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Central Sq, Cambridge: new & better? (Summer 08)

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Central Sq, Cambridge: new & better? (Summer 08)

beacon_hill_boy | Jul 18, 2008 12:50 AM

It's a pretty densely-packed area (Cambridgeport-Central Sq.) and I see there hasn't been a thread in almost four months, since the 'Central Square Breakdown' thread in March. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503360

I've not eaten in this neighborhood alot in recent years, so I'm looking for an update on mid-range/cheapish options (not Rendezvous, Central Kitchen or Green Street, all of which I've enjoyed in the past.) I'm dining with a college-age East European who's a budding gourmande; his (work) attire won't be suitable to the nicer yuppie joints.

He's had his first taste of Mexican - FIRST salsa & chips?! - at EL PELON Taqueria (Fenway) and first SE Asian, at PENANG (Chinatown) - FIRST shrimp!!! He wants to try sushi, but I don't think there's anything good nearby : correct? That can wait, but I'm open to suggestions: BLUE FIN (Porter Exch) ?

I'm not sure, but I'm short-listing the following CENTRAL SQ. RESTOS as weekend dinner candidates, and I'd like to know if anything new/improved/quirky should be considered.

RANGZEN : Tibetan ...Ate here 2 winters ago. How's it lately, in summertime?
BARAKA CAFE : Moroccan...I ducked in and spoke French with a Marocaine - too formal?
RIVER GODS : American...Great ambiance, hip, above avg menu.
ANDALA : Palestinian...I know it as a tea joint; don't know what to eat here.

I know he hasnt had falafel nor gourmet sandwiches like ASSBAR, but those are basic dining experiences IMO.

Thanks for your input!

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