South of the border
So, how far are you, really, from satisfying a craving for Mexican food? Skip Taco Bell and head to these hot spots. Read more
Here's a guide to the perfect slice, ignoring old standbys such as Pizzeria Regina
or Upper Crust
Any place you can eat moist and spicy lamb, beef tenderloin and crushed chick peas - with your hands - is fine by us. Check out Asmara (739 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-7447)
, near the clubs. Moroccan belly dancing, sausage tapas and a hooka - rock the Kasbah (59 Putnam St., Winthrop, 617-539-4484)
, even if it's a drive away.
Chill at the laid-back, intimate O Cantinho (1128 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-354-3443)
, a casual cafe that serves its steak with a fried egg on top.
Try the delicious phikpee at rangzen
(24 Pearl St., Cambridge, 617-354-8881)
first - then we'll tell you what it is.
The meat soup, it's all about the meat soup, at To Chau
(17 Beach St., Boston, 617-423-3934)
Boston Area: Night Owl Deliveries
You're home, you're not moving, but you really, really want a Twix bar, a garden omelette and three Advil. Call Night Owl. They'll deliver almost anything till 12:30 a.m. (617) 894-8294
Theater District: News
Been a long night out? News is the perfect place to grab an early, early breakfast, with a diverse menu (pasta, burgers, steak tips) and a kitchen that's open until 5 a.m.
150 Kneeland St. | MBTA: Red Line to South Station. (617) 426-6397
Satisfy your late-night sushi cravings until 4 a.m.
16 Hudson St. MBTA: Orange Line to Chinatown. (617) 338-2261
South End: Franklin Cafe
Serving up good 'ol American fare til 1:30 a.m.
278 Shawmut Ave. | MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay. (617) 350-0010
The ultimate in anytime dining. Breakfast lunch and dinner served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1850 Soldier's Field Road. | MBTA: Bus #83. (617) 787-0533
South Boston: Barking Crab
This outdoor haunt, right on the water, works that Jimmy Buffett vibe - walk in and they put a parrot on your shoulder and Corona in your hand (if you've got ID). Crab cakes and live music, too.
88 Sleeper St. MBTA: Red Line to South Station. Silver Line to Courthouse. (617) 426-CRAB www.barkingcrab.com
South Boston: No Name
Fish chowder? Eaten next to actual fishermen? Come here.
15 Fish Pier. MBTA: Silver Line to World Trade Center. (617) 338-7539
Boston/Cambridge Summer Shack
It's like the best-catered party ever. Where else can you eat buttery lobster while wearing a "lobster hat" with eyeballs and claws?
50 Dalton St., Boston. MBTA: Green Line to Hynes/ICA. (617) 867-9955
149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge. MBTA: Red Line to Alewife. (617) 520-9500
Coffee. Pastry. Wireless net connection. You have needs. The following have the hook up: Harvest
Besides free net access, the café here has all the food you want - it's also an organic food co-op. 581 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. | MBTA: Red Line to Central. (617) 661-1580 www.harvestcoop.com
If Googling yourself doesn't keep you awake, the Robusta beans will. Near BU at 736 Comm. Ave., Boston. | MBTA: Green B Line to BU Central. (617) 277-8737
Chestnut Hill has an excellent connection, but check the Web site for many more. (Davis and Central Squares are also wired.) 1154-1160 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. | MBTA: Green D Line to Chestnut Hill. (617) 738-6939 www.starbucks.com
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Top of the Hub
Because you need to eat brunch 52 floors above Boston. Because you'll never afford it on your own.
Prudential Center, Boston. | MBTA: Green Line to Prudential. (617) 536-1775
Perfect for nearby Tufts or Harvard kids-plus-rents, this Italian restaurant (from an Irish cook?) makes pizza and pasta for those too good for the Olive Garden.
1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. | MBTA: Red Line to Porter. (617) 354-7766
The chef of this Mediterranean hideaway (featuring lots of seafood and shellfish) just won a James Beard Award which, although it doesn't sound very appetizing, will probably impress your dad. It's worth a walk to Inman Square. 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge. | MBTA: Red Line to Central, then walk down Prospect Avenue. (617) 661-0505
Usually, it's hard to tell if an ethnic restaurant is "authentic," but in Chinatown, they all are. The hard part is finding out which doesn't suck. Take the Orange Line
to Chinatown to try out: Chau chow City
Three floors, swarms of locals, live octopus in the supersized fish tank- it's gonna be OK. Just stick with the dim sum. 83 Essex St. (617) 338-8158Ginza
It made our Late Night eats list and rates here, too - the best Japanese food in Chinatown. 16 Hudson St. (617) 338-2261 Buddha's Delight
All veg, all good. 50 Beach St. (617) 451-2395