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Healthy eating near Harvard/Porter Square

greenfoodie May 17, 2011 08:15 AM

Due to some neverending kitchen renovations, I have been without a kitchen for nearly two weeks. While I have had some truly excellent restaurant meals during this time, I'm definitely feeling the effects of eating a billion calories every day. I'd love some suggestions for healthy restaurants and/or healthy dishes that can be found near Harvard and Porter Square, preferably on the cheaper end of things. (I've already been to Veggie Planet and Clover Food Lab many times this week and although I love the food at both places, I've grown tired of the menu.) I work near Harvard Law School, so restaurants close to that area would be particularly welcome. Thanks so much in advance!

Veggie Planet
47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Clover Food Lab
7 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138

  1. rlh May 17, 2011 03:16 PM

    We too are four weeks into total kitchen remodel but have had microwave and refrigerator / freezer making eating tolerable and affordable but pretty boring as well.

    In addition to some really decadent menu options, there are carefully selected healthy options at both Christopher's in Porter Square (soups, salads, pastas, and poultry or veggie burgers) and Greek Corner further up Mass Ave just past the Davis Square area.

    Greek Corner Restaurant
    2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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      Stride May 17, 2011 01:46 PM

      A non-restaurant option might be prepared food from Pemberton Farms. They've got a nice selection and the food is good.

      1. b
        bear May 17, 2011 12:32 PM

        It's a little outside of Porter away from Harvard, but Cafe Barada has some healthy options. They have a rotating regular special and a vegetarian special every day as well as other good Lebanese dishes. I haven't tried the kababs. I love the ful mudammus, delicious beans in a lemon and garlic sauce that is great for dipping.

        Cafe Barada
        2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. c
          cpingenot May 17, 2011 08:53 AM

          Having recently been through a kitchen remodel, I strongly suggest making salads at home. You can do them without much prep space and without a fridge (although if you had a cooler you could open a couple of jars of fun additions (olives, roasted red peppers, waterchestnuts, chickpeas etc, etc, etc).
          Good quality deli slices, vacuum pouch tuna/ Salmon or cheese can be added to the salad for protein.
          If you have access to your microwave, you can cook fresh ravioli which can be dressed with just olive oil in a pinch, or pesto from a jar.
          Again if you have a cooler or ice chest, you could buy a rotisserie chicken from Star market, eat part one evening, and shred it for salad or sandwiches for the next day.

          Pretty much anything in a restaurant is going to be heavier than you want to eat for week after week.

          1. yumyum May 17, 2011 08:38 AM

            People have mixed feelings about the place, but Wrap Pro on Mass Ave has been pretty good, in my experience. The lentil soup is healthy, as are the wraps. Some people complain about the small portion sizes but I think that fits into your healthy eating goal nicely.

            They also have nutritional information on the website. http://wraprofalafelandgrille.com/#nu...

            1. hiddenboston May 17, 2011 08:33 AM

              Super Fusion Cuisine III is between the two squares, as is Tamarind House. Passage To India, which is in Porter Square, is decent, and Rod Dee, also in Porter, is considered by many to be one of the best Thai spots in the Boston area. On the Cambridge/Somerville line several blocks east of the law school is Kebab Factory, which is one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the area.

              The Kebab Factory
              414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

              Tamarind House
              1790 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

              Passage To India
              1900 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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              1. re: hiddenboston
                FoodDabbler May 17, 2011 08:42 AM

                Indian food as it is presented in Boston tends to be on the rich side, even the vegetarian dishes and the lentils. You're better off with Japanese, Thai or Chinese.

              2. Bob Dobalina May 17, 2011 08:21 AM

                Pho from Pho-n-Rice on Beacon Street, Somerville - short walk from HLS
                Ethopian fare at Addis Red Sea up Mass. Ave. toward Porter
                The various stalls at Porter Exchange may also yield some cheap, relatively healthy meals.
                Pulse Cafe too...

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                1. re: Bob Dobalina
                  Locutus May 17, 2011 09:21 AM

                  i agree with Addis Red Sea, its very good.

                  BTW Bob Dobalina, are you bdobalina at .framestor-hd.org?


                  Red Sea Cafe
                  1127 Harrison Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119

                  1. re: Locutus
                    Bob Dobalina May 17, 2011 09:45 AM

                    I assure you that Bob Dobalina is not an exclusive thought or attribution....


                    1. re: Bob Dobalina
                      Locutus May 17, 2011 09:57 AM

                      i did not know that. i assumed it was your name

                      1. re: Locutus
                        Bob Dobalina May 17, 2011 10:11 AM

                        It originates from the Monkees.

                        Are you trying to assimilate me?

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