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Getting so bored -- new ideas welcome

I'm getting so bored with our usual line-up of restaurants and would love some new ideas. We live in Cambridge, like yummy food but are not fancy, and tend to steer away from Asian food because of food allergy issues.

For a casual dinner, our usuals are:

Downstairs at the Cellar
Miracle of Science
Santarpio's
Corner Tavern
Olde Magoun's
River Gods
Silvertone
Za
Green Street Grille
Parish Cafe
Emma's
the bar at Chez Henri

For a slightly nicer option, our usuals are:

Dante
Vinny's at Night or Lil Vinny's
Pops (well, not anymore, RIP)
Grotto
Rendezvous
the bar at Radius

I'd love some new ideas to mix things up. Thanks so much for your suggestions!

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    Craigie on Main
    Foundry on Elm
    Boston Burger Co.
    Highland Kitchen
    Zocalo
    Sabzi
    Temple Bar
    Casa B

    1. Strip T's
      Russell House Tavern
      Hungry Mother
      Oleana
      R.F. O'Sullivan's

      1. Sticking w/ Cambridge
        Area 4
        Hungry Mother
        CBC
        Lord Hobo
        Baraka
        Blue Room

        8 Replies
        1. re: viperlush

          mead hall, central kitchen, backbar/journeyman, bergamot, evoo, lala rokh, bin 26, beacon hill bistro, teatro, jm curley's, scholar's.

          most of these are very red line accessible.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            cambridge only - east by northeast, east coast grill, all star sandwich bar, courthouse seafood, abigails, red house

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Muqueca, Tupelo, The Druid, The Plough and Star, Basta Pasta, City Girl, that Greek Place on 3rd?

              1. re: viperlush

                how is the food at the plough? have only been for live music.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  It's been awhile since we have been, but we always enjoy what we get. Vaguely recall the cubano and french fries being good.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    The food at the Plough is "better than it has to be". The cubano is great, the gumbo is good, and the pints are properly poured. Been a few years since I got over there for brunch but I remember it being very good as well. Only drawback, it takes an awfully long time to get the grub, which makes it tough for a week-day lunch.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      good to know! we go there sometimes for music and can be scrambling for dinner beforehand.

                  2. re: viperlush

                    The Greek place is Desfina. No Asian leaves out places like Mulan and Similans. What about Indian? Is the OP okay with Indian? We've got that.

            2. Abigails. The menu is designed to allow you to go from simple to fancy and everything in between. The craft cocktails include some winners.

              1. Highland Kichen (casual) and Bergamot (nicer).