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makiman Nov 10, 2009 06:13 AM

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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    dulce de leche Nov 10, 2009 08:23 AM

    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
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      heypielady Nov 10, 2009 09:55 AM

      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
        digga Nov 10, 2009 04:50 PM

        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

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        bear Nov 10, 2009 07:33 AM

        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. GretchenS Nov 10, 2009 06:43 AM

          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
            justbeingpolite Nov 10, 2009 06:47 AM

            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
              StriperGuy Nov 10, 2009 07:03 AM

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

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              Toraya Restaurant
              890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            2. greenzebra Nov 10, 2009 06:32 AM

              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. StriperGuy Nov 10, 2009 06:19 AM

                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
                  justbeingpolite Nov 10, 2009 06:21 AM

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

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                    makiman Nov 10, 2009 11:10 AM

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

                    Makiman

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