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Local,seasonal,organic eats?

Hello Boston! My wife and I will be coming to your area from NYC in late august for two nights. We'll be staying at the Back Bay Hotel. We'd love to find a restaurant that serves local, seasonal and (mostly) organic foods. Not vegetarian-american fare really is what we enjoy....could be french as well. A restaurant similar to ( if your are familiar with this NYC restaurant) Blue Hill. I have noticed that alot of these sort of restaurants are located in the Cambridge area ( ie-The Blue Room,Oleana and Harvest) Do we really need to travel out to that area for this type of dinning? Thanks-Lee

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  1. Well, Cambridge isn't out from my perspective. Boston is! Seriously, take the subway to Cambridge, walk around Harvard Yard or along the river, and enjoy dinner at one of these special spots. Cambridge has a different flavor that is a big part of what gives our area its personality.

    I would suggest Oleana, but others who have been to more of these restaurants will be able to give you a better comparison.

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    Oleana
    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: smtucker

      Cambridge has a plethora of good restaurants; I am sorry that i am not familiar with Blue Hill.

      Italian Rialto
      Locavore/American: Craigie on Main, Rendezvous
      Chinese Fusion: Om
      Chinese: Mulan (great eel)
      Indian: Tamarind Bay
      Thai street food: Rod Dee

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      Tamarind Bay
      75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    2. Your title leads me to think of Bondir in Cambridge...

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      Bondir
      279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: emannths

        Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions!

      2. Talking about Cambridge independently from Boston is like talking about Santa Monica independently from L.A. It really doesn't make a lot of practical difference.

        1. I would look at Craigie on Main, Bondir, Oleana, EVOO, Ten Tables, and T. W. Food (all in Cambridge, although with the except of T. W. Food all easily accessible by subway from your hotel). Close to your hotel, Hammersly's Bistro uses a lot of local produce in season (not sure about the meat), although they are pretty quiet about it. L'Espalier might also fit the bill (in the Mandarin Oriental hotel), although definitely more expensive and much more formal than any of the other options.

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          L'Espalier
          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          EVOO Restaurant
          350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

          Craigie on Main
          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Ten Tables
          5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Bondir
          279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. Ten Tables in JP would also fit the bill, if you don't want to head over to Cambridge. Coppa, in the South End, would also be fabulous. Both are two of my favorites in the city.

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            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            1. re: Kirs

              Of course, Ten Tables in JP is farther from Back Bay than Bondir in Cambridge!

            2. I'm going to suggest a place in Cambridge that hasn't been mentioned. Definitely not flashy, but totally committed to everything local; Henrietta's Table. Don't be put off by that fact it's in the Charles Hotel. I think ti fulfills all your requirements; they list every freakin' source on the menu, from their pigs to their goat cheese...
              http://www.henriettastable.com/menus/...

              Sometimes ther offerings sound plain, but when you get there, each teeny item gets amazing care...Housemade preserves on the cheese plate, house-made tartar sauce made with house-made pickles with the cornmeal crusted monkfish...Oh, that monkfish sandwich....

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              Henrietta's Table
              One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

              1. Another Cambridge suggestion: The Rendezvous in Central Square. Local, delicious, interesting food. They grow some of their own food. Central Square is much more interesting than Harvard Sq.

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                1. re: dreaminfood

                  I was going to suggest Rendezvous, Low key but excellent.

                2. to join the peanut gallery- I think your best bet is to cross the river: Rendezvous, Oleana, Bondir, Cragie, and TW Food are all great fun. Pick one (or two) and enjoy, local produce will be in some of it's best shape of the year in August!

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                  Oleana
                  134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Bondir
                  279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  1. I do know and have dined at Blue Hill and the most akin we have are Hamersleys in the South End and one of my absolute favorites Salts on Main St Central Sq Cambridge. Salts sources their vegetables and greens from the farm run by the Chefs family . We dined there last night and it was as always superb. Enjoy.