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Oct 3, 2011 04:43 PM

Lunch in Cambridge Close to Red Line

Not up to date on good lunch places in Cambridge area. Need suggestions for late lunch (after 2:00PM) with out of town business colleague after meeting at MGH. Transportation limited to Red Line due to schedule and later departure from Logan. He indicated interest in Cambridge for a change from our usual spots in downtown and Back Bay areas. Would really appreciate suggestions for interesting and good lunch places. Both of us have very broad tastes from good ethnic to traditional spots but looking for something nice but a change of pace.

Thanks for your assistance

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  1. You have a few good options in Kendall to keep you very close to MGH.

    Abigails (Lunch until 5)
    Area Four (Lunch until 4)

    EVOO and Catalyst would also be options but they only serve lunch until 2:30.

    1. Think Tank in Kendall Sq for asian inspired menu; Mulan outside of Kendall Sq. for some of our best Taiwanese food (smoked pork and leeks, smoked duck, beef and scallion roll ups,Eel...) My biggest rec. would be Neptune Oyster in the North End for their creative seafood dishes.A 7 min. cab ride or a 20 min. walk. Afterwards, you could walk around the NE and grab a sweet or walk the Greenway and be by the harbor, then easy access to the Blue lline and Logan.A CH search will bring up recent threads on all these spots.hope it works out well for you.

      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        second Mulan, which is fine Taiwanese (love their eggplant and basil). Still like lots of things at Mary Chung;s in Central Square. Porter Square has a slew of fine small Asian, with very good Japanese, very inexpensive, right near the station in the arcade.

        Mary Chung Restaurant
        460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Also in Porter is Rod Dee, with excellent Thai food. Near Central (maybe a 10 minute walk from the T) is Thailand Cafe, with good Sichuan Chinese (imo worth the extra couple blocks past Mary Chung's). Mulan is very nice too, and if you have time to kill afterwards, Cambridge Brewing Company is only a couple blocks away.

          Mary Chung Restaurant
          460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Cambridge Brewing Company
          1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Thailand Cafe
          302 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

      2. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'd recommend Russell House Tavern for lunch. It's right in Harvard Square, the chef does very good food, and everyone I've taken there for lunch has been charmed. Check out the menu -->

        And enjoy!

        Russell House Tavern
        14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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        1. re: yumyum

          I like Russell House - do you know if they serve lunch late? I thought just until 2:30?

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Hmmm. Nothing on the website about specific hours. It feels like the kind of place that is just open all day, but I'm not sure when they turn the menus. Worth a call.

            1. re: yumyum

              Good luck finding anything decent between 2 and 5. Maybe Russel House as suggested or the Temple Bar on Mass Ave btwn Harvard/Porter Squares. They have pretty good pub food.

          2. re: yumyum

            Tory Row in Harvard Sq is open continuously and has good food and beer...just steps beyond the T stop and right across the street from Russell House. I'm pretty sure I've been at RHT when they were between lunch and dinner service and they were serving a light bar menu.

            Tory Row
            3 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          3. I vote for Abigail's which offers lunch until 5 when they switch over to their dinner menu. It's a five minute walk from the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line, which is one T stop away from the MGH stop. It's fun yet sophisticated and has a great menu. It's new, but has been very well received so far.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                It's a great spot and very popular. Right across the courtyard from Voltage. On a nice day, you could walk over the Longfellow from MGH if you had extra time or if you come over on a weekend. That;s one of the nicest walks in town.

              2. Thanks to all for their great suggestions. Was at MGH yesterday (Wed 5 Oct) it was a nice day so we took the walk across the Longfellow to Kendall, found Abigails and had a nice lunch. Wonderful combination to show an out of towner. Visitor was from the flat lands of Kansas and really enjoyed the sight on the river. I had not walked the Longfellow for years.

                Thanks for your help.

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                1. re: jackbrock

                  Sweet news. Thanks for reporting back.