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Cambridge/Somerville eats: Armando's, True Grounds, Wang's, Soundbites

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Cambridge/Somerville eats: Armando's, True Grounds, Wang's, Soundbites

Dave M.P. | Jan 7, 2006 02:56 PM

Was in Boston for 24 hours and had some good food:

Stopped by Armando's on Huron Av. in Cambridge for a slice of pizza. My friend had a plain slice, I got some sausage on mine. Slice was very good (my friend says the slices are better than the whole pizzas since they are heated up a second time which results in a crispier crust). Crust was indeed crispy, good sauce, not too much cheese. Sausage was not that good, next time I'll just get plain.

Went to True Grounds in Ball Sq, Somerville for hot chocolate. It wasn't too impressive, tasted a bit swiss-miss-like, in the future I'll stick to their chai (which they apparantly make themselves).

Ate at Wang's on Friday night with 4 friends, and we had an excellent meal. I hadn't been to Wang's in a while. We had three orders of dumplings: vegetarian leek, vegetarian spinach and pork w/ chinese cabbage. All were fantastic as usual, especially the pork with chinese cabbage, which I hadn't had in a long time. Also got beef with broccoli which was pretty tasty, and the house special bean curd which also contained broccoli and bamboo shoots in a nice garlicky, spicy and slightly sweet sauce. This was a pleasant surprise. The order of scallion pancakes was good but I am starting to get sick of them, I think scallion pancakes in general are overrated.

Took advantage of Tufts being on vacation and had brunch at Soundbites on Saturday. Service is a bit brusque but the food is still really good. I had two eggs over easy with toast and two strawberry pancakes. Friend had an omelette with boursin and mushrooms (to which she also added tomatoes, which was a very good idea!), which came with toast and the awesome homefries (which are really mashed potatoes). I've eaten brunch/breakfast at lots of places in Somerville and I think foodwise, Soundbites is best for its price range. Comfort/service wise it is unfortunately not the best. But happily during the Tufts vacation, the wait wasn't too long, even at 11:30 AM, and service was mostly quite nice.

This was my last trip to Boston for a while, since I'll be heading to South America soon....I'll be posting on the Int'l Board while I'm down there, but I'll keep reading the Boston board from time to time so I know where to eat when I come back!

Dave M.P.

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