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dinner with my (fresh pond) movie?

Hi. Movie at 7, fresh pond.

My wife wanted Amelia's (teele sq) because she hasn't been in ages but the buzz here was not positive. Suggestions?

thanks,

makiman

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  1. All of these are turning out pretty good food these days:

    Kathmandu Spice
    Anapurna
    Shangri-La
    West Side Lounge
    Chez Henri
    Temple Bar

    and I've never been to these two but good reviews on chound:

    Gran Gusto
    TW Food

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    Shangri-La
    149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

    Kathmandu Spice
    166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

    West Side Lounge
    1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Chez Henri
    1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Gran Gusto
    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Gran Gusto is almost directly behing the Fresh Pond theater, almost walkable. I think they've got some truffle specials going, too!!

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Thanks so much, all... will let you know.

        Makiman

      2. TW Food is really excellent, but also quite a bit fancier than the other options on StriperGuy's list (and is very small so you probably need a reservation).

        In North Cambridge, there is also Qingdao Garden (Northern-style Chinese; closed Tuesday if you are going tonight, though), Cafe Barada (Lebanese; doesn't take credit cards), and Greek Corner (haven't been, but gets good reviews).

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        Greek Corner Restaurant
        2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

        Qingdao Garden Restaurant
        2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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

        1. All good suggestions. There's also Toraya in Arlington.

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          Toraya Restaurant
          890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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          1. re: GretchenS

            Not always a favorite on this board, but Summer Shack is just across the street. Some raw bar and apps (I like the grilled clams) could be a good pre-movie take.

            1. re: GretchenS

              Mmmmm, Toraya. Might have to hit it for lunch today...

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              Toraya Restaurant
              890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            2. I'd strongly suggest that you go with Gran Gusto over Amelia's if you want Italian. We were at Amelia's a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty meh.

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              Gran Gusto
              90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

              1. I third, fourth? Gran Gusto. Also, haven't been, but a Lebanese place opened up definitely within walking distance. It's called "Basha Cafe" I think. I like Summer Shack, too. If you have the time and can get in, I also suggest Ten Tables Cambridge.

                FWIW, I found Annapurna to be really awful.

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                Gran Gusto
                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                Summer Shack
                149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

                Ten Tables
                5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                1. re: dulce de leche

                  My vote also goes to Gran Gusto. If your there early you can get in and out pretty quickly. And its so good!

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                  Gran Gusto
                  90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                  1. re: dulce de leche

                    I've been curious about Basha...It's rather expensive. I think lipoff posted favorably about this place. Not much recent chatter. Is it still hanging on?

                    Amelia's Teele Sq is quite different from the Kendall Sq spot (which most of the recent reviews have been about). It's a pleasant spot. Food is decent (although we almost go since we don't eat Italian out).

                    How about Hana Sushi?

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                    Hana Sushi
                    2372 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140