steal for around $10- but get it to go, and you'll have at least two meals!

          1. If you're adventurous, try Addis Red Sea (on Mass Ave near Porter). I think the Cambridge location is better than the South End one.
            Rangzen in Central Sq. has a nice tibetan buffet fot lunch.
            I second Muqueca (near Inman Sq.) too, very solid seafood oriented Brazilian food.
            For Chinese, go to Mary Chung in Central Sq.