O the places you go around tiny Boston and Cambridge that yield abundance... Open to additional recommendations!

C = Cambridge // S = Somerville // NE = North End // OC = Old City // DT = Downtown // BB = Back Bay // BH = Beacon Hill // SE = South End
* = haven't been yet
** = particular favorite

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_ b r u n c h
  • ** Cafe Luna (C - gets a double entry due to it's great weekend brunch - but make sure to call ahead for a seat.  It's best to go and sit outside with warm weather)
  • ** S&S (S - newly visited and on my list to try again with its generous portions and well-done food)
  • ** The Paramount (BH - somehow I don't mind waiting in line here, where the service is like clockwork and you always find a table exactly when you need to be seated)
  • Veggie Planet (C - this Harvard Square joint makes me actually like eating vegetarian/vegan food)
  • Zoe's (C - good, solid brunch)

_ c a f e s / b a k e r i e s / d e l i s
  • ** The Thinking Cup (DT - right across from the Common. M and I found this on a random wander and it's been a great stop for espresso drinks.  Plus, they're open until 11pm!)
  • ** Area Four (C - This new coffee shop/bar/restaurant opened somewhat recently but has already proved itself with its savory guest brews and deliciously homemade breakfast sandwiches)
  • ** Cafe Luna (C - near Central Square, this is one of my staples near MIT, with a great raspberry Italian soda and live jazz on the weekends)
  • ** Toscanini's (C - staple to MIT student lives, with inventive flavors and loose leaf teas)
  • Voltage Coffee (C - another coffee place that M and I discovered, up on Third St. above Kendall Sq.  It's espresso drinks are more expensive than other venues and their flavored lattes a bit too subtlely flavored, but it's a fun place for a study break.)
  • 1369 Coffeehouse (C, S - one of the few places with good coffee around these parts)
  • Trident Booksellers (BB - not only one of the few independent bookstores, but also has a tasty brunch with good people watching)
  • Sam Lagrassa's (DT - delicious and tender pastrami, great to bring to the Park but super messy)
  • L'Aroma Cafe (BB - recommended by Laura, and a strong reminder of Paris)
  • * South End Buttery (SE - a cupcake place that, hopefully, will be competition to Sweet)

_ r e s t o s
  • ** Porter Square Exchange Japanese cluster (C - this area has a soft spot in my heart, not simply because it has the most "things Japanese" in all of New England and some darn good katsu curry)
  • ** The King and I (BH - probably my favorite Thai place in Boston)
  • Emma's Pizza (C - above Kendall Square, its pizzas make even the die-hard meat fans love cheese and veggies)
  • Cambridge 1 (C - Harvard Square, great pizza and beers)
  • Baraka Cafe (C - Algerian and Tunisian food diversifies Central Square, but make sure to bring cash only) 
  • Algiers Cafe (C - eating Algerian merguez sausage and sipping mint tea under a beautiful wood vault is a great way to spend an afternoon)
  • Orinoco (SE - yummy Venezuelan food with really tasty arepas - stuffed corn flour pockets)
  • Dali (S - tapas from Southern Spain, with a nice ambiance and attentive service) 
  • The Wine Cellar (BB - fondue and raclette, even!  tres delicieux and great for a date)
  • Merengue (Roxbury - it's way far, but I really like Caribbean food and this was worth the trek.  Note that you should bring a guy, as the area can get sketchy at night)
  • * Hen House Wings and Waffles (Roxbury - southern comfort food and 14 sauces...)
  • * Toro (SE - tapas by Ken Oringer, and I like the name)
  • * La Verdad (BB - Oringer's taqueria is a place i want to visit)

_ p l a c e s

_ n i g h t
  • ** Mead Hall (C - new classy bar near Kendall with tons of beers on tap and even their own brews to taste)
  • The Beehive (SE - awesome steak-cut fries that are seasoned to perfection and live jazz)
  • John Harvard's (C - tons of tables and good for grabbing a drink or just snacking with friends)

_ updated 09.1.11


    1. heh, i think i'm the one who introduced you to king & i when you came up to visit :) woohoo!

      1. You did! It still remains one of my favorite Thai places, even from afar. ;)