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Guidebook for Cambridge

Anatole

Guidebook for Cambridge

Food Scene
Sofra's is a unique cafe/bakery/coffee place with a Meditteranean flair in West Cambridge, right on the Cambridge-Watertown line. The Meze Bar is outstanding.
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Sofra Bakery & Cafe
1 Belmont St
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Sofra's is a unique cafe/bakery/coffee place with a Meditteranean flair in West Cambridge, right on the Cambridge-Watertown line. The Meze Bar is outstanding.
You thought you knew Chinese restaurants, then try this Taiwanese restaurant right around the corner from our place! Our favorites are their Shredded Beef with Celery & Carrots, or the Jumbo Shrimp in Chili Sauce. For vegetarians the Eggplant with Spicy Sauce is a must.
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Shangri-La
149 Belmont Street
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You thought you knew Chinese restaurants, then try this Taiwanese restaurant right around the corner from our place! Our favorites are their Shredded Beef with Celery & Carrots, or the Jumbo Shrimp in Chili Sauce. For vegetarians the Eggplant with Spicy Sauce is a must.
Look here, right on Belmont Street just up the road from our place is Linda's Donuts, here since the 1950's. If you like handcut donuts, this place is for you, but be early because the locals get here early too. For the most reasonably priced quick breakfasts, this is a secret place that all locals know well! On Fridays, there are specials such as the famous Fish Chowder. As your host, you may meet me here often!
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Linda's Donuts
247 Belmont Street
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Look here, right on Belmont Street just up the road from our place is Linda's Donuts, here since the 1950's. If you like handcut donuts, this place is for you, but be early because the locals get here early too. For the most reasonably priced quick breakfasts, this is a secret place that all locals know well! On Fridays, there are specials such as the famous Fish Chowder. As your host, you may meet me here often!
A famous diner here since 1947 and a great place to have breakfast or brunch. A variety of pancakes, and a great fish and chips plate.
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Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mount Auburn Street
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A famous diner here since 1947 and a great place to have breakfast or brunch. A variety of pancakes, and a great fish and chips plate.
You a Vegeterian and Vegan restaurant must be good when non-vegetarians like us like it. Red Lentil has a really affordable lunch menu that the locals like us all know. Try their Ginger Miso Soup.
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Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant
600 Mount Auburn Street
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You a Vegeterian and Vegan restaurant must be good when non-vegetarians like us like it. Red Lentil has a really affordable lunch menu that the locals like us all know. Try their Ginger Miso Soup.
Since our host location is right in the Watertown line where the Armenian community offers several markets, delis and middle-eastern foods and groceries. Right around the corner from us is Eastern Lamejun, with the best variety of flat breads and Middle Eastern dips, groveries and desserts. Complement the fragrant flat bread with their Armenian and Middle Eastern dips such as hummus and baba ganoush made right on the premises. My favorite - their Lamejuns, Middle-eastern pizzas with spiced lamb, meat or garlic topppings, easy to heat in an oven and delicious with dollop of plain yogurt. We have been their customer since 1987!
Eastern Lamejun Bakers
145 Belmont Street
Since our host location is right in the Watertown line where the Armenian community offers several markets, delis and middle-eastern foods and groceries. Right around the corner from us is Eastern Lamejun, with the best variety of flat breads and Middle Eastern dips, groveries and desserts. Complement the fragrant flat bread with their Armenian and Middle Eastern dips such as hummus and baba ganoush made right on the premises. My favorite - their Lamejuns, Middle-eastern pizzas with spiced lamb, meat or garlic topppings, easy to heat in an oven and delicious with dollop of plain yogurt. We have been their customer since 1987!
For our daily craving for traditional breakfast deals ham n eggs, bacon n eggs, omelettes etc coupled with endless coffee, we go to Teddy's Kitchen every day! If lunch is your interest, watch Teddy's menu for specials. His blueberry pancakes and BLTs have been reviewed in newspapers, and watch for his Fish and Chips, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup or Clam Chowder. Teddy's opens very early! Kids are always welcome there.
Teddy's Kitchen
462 Common St
For our daily craving for traditional breakfast deals ham n eggs, bacon n eggs, omelettes etc coupled with endless coffee, we go to Teddy's Kitchen every day! If lunch is your interest, watch Teddy's menu for specials. His blueberry pancakes and BLTs have been reviewed in newspapers, and watch for his Fish and Chips, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup or Clam Chowder. Teddy's opens very early! Kids are always welcome there.
For upscale high quality lunch, soup and sandwiches all made on the premises at a good price, with great coffee and tea selection, Vicki Lee's is the place. Whether you just want a cup of coffee with one of her cake slices, or a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a full sandwich, this is the place. Order a cake too. Now, here's something special. Every April, Vicki Lee bakes Australian style Anzac Day cookies. As an Australian it's wonderful to get these locally! But you have to go there to find out what they are and what they taste like!
Vicki Lee's
105 Trapelo Road
For upscale high quality lunch, soup and sandwiches all made on the premises at a good price, with great coffee and tea selection, Vicki Lee's is the place. Whether you just want a cup of coffee with one of her cake slices, or a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a full sandwich, this is the place. Order a cake too. Now, here's something special. Every April, Vicki Lee bakes Australian style Anzac Day cookies. As an Australian it's wonderful to get these locally! But you have to go there to find out what they are and what they taste like!
Seta's is a Meditteranean Food cafe/restaurant with typical Med style salads, wraps, meze plate etc. But also great if you want a Lamejun plate, roast chicken, or a soup or a cheese turnover with a cup of coffee.
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Seta's Cafe
271 Belmont Street
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Seta's is a Meditteranean Food cafe/restaurant with typical Med style salads, wraps, meze plate etc. But also great if you want a Lamejun plate, roast chicken, or a soup or a cheese turnover with a cup of coffee.
Don't have time to sit down and eat stuffed peppers? Then buy them prepared and heated from Sophia's Greek pantry and don't forget to look over their yogurt, olives imported cheese & honey collection.
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Sophia's Greek Pantry
265 Belmont Street
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Don't have time to sit down and eat stuffed peppers? Then buy them prepared and heated from Sophia's Greek pantry and don't forget to look over their yogurt, olives imported cheese & honey collection.
OK, there is no question once Fastachio's opened, we have never gone to any other chocolate or nut shop since, with one exception. We have purchased our own dessert chocolates for ourselves, and as gifts and mailed them to our friends in Australia who write back for more. The selection of mixed nuts, chocolates and candies is awesome and you get honest advice on what the offerings are.
Fastachi
598 Mount Auburn Street
OK, there is no question once Fastachio's opened, we have never gone to any other chocolate or nut shop since, with one exception. We have purchased our own dessert chocolates for ourselves, and as gifts and mailed them to our friends in Australia who write back for more. The selection of mixed nuts, chocolates and candies is awesome and you get honest advice on what the offerings are.
For eat in or take out Italian, we have been going to and ordering from Fiorella's for 30 years. Our friend Marcel is the founder, now its run by his sons. Try their Greek Salad (my favorite), and any pizza. I also like their toasted cheese ravioli. It's hard to find on their menu, so ask for it.
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Fiorella's Express
263 Belmont St
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For eat in or take out Italian, we have been going to and ordering from Fiorella's for 30 years. Our friend Marcel is the founder, now its run by his sons. Try their Greek Salad (my favorite), and any pizza. I also like their toasted cheese ravioli. It's hard to find on their menu, so ask for it.
Andrea's is not sophisticated, but is has plenty of room to sit down, spread out, and enjoy their pizza, sub sandwiches etc.
Andrea's House of Pizza
620 Mount Auburn Street
Andrea's is not sophisticated, but is has plenty of room to sit down, spread out, and enjoy their pizza, sub sandwiches etc.
Emilio's is small but famous. Makes only subs, hot and cold. We like his meatball sub the most.
Emilio's Homemade Italian Subs
6 Bigelow Ave
Emilio's is small but famous. Makes only subs, hot and cold. We like his meatball sub the most.
Darwin's is a Cambridge institution for bakery items, coffee and a selection of groceries. There are two Darwins, and the nearest one to our location is on Mt Auburn Street.
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Darwin’s Ltd.
148 Mount Auburn Street
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Darwin's is a Cambridge institution for bakery items, coffee and a selection of groceries. There are two Darwins, and the nearest one to our location is on Mt Auburn Street.
Another local Pizza, sub shop and quick eatery is Michael's Pizza. His salads are generous. We particularly enjoy his Greek Salads.
Michael's Pizza
191 Belmont Street
Another local Pizza, sub shop and quick eatery is Michael's Pizza. His salads are generous. We particularly enjoy his Greek Salads.
This place has been here since before WW2. But it features great steak and burgers at a very very reasonable price. Check their menu.
Mt Auburn Grill
645 Mt Auburn St
This place has been here since before WW2. But it features great steak and burgers at a very very reasonable price. Check their menu.
If an old world restaurant experience is for you, or you would like to try their Italian veal or chicken parmignana cutlets. They offer several seafood dishes - broiled or fried scrod, shrimp and scallops, a great roast half-chicken, as well as the full line of pasta They also have an old fashioned cocktail lounge which adds atmosphere to the place. They also have very reasonable priced sandwiches.
Greg's Restaurant
821 Mount Auburn Street
If an old world restaurant experience is for you, or you would like to try their Italian veal or chicken parmignana cutlets. They offer several seafood dishes - broiled or fried scrod, shrimp and scallops, a great roast half-chicken, as well as the full line of pasta They also have an old fashioned cocktail lounge which adds atmosphere to the place. They also have very reasonable priced sandwiches.
Intelligenstia Coffeebar local hangout a short walk nearby. Have a coffee then catch the bus that goes by to Harvard Square.
Intelligentsia Coffee - Watertown Coffeebar
810 Mt Auburn St
Intelligenstia Coffeebar local hangout a short walk nearby. Have a coffee then catch the bus that goes by to Harvard Square.
Drinks & Nightlife
Conley's in another local secret, located at the intersection of three towns - Watertown, Cambridge and Belmont. Ideal for a quiet afternoon drink, when there are no televised sports, or for a night with beer and pizza watching sports on the many TV screens. We like both lifestyles, so Conleys is for us! Conleys 1/2 pound Conley Burger for $8.25 is a bargain!
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Conley's
164 Belmont Street
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Conley's in another local secret, located at the intersection of three towns - Watertown, Cambridge and Belmont. Ideal for a quiet afternoon drink, when there are no televised sports, or for a night with beer and pizza watching sports on the many TV screens. We like both lifestyles, so Conleys is for us! Conleys 1/2 pound Conley Burger for $8.25 is a bargain!
Essentials
If you want a local hardware story which dispenses the item you need coupled with the best advice (free with the item). This place will tell you what you need for that repair job, or tell you whether it's worth doing yourself. If you thought the traditional local hardware store was dead, it isn't.
Coolidge Hardware Inc
622 Mt Auburn St
If you want a local hardware story which dispenses the item you need coupled with the best advice (free with the item). This place will tell you what you need for that repair job, or tell you whether it's worth doing yourself. If you thought the traditional local hardware store was dead, it isn't.
Tucked away underneath the Star Market at the corner of Mt Auburn Street and Belmont Street is Arthur's Shoe Repair, been here since 1960 under management of the same family. For an honest repair assessment and great repair job, we only go here.
Arthur's Shoe Repair
679 Mt Auburn St
Tucked away underneath the Star Market at the corner of Mt Auburn Street and Belmont Street is Arthur's Shoe Repair, been here since 1960 under management of the same family. For an honest repair assessment and great repair job, we only go here.
This STAR Market right on the corner of Mt Auburn St and Belmont Streets, is just 4 blocks walking distance from our location. It features an OSCO Pharmacy & a Starbucks and a Wine/Liquor section, with several aisles for international foods. It also features a deli with hot prepared meals & salads. Underneath the store is Arthur's Shoe Repair.
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Star Market
699 Mount Auburn Street
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This STAR Market right on the corner of Mt Auburn St and Belmont Streets, is just 4 blocks walking distance from our location. It features an OSCO Pharmacy & a Starbucks and a Wine/Liquor section, with several aisles for international foods. It also features a deli with hot prepared meals & salads. Underneath the store is Arthur's Shoe Repair.
The local dry cleaner is Lord's, around the corner from the end of our street, 3 blocks away.
Lord's Cleaners
155 Belmont St
The local dry cleaner is Lord's, around the corner from the end of our street, 3 blocks away.
The nearest Bank of American Terminal is about 6 blocks 1/2 mile away in nearbly Coolidge Square, Watertown.
Bank of America ATM
584 Mt Auburn St
The nearest Bank of American Terminal is about 6 blocks 1/2 mile away in nearbly Coolidge Square, Watertown.
The local laundromat features new machines and is around the corner, two blocks from our location.
Belmont Street Laundromat
167 Belmont St
The local laundromat features new machines and is around the corner, two blocks from our location.
For dressmaking & clothes repaor, Queen Dressmakers has been around the corner 3 blocks away from our location for nearly 50 years.
Queen Dressmakers
37 Belmont St
For dressmaking & clothes repaor, Queen Dressmakers has been around the corner 3 blocks away from our location for nearly 50 years.
Harvard Square Eye Care has opened a new location around the corner from our location, 3 blocks away. For more choices of several other eye care and glasses places, Harvard Square has several businesses, including this business.
Harvard Square Eye Care
15 Belmont St
Harvard Square Eye Care has opened a new location around the corner from our location, 3 blocks away. For more choices of several other eye care and glasses places, Harvard Square has several businesses, including this business.
Mt Auburn is the nearest hospital and walk-in emergency clinic. About 1 1/2 miles from our location. A big secret - try their upstairs cafeteria for cheap lunches and breakfasts!
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Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mount Auburn Street
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Mt Auburn is the nearest hospital and walk-in emergency clinic. About 1 1/2 miles from our location. A big secret - try their upstairs cafeteria for cheap lunches and breakfasts!
Sightseeing
Many of the famous Bostonian's aren't buried in Boston, but lie here in landscaped Mt Auburn Cemetery designed like a botanical garden. Walk past history and admire living nature. The place is studded with architecture - chapel, visitor center, information center and a tower which provide a great view of distant Boston across the Charles River. If you are staying with us, the place is just a walk 5 blocks away from our location!
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Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mt Auburn St
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Many of the famous Bostonian's aren't buried in Boston, but lie here in landscaped Mt Auburn Cemetery designed like a botanical garden. Walk past history and admire living nature. The place is studded with architecture - chapel, visitor center, information center and a tower which provide a great view of distant Boston across the Charles River. If you are staying with us, the place is just a walk 5 blocks away from our location!
Parks & Nature
Whether you need to jog, walk or just get quiet time, the Fresh Pond Reservoir provides a safe 2 1/2 mile paved walking/jogging/cycle pathway, with several nooks and crannies such as a park with ancient elms, Black's Nook a mysterious pond surrounding by willows and wildlife. People drive past on State Route 2 on their way to work and home from Boston and Cambridge and never know what a wonderful and relaxing place this is with water always to one side! Nearby the Cambridge Public Golf course - and get this - free public tennis court!
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Fresh Pond
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Whether you need to jog, walk or just get quiet time, the Fresh Pond Reservoir provides a safe 2 1/2 mile paved walking/jogging/cycle pathway, with several nooks and crannies such as a park with ancient elms, Black's Nook a mysterious pond surrounding by willows and wildlife. People drive past on State Route 2 on their way to work and home from Boston and Cambridge and never know what a wonderful and relaxing place this is with water always to one side! Nearby the Cambridge Public Golf course - and get this - free public tennis court!
Arts & Culture
Located in the buildings that were once the oldest Arsenal in the country, the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly Arsenal Center for the Arts) has a local theater program. Easy to get to - no more than 1 1/2 miles from our location. Check their website for the current program.
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Located in the buildings that were once the oldest Arsenal in the country, the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly Arsenal Center for the Arts) has a local theater program. Easy to get to - no more than 1 1/2 miles from our location. Check their website for the current program.
A great local secret! There is a branch library right around the corner a few blocks from our location. Do check out the Cambridge Collins Branch Library on Aberdeen Ave. Then hop onto the NO 72 electric trolley bus for a direct ride to Harvard Square for more bookstores and the main Cambridge Library!
Cambridge Public Library - Collins Branch
64 Aberdeen Ave
A great local secret! There is a branch library right around the corner a few blocks from our location. Do check out the Cambridge Collins Branch Library on Aberdeen Ave. Then hop onto the NO 72 electric trolley bus for a direct ride to Harvard Square for more bookstores and the main Cambridge Library!
Now, am I biased just because I teach a few history courses here? But if you plan to stay at our location for a few weeks, check out the Cambridge Adult Education Center website for one of the most comprehensive Adult Education course selections. Enroll in one of my History or History of Science Courses. The locations include the historic Brattle House dating from 1727, or the historic Blacksmith House, dating from 1808. What better place to learn history, art, culture, current affairs, or learn how to paint or write poetry. Because if you stay in Cambridge, MA, the most educated city in America, you should sample some of the education on offer in this town.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 Brattle St
Now, am I biased just because I teach a few history courses here? But if you plan to stay at our location for a few weeks, check out the Cambridge Adult Education Center website for one of the most comprehensive Adult Education course selections. Enroll in one of my History or History of Science Courses. The locations include the historic Brattle House dating from 1727, or the historic Blacksmith House, dating from 1808. What better place to learn history, art, culture, current affairs, or learn how to paint or write poetry. Because if you stay in Cambridge, MA, the most educated city in America, you should sample some of the education on offer in this town.
Entertainment & Activities
OK, don't want to travel to downtown Boston or to the burbs to see a movie. Then visit Belmont Studio Cinema, one of the few surviving neighborhood movie theatres. Just 2 miles up the road from our location. It's a small theater, but shows all the main release movies, check their website for the current offer.
Studio Cinema
376 Trapelo Road
OK, don't want to travel to downtown Boston or to the burbs to see a movie. Then visit Belmont Studio Cinema, one of the few surviving neighborhood movie theatres. Just 2 miles up the road from our location. It's a small theater, but shows all the main release movies, check their website for the current offer.