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Sep 1, 2010 10:03 AM

What is edible at Tavern in the Square?

I have to go to Tavern in the Square in Central Square, Cambridge for dinner tonight. I have no choice in the matter, so advice to go elsewhere won't help. Seriously, that menu is a trainwreck. It runs to about 8 pages and includes such gems as "Thai Pasta" a few items away from "Italian Eggrolls."

Also, I can't drink to numb the tastebuds because I'm pregnant. I'm also therefore trying to eat somewhat healthy, and the only thing I've ever tasted there that was moderately edible was the truffle tater tots. Not healthy.

Suggestions? Sneak in something from Mary Chungs?

Mary Chung Restaurant
460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. When I'm forced to eat at a place like that, I have dinner somewhere else (that I actually like) first, then at the bad place, order something cheap, push it around the plate, and say, "I had a late lunch." Their food is mostly just dull, not dire. I might get a quesadilla or salad with grilled chicken -- something hard to screw up.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        "I had a late lunch" OMG it's like the foodie (I know you hate that word) equivalent of "I have a headache"

        1. re: tatsu

          I think it was in "Temple of Doom" that the demurral was, "I had bugs for lunch."

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Dessert ...... chilled monkey brains!

      2. IMO everything is "edible". The TitS change is simply a local version of a cheesecake factory kinda place, where they try to have something that everyone could eat. Nothing is good, but I seem to end up there now and then with a large group where a consensus can't be reached and everyone manages to eat at least.

        1. I ate there during the World Cup. The buffalo chicken wings are totally fine. Also they do grub like loaded nachos if you want to pick at something like that. But yeah, you should eat first.

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          1. re: yumyum

            yeah i usually end up getting an app at a lot of places like this.

          2. Have only been once or twice, but I don't remember it being especially low-quality food, just food not put together in a sophisticated way. Like I'm pretty sure a salad won't just be watery iceberg lettuce and refrigerated tomatoes, but it may have a few too many things put on top.

            I think it's all pretty much edible, if not what you would have particularly chosen.