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Nov 11, 2009 11:59 AM

dining solo in Cambridge

I'm going to be in Boston next week and staying at the Hotel Marlowe (near Lechmere) stop. Any dinner recommendations? I'm happy to catch the T for another stop, but won't have other transportation. I'm looking for singleton friendly places, where it won't be too awkward to dine alone and not too expensive. Thanks so much! I know Boston just a little, but I'm not familiar with this area. Left to my own devices, I fear I'd chicken out and eat at that mall's food court.

Hotel Marlowe Restaurant
25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141

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  1. Mall food court is not a good idea. There is a post from last few days about lunch ideas in East Cambridge. Have a look over there for several options. Most of the places mentioned have dinner also. The bars (Atwood's, East Side) can be good for solo dining. You can also take the Green Line too Park Street and take the short walk to Chinatown or dine somewhere closer to the Common (Silvertone is a good place to dine solo).

    69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

    1. What about the bar at Hungry Mother?

      Hungry Mother
      Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

      1. Also a 10 minute or so walk from your Hotel is Blue Room in Kendall SQ a very solo friendly restaurant and the bar keeping (if you sit there) is great. Across the street from the Marlowe is Dante ( at the Sonesta ) It might be a bit more expensive but close and good. If you feel like walking over the Gilmore Bridge to Charlestown keep going straight and take a right on Main Street and go to Figs for pizza ( you will have some left over to take back to your Hotel ) It isnt a lively walk in either direction ..the trek to the Blue Room I think safe ( I am female) but kinda desolate...the trek to CTown busier and on more trafficked streets....dont do the Mall ( please) although PF Changs just opened there if you are really tired and can do that sort of thing...If I were you I would hop a cab for a 5 minute ride to Rendezvous in Central SQ for great food and uber comfortable and friendly bar dining...enjoy

        Blue Room
        1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

        1. Take the T to Central Square for a bunch of great solo dining bars. Rendezvous Central Square, Central Kitchen, and Craigie on Main are on our regular list. Other hounds like Green Street.


          Central Kitchen
          567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Craigie on Main
          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. Very close to your hotel are some very good options:
            The Similans on First Street behind the mall - Very good Thai, solo friendly and not expensive.

            Boca Grande also on First - Counter service delicous Cali-Mex. Most people rave about their Burrito Grande, but I usually go for the quesedilla with carnitas. Homemade lemonade and Horchata are also yummy. You can grab your food and walk upstairs for some casual seating.

            Dante, in the Sonesta across the street - Nice bar, good food.

            The restaurant in the hotel, Bambara, is decent and you can eat at the bar.

            I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Helmand, Afghanistan cuisine also on First. I'm not sure how solo-friendly it is, but the food is good.

            I think the hotel also hosts a free wine social at 5-ish.

            Have fun!

            The Similans
            145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

            Bambara Restaurant
            25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141

            Boca Bar & Restaurant
            11 Pine St, Waltham, MA 02453

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            1. re: Eatin in Woostah

              Agreed, the restaurant at the hotel is worth a look.