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HALP! Quick and easy pre-movie tonight, near Kendall Cinema

Hi all, sorry for being "that guy" with the emergency chowpost! :)

Gonna see a 9P movie at the Kendall Sq movie theater. We'll be getting there around 8p.

Where would YOU eat if you had an hour, and was walking distance? Just ate at Friendly toast, and nothing as pricy as Helmand, please.

I know what restaurants are around there, but I rarely am in that area, and wanted suggestions on what would be QUICK, so we'd make it to the 9p. I'd love to go to Emma's, but it's Saturday night and we've only one hour, and the wait is going to be aggravating I'd imagine.

Thanks y'all :)

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  1. I've gotten in and out of Blue Room pretty quickly, when I told them we had to make a movie and asked for recommendations for menu items that would help them get me out quickly. I remember something funky about validation- I think it was that you get more of a discount when you validate there vs. the movie theater...

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    Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. How about the new Za in Kendall? I think you could get in and out relatively quickly.

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        1. re: TokyuFoodShow

          I love Za...the pizza isn't to everyone's taste, but the salads are amazing...

          1. re: Madrid

            So far Za seems like the best option/price range.. thank you guys!

            Do keep 'em coming, because this post could be useful to other movie-goers in that area.

            Can't wait to go see the King's Speech.

            1. re: Prav

              It's a bit of a walk from Za, although it *is* very good there

        2. Obviously too late, but the correct answer is the above-average bar food at Cambridge Brewing Co.

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          1. re: robwat36

            I'm surprised nobody suggested Atasca, also only a block away a few doors down from Emma's.

            Reasonably priced good food, and easy to get in and out in less than an hour.

            Keep it in mind for future movie visits...

          2. surprised nobody mentioned Hungry MOther, just a block away...and they even pick up tickets for you if you like... might need to make reservations in advance though, or chance it at the bar

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            1. re: barleywino

              Isn't that going to be pricier than the Helmand?

              1. re: jgg13

                I did think of HM, but then thought of the prices (unless they stuck to apps, higher), and also that this was the Friday night of Valentine's Day weekend

              1. re: scotty27

                What's good food wise there? I have never had anything to eat, just drinks. It would be good to know if there is some decent grub on the menu.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  What's good food wise? Well...everything is passable, no better or worse than what I get at All Star (where I ate yesterday) or any pub joint that services sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. I like the ribs and sandwiches. And the beer, of course, the beer...

                  www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  We did. I had the special which had 1cm^ diced sweet potato, fontina cheese, thick bits of bacon, and hot cherry peppers. The cherry peppers had quite a bit of heat which overpowered the subtleties of the other ingredients. The crust was thin but chewy, and remained in the background.

                  DC had a customized pizza with roast chicken bits, broccoli, tomato, etc. It was good but nothing special.

                  Overall, good but unremarkable. I don't think I'd go there again myself, but it seems to be reasonably crowded.

                  Service was a bit slow and our waiter kept a slow pace, having forgotten that we'd reminded him that we were going to catch a movie in an hour.

                  1. re: Prav

                    we used to be regulars at the first EVOO and we are big fans of the owners; nicest people i can imagine, but it was the amazing composed salads that wowed us when we went to the arl. Za long ago. Now we only get pizza at Reginas No End or Stonehearth Belmont. Thanks for the report, prav.

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      Za pizza is ok and sometimes good but I agree, it's the amazing composed salads that are the big draw for me.

                2. ThinkTank is pretty good, the one time I've been there service was prompt but I'm not sure how it is on a crowded movie night. And they have Dogfish Head 90 on tap.