Need recs for dinner - quickly - in Cambridge
Any specific neighborhood? In Central Square, Central Kitchen is awesome and has a similar vibe to Franklin. Rendezvous is another good bet. Salts is great, but a little fancier. In Harvard Square, I like hanging out in the bar area at Harvest, or the Monday Club at Upstairs on the Square. Om certainly meets your "interesting" requirement, but the dining room, to me, is overpriced. In Kendall Square there's the Blue Room, Oleana, Hungry Mother (the only one in this list I have not been to yet), or Emma's for pizza.
Casual mid-range mostly. Do a board search or check websites if you are interested, and maybe call ahead to see if there's a long wait.
EVOO: Somerville/Cambridge line. Creative, consistent new American.
Dali: across from EVOO. Very good tapas, great sangria.
Oleana: Cambridge Wonderful, Moroccan-influenced spicing, fresh local food.
Garden at the Cellar: Cambridge. Fresh, great prices, wonderful use of herbs
Rendezvous: Cambridge. New American
Casablanca: Harvard Sq. institution. Check website.