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Dec 7, 2008 06:25 AM

Cambridge top 5 based on food

Any thoughts?

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  1. Do you include Somerville in this mix? - is that an 'other side of the Charles?' question..

    1. This is somewhat Harvard-Square-centric, but here goes:

      1. Rialto
      2. Oleana
      3. Harvest
      4. Salts
      5. Sandrine's

      The rest of the list is open to debate, but Rialto at the top is a slam-dunk.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Lex56

        For me Oleana is the slam-dunk. My other four would probably be the Blue Room, Harvest, Rialto and Hungry Mother. Although if there were anything riding on this, I'd be happy to join a small invasion force to push the Cambridge border another few feet around Evoo.

        1. re: glenn mcdonald

          I'm pretty shocked that Craigie on Main isn't on anyone's list so far.

          1. re: glenn mcdonald

            Hey -- back off! We're happy it's in Somerville!

            1. re: rememberme

              What are you saying is in Somerville? Craigie On Main? Isn't it in the old Italian place just outside of Central Sq? I'm confused!

              1. re: CocoDan

                I think that was a response to a comment about EVOO (which I thought of as Cambridge, too)

                1. re: justbeingpolite

                  That would explain my confusion. Thanks.

        2. 1. Oleana
          2. Rendezvous
          3. Casa Portugal
          4. Emmas
          5. Gran Gusto

          I've never been to Craige or Rialto, so while I'm familiar with the accolades for both, I didn't include them.

          1. I haven't been to Craigie since it moved, and only twice before that, so my leaving it off wasn't a negative vote. I haven't been to Gran Gusto, either. But you can definitely take my omission of Rendezvous as a negative vote. And I like Atasca better than Casa Portugal.

            1. The Blue Room
              Central Kitchen
              Green St Grille
              Hot Off the Press (hey, it's based on food, not atmosphere!)