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Apr 3, 2009 11:50 AM

Steak Frites in Cambridge??

I'm craving steak frites. We're going to be staying in Cambridge tomorrow night (from Toronto) and I'm wondering whether anyone has a recommendation for a satisfying spot someplace that side of the river?

Note: I'm not looking for a steakhouse, rather someplace bistro-ish (whether French or American).

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  1. Chez Henri on Mass Ave - north of Harvard Square has a decent steak frites. The bar is cool too. Also renowned for the Cubano. And the good bartending. Nice atmosphere in the bar and I am pretty sure they will let you order off the dining room menu.

    1. Highland Kitchen in's my review from last month:

      1. Central Kitchen, for sure. It's one of the best things they do. The fries are especially good.

        I would also check on Garden at the Cellar to see if it's on their menu.

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        1. re: dulce de leche

          I think Chez Henri & Central Kitchen are both great choices; if you are looking for someplace a bit more 'trendy' and "new on the scene" I'd go for Highland Kitchen. A casual, relaxed spot with great food.

        2. Dante's at the Royal Sonesta has an awesome Italian version, lombatello, that I really enjoy.

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          1. re: avial

            Gaslight is a French gastro-pub in the South End...about 3 miles from Cambridge.

          2. Ten Tables does a bavette steak with pomme gratine instead of frites, a nice use of flap steak, normally seen locally in steak tips.

            Garden at the Cellar sells a ton of grilled prime skirt steak (which I love) with rosemary-truffle fries.

            Green Street does a nice sirloin, no frites, but you could get a side of fried yuca there, nearly as good, especially with spicy aioli.

            Craigie on Main does a fancy hanger steak ($36) in a frying pan with amazing accompaniments, but no frites. Maybe you could get that potato galette with it (hash browns, yes!)

            I'm surprised that Rendezvous doesn't have one on their current menu.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Rendezvous does, including their Sunday prix fixe. It's excellent, as are the fries, which are thick (steak cut) but crispy, stacked into a little ziggurat reminiscent of the game Jenga.