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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.

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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