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Hi -
I was in Cambridge Galleria earlier this week; got hungry and hit the food court. Went to Shrimp Market and had their Jambalaya. Pretty tasty and with a decent spicy kick. Any other Mall meals folks would recommend?

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  1. I like Calypso (Caribbean) and the sushi place in the Downtown Crossing food court. Indian in Cambridgeside isn't that bad, either.

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    1. re: SaraASR

      The Chinese place in Downtown Crossing is not bad either if you get the right stuff. I'd rate their hot & sour soup above many that I've had in more "reputable" restaurants.

      1. re: SaraASR

        I think that Indian place in Cambridgeside shut down in recent months, but I haven't checked again recently.

        1. re: chickendhansak

          Yeah, it's gone. I actually wasn't a fan - ate there twice and both times the food had an odd scorched taste.

      2. Chick-fil-A at the North Shore Mall in Peabody or the Burilngton Mall for a chicken sandwich and some carrot and rasin salad.

        1. Flat Patties, The Garage
          Trini's Mexican Grill, Arsenal Mall
          Blue Stove, Burlington Mall

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Ginger Pad in Burlington at Wayside Commons mall is excellent. I particularly recommend their bento boxes which is on their new menu/format. It's an Asian fusion type bento box.

            http://www.gingerpad.com

            Speaking of Asian fusion bento boxes, Dynamite Sushi (Korean-Japanese) in Hudson, NH makes fabulous ones.

            http://www.dynamitesushi.net "I'm Hot like Wasabi"!

            1. re: robertlf

              Clarification: Excellent for MALL FOOD.

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              second blue stove

              add the indian place at Burlington mall food court (but avoid the fried apps, they tend to be soggy from the steam tray) They nan is freshly made to order, fluffy and good.

              I must disagree with Ginger Pad, though I have never tried the bento box. The food is not terrible, but not really good either. I've had several of their noodle dishes, the fresh spring rolls, a curry...all have been rather bland and one dimensional. My latest attempt was about two weeks ago, and I tried the Singapore curry noodles. It was rice vermicelli tossed with an ample portion of chicken, about 10 beansprouts (I kid you not), onions, a few slices of carrot, oil and curry powder one would find in the supermarket. Eh.

              1. re: lisa13

                Completely agree. Blue Stove is quite tasty, though I think a bit overpriced. The Indian place is so good I've gone to the mall just to eat there.

                I'll go a step further on Ginger Pad - I think it's the worst meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant. So bad that I was compelled to send my first compaint email ever to the company. I posted about it here somewhere...

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553725

            3. I tried the Shrimp Market at the North Shore Mall. I thought it was a joke it was so bad! Tiny little shrimp and quite expensive for mall food. Chick Fil A is actually a real food court treat. There's a new Regina's in the North Shore Mall as well, tasted a lot better than the one at the Pru.

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              1. re: salemmass

                Chick Fil A!

                I love that place. Best lemonade in the world. Period.

                1. re: Frank Enbean

                  The best lemonade in the world is actually at Baraka Cafe in Cambridge.

                  http://www.barakacafe.com

              2. Appleseeds in Burlington is really good. They make savory and sweet crepes. The tuna salad was terrific.

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                1. re: LynPB

                  For my vote, there is a very tasty Indian place in the square one mall in Saugus. I don't recall the details, but the Globe or something wrote an article on the same, and the prominent posting of the article by the resteraunt is what drew me in while I was waiting for the wife to finish her stuff.

                  1. re: drbangha

                    Great thread!

                    - Chick Fil A in the Burlington Mall, at least for their waffle fries.
                    - Trini's Mexican Grill in the Arsenal Mall.
                    - The Melt Gelato & Crepe Café (not in the food court) on the second floor of the Natick Mall has good crepes and gelato.
                    - The little restaurant (Cafe Bistro?) inside the Nordstroms department store in the Natick Mall has some interesting appetizers.
                    - I have a friend who swears by the Mozzarella Sticks at the Burger King in the Cambridgeside Galleria.
                    - I believe there's an Orange Julius in the Hanover Mall.

                    1. re: lipoff

                      Mozz stick at BK? Let us never speak of this "friend" again.

                      As I recall (from urban legend), the secret in Orange Julius is Dream Whip.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I have never tried them, but she swears by them --- going out of her way to get them from the Cambridgeside Burger King in particular, so maybe there is something to it.