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Can...t Find Free Food? Try Out These Local Favorites

By Marie Y. Thibault

Living in a city means you have an array of choices when you decide to go out to eat. Here is a sampling of what awaits you in Boston and Cambridge restaurants, caf s and bistros.

Thailand Cafe

302 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge, MA 02139


Walk a few blocks down Mass. Ave into Cambridge; Thailand Cafe is on the left.

A favorite of the MIT crowd, Thailand Cafe serves up traditional dishes like Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles in less than five minutes flat. It is close enough to campus for a weekday lunch or a quick bite in the evening. Though the food is not impressive, it is plentiful, hot, slightly greasy, and satisfying. The low prices make meals here worth it every time.

India Quality

484 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215


Walk across the Harvard Bridge into Boston and turn right on Commonwealth Ave. Walk a few blocks into Kenmore Square and India Quality is on the left.

Anyone who has not been acquainted with India Quality is missing a memorable meal. Besides being greeted by perpetually cheerful staff, diners get a taste of Northen India’s delectable spices and sauces. Popular dishes are the Chicken Tiki Masala or Lamb Saag, and the Shahi Paneer is also delectable. India Quality proves everytime that it deserves its repeat “Best Indian in Boston” Zagat award.

Super 88

1095 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215


Take the red line subway to Park Street, then take the green line to Packard’s Corner. Super 88 is across the street.

If it’s Asian food you’re craving, head to Super 88. The food court hosts Thai, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and even Venezuelan food to suit every taste. The newly redesigned dining area, which is usually filled with college students, is especially convenient for large groups. All in all, you’ll find variety, friendly service, and a comfortable dining atmosphere at Super 88.

Petit Robert Bistro

468 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215


Just a few doors down from India Quality on Commonwealth Ave.

Petit Robert offers fine French dining without the romantic atmosphere. The prices are also more affordable than you’d expect for French food in Boston. Though you’ll be delighted with your Bouillabaisse or Duck Confit, you won’t be able to enjoy it with all the noise around you. Still, if you’re looking for good food, you’ve made the right choice. Be prepared to shout.

The Pour House Bar & Grill

907 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02115


Walk across the Harvard Bridge into Boston. Turn left on Boylston and walk for a few blocks. Pour House is on the left.

Pour House is another popular spot for the college crowd. Sporting a menu of ‘Stately Burgers’ that include New York, Massachusetts, and Hawaiian burgers, you’re guaranteed to find something fun under the bun. The fries are hit or miss. Though not spectacular, head here on Saturday nights when the half-priced burgers are a main attraction. Why go to McDonald’s when you could get a larger burger with pineapple and teriyaki sauce for the same price?

Top of the Hub

800 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02199


Walk across the Harvard Bridge into Boston. Turn left on Boylston and walk for a few blocks. The Prudential Tower is on the right side and Top of the Hub is on the 52nd floor.

A famous restaurant with steep prices (about $25-$40 for a dinner entr e). Choices include a Macadamia Nut Crusted Tuna Steak and Braised Lamb Shank. Perfect for an anniversary date, but not more frequently than that for anyone on a student budget.