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Apr 26, 2011 05:24 AM

Looking for Good Places that do takeout on the Cambridge/Somerville line

My parents are in town over the next and we will be doing lots of takeout with them for dinners (in the past we have always gone out and they have enjoyed dinners at Oleana, East Coast Grill, and Ole to name a few but we have a new baby so will be staying in). Our usual takeout options are Zoe's, Kebab Factory and Taqueria La Mexicana. I am sort of at a loss in trying to think of some other good takeout options in the general vicinty (Harvard Square, Porter Square, Inman Square, Union Square). What am I missing/overlooking? Any cuisine and price point is really fine - just looking for some additional variety to throw into the mix. Thanks!

ETA: Two of us are non-meat eaters so some place that has good meat free options would be good.

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

The Kebab Factory
414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. The crew from that area were just making recommendations for someone looking for comfort food last week.


    1. I'd add Rod Dee in Porter Sq to the list for some thai food. If you do sushi, throwing together a sushi dinner with fish from New Deal and Reliable Market is a nice treat (we make our own sushi rice, which is easy, and then just serve a plate of fish, a big bowl of rice, and sheets of nori/seaweed for each person to make their own hand rolls).

      I'm no connoisseur, but I'll never turn down an eggplant parm sub from Newtowne Grill either.

      New Deal Fish Market
      622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

      Newtowne Grille Food & Spirits
      1945 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

      Reliable Meat Market
      45 Union Sq, Somerville, MA

      1. While their pizza has haters and fans on this board, City Slicker Cafe is in that area and they deliver. I've had good luck with some of their pastas and sandwiches. Their steak tips are pretty good as well.

        City Slicker Cafe
        588 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

        2 Replies
        1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

          Second. I think they are pretty solid (especially considering how pathetic the takeout sandwich options are nearby). They are also very friendly, and delivery is pretty quick. Their California BLT - a BLT with avocado and chipotle mayo is pretty good.

          1. re: DoubleMan

            Speaking of sandwiches, how has no one mentioned All Star Sandwich Bar?

        2. Repeating from the other thread, but I'd strongly recommend the Peruvian grilled chicken from Machu Picchu in Union Square. (Note there are two outposts of MP -- one larger restaurant and one chicken grill; I prefer the chicken grill). It's great to take away, with sides of rice and beans, some yummy salads, and the anticuchos (grilled beef hearts) are good too.

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          1. re: yumyum

            Picture of anticuchos -- for the faint of heart (heh) don't be afraid. They taste like beefy beef and are grilled with a yummy Peruvian spice rub.

            1. re: yumyum

              I heart beef hearts. Theirs are especially good.

          2. Lots of places:
            Pho 'n' Rice (across from Zoe's on Beacon St.) has quite decent pho.

            Also a big fan of Machu Picchu Pollos a la Brasa (charbroiled chicken); whole chicken with sides for something like $16---I like the fried sweet potatoes side.

            Capone's in Union Square has fresh pasta and frozen sauces; fresh pasta cooks in a few minutes! Also have frozen ravioli, lasagna trays, empanadas, etc. Lots of great stuff that requires minimal prep at home.

            Olecito (Inman) has good tacos, burritos, and tortas (sandwiches)

            Punjabi Dhaba (Indian in Inman): I love it but not everyone does; call ahead for shorter wait times

            Kolbeh of Kabob (name?) on Cambridge St. (across from Camb hosp) has solid Persian and pan-Middle-Eastern food: nice grilled meats, rice dishes, hummus, falafel, etc.


            Punjabi Dhaba
            225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Machu Picchu
            307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

            12 Springfield St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Kolbeh of Kabob
            1500 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            3 Replies
            1. re: bella_sarda

              Is takeout pho worth doing? I guess if they pack it with the noodles separate it could work.

              1. re: emannths

                Pho'n'Rice do package the broth separately from the other stuff.

              2. re: bella_sarda

                second Kolbeh of Kabob. Add Muqueca, Tacos Lupita, Istambul'lu Greek Village,Quindao Garden.

                1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Kolbeh of Kabob
                1500 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139