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Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2006

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Restaurants Around Porter Square, Cambridge

We went to Ali Baba Tandoor, a terrific Afghan restaurant (with some Pakistani and Indian cuisine offered, too) near Porter Square in Cambridge last night. As we were walking down Mass. Ave. after our meal, I was struck by the number of good restaurants and pubs that make their home in the Porter Square area. Starting at the corner of Walden Street and Mass Ave. (where Ali Baba Tandoor is), and ending at the edge of Cambridge Common and Harvard Square, here are some of the restaurants we walked past:

Elephant Walk, an excellent Cambodian and French restaurant; Spirit, a friendly little restaurant and Irish pub that has some good dishes; Andy's Diner, a decent little place for comfort food; Newtowne Grille, a hole in the wall that serves cheap beer and great pizza; Christopher's, a cozy restaurant that features organic food, including excellent burgers that are also healthy; Passage to India, a wonderful Indian restaurant that has been around for ages.

Still with me? We're just past Porter Square now, where we find Seoul Food, a tiny Korean restaurant with a great reputation for delicious entrees; Indian Club, a decent Indian restaurant that, while not quite as good as Passage to India, is worth checking out; Boca Grande, an outstanding (and dirt cheap) Mexican restaurant that is popular with students and families; Changsho, one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Boston area; the Forest Cafe, a restaurant that looks like a dive but serves excellent Mexican food; and, last but not least, Cambridge Common, a classic restaurant and bar that is a good place for a burger and a beer.

Quite a list, isn't it? This stretch of Mass. Ave. has an amazing number of restaurants from which to choose. I'm not sure I could choose a personal favorite around Porter Square, since I like so many of these restaurants, but I guess I do find myself going to Spirit, Christopher's, and Cambridge Common more often than the others.

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