Lulz @ Starbucks. I was looking for something actually close to the restaurant, like walking distance, but it seems there isn't anything around there. Ended up stopping at Temple (because of ease of parking), which was not bad. Had a Taste of Cambridge and some beers. Cocktail had too much strawberry syrup which didn't allow the rum to show much. Chocolate Bitters did add a great finish. I think there was some yellow chartreuse in there as well. Very ambitiously stocked bar and some inventive sounding cocktails on the list, I may have just chosen poorly. My drink was definitely measured so it seems that they are on the right track. Much more than I was expecting when I saw that it was the same group as Redline/Grafton St.
TW Food was amazing, BTW. Definitely worth the trek.
did the 7 course- Mustard green soup, veal sweetbreads w/ asparagus, soft shell crab quarter, lamb merguez, ribeye slices on top of beef roulade, rhubarb soup.
Everything had a complexity of flavors but still remained committed to showing off the fresh main ingredients. My favorite, the lamb merguez, was very spicy (and well paired w/ the wine offering), more solid than crumbly in texture. Sweetbreads crispy with a tender interior. I thought the glazed radish was a bit odd w/ the SSC- I might prefer some other way of adding that sweetness, but the crab was great, fried to a nice crunch and appropriately smokey/peppery. I think the mustard green soup had fried oysters that added a nice briny crunch, but it was the fresh pepper flavored bitterness of the greens that really made the dish. Great beefy flavor in the roulade which paired well texturally with the quinoa. I'm not a cheese buff but both offerings were delicious. Wouldn't ever really consider the rhubarb soup w/ strawberry mouse "dessert" but it was different, more refreshing and sweet than rich and decadent.
Joses Mexican is over in that area but probably not what youre looking for - tho the margaritas are good.
Youre looking at Davis, Porter or Harvard otherwise.
Foundry on Elm - Davis
bar at Chez Henri - outside Harvard
Toad - Porter (more of a pub, but cool little place)
Temple Bar - btw Harvard and Porter
Nubar Lounge at the Sheraton Commander - Harvard
Noir at the Charles Hotel - Harvard
1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Foundry on Elm
255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Hope you like to walk. Paddy's is the only place nearby. Not my place to judge, but not the best pre-TW Food spot imho. There are however some nice parks in the area and Sarah s Market and Formaggio sell excellent beer. The next closest spot would be Harvard or Porter which are both 15-20 on foot,