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Delicious lunch in Harvard Square?

sweetfern Dec 19, 2012 02:54 PM

I am taking an elderly friend of mine out for lunch in Harvard Square, she lives near by, so walking is preferred but not essential.

She lives on a very limited income and I would like her to be able to taste delicious food. Doesn't have to be fancy,but does have to be delicious. Ideas? Thanks!


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    cambridgedoctpr Dec 19, 2012 03:02 PM

    Bartley's has good though not "gourmet" burgers.
    There is reasonable pizza at Otto's and Cambridge 1.
    I like Tamarind Bay though the lunches are not their strongest suit.

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      Gabatta Dec 19, 2012 03:02 PM

      Harvest would be great. Also Upstairs or Henrietta's are great options.

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        Gabatta Dec 19, 2012 04:25 PM

        I'm assuming you are treating. Of not, my suggestions not great got limited income, but she would enjoy them.

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          galleygirl Dec 19, 2012 06:56 PM

          I LOVE lunch at Henrietta's...The monkfish (or catfish?) sandwich is one of my favorite meals....

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          ebaba Dec 19, 2012 03:17 PM

          I have not been to the Harvard Square spot but Orinoco could be delicious and relatively inexpensive.
          To some of the other suggestions: last time I ate at Bartley's they didn't have a restroom, and forgetting for a moment the need for a restroom Otto doesn't actually have any seating save the 2 tables outside on the sidewalk, so neither would work, I think, for a lunch with an elderly friend.
          It wasn't mind-blowing by any stretch but I spent I think $15 on lunch at Grafton Street a few weeks ago.

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            VintageMolly Dec 19, 2012 03:39 PM

            The sandwiches at Crema Cafe are delicious and inexpensive. That might be a good option.

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              valcfield Dec 19, 2012 03:51 PM

              Orinoco would be a good pick in terms of price to tasty. Russell House would also be a good pick; most of their lunch stuff appears to be sub $15.

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                Madrid Dec 19, 2012 05:05 PM

                might not work for her, but Casablanca is open until the end of the year. I haven't been in at peak lunch hours recently, but at a bit off peak, can be quiet in the bar seating. You can see if the menu would appeal to her tastes. They are closing sometime...soon? I personally love the meze plate to share.

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                  dulce de leche Dec 19, 2012 09:16 PM

                  FWIW, Casablanca was not open for lunch yesterday, despite the sandwich board outside that said it was.

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                    Madrid Dec 20, 2012 08:46 AM

                    very interesting. I wonder if the news on the web site needs updating.

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                  femmevox Dec 19, 2012 06:23 PM

                  My default lunch in Harvard Square these days is Chutney's, in the Garage. They have a bunch of different vegetable, chicken and lamb curries, for between $6-8. You can get them on rice or in a wrap.
                  I always do rice, and ask for the veggie sprinkle-ons in a separate container, which makes a delightful chopped salad. In the past, I've gone with the saag panir, and am happy, but have heard good things about the lamb as well.

                  The ambience is definitely formica and bright lights, however.

                  I am also very, very happy with the cafeteria at the Harvard Ed School. They have a wonderful salad bar, stirfries, and daily hot options which range from okay to excellent. You need some kind of picture ID to get in however. I'm not sure if it needs to be a school one. The setting is much more elegant than the garage. There's a section that's kind of an enclosed patio, with fireplace. In warmer weather, there's a nice space to sit outside.

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                    l0b0SKI Dec 19, 2012 07:15 PM

                    My Mother in law loves to go to Henrietta's Table when she visits because of the classic menu.

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                      KevinJF Dec 19, 2012 08:03 PM

                      I think Henrietta's Table is a great idea. I love the food; I wish they would improve the wine list.

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                      Taralli Dec 20, 2012 05:26 AM

                      http://russellhousecambridge.com/menu/lunch/ or http://thefirstprinter.com/TheFirstPr...

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                        andieb Dec 20, 2012 05:33 AM

                        Upstairs in the Square is lovely this time of year. That may be an option..

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