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Jan 29, 2009 11:39 AM

Foodie visitor from NYC, where to go?

Taking a business friend out to dinner on Monday night. She is a foodie with a capital F !
Parameters....will be a business tab so can't be pricey, the other person in the party is not a foodie....does not venture much beyond plain roast chicken , so I need someplace that could accomodate the range. She is staying in Arlington so I'd like to stay with Cambridge or Boston. I wanted to take her to Hungry Mother but it is closed on Monday.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Union, Grotto, Marliave (downstairs)

    1. Rendezvous, Gran Gusto, Blue Room, Green Street...

      502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

      Green Street
      280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Blue Room
      1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

      Gran Gusto
      90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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      1. re: Taralli

        I listed Rendezvous 1st on my list becuz of the roast chix on their menu.

        1. re: Taralli

          I'll second Rendezvous, the food is very good and it's not a budget-buster.

          1. re: BobB

            Rendezvous was the first one I thought of as well. I don't know if Oleana would necessarily appeal to a non-foodie. Green Street might be a bit simple for your friend (though I like it, I don't think of it as an experience restaurant). One option might be Dante, which (I think) now has a very affordable prix fixe menu that basically covers the whole menu (check on their website before you go because it might have been only for a limited time. I went to Grotto last night, which i thought was also very enjoyable

      2. Chez Henri might work. It's a straight shot down Mass.Ave from Arlington right outside Harvard Square. French/Cuban food. Nice place, not too expensive. Steak frites and chicken breast on menu for your picky friend.

        1. Green Street is a good call too...this is my list:

          Garden At the Cellar
          991 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

          138 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

          Gargoyles On the Square
          219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144

          689 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02720

          Highland Kitchen
          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

            1. re: cockscomb

              What about the roast chicken person?

                1. re: cockscomb

                  I actually think Oleana is a great call.

                  Some of the upscale Turkish menu skews a little bit challenging, but they always have a number of plain-ish entree choices from which to choose. In fact, one of my personal biggest gripes about the restaurant is that the entrees often strike me as fairly bland and dull as compared to the wonderful meze, desserts, and wines by the glass.

                  Check out the current dinner menu: Although there are a number of some exotic-sounding ingredients listed, the first two meat dishes and most of the fish dishes look to be relatively plainly prepared. On the other hand, there should be plenty of choices to please your capital-F-Foodie friend.

                  More generally, whenever my NYC-based friends come to visit, we almost invariably dine in Cambridge as opposed to Boston. I find the vibe in the People's Republic to be distinct enough from their home city that it sidesteps any direct city-to-city comparisons and lets them focus on the chow.