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When did Joyce Chen in Cambridge close?

Swankalicious Dec 30, 2011 01:27 PM

I have fond memories of dining here with my parents back in the early 1980s, and if I remember, it was right before Fresh Pond Circle on the ground floor of those high-rise apartments.
But maybe my memory is playing jokes on me. Is this where it was? Was it any good?

  1. justbeingpolite Dec 30, 2011 02:01 PM

    I think that was the second (or third) location. It closed around 1980, I think. I remember it fondly, too, but can't say how it stacks up against todays restaurants. I remember loving the peking ravioli, a term Joyce coined.

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      bartleby Dec 30, 2011 02:54 PM


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        katzzz Dec 30, 2011 04:08 PM

        Joyce Chen was very near the high rises (Rindge Towers), but in its own separate building. The food was often very good. I'd say the closest restaurant in both atmosphere and food in Cambridge today is Chang Sho: slightly upscale atmosphere, tasty eats scaled to American tastes.

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        1. re: katzzz
          volleydolly Dec 31, 2011 11:47 AM

          If my memory serves me correct, it was a small building (or even once a house?) on Rindge near the towers/Alewife. I think it may have gotten leveled to make way for those "new" lower rise condos with the earthy green, yellow, and red colors?

          Funny Katzzz, but I have always loved Changsho's hot and sour soup, since it has always most closely reminded me of Joyce Chen's, which is where I was first introduced to hot and sour soup and still remains my favorite style.

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