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Lunch near Mt. Auburn Cemetary? Cambridge, Watertown area?

Hi all,

Taking my (deceased) friend's mom to visit her grave next Saturday. She's been there, but
doesn't remember any restaurants near by. I am unfamilar with the area.

With this gorgeous weather, I am looking for a nice place for lunch. I've been to Cambridge plenty of times, but don't know really where the Cemetary is. She is 80 years young and has a cane, so we require a restaurant that has a parking lot and she likes just American fare. Simple sandwiches would be fine.

We would be going to the Cemetary first, so driving isn't a problem. Within a 1/2hr drive would be fine. Especially if it's a nice place for lunch, as it doesn't have to be just sandwiches.

Thanks again.

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  1. Maybe Sofra - right at the intersection of Mt. Auburn and Belmont Ave. They have some outdoor seating. The menu has a sort of Easter Med / Middle Eastern take on things. Very good food..

    You aren't far from the Watertown Mall - there's Strip-T's not far away or if you want to go the other direction, an Old Country Buffet.

    1. The Spot Cafe in Watertown might fit the bill. Small, but a lovely tea room atmosphere with a French theme to the menu. Great sandwiches on their homemade bread and many salad plates. On Main Street (Rt. 20) in Watertown, a little west of Watertown Square. Not sure about a parking lot, but street parking is pretty easy around there and you could drop her in front and help her in, then go park if need be. The photo in this article looks like there is a small lot on the side. Easier to deal with then going into Cambridge proper, which is usually quite difficult to park and maneuver around.

      http://ptatlarge.typepad.com/ptatlarg...

      1. Go down Mt. Auburn St., into Cambridge to the Charles Hotel. There's garage parking and Legal Seafoods or Henrietta's Table for lunch - both pleasant places for lunch.

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          1. re: EllenMM

            With an 80 year old, you should valet the car. The parking lot at the Charles can be a disaster to navigate. Good suggestion otherwise.

          2. Mt Auburn cemetery is a very serene and beautiful place it's near where rte 16 joins Mt. Auburn street, right before the starmarket/shaws and before trapelo road splits off and goes to Belmont, you will have many choices to eat with in 30 minutes travel.

            Here is a link from a previous post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706426 .

            1. Thank you for all of your replies. I have been dying to try Sofra, but don't think this little lady would love it as much a I would.

              Either The Spot Cafe or Strip T's is something I think we both would enjoy. Will report back.

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              1. re: mcel215

                maybe you could just stop in at Sofra and survey the goods. My son is not at all interested in exotic tastes or anything that goes beyond plain spaghetti, grilled cheese, and low fat chicken hot dogs, but he loves the chocolate earthquake cookies from Sofra. There is a nice case of take out items as well as the bakery and savory pastries to take out.

                Hope you have a restful and renewing trip to Mt. Auburn.

                1. re: Madrid

                  Thank you Madrid, I would love a little side trip to Sofra. I am sure that Ginny wouldn't mind if I ran in to survey the pastry case. :)

                  And yes, hopefully the trip to the grave will be peaceful for us both.

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