In Which Caleb Neelon Recommends Restaurants for Visitors Coming to Gawk at Where The Two Boston Bombers Lived.
As I send this in, it’s the evening of Friday the 19th, and the second of the suspected bombers has just been captured. I have no idea where this will go from here, but hopefully this is over.
I live in Cambridge two blocks from where the Boston Marathon bombing brothers apparently lived. It is the strangest thing to have your neighborhood be international news, but of course I love my neighborhood and my hometown. After all of this insanity cools off, I’m sure there will be some of you interested in coming by to have a gawk at the apartment building on Norfolk St in Cambridge where these two crazies lived. It’s only natural to be curious about it, and I don’t blame you.
If you’re going to come, let me suggest you stop for a good meal while you’re here, so you can help out some local businesses which have had to shutter for the time being. In fact, I’ve heard that many of them are serving up food to the hundreds of law enforcement personnel on the scene. That’s classy. What’s more – the eating is great, and is one of those often cited as a ‘best up and coming dining neighorhood’ in the Boston area.
Here’s a few personal recommendations to try that are within a two-block radius of the Norfolk and Cambridge Street intersection that you’ve seen on the news:
Bom Cafe – 1093 Cambridge St.
Great little Brazilian breakfast place for egg and cheese sandwiches, coffee, omelettes, pastries. Cheap and tasty, easy take-out spot. Super friendly.
Clover – 1075 Cambridge St.
Vegetarian quick takeout and counter spot. Cheap, sleek place.
Muqueca – 1008 Cambridge St.
Brazilian spot for lunch or dinner, specializing in its namesake, a Brazilian fish stew. Entrees $10-$20. Not speedy but if you’re in the mood for something you haven’t tried, it’s great and real friendly. Good drinks.
Midwest Grill – 1124 Cambridge St.
Brazilian rodizio-style all-you-can-eat place, I think $25 gets the eating contest rolling. Bring the football team. Local tip: for a less gluttonous experience, they also do takeout containers – you help yourself from the buffet, have them slice you some meat, and you pay by weight. Not for vegetarians.
Puritan and Co. – 1166 Cambridge St.
High-end New England meat and fish-centric farm to table food. Expensive but very nice.
East by Northeast – 1128 Cambridge St.
Tiny little concept Chinese tapas place, a bit on the pricey end and not great for vegetarians.
Tupelo – 1193 Cambridge St.
Mid-priced, friendly sit-down Southern food place – BBQ, Chicken, mac and cheese, collards, etc, come for a big feed. Great pie. Beer-only license.
All Star Sandwich Bar – 1245 Cambridge St.
Various inexpensive BBQ, burger and deli sandwiches. They make a chili cheese dog and cheese fries I like to shorten my life with.
If you need a drink, walk either towards Inman Square on Cambridge Street, where you’ll find a ton of places (including a lot of good restaurants outside my arbitrary radius) or away from it, where there are fewer bars, but my favorite one, Atwoods, which is at 877 Cambridge St has both full bar and great food.
I could use a drink about now.
By the way, Watertown also has a lot of good food. Someone else will be happy to tell you about it.
Thank you to all of our law enforcement personnel.
Caleb Neelon is an artist and writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts