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Alcohol-free restaurant in Boston or Camb?

Wow, I can't believe the harsh responses! I can see that the OP isn't clear about the question, but I don't see the need to be harsh...

To answer the question. I don't really drink, and I find most ethnic places to be not so alcohol-centered (as in, more than half of the people don't drink). If you want a place to be completely free of alcoholic beverages, then Baraka Cafe in Central sq. is the only place I can think of.
Other than that, Winsor dimsum cafe in Chinatown could be a fun place to enjoy without alcohol. For Indian, a bunch of places in Harvard Sq. are decent (my favorite is Tamarind Bay). In East Cambridge there are the Similan (Thai), Helmand (Afgani), and Muqueca (Brazilian). The Ethiopian places (Asmara in Central or Addis Red Sea near Porter) are also good.

Btw, Dolphin Seafood does have a bar.

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Baraka Cafe
80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Similans
145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Tamarind Bay
75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Muqueca
1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dolphin Seafood
1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Apr 21, 2010
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Recs for visitor (and food snob) from Tianjin?

Hmmm...
I grew up in Asia, so I kinda do get your situation. I'd say, you should avoid chinese food, I'm sure none would be good enough for him.

Since he likes mashed potatoes and he prefers his food to be more flavorful, how about Blue Ribbon Bbq? It's American food, but they do have tasty sauces (and mashed potatoes!)

I agree with the suggestion for brazilian food, but I think home-cooked would be more appealing than the churrascaria kind, so Muqueca?

I bet he wouldn't hate Helmand or Kathmandu spice either. I think if he "can live with" Anna's, these places would be better.

Does he like sushi? if he does, I think sushi in Boston would be as good as the one he has back home.

Sep 22, 2009
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bulk candy for an event

costco?

Sep 18, 2009
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Boston with 15 High School Seniors (Girls) from Toledo

Dolphin Seafood near Harvard sq. is a better choice than Alewife Summer Shack, imo. They can walk around Harvard Sq. before or after dinner. And, there is Berryline right across the street from it.

Sep 17, 2009
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15 teens, 2 adults and a 16th birthday celebration- without breaking the bank!

Do you like chinese food? How about a place in chinatown? (bigger ones, like East Ocean City or New jumbo Seafood)

Sep 11, 2009
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I want breakfast, she wants lunch -- Boston

Angela's is not romantic, though. More like a hole in the wall....

I like the breakfast at Brasserie Jo. For oyster, Neptune is better than Union Oyster House.
I think park between North End and Haymarket is pretty romantic. You can grab some sandwhiches and pastries from North End, and sit there and talk.. (they have tables and chairs, not just benches)

Sep 10, 2009
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ISO Best Lobster "Special" in Chinatown

I've had the lobster special at Great Taste. It was good, but not great. It's the "you get what you paid for," not in a bad way. The 16 bucks doesn't include the sides, so if you get lobster and fried rice it would run you $23 or so... (still a great deal, imo)

I also noticed Vin Sun has the same lobster special.

Sep 09, 2009
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ISO Best Lobster "Special" in Chinatown

How much is it?

Sep 09, 2009
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Somalian food in Haymarket

I've had their pizza and some of their chicken dish (don't know what it's called). I'd say they're pretty good. I don't think they're super gourmet or anything. I like it that they're reasonably priced. The pizza is also decent and very cheap. ($8.50 for the whole big pie with a topping of your choice). I had a spicy eggplant pizza that's definitely edible.

The best thing about it is the park right across the street. You could grab a takeout from there, cross the street, and there, you have one of the best outdoor dining in Boston! :)

Sep 02, 2009
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Family looking for tasty dinner near Commons

Chinatown is very family friendly, and it's near the commons.
I recommend Penang on Washington St. because it has the nicest decor, and the food is pretty good..

Jul 19, 2009
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Kebab Factory lunch buffet, is it still good?

I read in yelp that the quality is going downhill, but I don't trust yelp.
If it is true, do you have a recommendation of a better lunch buffet place? (I like India Quality, but they don't have buffet for lunch)

Thanks! :)

Jul 16, 2009
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Blue Ribbon Rules

They are usually the daily special. They don't always have them, but they seem to have them most of the time! :)

Jul 15, 2009
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Blue Ribbon Rules

Love Blue Ribbon!
I think they define unpretentious. Good food, generous portion, and very friendly service!

Jul 14, 2009
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North End lunch spot?

Okay, I think I'm still going to Antico Forno. Last time I went to Artu, it was just okay, definitely not legendary...

Jul 10, 2009
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North End lunch spot?

You're right! I don't think I've been to Neptune for dinner (always crowded!)

Jul 10, 2009
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North End lunch spot?

What are the good places for lunch in the North End, other than Regina's and Galleria Humberto?

I'm thinking about going to Antico Forno, but I kind of want to try a new place....

Jul 08, 2009
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Let's talk Cambridge

Yeah, I do go to Border Cafe occasionally. They have decent food at decent price, but I wouldn't consider it a nice authentic chowish place.

Jul 08, 2009
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Let's talk Cambridge

Because Finale is an overpriced chain and Border Cafe is just another Tex-Mex with very little character?

Jul 08, 2009
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Insanely Good Super Cheap Porky Goodness

I've been there several times, and in my experience, they would modify anything to your liking.
I see that the price of pork chop and spareribs are the same, so you could order it as an entree for $8.50. Just tell them you want rib with spicy salt (while showing the waitress/waiter the pork chop with spicy salt). It worked for me! (and, yeah, I speak no chinese, so that's what I usually do)

Jul 04, 2009
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Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant Chinatown

Just went to Great Taste for brunch today, Wow, the best deal I've had in a while.

We got the fish congee with fried dough, chicken casserole, and some buns from the bakery (it's nice that they let us bring them to the dining room!) We spent less than $20 including tips!

The congee was tasty, not sticky, didn't look like it's been simmering for hours like congee we usually get. The fish was generous, nice and tender. Love the fried dough too (still warm!)
The casserole was nice. It was fried chicken on top of egg fried rice. Something I don't see that much in Chinatown...
The buns are as good as the ones I get elsewhere. They're bigger, I couldn't finish one all by myself (after the meal)

The 3 of us were so stuffed. I agree, we probably shouldn't have finished them...

Jul 04, 2009
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Rabia's, Monica's, Euno, or Galleria 33?

Another vote for Galleria 33. The space is nice and clean, the service is pretty good, and the menu seems to have more variety. Last time I had fettucine with smoked salmon pieces, it was pretty good.

I agree that Rabia is a hit or miss..

Jul 01, 2009
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Let's talk JP

Nice list. Thank you!
I am going to the Arboretum. I've lived in Boston for years, but have only been there a couple of times.

Jun 18, 2009
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Let's talk JP

I guess I was right for thinking that I haven't had anything memorable from JP for a reason.
I know a lot of good places to eat around Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Watertown, Allston, Brighton, all over Boston...

Which one is better, Canto 6 or Ula Cafe?

Jun 18, 2009
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Let's talk JP

As a spin off of the Cambridge thread.
I hardly ever been to JP. The only place I've been to is Ten Tables.
I want to know the neighborhood (just for the heck of it!)
So, what are the must try places in/around JP?

Jun 18, 2009
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Has anyone tried dimsum buffet at Fuloon

I missed the chowdown, but I really want to try Fuloon.
I'm thinking about going there for lunch this weekend, and I according to the website they have a dimsum buffet on Saturday and Sunday.
Is it worth trying?

TIA! :)

Jun 11, 2009
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Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

I don't get ECG either. So, expensive, loud, long wait for...nothing!

Jun 05, 2009
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Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

Angela's. I think it's a little overpriced for what it is. The food tasted just like every other Mexican I've had around here...

Jun 01, 2009
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Top-notch, inexpensive sushi

How much was the chirashi there?

May 25, 2009
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Good Deals @ Johnnies Foodmaster

Another good deal (to me) are the $3 Cabot butter (sadly, only salted version, but still a good deal) and the $2 Newman's lemonade. Everyday price!

May 25, 2009
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Saturday Brunch, what's good?

Wow, I went to Union on Saturday, and it was GREAT!

Oct 02, 2008
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