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Hotel Marlowe Cambridge- Recommendations

I'll be staying for a few days at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge.
I'd love some recommendations for restaurants within walking distance.

I have done some research already and have a list, although not all are within walking distance, but I'm looking for those "must visit" places that are not necessarily the most well known.

Any ideas on best pizza, best Indian, best South-East Asian, best Deli or sandwiches, other ethnic restaurants would be greatly appreciated.
This is a total foodie outing so I will be eating out 3 times per day or more if I can handle it.

Here is my list so far.

Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Sam La Grassa's

The Hungry Mother

Craigie on Main

Toro

Dante

East Coast Grill

Gran Gusto

Emma's

The Similans

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East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Similans
145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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

Gran Gusto
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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

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  1. best pizza: coppa; i tried regina, was not that impressed but that was several years ago. Better posters than I like Regina in the North End only
    best Indian: Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square
    best Sichuan: Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline
    best chinese fish in tank: East Ocean Seafood in Chinatown
    best deli: take a train to NYC; I will come with
    best sandwich: lobster roll Neptune Seafood, lobster sandwich: Alive and Kicking Seafood
    best Thai: i am not sure
    best Cambodian: Elephant Walk (Cambridge and Brookline)
    Best Afghan: Helmand (Cambridge)
    best French: Craigie and Clio; the chef at Craigie was trained at Clio
    best sushi: O ya

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    Tamarind Bay
    75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Elephant Walk
    2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

    Sichuan Gourmet
    1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      Thanks cambridgedoctpr.
      The last time I was in the US I visited Boston and Clio was absolutely the highlight for food. Ken Oringer seems to have a great touch with spices and not diving too far into the molecular realm.

      Helmand seems to come up a lot so I'll have to add that to my list.

      I'm not going to have time to jump on the train to NY but the last time I was in Philly I was told pretty much the same thing and I was able to find a great deli sandwich there. I'm holding out hope the same thing will happen in Boston.

      1. re: hhost.ca

        you should definitely go to Helmand, its right next to your hotel as a plus. make sure to order the kadoo (with meat, not the vegetarian) its to die for

        1. re: Wannabfoode

          People always do recommend Helmand, and I will go with the assumption that it is a good Afghani restaurant. Personally, I don't love the spice profile and never have wanted to go back after trying it once, and recommend taking a look at the menu to see if it rings your bell.

          Each to his own, of course!

    2. I'd add Muqueca (Brazilian coastal) or Midwest Grill (Brazilian churrascaria--not the best one but the one that is walking distance). Casa Portugal.

      Great sandwiches in Cambridge, though not delis. In order that I like them: Hi-Rise Bakery (a bit outside Harvard Sq), Darwin's (2 different locations, both just outside HS), All Star Sandwich Bar (Inman sq). Only at the latter can you get fries, the others are a bakery and a cafe. Also, good ones at Cardullo's (HS), a specialty shop. If you do decide to go to Hi-Rise, then make a stop at Formaggio, which is a few blocks away.

      You should make time for ice cream--I like Toscanini's best--they do certain individual flavors so fantastically, Christina's second--more flavors, more interesting flavors. Though some people may take those as fighting words.

      I would spend a meal on something other than Dante, personally. I think you'll have that territory covered by the other restaurants and while you can sit outside and can eyeball the river, it's not a commanding view or anything.

      There's a lot more in Inman Sq you might want to try. I love ECG for its energy and some of its dishes are great, but usually not wowed. I'd go to Tupelo or to North by Northeast.

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      All Star Sandwich Bar
      1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Muqueca
      1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Midwest Grill
      1124 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Casa Portugal
      1200 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: dulce de leche

        I much prefer Christinas to Toscaninin's - both for straight up quality as well as some other reasons which I'll refrain from getting into (as it often leads to the mods getting upset).

        I like ECG but find that I'm usually a bit underwhelmed given the price point. I do really enjoy both NxNW and Tupelo.

        1. re: jgg13

          North by Northwest!
          I knew I was going to mess that up if I didn't google!

          1. re: dulce de leche

            uggggh actually wer'e both way off, hahaha what makes it worse is that I was just parroting what you wrote and didn't even realize I changed my own statement.

            It's East by Northeast, yeesh.

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            East by Northeast
            1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: jgg13

              Hahahaha. Time for dinner, that is my excuse.

      2. where are you from? that would help giving you guidance.

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        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          I'm from Prince Edward Island so our "local" food is pretty similar to New England food. Lots of good restaurants here but we don't have really good ethnic choices and our pizza and sandwich places are universally mediocre.

        2. BTW, Bambara in the Marlowe is pretty good too.

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

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          1. re: trufflehound

            I am a huge fan of Bambara. They have a great three course lunch special and a "happy hour" special with two dollar appetizers from 4-6. The bartenders are fantastic. And the chef is just amazing.

            If you walk up Cambridge Street towards Inman Square there are lots of small restaurants, most of which have been named above. I am a fan of Muqueca although service has been slower since a recent move.

            Craigie on Main and Hungry Mother do it for me, but Dante is not in the same category. Their outdoor patio is a perfect place for drinks and appetizers, though.

            I also recommend getting a drink and something to nibble on at No. 9 Park. It's a favorite around here. Depending on how much you like to walk, you can walk over the Longfellow Bridge and get to No.9 Park in about 45 minutes or so, walking through a lot of great areas.

            The Marlowe is a great hotel. Enjoy your stay!

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            Muqueca
            1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Hungry Mother
            Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

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

            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. Within walking distance, definitely try Helmand - excellent food! Similans is good Thai food, but nothing special. Closeby and still in Cambridge, try Oleana - very good food from a James Beard award-winning chef.

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            The Similans
            145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

            Oleana
            134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139