Kendall Square and other Cambridge recommendations
Looking for recommendations for lunch and dinner for visit next week. We like everything- ethnic, fancy- anything unique and or memorable. Will be there during restaurant week so those recommendations also appreciated.
One last question- what's teh take on Tangierino, a Moroccan restaurant in Charlestown?
The soft opening of Za and EVOO (I think) in Kendall Square (3rd St. at Broadway) is this Saturday - I have always enjoyed both very much. Za is casual, locavore pizzas (with a controversial, stylized crust) and creative salads - EVOO is more upscale and local-intensive menu. Rumor has it there will be a bar as well. Note you may need to be patient with service this early in their existence as they work out the bugs.
I was hugely impressed with Blue Room's RW dinner. It was really really tasty and didn't feel like they scrimped or dumbed-down.
It's not easy to get a res at Hungry Mother but it's nice food and a fun atmosphere, delicious drinks.
I didn't like Dante, myself. I felt like there kept being included one extra, incongruous ingredient in the dishes and the ambience is very much that of a hotel restaurant.
It's best attributes are the bar snacks and that you can sit outside by the river, which won't be useful for this visit.
Lunch--I agree w Friendly Toast, or would go to Muqueca in Inman for Brazilian or to All Star Sandwich for a tasty sandwich.
Also nearby and good for dinner/beer is Atwood's a nice pub.
If you are going to Central (walkable from Kendall or take one T stop), for dinner: Baraka Cafe (would go here for the N. African food, if you don't end up at Tangierino), Rendezvous, Green Street, Central Kitchen. Lunch: Baraka Cafe, Central Kitchen, Caffe Luna, Andala Cafe, Miracle of Science, Brookline Lunch.
I haven't been to Tangierino but I think the consensus is it's pretty fun and okay food. For Rest. Week, I'd go to Dante, their menu looks great and it's good in general (and you're getting a deal since it's usually pretty $$). Bambara's menu looks quite good but I haven't been in years and Casablanca has some interesting stuff on theirs too.