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Bizarre restaurants in the Boston area?

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I'm looking for a restaurant in the Boston area that is bizarre and good for college students. I've been having trouble finding anything out of the ordinary that is within a good price range.
Any suggestions?

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  1. One person's bizarre food is another's ordinary meal. What do you mean by bizarre? And what's a good price range?

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Well it's for a video segment that features local restaurants around Boston for college students, each episode has restaurants that fall into different themes and one of the themes is Bizarre Boston. A place that might fit into bizarre might have the restaurant styled in a certain unordinary way, for example the Cafeteria is a restaurant that has an entire menu based off of cafeteria food, I would say thats a bit unusual, however, its a bit pricey for college students. A different kind of bizarre could just be an oddly decorated place. Really any place that comes to mind when you think bizarre would be extremely helpful.

      1. re: mmzz

        Hilltop Steak House? Affordable (it was back when I was a college student) and definitely... mmm... unique, inside and out.

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        Hilltop Steak House
        855 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

        1. re: mmzz

          River Gods in Cambridge has some pretty sweet decor if you like gargoyles.

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          River Gods
          125 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      2. Well, Dali in Somerville is decorated pretty crazily, and as far as price goes, it's a tapas bar, which kind of makes it as pricey or as cheap as you want.

        1. Dali and Cuchi Cuchi are both decorated interestingly. As is Mr. and Mrs. Bartley's Burger Cottage. And Spike's Junkyard Dogs and Diesel Cafe. Going (much) further afield, so is the Student Prince in Springfield. The Chateau in Waltham has (had) unusual seasonal dioramas in the main lobby.

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          Cuchi Cuchi
          795 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Bartley's Burger Cottage
          1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: lipoff

            actually, there are two restaurants per segment and Bartley's Burger Cottage is one of the places we are filming for Bizarre, we're just missing a second restaurant for the theme

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            Bartley's Burger Cottage
            1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. re: mmzz

              Gosh, Bartley's is pretty "BIZARRE" whew.

              1. re: mmzz

                Cuchi Cuchi is pretty bizarre. Scups on the Harbor is a bit bizarre too. Ginger Park has a very striking interior. Fred's Franks out in Wakefield is not quite a restaurant, but his Great Green Egg grill is on the bizarre side. You might have trouble getting permission for this, but Harvard's Annenberg Hall (the freshman dining hall) is very gorgeous, and feels like something straight out of Harry Potter. People's Republik is more of a bar than a restaurant, but the decor seems pretty bizarre to me.

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                Fred's Franks
                390 Quannapowitt Pkwy, Wakefield, MA 01880

                Cuchi Cuchi
                795 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            2. I was in a Chili's, or maybe it was a TGI Friday's, or an Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag once: they had all this crazy crap on the walls, like old license plates, vintage advertising signs, and a stuffed alligator head wearing oversized sunglasses. It was bizzAAH.

              I suppose along those lines you could include The Friendly Toast, which does a slightly more clever, arty, retro take on this idea.

              I can't think of many inexpensive places whose decor is that unusual. Plenty of good cheap food in unlikely locations, e.g., Villa Mexico, a good little taqueria stuck in the back of a gas station convenience store, but I don't know if that meets your definition of bizarre.

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              Villa Mexico
              296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

              The Friendly Toast
              1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                That sounds "awesomely outrageous."

                How about the Emperor's Garden in Chinatown? It is the most cavernous ornate space I think I've ever seen. Totally out of whack with the mediocre (but cheap) dim sum.

              2. The Friendly Toast has some wacky menu items (Almond Joy pancakes) and 'bizarre' decor.

                Tu Y Yo also comes to mind for their grasshopper tacos and huitlacoche (corn smut) crepes.

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                The Friendly Toast
                1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA