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Best delivery pizza around Cambridge?

Armando's might be delivering now because people aren't coming in to order anymore. A gradual slide in quality over the last several years and a fully degraded Sicilian slice, a slice, mind you, that at one time was pretty damn good, has taken this spot off the list...

Mar 26, 2014
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The Armenian Market, off Arsenal Street?

Yes, three very hot spits. Beef and lamb, I believe, chicken, and spicy chicken. Don't let the line worry you (20 people are often waiting at lunch) because they are really quick (you need to be too)

Mar 17, 2014
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The Armenian Market, off Arsenal Street?

Wow, Schwarma misfire!

Just having been released from jail I went out Schwarma binging based on some recent recs here. Went to the AM yesterday and was utterly disappointed. In fact, half of this sandwich went in the trash when I returned home. Yes, really nice people but the component parts of this sandwich, including a jelly-like hot sauce, were simply awful. The guy slicing the meat didn't seem to know what he was doing and when I asked him to hold the garlic paste because I don't like mayo he said there was no mayo in it just oil, eggs, and garlic...

A little better, but not great, was the new place in Davis. This is more a schwarma burrito than anything else. The meat is pre-cut and dried out. Could be falafel in there for all we know. Again, nice people but....

The gold standard for me remains Aceituna down in Kendall. Three vertical spits, lines out the door, and a choice of spicy chicken that is cut right from the spit into your sandwich. Lines move quick, so go there first if you have a real Schwarma hankering, this is the place to hit. And they'll put their spicy potatoes in the sandwich, too, if you like....

Mar 17, 2014
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So That Was Annoying!

This is perhaps 4 ounces of juice! And yeah, charge 30 bucks and don't nickel and dime me on the juice. Not sure what planet you live on but 60 plus dollars for brunch is somewhat extravagant, despite other, fancier options cited. And since a good portion of the buffet is relatively inexpensive things like grits, eggs, potatoes, lentils,and salad green; a glass of juice wouldn't break the bank.

Aug 30, 2012
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So That Was Annoying!

Went to the Blue Room for brunch today. You know the drill, 27 dollars per person, a farm to table spread, sat outside, all perfectly nice. So why at that price point are they charging extra for the coffee and juice? And why based on that small fact am I annoyed and likely not to go back? It's the little things that get under your skin....

Aug 26, 2012
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what are your 10 favorite cheap(less that $10) breakfast, lunch, dinner and "4th meal/snack" places

I'm getting the large Chicken Parm sandwich at Vinnys with hots!

Jun 26, 2012
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Cambridge breakfast. Again.

Haven't been in a while but does Brookline Lunch still have game? If so, nothing fancy here but tasty. on-point breakfast stuff... Might want to bring your coffee....

Jun 18, 2012
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Craving amazing chicken fingers

Yup!

Jun 04, 2012
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Craving amazing chicken fingers

Mary Chung's has very tasty chicken fingers and their home-made mustard is the perfect spicy dip...

Jun 04, 2012
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Non-gourmet Food Trucks

Get Clover all over. 5 bucks and change will get you a tasty and hefty sandwich. 3 bucks more for some rosemary fries-- tell them easy on the salt. Perfect, I'd say.

May 24, 2012
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More Pizza: Ninos on Charles St. Beacon Hill

Wow. Haven't set foot in this long-time Charles St fixture in 20 years. Still dingy and dark. The pizza, surprisingly is quite good, along the lines of a tradition NY slice. Nice heft to the crust, a balanced sauce, and a decent cheese topping. People working there are nice and the place was packed with a mixture of locals and tourists. Didn't seem like the pizza was sitting around and the older man making the pizza clearly knew what he was doing. Next thing you know I'll be hitting the 7's for a drink. Not bad for a place I'd forgotten even existed anymore.

May 22, 2012
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Redbones Food Truck

Last I checked, you don't pay rent at the curbside... Pass along the savings...

May 18, 2012
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Redbones Food Truck

Yeah the truck ideal has sort of run amok. I'm all for quality and a diversity of products but when a truck meal hits close to 10 bucks I'm left shaking my head. If I'm not mistaken, the Red Bones shack in Kendall is cheaper. For me, Clover does it right: A hefty (somewhat healthy) chickpea sandwich, 5.25? Add some fries for another 3 bucks. That rocks...

May 18, 2012
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Redbones Food Truck

At 9 bucks, it doesn't seem like the savings of working off the truck is being passed along to the customer. Just saying....

May 18, 2012
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Best Fresh Bagels In Boston?

I'd vote for Bruegger's (sp?) in Porter Sq. over Katz's or Rosenfeld's. Kupel's has gone downhill though they still make a bialy, I think. Overall, Iggy's is the best pure bread product of the bunch, with some disputing its "bagelness". Whatever you want to call it, it is the best of the bunch.

May 01, 2012
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All-Star Pizza: A preview?

Just came back from All-Star. Clearly modeled around hipster joints in Brooklyn and Portland Or. Buckets of Pabst, pitchers of beer, off-beat art... Problem is those places are built around terrific pizza. Arrived at lunch time today, 10 people behind the counter (I counted) including cashier and a couple of manager-types. Clearly the staff is still learning to stretch and shape the pizza. Slice of Roni-- 4 bucks! Plain cheese-- 3.50, or so. Sloppy and soggy. I won't go back, however people were lining up. Can't decide if its because the pizza bar is set so low around here or because the place is just opening.

Apr 26, 2012
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All-Star Pizza: A preview?

No, because it wasn't like you could say I liked this and liked that but maybe if you tweaked this here... If i were honest it would have been insulting, so I passed on the feedback part.

Apr 21, 2012
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All-Star Pizza: A preview?

I understand your concern about reviewing something that might not be the final product, as I stated in my OP. However, they are touting the opening and the pizza on places like Grub Street and should have fine-tuned the pizza well before this point.

Apr 21, 2012
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All-Star Pizza: A preview?

I've lived in Inman Square for 15 years-- there is no good pizza in Inman Sq that you can get by the slice. City Girl is great but it isn't a pizza place. The best pizza in the vicinity are the slices at Royal Bakery, and frankly those aren't as good as they once were. I haven't been to Pizza-Pie-er yet so I can't comment. Inman Sq. could use and deserves a great slice and based on what I had at All-Star yesterday, the wait continues. When I need my fix I head over to Armandos, which isn't exactly in Inman Sq....

Apr 20, 2012
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All-Star Pizza: A preview?

So All-Star Pizza was inviting people in off the street today to sample their wares. A good pizza place is just what Inman Sq. is lacking, despite the pizza being tasty enough at City Girl, which isnt really a pizza place. Now I understand this is only a preview and that the pizza I had today might not fully reflect the final product but boy what a letdown. A tight, dry and under-salted crust, a light sauce over-seasoned with garlic powder. Average cheese.... This just seems wrong-headed. Admittedly, I didn't have any toppings but the pizza itself (as it stands now) is just so utterly average I can't see even the best toppings making a difference. i have the impression they are nice people so I hope they rethink this.

Apr 19, 2012
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Pizza slices: variety & high quality?

I assume you mean pizza cooked with toppings for slices rather than toppings added after the fact. Slim pickings, I'm afraid. Harvard Sq. might be your best option with Pinocchio and Otto. Both have a variety of slices of varying quality. Avoid the sausage at Pinnochios cause it's more a sausage product than actual sausage, this sort of shaved, off-tasting thing. Otto has a lot of variety, but the basic stuff is better. I recall a non-traditional combo of potatoes and bacon being tasty. As already discussed, excepting Regina's and Il panino Express, the North End is a pizza wasteland.

Mar 14, 2012
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So tired of the Umberto's Love.....

No harsh words and no hard feelings, I hope. Though pizza does seem to get people's blood up, including mine. I sensed I would incur the collective wrath of the board but didn't expect to be pummeled like this. While I've read CH for a long time now, this is just my second time writing in, so sorry if I was off-point on my initial foray, Gabatta. Still, I stick to my guns about Umberto's....

Mar 14, 2012
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So tired of the Umberto's Love.....

This like the Fox News of food conversations. I said I was reminded of why I didn't like Umberto's on a recent visit with friends. So clearly I'd been there before. Enough times to know it was vastly over-rated or a regional quirk. Umberto's pizza isn't thick by any standard and calling it bready is not even close to the truth. In fact, it isn't even half as thick, say, as Pinocchio's or Armando's. It is a home-style "grandma slice" with no rise in the crust, slathered with commercial grade cheese, and a simple, ordinary tomato sauce. Frankly, I've had better frozen pizza....

Mar 14, 2012
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So tired of the Umberto's Love.....

I was expecting a pile up, that's the nature of the beast. Point is, I was just there last week, so it seems fair to comment. Also, it reminded me of why I didn't like the place. I was there early and there were no lines and there were plenty of tables available and maybe that why the pizza was "cold". Maybe "not hot" is a better description. Regardless, The pizza just isn't any good and despite there being a ricotta calzone on the menu, the one I shared with friends, a spinach/cheese combo, was a lifeless dud. And the legendary rice balls, come on....

Just in the North End alone I rather hit Regina's, Ernesto's and even Il Panino Express has a better slice. As for square slices, Armando's and Pinnocchio's in Harvard Square are much better as is a new-fangled slice like Otto's. Hell, even Bosstone on Newbury St is better.

Mar 14, 2012
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So tired of the Umberto's Love.....

Nice people, check. Cool place to eat, check. Cheap, check...

Pizza is just so substandard, even for the so called "grandma slice" they serve. Was there last week. Soggy mess, cold, cold pizza. Gummy rice balls, ultra-lame calzones (calzones have riccota cheese within). This isn't an institution but rather a place more like a high school cafeteria. It doesn't even belong in the "pizza conversation". I've lurked around here long enough to know this is heresy, so have at it. i think there is a difference between institution and institutional.... Better slice (but still not great) at the Royal Bakery in Cambridge on Cambridge St. 10 other places I'd go for a slice before Umbertos, maybe 15....

Mar 13, 2012
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So-Gross-They're-Good Faves

Dated and semi-gross, then. And the food has never been anything to write home about and the breakfast stuff has always be lacking.

Mar 11, 2012
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So-Gross-They're-Good Faves

Punjabi Dhaha (get it, ha-ha) in Inman Sq. fits half of the bill here. I get stomach javelins just walking by. Long ago it had some promise, now not so much. Around the corner, the S&S fits half the bill, too. A series of nursing home dining rooms where you can't help but think you are watching lives end. Punjabi is just a unpoliced mess while the S&S with its ghastly lighting and dead-tired menu has its own unique funk. Both to be avoided. More to the point, I'll always have a slice at Armando's even when the tables are uncleared and empty potato chip bags are fluttering across the floor.

Mar 11, 2012
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