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Indian food in Cambridge

Masala (Teele Sq in Somerville) and Dosa n Curry in Union (also in Somerville), but both are close to Cambridge and Masala delivers.

Sep 02, 2014
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Harvard Square: what's on your list?

Kaju Tofu House has great Korean soups, Cafe Pamplona is a nice funky lunch spot and the Beehive is a good place for drinks and live music. Crema Cafe for coffee.

Mar 01, 2014
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Best take out Indian in Cambridge area

Masala in Teele Sq (Somerville) is really good, havent had their tikka masala so I cant say about that but its my favorite in the area. I like their Rojan Josh.

Feb 09, 2014
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lunch recommendation for out-of-town guests

Atwoods in East Cambridge has a great beer list, gorgeous outdoor space and awesome food.

I havent eaten at Daedalus in harvard sq, but the outdoor patio is really nice and the fact that Dylan and others played in the space (before it was Daedalus) might be cool for musicians.

Jul 30, 2013
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Delivery for Inman Sq

Masala in Teele delivers to Inman, which (I think) is great. Rod Dee Thai in Porter will sometimes deliver to Somerville, it seems like it is a matter of how busy they are. And Zoes (Chinese) delivers. Those are probably the 3 favorites I have had delivered to Inman.

Apr 04, 2013
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The Biscuit in Somerville?

Great fresh bread, good sandwiches and a really good kale salad. Also, they have a nice small outdoor area. And the owner has been a great supporter of making Somerville better for biking.

Mar 08, 2013
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Looking for Nice Restaurant in Boston at $20/pp. Is that EVEN possible?

Casa Portugal in Inman/East Cambridge is a nice small Portuguese place that is pretty reasonable, really good food and a nice atmosphere of a local family restaurant.

Jan 14, 2013
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Goya Jamaican Style Ginger Beer by the case?

Several Market Baskets (I know Chelsea, maybe Somerville) sell 2 litres for ~$1.50.

Jan 11, 2013
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Kennedy Fried Chicken

Not fried chicken, but my two favorite cheap chicken places are rotisserie, Alex's Chimis (make sure you get some vinegar onions) in Hyde Square JP and Machu Pichu Charcoal Chicken in Union Sq Somerville.

Nov 06, 2012
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Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

I live near the Somerville location, which is walking distance to another Whole Foods, which is frustrating that our options are being reduced, like when Blockbuster took over video stores. Its fine that some people prefer Whole Foods, but its like Starbucks- do we need one on every block? The Beacon St Johnnies has a huge parking lot that is rarely even 1/3 full since most customers walk or bike, so I'm sure Whole Foods, whose customers are more the SUV type, liked that attribute.

Oct 27, 2012
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26 Hours in Buenos Aries

I would also recommend trying helado (gelato/ice cream) in BsAs. My favorite place is Nonna Bianca in San Telmo, at Estados Unidos 425. Limon al pisco is particularly good. But the city is full of heladarias, they are very popular and tasty here. I would second La Gran Parrilla del Plata and try ordering provoleta as an appetizer, many parrilas have it, it is provolone cheese grilled on the parillla.

Help us find a Cozy Tavern!

Jame's Gate in JP is great, friendly, has a fireplace, and good food.

James's Gates
5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Nov 06, 2011
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Great new Nepali / Indian restaurant in Somerville: Masala

This is one of our favorite new restaurants, along with nearby Istanbulu. We've been twice, once eating off the indian side, once off the nepali. Everything was great, especially:
Mo-mo chicken (nepali dumplings), dal makhani (lentils) & rojesh lamb. Naan is super fresh and tasty.

Oct 26, 2011
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October 2011 Openings and Closings

There is Reliable Market in Union Square Somerville, and Lotte Market on Mass Ave. in Cambridge near MIT (walking distance from #70 central sq bus stop from Waltham).

Oct 16, 2011
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August 2011 Openings and Closings

That is sad news, I loved Trinas and the side parlor was a great little spot, my neighborhood cocktail place. We need another sports bar like we need another Irish bar.

Aug 17, 2011
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August 2011 Openings and Closings

Saw that Valhalla is taking over the space of CCTV on Prospect St in Central Sq. Looks like people from All Asia.


Aug 17, 2011
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Does anyone remember the restaurant Cappuccino's in Newton?

I have had great white sangrias at Channel Cafe in Fort Point.

Aug 03, 2011
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July 2011 Openings and Closings

Has anyone heard anything about either the Cambridge Barisimo opening (it was on this thread a few months ago) or the year plus "opening soon" Korean place in Harvard Sq, Bull?

Jul 12, 2011
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Dark and Stormy- summer of 2011

I really like making it with Goya ginger beer, it seems spicier/more gingerier to me and, as a bonus, is super cheap.

Jun 29, 2011
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very cool, do you have instructions, I'm not handy enough to figure this out.

Jun 03, 2011
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I know this is different, but after spending time in Buenos Aires we felt the same way, that we wanted seltzer with every meal, and settled on sodastream home seltzer maker. The hardware store in porter and the Boston Shaker in Davis carry them. Much less waste than buying disposable bottles.

The Boston Shaker
69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

Jun 03, 2011
hoolese in Greater Boston Area

Moving to Hyde Square - your advice requested

Alex's Chimi's for Dominican style rotisserie chicken, the thing I miss most about Hyde Square.

MIami restaurant for great Dominican/Cuban food, and nice cafe con leche. El Oriental de Cuba has a nice con leche too for your coffee needs.

A lot of friends have gone to the new Tres Gatos in the old Rhythm and Muse bookstore and dug the spanish tapas there.

I really like Sorellas for what it is, a cheap greasy breakfast joint. I think its best to stick to simple things like eggs and french toast.

Alex's Chimis
358 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

Miami Restaurant
381 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

El Oriental De Cuba
416 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tres Gatos
470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

May 07, 2011
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Victoria Beer?

Anybody know if Victoria beer is available somewhere in near Cambridge/Somerville? I had it in Mexico and it was a tasty alternative there to Corona. I saw people saying it was recently made available in in the US in TX and Chicago. I know there are much better Mexican beers, but I liked it as a lighter summer beer and wanted to find it here. Thanks.

May 02, 2011
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April 2011 Openings and Closings

Anyone hear anything about Bull in Harvard Sq? They were supposed to open last summer, then fall, and they have a sign up but their website still just says coming soon. Seems like they are on floating rock time?

Apr 15, 2011
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Good Mexican (I realize we're in a wasteland, lol)

Tu Y O outside Davis Square is really good.

Papagayo in Fort Point just opened, and while I haven't been a friend from Arizona loved it.

Tu Y Yo Mexican Fonda
858 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 01, 2011
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Narragansett Bock -- local availability?

I bought some at the wine and cheese cask in Somerville.

Mar 11, 2011
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Venue space for rent where you can bring your own food?

We were looking into similar places and liked this, even though we ended up going elsewhere and renting a restaurant. Its where dancing on the Charles is held and they told us that we could bring food, and they have an alcohol license/bar.

American Legion Marsh Post #442
Gerry's Landing / Elliot Bridge Cambridge, MA

Feb 09, 2011
hoolese in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for intl' restaurants for long weekend in DC proper

Thanks, Etete sounds great. And yes, southern is definitely interesting to us, 2 in our group are originally from Alabama. Any suggestions for southern?

Suggestions for intl' restaurants for long weekend in DC proper

We will be staying around embassy row, without car. We would like to explore some of the unique ethnic restaurants in DC, or just ones that DC does well. I have heard great things about the Thai and Ethiopian, and hoping to find a great burmese. Open to other stuff too, just not too fancy and ideally on the metro/walking distance from embassy row.

who makes the the best frozen (for cooking at home) Chinese dumplings?

I've been getting them from some of the Chinatown markets, I think its CMart. The brand is Chinese Spaghetti Factory, 50 pack. They are almost as good as Wangs frozen, but less expensive and easier to pick up after work. A friend said his grandmother made dumplings by boiling the water, dropping the dumplings in, then when it comes to boil again drop a cup of water in, and repeat when it boils again, then strain after it boils. We make the sauce with rice vinegar, soy sauce, a little sesame oil and chives.

Jan 20, 2011
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