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Aug 29, 2010 06:38 PM
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Cambridge low key recommendations? Best Pub food perhaps...

Hi all,

Am looking forward to an upcoming weekend trip to Boston (October). We are staying in Cambridge (just because of hotel prices!), and will be catching the train for a 7:30 Friday concert at the Sommerville THeatre, so.....looking for something fairly low key that we can get in early- and out in a couple of hours- but still want to eat well. Was thinking maybe gastro-pub or fresh creative eateries? Any suggestions- best pub food or other ideas? Cheers!

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  1. Christopher's in Porter Square might be a good bet. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a gastro-pub, but they have some creative burger options and a great beer list. You'll have no trouble getting a table for dinner that early, and it's about a 10-minute walk from the Somerville Theater in Davis Square.

    The area around the theater is mostly pizza and burrito places. There are a few Indian options (Namaskar and Diva, the food at Namaskar is better but Diva has a bit more ambiance) and a decent Tibetan place (Martsa on Elm).

    There's also a vegan restaurant (Pulse Cafe) and a new brick-oven pizza place (Pizzeria Posto), but from what I've heard of the service at those places I'm not sure I'd try them when I had somewhere else to be after dinner.

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    1. re: blink617

      Pizzeria Posto isn't a hard place to get in and out of in an hour especially if you stick to pizza, which comes out of the kitchen pretty fast. Then again, I mostly go on weeknights when it is a bit less crowded, so on a Friday night maybe its trickier, although at 6 it shouldn't be crowded yet. The service there can be a bit inconsistent, although the food is fantastic and the wine list is good.

      By October, the Foundry on Elm will be open (right up the street from the Somerville theater). Not sure how the food is going to be, but the space looks nice. I'd check back in a few weeks to see what people are saying about it, as it will definitely be pub food.

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      Pizzeria Posto
      187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

    2. i would try to snag a table at the bar at gargoyles. (you can make reservations for them, it's not first come, first served.)

      while i don't really care for the main menu very much, i do like their burger a lot.

      1. In Davis I would definitely recommend Gargoyles.

        Casting the net wider in Somerville, you'll hit the Highland Kitchen which is my absolute favourite gastro-pub in the Boston area. It's almost exactly a mile straight down Highland Avenue from Davis Sq. You can walk in about 15-20 minutes, or take the 88 bus up and down Highland Ave.

        But in Cambridge there are many options, such as Russel House Tavern or Cambridge 1 in Harvard Square or Lord Hobo not too far from Kendall/MIT.

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        Highland Kitchen
        150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

        Lord Hobo
        92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

        1. http://www.russellhousecambridge.com/ in Harvard Square is an interesting place. I just had dinner there the other night. It's two T stops away from the Somerville Theater, so maybe not super ideal, but the food is pretty good.

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          Russell House Tavern
          14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: thegreengrass

            Yes, Russell House is excellent. Where in Cambridge are you staying?

          2. Cambridge Common isn't too far from Davis Square. I like their food and they probably have the best beer list of any place in Porter/Harvard/Davis. The aforementioned Lord Hobo has the best of Cambridge, period. I've been going to Lord Hobo and Russell House Tavern a lot lately and definitely reccomend both.

            If Central Square works for you then Green Street would be a good choice as well.

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            Cambridge Common
            1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Lord Hobo
            92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

            Russell House Tavern
            14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138