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restaurant review: Cambridge Brewing Company a Lively Pub

Kendall Square Location Offers Good Food, Not-So-Great Service

By Jillian Berry

Cambridge Brewing Company

1 Kendall Square, Building 100

Cambridge, MA


Cambridge Brewing Company is a busy pub located at 1 Kendall Square in Cambridge. They specialize in handcrafted beers and “pub grub” with a modern flair. Although the restaurant is located in a small shopping plaza within walking distance of campus, it is a little difficult to find among the large biotech buildings. However, the restaurant is a great place for a bite before or after seeing a movie at the Kendall Square Theater. The atmosphere is typical of a pub with a lot of noise and simple wooden tables and chairs. On Friday night, the place was packed with young professionals as well as families.

Since no one in our group was 21, we did not try any of their beers. Instead, we focused on the food. There was no bread to start, but I did try the spicy Asian vegetable spring rolls appetizer ($7). The spring rolls were fresh (not fried) and served with a ginger-chili-garlic dipping sauce. You would not think of a pub as serving spring rolls, and there is a reason. The spring rolls themselves were tasty with fresh and crunchy vegetables, but they would have been better complemented with a peanut sauce. If you really want spring rolls, go to Pho Pasteur, or another Asian restaurant.

For the main course, I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw ($8). The pulled pork came on a bulky roll and was topped with smoked cheddar cheese. The pork was perfectly cooked and served with just the right amount of tangy but sweet barbecue sauce. One of my friends had the blackened chicken sandwich with fries ($8). The chicken was somewhat dry, and the herb mayonnaise did nothing to moisten it. However, the fries were delicious with a thick and crispy exterior surrounding a smooth potato filling. The other people at the table ordered various types of thin crust pizzas ($9–$11). The pizzas are large, and could quite easily be shared by two people. And since this is a pub, the crusts are made with barley malt pizza dough. My favorite was the Sicilian pizza with pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, red chilies, fresh oregano, and mozzarella cheese. The sausage was well seasoned and had a great spicy kick.

As a result of the large crowd, the service was rather lacking. Our food took more than half an hour to be served after placing the order, and as a result, we really did not want to wait for dessert. In addition, the restaurant was quite cold. This may not seem like a big deal, but a cold restaurant is a personal peeve of mine since there is no reason a restaurant should ever be cold; if it is, I will always think of it that way. Otherwise, the restaurant was pretty good, and offers one more place within walking distance to grab some food.