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Aug 27, 2013 04:42 PM

Good public cafeterias in soulless city buildings?

The Lowell City Hall used to have a fantastic one (I haven't treaded to downtown Lowell in a rather long time, though). Any Hounds know of chow-worthy public cafeterias around the region?

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  1. We've always enjoyed the cafeteria at MGH main campus, "Eat St. Café". There are several different choices from hot entrees to pizza and Panini's. Good desserts. Won't break the bank. And I love to sit amongst some of the finest medical staff in the country.

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    1. re: rachgrn

      Eat Street is great! I'm about to have a custom veggie omelette (a huge one, for $2.50) in a few minutes.

      Plus, their ice cream (not fro yo) is made by Stroh's, which is a Michigan treat hard to find elsewhere sometimes.

    2. The made-to-order omelets at the Dana-Farber cafeteria are surprisingly good, and very cheap - I think it's $2.50 for the basic cheese omelet, maybe a dollar more for a deluxe with meat and/or veggies of your choice.

      The cafeteria at Children's Hospital used to be pretty good too though I haven't been there is a while.

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      1. re: gimlis1mum

        When I worked at LMA several years ago, we'd always go to the children's cafeteria as opposed to our own (DFCI)

        1. re: gimlis1mum

          The new Yawkey bldg cafe always has fresh made pizzas, calzones, etc. along with a salad bar. They also often have ethnic-themed menu lunches with generous portions.

          1. re: Taralli

            I didn't realize there was a Yawkey bldg at Dana Farber - there's one at MGH and Boston Medical as well.

            1. re: Prav

              Brand new building with lots of new amenities, a term I hate when discussing cancer patients. I mean, it isn't like they/we elected to spend a day at the spa or anything.

              1. re: smtucker

                Agreed. I feel the same way about my inpatient hospice patients.

            2. re: Taralli

              Oh, yes, forgot to mention the specific bldg in my post above. I meant the cafe ("dining pavilion") in the Yawkey bldg.

          2. One Beacon Street

            The big tower across from South station ... International place?

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              International Place has a pretty cool lobby cafeteria but it's not really across the street from South Station.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Are you talking about One Financial? There's a Rebecca's Cafe in there. Not awful.

                1. re: mkfisher

                  Maybe it is One Financial because its across from SS. And at one point it was a good cafeteria thingie, not a Rebecca's. I can't stand Rebecca's so wouldn't have eaten there.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Yes. It changed a couple years ago. Was a nameless cafeteria that was owned by Sodexho. That said, the food hasn't changed one bit. It's the same exact food/staff/setup. Just new ownership.

              2. There was an old thread about how one of the Concord Prisons has a great cafeteria. I never tried it.
                Just found it
                And more info:


                1. The VA on Huntington has a pretty good Caf. The one in W. Roxbury is marginally better