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Dec 4, 2008 11:23 AM

Good Chinese near Beacon Hill?

I just started working at an office on Cambridge street between gov't center and MGH. Any worthwhile options within a 10 minute walk?

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  1. Depends on how fast you walk. If you go over the hill, cut across the common, C-town is there. Other than that, nothing.

    I work in the food wasteland known as North Station and I take the orange line to C-town on a regular basis.

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    1. re: beetlebug

      I'd be pretty gnarly if I walked to Ctown and back in my suit. What's your time round trip on the orange line?

      1. re: El Guapo

        I'm right next door to the orange line. It's less than a 10 minute T ride for me. Easily doable in an hour lunch. However, it is dependent on how the orange line runs. Sometimes I have to wait 5-10 minutes for a train.

        You can always take the green line from Govt Center to Boylston which may be faster for you.

        Or, you can take the red line from Longfellow to Kendall and go to Mulan. It's about a 10 minute walk from the T station.

    2. If you are looking for the classic Chinese-American standards such as egg foo yong, lo mein, fried rice, egg rolls, and wonton soup, the Shangri-La on Cambridge St. is suitable. Sometimes when I have a craving for that at lunch, I'll go there and get some takeout. Some of the other items on the menu are ok too, such as the beef and broccoli.

      If you are looking for good food on the order of what you'd find in Chinatown, or Brookline, you are out of luck.

      1. Not Chinese, but if your handle is any indication, you'll want to check out Villa Mexico next to the gas station on Cambridge Street.

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        1. re: yumyum

          On nice days, I like to sit at the little table in the parking lot. Somehow, I find it relaxing sitting there, eating my burrito, and chatting with my friend.

          1. re: beetlebug

            Somehow, I can see you doing it. Let's mark our calendars for April 09.

        2. I work in the same area. On nice days I will take the hike over to chinatown - up Joy St, cut across the common and over. It takes about 15 minutes each way, not too bad.

          The only other option that I know of is the Shangri-La. That doesn't really meet the "good" requirement, but I use the buffet sometimes as a hangover helper.

          1. I live in the area and can't even recommend Shangri-La as a decent option. Both Billy Tse's and Island Hopper deliver to Beacon Hill. Still not as good as what you'd find in C-town, but infinitively better than Shangri-La.

            Ma Soba on Cambridge St is not Chinese - more pan-asian - but some of their american-chinese options are decent, in particular the sesame chicken.