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Dinner in Harvard Square...moderate prices

Altaira Sep 30, 2009 03:44 AM

Howdy, Hounds...

Going to the Ig Nobels tomorrow night, and my friend, her daughter and I need a reasonable place to eat. I'm a little out of touch with HS...used to go to the extension school at night, but graduated a couple of years ago.

Upstairs On The Square would be great, but looking for a place that doesn't have $14 apps.

My friend is a vegetarian, but not a vegan.

Any suggestions?

  1. hotoynoodle Oct 1, 2009 06:26 AM

    noir in the charles has a very cheap happy hour apps menu $5 and under.

    also casablanca.

    what about charlie's?

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      Altaira Oct 1, 2009 06:23 AM

      Thanks, everybody! Time will also be of the essence...I'll let you know how we made out.

      1. greenzebra Sep 30, 2009 06:49 AM

        For pizza, I'd second both Cambridge 1 and Veggie Planet. Certainly no problems getting vegetarian food with that option, and both are reasonably priced.

        For something more in the style of Upstairs on the Square, you might consider EVOO, which has a $35 3-course prix fixe (always with vegetarian options. About a 10 minute walk from Sanders Theater up Kirkland St (away from the Square).

        There are also two good Indian options (in my opinion): Tamarind Bay in the square, and the Kebab Factory near EVOO on Kirkland St.

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        1. re: greenzebra
          pemma Sep 30, 2009 08:26 AM

          A little bit out of the square -- but Chez Henri?

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            pollystyrene Sep 30, 2009 05:24 PM

            Chez Henri might be too expensive, but right next door is the West Side Lounge--very good food, cocktails and atmosphere.

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          momoftwo Sep 30, 2009 05:54 AM

          Here I go again...try Shay's pub and wine bar on JFK street. very eclectic pub menu, several veggie options, won;t break the bank, sophisticated wines by the glass, great beer, food is always fresh and tasty

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            Pegmeister Sep 30, 2009 06:11 AM

            Glad you posted. I've been wanting to try Shay's but the last time I was in HS, I could not, for the life of me, remember the location. I've now officially added it to my list.

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              momoftwo Sep 30, 2009 06:26 AM

              yup, love it there. I always tell people that it is the last commercial building on JFK as you are heading toward the river. Can't miss it that way

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                fmcoxe6188 Sep 30, 2009 07:02 AM

                Shay's is one of my all time favorite bars. I havent eaten there in ages-so Im glad to hear the food is good!

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            mrsx Sep 30, 2009 05:35 AM

            Tory Row?


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              Pegmeister Sep 30, 2009 05:00 AM

              I lean towards the Red House. Atmosphere is relaxing, never rushed and the I've always enjoyed any of their pasta dishes with shrimp. Nice dessert list as well.

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                BackBayGirl Sep 30, 2009 07:51 AM

                I would not recommend Red House. I have found their food to be below average. I think there are better places to go personally. I would agree w/ Veggie Planet, Shays. I know it's not "in the square" but between Central Sq. and Harvard there is Garden at the Cellar.

              2. digga Sep 30, 2009 04:40 AM

                Veggie Planet? They recently started serving wine and beer.

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                  cambridgeMike Sep 30, 2009 04:33 AM

                  Cambridge 1 for great pizza?

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