First few dates...
So I'm starting to date this girl, and I want to try out some spots to take her to. Nothing too expensive (we're both semi-broke students) or fancy. Looking for some modest, comfortable places in the city that don't scream "romance" but also aren't relatives, or even distant cousins, of fast food.
I live in the North End and she lives in Kenmore Square, if that helps probe anyone's mind, although leaving our respective neighborhoods is obviously fine. T (or bus) accessibility is a must. I'm vegetarian, but I can normally find something to eat wherever, so that's not THAT big of a deal.
Garden at the Cellar. Great food, surprisingly reasonable prices, casual bar-ish atmosphere so it's not too romantic-feeling and T accessible between Central and Harvard Square on Mass Ave.
Hungry Mother might be another option - a little further from the T but also totally yummy and not insanely expensive.
how about a hot pot restaurant - if you're not familiar, these are restaurants that bring a pot of broth to your table, heat it up to a boil on a built in hot plate and you then cook your food in the broth at the table. You can get tofu and veggies and she can do pork or beef or whatever. You can also get split pots with a spicy broth and a non spicy broth if you have different tastes in that area. Its different, good on a budget, and coming into season now that there's a chill in the air. Shabu Zen has an original location in Chinatown and a new spot on Brighton Ave in Allston.