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Somerville/Cambridge: Where to get food for a 3-hr road trip this evening?

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We are taking a three-hour road trip in the early evening today with my in-laws, from Boston to Westport, CT. Our 5 and 6-year olds will be with us too.

I would like to pick up something easy to eat in the car just before we take off.

We are in the Union/Porter Sq area of Somerville, and open to all suggestions.

Complicating factor: one member of the party is a lactose and gluten intolerant diabetic who must watch her cholesterol (a Chowhound's greatest challenge, surely), although she is willing to take one for the team this evening, if necessary.

Many thanks for your help!

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  1. If you are leaving Boston on Friday afternoon/evening, probably going to take more than 3 hours. It will also take you forever to get to the Pike from Porter on a Friday evening, too.
    With kids AND in-laws, will probably *feel* longer either way. ;)

    What I think you want are sandwiches. Sherman, Dave's Fresh (if you can get to Davis beforehand), Chez Henri Cubanos to go, ASSB.

    What CAN a lactose/gluten-intolerant diabetic eat? Maybe Dosa Temple on Somerville Ave. The special masala dosa is essentially a big vegan wrap cut into pieces.

    There's always burritos from Boca Grande on Mass. Ave. or Anna's (or Aquacate Verde, the former Lupita).

    EDIT: Clover Food Lab would be perfect, although I would go to Inman Square, rather than Harvard, for quicker service. They will have some excellent vegan/non-gluten options (I think the chickpea plate, for example), and other sandwiches to go.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      It's tough to walk into a restaurant and find low-fat gluten- and lactose-free meals, but it's not terribly difficult to find that sort of thing if you're specifically looking for it. I agree that Indian is a great way to go. Any rice-and-vegetable dish should work, provided there isn't a very creamy sauce that accompanies it. It'd be tough to go wrong at Guru the Caterer. A dosa would be fine, so long as you make sure the place is actually using rice flour, and no wheat flour.

    2. I think Indian is often a great rec for people with dietary limitations, but I think it might be tricky in this situation: it could get pretty messy (especially with young kids), and because we're past the season where driving with the windows down is an option, you'd be bringing the smell with you to CT (may or may not be an issue for you, but is worth considering).

      I'd *definitely* second Clover in Inman (a.k.a. 'Clover Hub'). I'd also suggest:

      - All-Star Sandwich Bar in Inman (open until 10, menu online, GF options may be limited)
      - Hi-Rise Bread at either location (website seems to be misbehaving, so you'd have to call to check hours and menus)
      - Flour Bakery in Central (open until 8, standard and specials menus available online, DF/GF/veg options clearly-marked)

      Good luck, and have a safe trip!

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      1. re: TimTamGirl

        I would definitely not recommend Hi-Rise for anyone gluten-free. I took a friend of mine there who is GF and received the worst customer service ever. Obviously sandwiches were ruled out and they don't offer GF bread. They refused to put a scoop of chicken salad onto a salad instead of a sandwich even when I told them I would pay for both. When I asked what they would recommend for my friend they offered only a $6 "salad" that was just lettuce leaves.

        1. re: Klunco

          Good to know: I thought I had seen GF bread there at some point, and I'm sure I've recommended it to others on that basis. Won't be doing that again!

      2. Sandwiches from Savenors in Cambridge. Some of the best sandwiches I've had in a long time.

        1. Sofra might be a touch out of the way for the pike although you could end up getting on in Newton Center by going through Watertown. They have lots of options that hold up well and would definitely be able to accomodate your gf/lactose intolerant friend.

          Heck if you're going out towards Watertown though, you could almost hit Strip-T's to go!

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          1. re: Klunco

            Fantastic tips, everyone! I'm so glad I asked! And we'll shoot for leaving much earlier than originally planned. :-)

            1. re: dragonness

              Do tell how things went.

          2. I know you don't want to stop along the way for food, but my road trips are always made that much more tolerable with special food stops. I don't have many, but Pizza in Little Italy in New Haven (I have only had Frank Pepe's, but others are also good I'm told.) I also love Belmont Vegetarian, near I-290 in Worcester. (I know it's not what you wanted, but I'm hoping this will spawn some road trip option recs on the way from here to say, Baltimore.)

            http://www.pepespizzeria.com/
            http://www.belmontvegetarian.com/