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Cambridge Street - Beacon Hill - Frustrating!

SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 05:18 AM

As a resident of Beacon Hill for nearly 8 years, I cannot describe my frustration with the lack of quality food on Cambridge Street.

Pierrot and Antonios are my go-to's, but the vacancies on Cambridge Street are just depressing. Sure, the Shang is being replaced with Poe's Tip Tap Room (eventually), and Phoenicia is being replaced with a Fin's (not that we need another sushi place), currently, the vacant spots are massive. Spotted Apron. Gone for years. Villa Mexico - end of year. White Hen and The Federal are gone. And is it just me, or are the Au Bon Pain and Finagle Bagel sub par compared to other locations?

Some good news - Harvard Gardens recently re-did their menu and it's better.

Maybe I'm just a complainer, but I'm just frustrated. I'd LOVE to see some wonderful take-away/eat in type of places, international cuisine other than sushi, wonderful healthy vegetarian/salad options.

What do you guys think? What's the problem with Cambridge Street and what can be done about it? What would you like to see on Cambridge Street?

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Villa Mexico
296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

Harvard Gardens
320 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

  1. Bob Dobalina Sep 26, 2011 05:29 AM

    It's a function of Beacon Hill economics - when parking spots go for $50K and up, who can afford to eat out? :)

    However, you ought to also include Grotto, which is on the Cambridge Street side, and Scampo. How are things at Beacon Hill Tavern these days?

    One quantum of solace - Kendall Square is just a short walk over the Longfellow Bridge.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 06:42 AM

      Hill... same as it's always been as I can tell. Average bar food.

    2. Alcachofa Sep 26, 2011 06:07 AM

      Villa Mexico is going at the end of the year? Wow, how do you know that?

      White Hen was not very well managed, unfortunately.

      Have you tried Cafe Podima?

      Haven't been to HarGar in a while... is the mac n cheese still the same??? I will get some soon.

      As far as "What's the problem with Cambridge Street", I don't know. All I can guess is that now that Cambridge St is much nicer than it was even 10 years ago, landlords have jacked up the rent.

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      Villa Mexico
      296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

      Cafe Podima
      156 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

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      1. re: Alcachofa
        Bob Dobalina Sep 26, 2011 06:16 AM

        The Villa Mexico closing was been rumored for a while ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7991... ... and recently received a thrashing on the "bum steers" thread, which I do not agree with.

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        Villa Mexico
        296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

        1. re: Bob Dobalina
          SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 06:42 AM

          Villa Mexico, she told me...

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          Villa Mexico
          296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

      2. jgg13 Sep 26, 2011 07:27 AM

        Good riddance on The Federal. I was so pissed when that overpriced, crappy place replaced Venice. At least the latter was cheap and didn't pretend to be fancy, instead of charging ridiculous prices for garbage like the former.

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          Snowflake Sep 26, 2011 08:37 AM

          If a good take-out Indian like punjabi Daba in Inman opened at The Federal I would be happy. As for fins, I am tracking the progress daily. I have tried to like Ma Soba but I just find it pretty stale. The soup and sashimi are fine but I stay away from all maki there.
          I agree that you should take advantage of Scampo, it is fantastic.

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          Scampo
          215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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          1. re: Snowflake
            SaraASR Sep 26, 2011 08:40 AM

            Go to Scampo all the time, just not on Cambridge Street (is it?). A place ike Punjabi Daba would be great! Ma Soba... yeah, not really into it.

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            Scampo
            215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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