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Dairy & Soy Free Dining Options?

Also meant to add that Legal Seafoods are also very allergy-sensitive and will likely be accommodating.

Jun 20, 2012
emilyincambridge in Greater Boston Area

Dairy & Soy Free Dining Options?

You may also want to try some kosher restaurants/places. If they are "meat" they won't have ANY dairy in their products/meals at all (to be certified kosher) - you'll just need to check on the soy part.

In Brookline/Coolidge Corner, this would include places like Rubin's Delicatessen or the Chinese Restaurant (never been there) Taam Chinese.

The kosher grocery stores (Grape Leaves and the Butcherie) also will have food to-go/be-reheated/items that may fill a craving and be dairy-free. They have a lot of dairy-free desserts (cakes, etc.) -- some are also soy-free.

Jun 20, 2012
emilyincambridge in Greater Boston Area

Best Latin American Food in Metro Boston?

So what do you think is the best Latin American food in Boston? Whether food truck or fine dining, I want to hear your suggestions.

Dec 23, 2011
emilyincambridge in Greater Boston Area

Best of Brookline - 2011 Edition

We recently moved to Brookline from the other side of the Charles (yes, we went from Cambridge to Brookline, does that make us yuppies instead of hipsters now?) and would love get some help in the culinary department.

Back in 2008 there was a thread about the "Best of Brookline" but three years is a long time in the food world, so I am curious what folks might say is the "best in Brookline[ish]" now.

The reason I put the "ish" is there there are some places in Boston, Allston, and Brighton that are really adjacent to Brookline, but aren't technically Brookline addresses (that whole area by St. Mary's - I can't figure out where the Brookline town line is exactly, for example, as well as strips of Comm Ave that seem to be both Brookline and Boston depending on who you ask).

So far we've eaten at Brookline Family Restaurant (Turkish), Chef Chow's, Khao Sarn, Ginjka (sp) Sushi, Zaftig's, El Dorado Fish Taco, Bok Dua, Orinoco in Brookline Village (we've also eaten at the South End outpost, which we preferred, actually), Xenna's, Rami's, Rani's Indian, Curry House, and Zaftig's. We've picked up bagels at Kupel's and gotten to-go from Brown Sugar Thai and Mr. Quan's (both on Commonwealth) - but the last two may technically be Boston (again, I am not sure where the town line is). We buy bread and pastries from Clear Flour every weekend (that may be the culinary highlight of our move so far).

What we miss from Cambridge/Somerville: Greek food (we used to go to Greek Corner), relatively cheap and flavorful Indian food (are we missing something? Rani's and Curry House left much to be desired - one was fairly pricy for substandard fare, the other was uber bland though cheap -- this was an area that Cambridge really excelled), and restaurants that are conducive to having a relatively nice meal without breaking the bank. We're not looking for another Craigie on Main (which we love, btw), but is there anything else? I didn't realize how blessed, food-wise, we were in Cambridge until we left (and yes, I know it's possible to still eat in Cambridge, and we do and will, but there is something to be said for convenience, traffic, and parking stress/bus-waiting-time-in-the-cold).

Anyone have any suggestions? Apparently there is a tapas place down by St. Mary's that is pretty good? Are there any hidden gems we're missing? Lineage is also on our to-do list, but I am not sure what else we're ignorant of, and to make this more than just about us, I've broadened the conversation I hope!

Dec 19, 2011
emilyincambridge in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Ideas - Boston/Brookline/Cambridge/Somerville

I need restaurant suggestions for my partner & I's anniversary on Saturday. Yes, that also means I need a place I can get a reservation at on Saturday as well (I'm a procrasinator).

I was thinking about Craigie on Main & their 10-course tasting menu, but they're totally booked Saturday. Then I thought maybe we'd finally get to try Hungry Mother but they're also totally booked Saturday too.

Anyone have any ideas? To give you some idea: we like to eat good food but we're not pretentious about it and we like places with low-key or laid-back sensibilities. For example, we prefer our Blue Room brunches over the meals we've had at L'Espalier if that makes sense. Farm-to-table is great, but not a requirement (obviously). Oleana would definitely have been on the table but I'm eating there on Friday night with work associate so I don't want to do it back-to-back, though I would (I'm a fan of the place).

We live in Cambridge but can travel to Boston and surrounding environs. We're both T-accessible and have a car.

Ideas? What about Dante (I've heard good things)? Embarrassingly, after 3 years of living in Cambridge we've never been to Rialto or Harvest.....is one better than the other? Also, a friend suggested Lineage in Brookline - I've walked by it but never eaten there. Thoughts?

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Rialto
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvest
44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Lineage Restaurant
242 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

The Blue Room
Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

May 05, 2011
emilyincambridge in Greater Boston Area