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TW Food is a lovely, underrated restaurant

And their price-fixe is one of the best deals in the city. I'd put it on par with Craigie on Main and Bondir, both in terms of atmosphere and food, but it doesn't get nearly the same attention. I wonder if it's because the chef, Tim Wiechmann, doesn't really do the "circuit." Regardless, I've now had three very cozy, delicious meals there, and would highly recommend the tasting menu.

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Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. I agree, and the people there couldn't be lovelier.

    1. I agree that it's very good. More people should eat there more often.

      1. HI Swank -- what have you eaten? I've always been curious about TW Food but was scared off by some early reports of esoteric dishes -- there was a cigar flavored dessert if I recall. Blech!

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        1. re: yumyum

          hilariously, a friend just posted a review of TW (seems like a lot of TW-talk lately), and she got a dessert with a tobacco-infused chocolate sauce. I'm personally intrigued!

          http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/2011/...

        2. I ate there last night and could not agree more.

          Did the prix fixe, which was a LOT of food. Is it my imagination or did people at one time complain about portion size with this place? There was absolutely no evidence of that in the least - We were absolutely stuffed.

          Amuse of roasted sweet potato, leek cream, fried sage leaf - very nice.

          Apps: Black pepper and cabbage soup with an apple slaw - really light and creamy, spicy yet subtle on the pepper - very warming.
          Pate - very large portion, accompaniments of grain mustard with a kick, paper-thin slices of a pretty beet, crusty toast - very good.
          Egg with trumpet mushrooms and corn - umami city and sooo eggy.

          Entrees:

          Pappardelle with goat cheese, roasted eggplant, tomato, other goodies - house-made whole wheat pasta was excellent - very earthy
          Spaghettini with smoked sausage, scallop and other goodies - this was very smoky flavored, good for some, very rich.
          Flat iron steak with roasted peppers, smoky tomato gazpacho - very much medium rare, the tenderest cut of meat I've had in a long while. Just great.

          Dessert:

          Only room for two - hot fudge sundae and far breton with vanilla creme -

          Good bottle of OR pinot noir found a happy medium with all the dishes we had.

          After-dinner almond cookies (non-crunchy)

          Back to the OP, I think it also has something to do with the location - it's pretty off the beaten track - it should get more attention than it does, although one of my party mentioned all the awards on the wall on the way to the restroom, so someone has been noticing.

          Bronwyn could not be a more gracious hostess - just all in all a very satisfying experience and I am only sorry that it took me this long to try it out.

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            1. re: Dave MP

              Yes, the $45 menu is the default setting if you order an app, entree and dessert.
              You can order less a la carte. The steak was a $5 supplement on the $45 menu.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                bob, i conFUSED. app,entree,dessert for $45; but you seem to have tasted 3 apps, 3 entrees......So there were 3 of you dining,yes?(i didn't go to college for nothin' you know.)

                btw:

                http://www.twfoodrestaurant.com/

                one of the impressive things i noticed was a very lovely Vegetarian Grand Tasting Menu:

                http://www.twfoodrestaurant.com/menus...

                Gotta try to remember that for future CH vegetarian queries.

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  Yet only two desserts ...

                  Clearly there were 1.5 people dining. Each had 2 apps, 2 entrees, and 4/3 of a dessert.

                  Oh, and it was the full person who went to the bathroom, since Bob explicitly says "one of my party".

                  1. re: FoodDabbler

                    Ha, sorry for the confusion. Three people dining, one too full for dessert!
                    FoodDabbler - too funny!

            2. re: Bob Dobalina

              How is the amount compared to Bergamot?
              I found their prix fixe just an ok amount...not hungry, but not full (I wanted to his the tapas place across the street afterwards :-)
              The regular entrees/apps seem a bit bigger though...food was good too (creative though my taste buds weren't wowed)-:

              1. re: Spike

                Are you talking about TWF or B? Across the street from TWF in one direction you have Concord Cafe that serves many foods but no tapas. In the other direction you have Donahue the tax man who serves no food, including tapas.

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  bergamot>><<dali(lucky for spike he didn't go there).

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    lol...looked up reviews on Dali. Guess I should be glad I decided to go home and grab a piece of fruit instead. :-)

                    That pastry shop (can't remember the name) across the street had some sorry looking pastries too :-P

                      1. re: tammyh

                        yep, the Biscuit....it's across the other street (Bergamot is on a corner).

            3. I was at first not so impressed - it had to do with my utter disdain for puff pastry and the chef's love of it. That said, I had brunch there recently and it was absolutely fabulous. The trick is to avoid the puff and settle in for the excellent house made sausages.

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              1. re: gini

                huh, I've been there four times and don't remember any puff pastry ... now I'm sad I haven't had any of it!

                1. re: gini

                  No puff pastry on the menu last night.

                  1. re: gini

                    I've eaten there several times and not encountered puffery either. To me that's a disappointment. I like puff.

                    1. re: FoodDabbler

                      Yep. I do the tasting menu, with cheeses. So wonderful.

                      1. re: Swankalicious

                        Curious. Do both diners have to order the tasting menu?

                        1. re: bear

                          That has been our experience. I don't know if they'll make exceptions if you ask nicely.