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Jan 10, 2009 10:03 AM

Lechmere T Stop

I have to go to Petco near Cambridgeside Galleria tomorrow AM. I don't know the area well.

Anything interesting and worth checking out? We'll be there about 11 and on foot. Only real request is that it be something I can't find in Chinatown; as I lve next door.


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  1. Boca Grande is not far from there. Solid burritos.

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    1. re: Frank Enbean

      Definitely not-solid. In fact, I literally can't imagine a worse burrito than the ones served to me on several occasions by the Boca Grande near the Galleria. Dried-out, too-thick tortillas, undercooked and unseasoned beans, burnt (like, the whole place was filled with smoke when I walked in) meat, old-tasting pico, totally absent of salt or spice or anything. Seriously, this place is awful.

      1. re: Luther

        Since this thread continues to resurface, I'll throw in a positive nod to Boca Grande. I would definitely consider it the area, Skampa (roast beef, pastrami, fried fish, chicken/"chicken-salad" salads) and Boca are my go-to places for lunch. Granted it's not the most competitive area, but these two turn out good food.

        In particular, I would say I've never considered the tortillas to be thick or dry, and the smoke is actually a positive in my book. The grill is right there front and center, and they're just throwing a nice char on a huge volume of chicken every day - and the smell of the grill is always welcome in the middle of a workday. The smoke doesn't deter most folks from lining up out the door. In terms of the meat, I like the chicken colorado, but also find the carnitas and carne asada to be good options...just depends on which bin looks tasitest that day.

        I'll side with you that it's not spectacular, and the beans and pico are far from inspired (I favor the black beans)...but it's a big, solid, yummy burrito. I just wish it wasn't so cold all the time for my walk.

    2. Restaurant Dante is nearby.
      Helmand is nearby too. Not sure if either has any relevance to your trip on Sunday morning.
      Other than that, I feel like that area is a wasteland, esp. on the weekends.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Helmand is only open for dinner, unfortunately.

      2. Sunday morning on foot in Lechmere (especially with the snowstorm!) is pretty brutal.

        All of the above are unfortunately closed when you'll be there, as is 2nd Street Cafe, a terrific little weekday breakfast and lunch spot, and Courthouse Seafood, one of my favorites for fish and chips.

        If I were in your shoes, I'd make sure those shoes were snow boots and hoof it over to the Blue Room for brunch, which starts at 11. Roughly a 15 minute walk from Lechmere, maybe a tick longer in the inclement weather.

        1. Atwood's Tavern is close by and I think they have Sunday brunch, although we've never been for brunch. We do love the regular menu and the beer selection.

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          1. re: digga

            Atwoods is 10-15 minutes from Lechmere on foot, depending whose feet. It's a good solid pub with good taps.

            I'd suggest Bambara in the Hotel Marlowe, about a block from the station. Brunch starts at 11:30. Very good (not tops) hotel restaurant.

            If you're really up for a walk, Blue Room is a great choice. You could take the T from Kendall on the flip side.

            1. re: jajjguy

              You can always take the 69 bus from lechemere to Atwoods. That's a real favorite of mine in that area. And if you were taking the 69 anyways, you could always go an extra few blocks and hit up the east coast grill brunch.

              I think 15 mins would be very conservative for a walk between lechemere & atwoods, though as you say, it does depend on whose feet are involved

              1. re: digga

                We stopped in tonight after a too long absence. I had the fisherman's or seafood stew... whatever the hell it is called, it was fantastic. Fresh seafood (mussels, clams, grilled shrimp, chunks of some white flesh fish - cod or haddock?) from New Deal across the street in a thin tomato broth, topped with some grilled bread. WOW! And B had the burger and fries - both very good. I had a couple of reds by the glass and B had the Dogfish 60 min and Sixpoint IPA. And to top it all off, there was live bluegrass. LIVE BLUEGRASS, people! Made us happy.

                1. re: digga

                  I was there Friday night, too! I agree--totally great. We had the fish sandwich and hamburger. Great band. I wish Atwood was in walking would be such a perfect neighborhood bar.

                  1. re: dulce de leche

                    I was there Friday night as well. Had a bite to eat and a couple of beers. I really like that band. I guess they play there every Friday night.

              2. Atasca in nearby Kendall Sq. I believe they open at noon on Sundays. No sandwiches served on Sunday unfortunately.