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Apr 5, 2011 09:39 AM

Casual Dinner East Cambridge?


I'm a Miami Chowhounder who went to school at BU but I haven't lived in the Boston area since 2002. I'm coming up for 3 days with my dad and this Friday will be reuniting with some of my BU Film School friends to rock the karaoke mic at Courtside in East Cambridge (near Lechmere).

My eyes are already tired after pouring over all the Cambridge threads on this board so I figured I would post instead.

Looking for an early-ish Friday night dinner for 3 people before we go a-karaoke-ing in the general area. Would love to walk after to Courtside, but totally fine to cab it from other parts of Cambridge too. Looking for a quality casual dinner and drinks, not too expensive but doesn't have to be super cheap eats either - just good and tasty, hopefully fresh and local-ish. Japanese, Vietnamese, American, Italian, Fusion, what have you - just not anything strictly Seafood. Anyone have any Cambridge rec's that I may not have seen already? I know there are tons of Cambridge threads already and I really have read most of them, but haven't really seen anything that fits the bill yet in terms of the more East Cambridge area or within walking distance to that side.

Would love some help as a former Bostonian during my epic return :)

Thanks all!!

Courtside Restaurant
291 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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  1. In the area, I like Muqueca (Brazilian), which does have a lot of seafood, but also a lot of terrestrial options.

    I also like East by Northeast for fresh and local Asian-inspried fusion.

    1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

    East by Northeast
    1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. How about East Coast Grill apps 10-14, entrees 18-28. or Allstar sandwich just a few blocks down.

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

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

      1. Just down the street from Courtside is the Courthouse Fishmarket Restaurant. If you just want some good fried fish and french fries, that might be a good option.

        Ooops--missed the part on drinks. Not gonna happen, unless you byo and convince them to look the other way.

        1. Second Muqueca, East Coast Grill and East by Northeast.

          Also add Casa Portugal, Portugalia, Tupelo, Hungry Mother, Blue Room and EVOO.

          1. On the casual side of "casual dinner" I'd suggest Atwood's Tavern, within walking distance to the Courtside (the other recs here are all good but are kind of a schlepp to Inman). Good beer, burgers, etc. No sketch.

            Atwood's Tavern
            877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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            1. re: yumyum

              I second Atwood's. Terrific food...In a nod to the neighborhood, I have especially love the Portuguese-esque fish stew (seafood from New Deal). Liam, the bartender, is a trip and a half.

              1. re: digga

                Atwood's is probably what you are looking for. Foodie pub. Burgers, sammies, pizzas, a GREAT blt, hummus plate, salads, along with the occasional duck dish, pork 3 ways, coq au vin and other homey dishes depending on season. Great beer list and wine list is decent too. Full liquor. Totally casual. Live music starts at 930-10? Usually on the quieter side but forewarned is forearmed.

                You wouldnt go wrong at Eastside Grill (italian/seafood), Portugalia (portuguese) or The Similians (thai) either.