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Duxdad Feb 15, 2009 02:21 PM

My favorite restaurant of all time may be the old "Red Fez" on lower Washingron St in Boston. Even though it have been closed for 10 - 15 years I bet it is still the single restaurant I have gone to and enjoyed. In the Duxbury area, once you get by Italian and Chinese ethnic food is nearly non existant. I checked this fprum and saw Cafe Barada in Cambridge mentioned. So off for an early Valentines dinner my wife and I ventured. Kids were away so the drive to Canbridge was just fine.
It did not disapoint!! The salad Barada was has good if not better than the Red Fez with it's Olive oil, lemon juice and mint dressing. The grape leaves appetizer were excellent as was the lamb and okra I had.MY wife had shish kabob was very good. We had baklava for desert and it was really great, not being overly sweet. All in all a great experience, only dowside, soooo far from Duxbury.
Will be giving Greek Corner. up the street, a try for lunch soon.

http://www.cafebarada.net/

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Cafe Barada
2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

  1. StriperGuy May 31, 2010 11:27 PM

    A serious hound who used to reside in Boston swore by the Bastilla (squab pie) at Cafe Barada. You do have to give them 24 hours notice to make it...

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    Cafe Barada
    2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

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    1. re: StriperGuy
      MC Slim JB May 31, 2010 11:56 PM

      Actually, I think you're speaking of the squab bastilla at Baraka Cafe, which is primarily Tunisian and Algerian, whereas Barada is Lebanese.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Baraka Cafe
      80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. re: MC Slim JB
        StriperGuy Jun 1, 2010 12:26 AM

        Drat, you are correct.

    2. tatsu May 31, 2010 09:36 PM

      It's a very good place, I love the slow sit-down pace in contrast to the burrito-like sling shops like Shawarma King.

      The falafel is not great, but no syrian/lebanese place ever has good falafel. The Kunifa dessert is good.

      And the owners are indeed swell.

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      Shawarma King
      Brookline, MA, Brookline, MA

      1. MrsCheese May 31, 2010 08:09 PM

        The only thing I've had at Cafe Barada is the chicken kabob sandwich (wrap), but it's really excellent. However, it doesn't come with the pickled vegetables that most places have - I'm not into them, so doesn't matter to me, but someone else might miss them. The hummus is pretty decent too.

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        Cafe Barada
        2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. mwbachta May 31, 2010 04:44 PM

          Good stuff, I love Cafe Barada. Very nice owners. Great food. The falafel wrap was HUGE!!! enough for lunch the next day.. All the traditional lebanese foods were delicious. Almost as good as my lebanese mother makes :-)

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          Cafe Barada
          2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

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          1. re: mwbachta
            nsenada Jun 1, 2010 07:03 AM

            Yes, really nice people, and great food. One of the owners' dad worked at my old law firm, and would bring in hummus for a snack.

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