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Nice lunch on Tuesday near Porter Square or Davis Square?

My aged but game mother will be taking out my aged but game mother-in-law for lunch on Tuesday. Where should they go in the David Square/Porter Square area for a nice lunch, even with linen tablecloths perhaps?

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    1. re: grant.cook

      open at lunchtime only on Sundays.

    2. Gran Gusto or the Elephant Walk are the only two that come to mind at the moment (I'm not sure about the linen situation at either). The Harvard Square area would increase the number of weekday lunch spots that have linens.

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      Elephant Walk
      2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

      Gran Gusto
      90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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      1. re: redelephant

        I second Gran Gusto so enthusiastically, I'm gonna take your advice myself.

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        Gran Gusto
        90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. re: enhF94

          sushi? Blue Fin is good, but that would be one adventurous pair. There are other good restaurants in the same building; no exactly formal places though. As said, earlier, there are more choices in Harvard Square.

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          Blue Fin
          1815 Massachusetts Ave # 1, Cambridge, MA

        2. re: redelephant

          GG definitely has linen, and would be reasonably (maybe too) quiet. Parking on weekdays might be a pain though, not sure. Can't think of anything else--is Foundry too casual? never been.

          1. re: Aromatherapy

            Isn't there a private lot across from Gran Gusto?

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            Gran Gusto
            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

            1. re: bear

              They have a few spots in front, a lot behind the building, and a municipal lot across the street. Technically you are not supposed to park in the muni lot, as it's for the park, but I've never been ticketed / towed.

              I'm still trying to think of other options .. on a weekend, Posto would be a nice option, but alas. Foundry on Elm isn't too casual, but I'd probably go to Gran Gusto for this occasion. Don't forget to have the ladies ask about fresh truffles to shave over their food, if they like em. Tis the season.

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              Gran Gusto
              90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

              Foundry on Elm
              255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

              1. re: yumyum

                N.B. The parking lot behind Gran Gusto is only available after 6pm.

                N.T.Self: Eat at GG before 6pm.

                When I went today (told ya), the only folks around were me, some seniors, and some family-of-seniors. I thought it was you, but you're looking at tomorrow.

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                Gran Gusto
                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                1. re: enhF94

                  Good to know about the back lot. Thanks.

        3. I had a good prix fixe lunch at Elephant Walk. Nice atmosphere - table cloths and all.

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          Elephant Walk
          2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

          1. Thanks for all the great suggestions! They ended up going to lunch at Foundry on Elm, which pleased them enough but not overly so, apparently. I still want to go there myself to try the spaetzle, but they don't offer that on the lunch menu.

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            Foundry on Elm
            255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144