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mc22 Jun 23, 2009 08:01 AM

Hi all,

So I am moving to Boston in a couple of months (kind of jumping the gun here, I know, but I am trying to get myself excited about it...) I'm moving to the east side of Agassiz, sort of near the Star Market - are there any good restaurants in my area? Am I going to have to trek to Harvard and Porter? Secret neighborhood recommendations? Will I like it???

thanks for your help! Looking forward to joining the Boston chowhound community soon!

  1. hiddenboston Jun 23, 2009 08:26 AM

    There are a lot of good restaurants around there, with many on (or just off of) Mass. Ave. between Porter and Harvard. Chez Henri is an excellent French/Cuban place with about the best Cubano I've had anywhere. The Forest Cafe and Boca Grande both serve very good Mexican food. Addis Red Sea is an outstanding Ethiopian restaurant. Cambridge Common is a friendly comfort food spot that serves food late into the night. And O'Sullivan's, which is a fairly short walk from the area (on Beacon Street in Somerville) serves up what some consider to be about the best burger in the Boston area (though many disagree on this, LOL).

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      chickendhansak Jun 23, 2009 08:46 AM

      Also on Beacon St. near the Star Market and O'Sullivan's there is Zoe's, which seems to be widely considered one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Somerville/Cambridge area, and Pho and Rice (a recently opened Thai and VIetnamese restaurant). Danny's Diner is right next door to Zoe's. There is a cafe on Oxford St. between Beacon and Mass. Ave. which gets good reviews.

      A rail underpass next to the Star Market leads to Somerville Ave., where nearby is Tacos Lupita, one of the best taquerias (for me, it is the best) in Somerville/Cambridge. And also City Slicker cafe for pizza and other comfort food.

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        hckybg Jun 23, 2009 09:32 AM

        Many in that neighborhood also like the sandwiches at the Oxford Street Spa, at the corner of Crescent and Oxford Streets. You will also be within a 15-20 minute walk of anything in Inman Square or Union Square.

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          chickendhansak Jun 23, 2009 10:51 AM

          That'll be the place I was referring to. Ta.

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            hsquare2southend Jun 24, 2009 09:13 AM

            Oxford Spa is fabulous!

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              Gabatta Jun 24, 2009 10:20 AM

              I previously loved Oxford as well. However, since the change in ownership the service is tragically slow for some reason. The sandwiches, etc are largely the same, but wh has 30+ min to wait for a sandwich at lunch time? When I go to Oxford now, I call ahead with my order.

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        uwebres Jun 23, 2009 11:33 AM

        You are moving to the center of a circle of great restaurants. If you can give a cross st. and the distance you consider close I can elaborate on some of the previous posts. I live in this hood, for about two years now this time but had previously spent ten or so years living and working during the 90's so I know it well.

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          Lucymax Jun 23, 2009 02:34 PM

          Yeah, great neighborhood. I used to live in that vicinity. You're pretty close to Porter Square and to Davis Square, and of course Harvard Square has lots of good places. I like Upstairs on the Square at lot, and also think Harvest is under-rated -- it's a very reliable, great service, great food, pretty courtyard in summer, old friend of mine. With a great little bar.

        2. Pia Jun 23, 2009 05:25 PM

          Petsi Pies! Delicious pies and amazing scones. (And supposedly other good baked stuff too, which I haven't tried.) Right next to the Star Market.

          R.F. O'Sullivan -- wild disagreement about whether their burgers are the best anywhere, or charred on the outside and raw inside. Either way, you have to try them.

          Pho and Rice is great, as is Tacos Lupita.

          And if you're poor like I was when I lived around there, there's always Dial-a-Pizza.

          Those are just in your immediate neighborhood -- you are a stone's throw from Inman Square, which has Christina's ice cream and Portuguese food and all sorts of tasty things to eat.

          Don't know where you're moving from, which will inform what you might get excited about or be less impressed with, but you are moving to a good place. Welcome to Boston!

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            tsackton Jun 24, 2009 10:01 AM

            On Mass Ave, check out Temple Bar. Pretty good place to get drinks in the area, and just got a new chef (Michael Scelfo) who has apparently dramatically improved the food. I haven't eaten there since the Scelfo got there, but see here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628707

            Down Beacon St from the Star Market (towards Inman) are three good places: Dali (Spanish tapas, fun atmosphere, good sangria), EVOO (great food, I guess I would describe it as eclectic American; uses lots of local ingredients and has a $35 prix fixe that is an excellent value), and the Wine and Cheese Cask (wine and cheese shop; small but very good selection).

            You're also quite close to Porter, Davis, Harvard, and Inman squares. A recent discussion of many good places in Cambridge is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628007

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              Stride Jun 24, 2009 10:05 AM

              And right next to EVOO is the Kebab Factory. I just ate there for the first time recently, and it was excellent.

              The Biscuit, across Beacon from EVOO, is a nice casual breakfast/lunch place.

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              mc22 Jul 24, 2009 01:37 PM

              Just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you who were so nice with these responses! Now I really am getting excited! I have previously lived in New York and DC, but I am excited about the change :) I'm looking forward to exploring all of these great recommendations!

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                Pia Jul 26, 2009 06:25 AM

                Do yourself a favor and don't compare it to NY or DC. You will be much happier if you just appreciate what's around and don't look for pizza or bagels or whatever it is they have in DC. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the places in your new neighborhood!

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