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lunch ANYWHERE around Boston/Cambridge tomorrow

lypp May 12, 2011 04:57 PM

I'm going out to lunch with a friend tomorrow and we want great food and a fun atmosphere. Where would you go?? We have a car so we can drive anywhere within 20-30 minutes.

  1. opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 08:59 AM

    lypp, where did you go? How was it?

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      calliope_nh May 12, 2011 07:01 PM

      My daughter and I loved Izzy's a short walk from MIT. It is a small casual sub shop with all the regular sandwich offerings and also a large selection of Cuban food. I loved the oxtail. I believe the also had stewed goat.

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      1. re: calliope_nh
        Taralli May 13, 2011 05:52 AM

        Small pt: Izzy's is Puerto Rican: http://www.campusfood.com/restaurant....

        Izzy's Restaurant
        72 Spring St, New Bedford, MA 02740

        1. re: calliope_nh
          peregrine May 13, 2011 08:59 AM

          That link is to a place in New Bedford. Where is the Izzy's in Cambridge?

          Izzy's Restaurant
          72 Spring St, New Bedford, MA 02740

          1. re: peregrine
            emannths May 13, 2011 10:31 AM

            Harvard and Windsor in Cambridge. Their "website" is their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Izzys-R...

            Izzy's Restaurant & Sub Shop
            169 Harvard St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          CookieLee May 12, 2011 06:22 PM

          I'm in love with Bon Chon Chicken in Brighton at the moment. The place was rockin' on a Saturday night, I don't know how lively lunch will be. Although the weather say partly cloudy, maybe any outdoors place on Newbury might be an option. I'll also second Russell House Tavern. Grendel's Den might be fun.

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            Madrid May 12, 2011 06:07 PM

            toro. neptune.

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            1. re: Madrid
              Spenbald Jun 16, 2011 06:29 AM

              How is Toro in general at lunch time. I'm thinking of taking a friend (a notorious burger fiend) for his first Toro burger in a couple weeks on a Monday, and was wondering if it gets particularly busy for lunch.

              1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

              1. re: Spenbald
                yumyum Jun 16, 2011 10:55 AM

                Lunchtime is the best time to go to Toro, IMO. It doesn't get too crazy crowded, and you can have that spectacular burger and a glass of wine and be a very happy camper. Do it!

                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                1. re: yumyum
                  Spenbald Jun 17, 2011 08:46 AM

                  Doing it! All for the burger, and perhaps an uni bocadillo! Thanks, yy!

                  1. re: Spenbald
                    yumyum Jun 17, 2011 09:51 AM

                    The uni bocadillo is the only thing I've had there that has underwhelmed. I always WANT it to be great but it's just a tiny little not great sandwich. Skip it.

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              agentphunk May 12, 2011 05:36 PM

              C'mon at least give us some parameters!

              Awesome Taiwanese: MuLan on Broadway - get there by 11:30. seriously fantastic food. And I'm not kidding about 11:30, by 11:45 its jammed until 1:00.
              All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman - excellent sandwiches. Say NO to wraps!! :-)
              Cambridge Brewing Company - GREAT beer, good enough food. Best when its nice enough to sit outside
              Emma's Pizza on Hampshire - fantastic, gets very crowded early too.
              Friendly Toast - funky fun and good food.
              Miracle of Science - great food, great beer. Again, get there by 11:30ish
              Pepper Sky Thai in Central Sq - very good Thai. 11:45 at the latest (seeing a theme here?)
              Beijing Toyko on Main just outside of Central Sq. - very good

              The trucks outside of the Kendall Sq. T Station are great - Gooseberry's for Vietnamese, Clover for Vegetarian. But it sounds like you want a sit down place. Still, $4 for a full-on? my favorite.

              All of these places have great food. I've worked just outside of Kendall for 7 years and eat out for lunch almost every day.

              Other good choices - any of the Ramen or noodle bars in the Porter Exchange building.

              Good luck!

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

              Cambridge Brewing Company
              1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

              Emma's Pizza
              40 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

              Pepper Sky
              20 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

              The Friendly Toast
              1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

              228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

              1. opinionatedchef May 12, 2011 05:00 PM

                entrees in what price range? kinds of food you like/don't? burgers or white tablecloth or ethnic?what are some places you love?

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                1. re: opinionatedchef
                  Swankalicious May 12, 2011 05:12 PM

                  I always enjoy a nice lunch at Sofra, though it can be difficult to snag a seat during prime lunch times. I also enjoy the lunch vibe at All Star Sandwich Bar.

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

                  1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                  1. re: Swankalicious
                    hckybg May 12, 2011 08:52 PM

                    Both favorites of mine too. Winsor Dim Sum Cafe in Chinatown is also a good lunch spot.

                    Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
                    10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                  2. re: opinionatedchef
                    lypp May 12, 2011 05:33 PM

                    I love Toro, Neptune, Oishii, Russell House, Island Creek. Love ethnic cuisine and clam shacks. Hate boring and food that's trying to be fancy but is just bad. Price doesn't matter. Atmosphere is wide open. So many places aren't open for lunch so it's a challenge. Think Yoma?

                    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                    1. re: lypp
                      opinionatedchef May 12, 2011 09:03 PM

                      my recs would include:

                      dave's pasta sidewalk tables- for their amazing cubano

                      mulan for smoked duck(best in boston, imo) and smoked pork and leek and lotus dish

                      friendly toast for le petit monstre and funky decor

                      pho viet in the allston super 88 food court- for grilled beef banh mi

                      Istanbuluu in Somerville for interesting Turkish

                      regina pizzeria north end only- lively and fun too

                      excursion:Clam Box in Ipswich for ,duh, fried clams

                      do tell us where you went and how you liked it!

                      228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                      1. re: lypp
                        Allstonian May 13, 2011 09:14 AM

                        I love YoMa for lunch, and they've done some renovations in their tiny space that have spiffed it up to a surprising extent. However, I'm not sure it's got a fun atmosphere - just terrific food unlike anything else you'll have around Boston.

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