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Porter Sq. and environs...

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Porter Sq. and environs...

Heathen & Spells | Mar 8, 2005 04:23 PM

Porter Sq. and environs is my favorite area to eat and buy food in. Tamarind House for Thai (Mass. Ave., can read my posting on Thai/Burmese query, Mar 3rd), I love going to the Porter Sq. exchange, fmr Sears bldg, for Japanese food. It is really a Little Japan- I love the sushi bar- very fresh fish and nice selection- I love their Pokka tea machine (w/ green tea, and "english" tea w/milk and sugar, & coffee dinks all in a can). The noodle restaurant is wonderful (makes me think of the movie "Tampopo"- a great food film by the way), they manage take-out very well as well. The Japanese bakery there. Excellent fare and environment. Bet. Porter and Harvard: Chez Henri (my favorite all-round rest. in the area both the bar and the main rest., lots of Chowhound re. Mass Ave & Shephard St.- French-Cuban); while on that corner- the Evergood Market whose name describes it perfectly. For such a small market it is amazingly well-stocked in good things- their produce, breads, gourmet and etnic items. I always go to get my Passover supplies, including they always seem to have the perfect bouquet of flowers for. For inexpensive, filling and very good quick Mexican- Boca Grande (also Mass. Ave., Anna's Taqueria broke off from, my husband and I much prefer Boca Grande to Anna's- the food is spicier and more fragrant, less bland. Also, it is a wonderful place to eat at- the food comes over in cast iron pans. It is hot and cheesy- the take-out for burritos works brilliantly but their stuffed poblano peppers, and dishes like that, work best eating there. It is decorated like a real restaurant not fast-food. Very nice Mecican ceramics surround.) In Davis Sq.- La Contessa's has perfectly sublime cannolis. Freshly made up to order (the filling put in), one can get very good coffee or espresso there and eat there- they have a few tables. In the fall, around Thanksgiving time, they have whole apples cooked in pastry dough- they are simply splendid! Right next to them is Sessa's- excellent selection and quality of Italian cured meats and cheeses. (they supposedly make superb sandwiches). Mike's at the corner for an excellent sicilian slice. The closest I've tasted in this area to a NYC sicilian slice. Their eggplant parm sub is wonderful too- well-cooked tender eggplant in a nice fresh red sauce, smothered in mozarella cheese. Redbones- not my favorite for BBQ in the area( the Blue Ribbon in Newton or Arlington is) but very, very good. particularly good for their brisket, desserts (pecan pie, caramel custard, and sweet potato pie)- bisterous, fun environment- great beer selection, huge drinks- iced tea, lemonade, in mason jars. always, fun and satisfying. Also, good daily specials. Farther afield- Teele Sq.- Sabur's- Yugoslavian, Turkish food. Inexpensive, excellent portions. Copperkettle cooked lamb stew over wood as center piece of rest. and at table to eat. (must get for dessert stewed apricots W/ mascorpone cheese & liquor). (Soundbites for weekday breakfast, not too crowded, more relaxed)- there is more. This Cambridge/Somerville nexus point has much interesting, well-prepared food, and at a reasonable price- I love so many places in this area, and, yes, now I am thoroughly hungry. Is it too early for dinner?...(oh, yes, also bet Porter & Harvard Sqs: Cambridge Commons for burgers, salads and comfort food- great sweet potato fries done as chips)

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