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best of Kendall near cinema?

Where do you think the best (dinner) food is within a short walk of the Kendall Sq. cinema? Thanks very much.

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  1. Hungry Mother, Oleana, West Bridge, Emma's, Area Four, Catalyst, Bondir.

    (I have yet to make it to West Bridge and Bondir, although there appears to be much love here.)

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      Thanks for the list. Been to Bondir. A favorite. You should go.

    2. Area IV, which has both pizza and non-pizza options. If you want pizza and go to Emma's instead of Area IV, you're gonna have a bad time.

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      1. re: Luther

        What do you mean by "bad time?"
        I think Emma's is great, though I have not had Area Four's pizza. I have had their fava beans grilled in the pod. Anyone had those?
        Also, does anyone have anything to say about Atasca lately (which is also within a short walk)? Still hanging on, have never been....

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Atasca is fine. That patio is usually crowded on nice nights. Portion sizes are pretty enormous. There are definitely better options in the area.

            1. re: Luther

              But that still implies that Emma's is not good pizza, which I would disagree with, m'kay?

        2. Mulan is also a good choice for Chinese. Are you looking for something more high end or more casual?

            1. re: LeoLioness

              A little casual, a little inexpensive. Need to leave money for tickets and room for popcorn.

              1. re: carissman

                Of the bunch mentioned by BD Hungry Mother is my favorite. And I think you can get a nice light meal for a respectable amount. But I think
                Emma's and Area Four will leave more money for tickets. Especially if you split a pie at Area Four.
                Oleana and West Bridge will cost more, but will leave room for popcorn. But really, look at the menus online because you can't go wrong with any of them.

            2. We had a fabulous dinner at Hungry Mother a few weeks ago and loved that they obtained our tickets for us (discounted slightly too). I think it means eating before 6 but you can find out on the website.
              It wasn't inexpensive but we ordered 2 apps, entrees, desserts and drinks -- a once in a very blue moon meal out for us meant we overindulged. Helpful that the theater is a very short waddle away!

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              1. re: ebaba

                All of these options are great. But as ebaba mentioned Hungry Mother will get your tickets for you and discounted. Area Four is also offering the same.

                  1. re: mkfisher

                    Carp! Totally forgot about Blue Room.