And so ends another great week in 2016; another getaway, another nap curled up on the couch, another lunch comprised of leftovers from brunch and another week where I wore a sweater to work backwards by accident. I love 2016 already. Everything about its sleep-in-late-and-watch-The-Hangover-3-while-your-boyfriend-makes-breakfast kind of mood has been good for my soul. It’s been a long time coming but I think that 2016 is going to be quite the year.
Keep reading for some of the new things I’ve experienced so far.
Aside from breakfast, brunch and dinner, lunch is easily my favorite meal of the day. Since my undergrad days, I have sought out the perfect lunch spot from Back Bay to the North End. Weekdays and weekends make for perfect times to research and I have found that despite my travels, I have yet to lock down a favorite spot. It would seem that there are too many places that are just too delicious!
Keep reading to discover some of the best places I’ve grabbed a midday meal at and see if any of your favorites made the list!
Popular here: “6 oysters”, “tall boys” & “white sangria”
My top 3: steamers, jumbo shrimp cocktail and sautéed mussels
I’m a Boston girl, and therefore a New England girl so it should as no surprise that a bonafide seafood spot is on this list. From an early age I was raised with the saying, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal” and I have never once said no to an oyster here.
Popular here: “Kale salad”, “small plates” & “crafted cocktails”
My top 3: Brunch, duck confit hash and brussels sprouts
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to lunch or brunch while enjoying the weekend in Cambridge then look no further. This spot is close to the Harvard-hub and the small plates will leave plenty of room for cupcakes at Sweet later on.
52 Church St., Cambridge
Open Saturdays for lunch, 10am-noon on Sundays. Closed until dinner on weekdays.
Popular here: “Frappe”, “onion rings” & “sweet potato fries”
My top 3: “American Idol”, the “Kevin Garnett” & rickey
Mr. Bartley’s has a burger named for many of my favorite people which might be him buttering me up to be on this list or just his creatives juices flowing. Either way, it’s vitally important for you to try this spot if you consider yourself a Bostonian, a burger connoisseur or a lover of food in any way, shape, or form.
Popular here: “Chicken fingers”, “brunch” & “Texas toast”
My top 3: Outside dining, chicken & broccoli & $5 margaritas on Thursdays
Disaster struck during my undergrad years when this establishment was a casualty in a neighborhood fire just after I had discovered it. Now it makes for a great meet-up spot among me and my post-grad friends, complete with twenty-five cents wing nights and delicious salads.
Popular here: “Phoenix roll”, “sashimi” & “miso black cod”
My top 3: Spicy tuna roll, summer roll & Asian-inspired cocktails
The thing about Basho is that it’s so gosh darn chic. From the lighting to the set-up, I always feel so cosmopolitan here. The lunch specials are reasonable for a business lunch or a lunch date and the sushi menu is ideal for novices and experts alike.
Popular here: “Cask burger”, “Middlebrooks sandwich” & “spinach artichoke dip”
My top 3: Guinness, wings & calamari
I would never encourage you skip work to catch a game (even if it’s only on TV). That would be wrong. However, if you’re into that sort of thing, this is one of the best places to indulge on brews and bites. It’s also apparently the best baseball bar in the nation (according to ESPN).
Popular here: “Whiskey Smash”, “Old Cuban” & “Blueberry Thrill”
My top 3: “Trademark”, tartare & “Metamorphosis”
I’d recommend this place for weekend lunch/ day drinking only because I couldn’t possibly tell you any of the ingredients in any of their signature drinks (see also: ALL OF THEM). Of course, you can order a classic Rum & Coke but this is not the kind of place where you want to be that guy. Trust me.
Popular here: “Tater tots” “25 cent wings” & Trivia Nights
My top 3: “Chili nachos”, Newport Blueberry Storm, Nerdy Brunch
It’s really easy to love an Irish pub. Shepherd’s Pie is the comfort food of all comfort foods on a rainy day, on a snowy day or on a day when you really need Shepherd’s Pie. And who ever heard of a bad day to order a Guinness?!
Popular here: “Roasted beef bone marrow”, “burger” & cocktails
My top 3: Triple-beef cheeseburger with spiced ketchup, red vinegar pickles & roasted chicken
Look this place up on Foursquare and it’s one of the most fantastic guides to a restaurant, ranging from detailed analysis via self-proclaimed “foodies” to actual food critics. Consider this on the top of my list for Cambridge spots and try it out for yourself.
853 Main St., Cambridge
Open Sundays for brunch.
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