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I know that there is an older thread on this subject from a couple years back, but with the recent influx of restaurants in the area about a new one?

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  1. i've had 3 very nice lunches at evoo over the last couple months. staff seems a bit green, but friendly, and the food has been very good. excellent beer selection. wines by glass, meh, but bottle list is decent.

    have also enjoyed some beers and an excellent "nicoise" salad with bluefish instead of tuna, at mead hall. my companions loved their lunches too. cheapo salad... i think $12?

    eta: i have had drinks at the friendly toast, but the bar counter is ALWAYS dirty and sticky, so i simply refuse to eat there.

    1. The "old" Kendall lunch thread was actually just revived recently so there are new options in that thread too, and is worth checking out.

      Mead Hall, Abigails, Think Tank, Technique, Area 4, Redbones Rib Shack are just some of the more recent additions.

      More of an alert, but there's renovation work going into the ground floor space of the 300 Third St building, and early news suggest it may be a sushi restaurant. The work is still in very early phase, as they've been bringing in jack-hammers to work on the floor. That's how I got the news - our real estate manager went to complain about the horrible noise, and this is the story landlord's rep told him.

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      Redbones
      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

      Think Tank
      1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: kobuta

        Interesting about that 300 Third Street space. Looks like a big project but if it is a sushi restaurant, I'll be patient.

        While the weather remains good, I still like the food trucks as an affordable option for a quick lunch in Kendall Square. All of the ones that you have mentioned, kobuta, are great choices. Za is also an option.

      2. Best value is still the $4.50 #1 (bun ga nuong) at the Momogoose truck (fka Goosebeary's) just behind the inbound red line stop on Carleton St. Don't bother with anything else at the trucks unless you're into what Clover is offering.

        EVOO has $13 sandwiches that are pretty solid and a good value if you want something nicer with suit-friendly ambience (chicken burger, soft shell crab). The rest of the lunch menu is directly targeting the expense crowd, priced more appropriately for dinner.

        Aceituna has decent Lebanese food with huge portions at $10-15 per combo plate.

        I will continue to endorse MuLan's lunch options especially the diced chili chicken rice plate.

        If you're up for going to that end of Kendall Square and into the edge of Central, there's also Izzy's, and you can get a pretty solid ma po tofu or Chongqing chicken rice plate at Thailand Cafe.

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        EVOO Restaurant
        350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

        Aceituna Cafe
        605 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142

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

        MuLan
        228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. My wife and I ate at Area 4 for lunch last week and loved it. We had the cremini mushroom/gremolata pizza and the duck confit/lentil appetizer. Both were delicious. I liked the wine on tap options as it allowed us to have 500 ml as opposed to a glass or full bottle. It was a great experience all the way around. I'm glad we got there before the crowds came back.

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          1. re: AndOne

            Agreed. We had the same things. Awesome. Nice option. We spent more than we'd normally for lunch - but Area Four is great when you want a treat. My bosses just gave me a hefty Gift Card for A4, and I cannot wait to go back!

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            Area Four
            500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139