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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...

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