You’ve probably never considered whether mustard gelato pairs well with swordfish pastrami, just like you’ve never considered whether unicorn fur pants pair well with glass slippers. At Puritan and Company, though, not only will you find things on the menu you never even imagined existed, but you’ll also find that they’re really, really good. This farmhouse-type place in Inman Square focuses on traditional New England food (meaning, a lot of seafood) but it also does a great job with things like truffle burrata and short rib pasta. If you don’t have time for both an appetizer and an entree, the phyllo-wrapped cod is served in clam chowder.
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Alive & Kicking Lobsters
Alive and Kicking is a fish market with a few picnic tables that offers a lobster sandwich on two slices of bread instead of a roll (scandalous!)
1369 Coffee House
1369 is a Cambridge-based coffee house with a great selection of coffee and teas, and a tasty spicy breakfast sandwich.
Santouka is a great ramen spot in Harvard Square that kind of feels like a spaceship.
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The tasting counter is a pricy but excellent tasting menu place inside Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville.
The Emory is an American place on the top of Beacon Hill that’s a little better and a little more fun than most places in Downtown Boston.
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9zaab Thai Street Food
9Zaab is an excellent Thai street food place in East Cambridge with a wheel you can spin to win a discount.
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