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Cambridge afternoon eats (Algiers & Forest Cafe)

icculus | Oct 10, 2005 11:23 AM

Spent a lot of time in and around Harvard Sq this wknd.

Late lunch Saturday at Algiers Coffee House above Casablanca at 40 Brattle (was headed there, however they stopped serving lunch at 2:30). Strong Arabic coffee at 1.90 a cup (bottomless). Seating is limited downstairs, but there are more tables upstairs, and if it's nice there's a few tables on the second story balcony. The tables are small, moveable, and cafe-like, (ie not necessarily clean). This place appears to be always busy, packed with students, professors and international clientele, but our service was excellent and speedy. The grilled lamb wrap @ 8.95, included a side salad with a subtle olive oil dressing. The wrap was excellent with warm lamb cubes, lettuce and a tangy vinagrette, pressed on a panini press. Nice spot to grab a quick bite, or stay for a while to read or converse.

Forest Cafe (in between Harvard and Porter Sq on Mass Ave) for brunch on Sunday. Pats game was on the 2 TV's yet ample seating was available in the booths. Chipotle Lime Bloody Mary @ 6.00, served in a pint glass and smokey, yet too thin for me. The Omelet Del Dia was excellent. Of the open-faced variety, it came with 5 or 6 shrimp, onions and cilantro, all covered with a generous layer of white cheese (cheddar?). It was accompanied by a small portion of crispy homefries (pan fried in oil I imagine) and black beans. Excellent deal at 6.95. The other plate we got was chicken enchiladas with rice and black beans. I was only able to secure one bite of the 2 enchiladas, but the chicked was cubed and the sour cream was generous.
Not a bad lunch, but next time I'm in the area and craving mexican I think I'll continue on out to Rudy's Cafe in Teele Sq.

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