Best Places to Eat in Cambridge, MA: Traditional, International

Cambridge, MA's most famous restaurants feature Southern food, seafood and international flavors.

On Monday, August 20, 2012 - 16:18

Due to Cambridge's diverse population, different flavors of the world prevail alongside American restaurants. The city's food scene even draws Bostonians from their area to chow down on what is claimed to be the best food in the Boston area.


Before you check out the exotic cuisine, don’t miss the American fan favorites. Hungry Mothers' Southern cuisine goes above and beyond the typical Southern plates. Cantabrigians go wild for their beef tongue tips and fried catfish.

If you ask a local for some good fish, they may send you to what some mistake as an average house. It’s actually Alive and Kicking Lobsters, which serves some of the best lobster in Boston, and be sure to order their one-and-only lobster sandwich.

Other great seafood catches are at Craigie on Main. Food & Wine and Boston Magazine have both praised the restaurant, and the customers praise the bluefish.

If no-meat eats are more your thing, then make your way to Life Alive vegetarian restaurant in Central Square. It draws a crowd who munch on the restaurant's delicious wraps, like the tofu and legume packed Goddess. Eat in and veg out in their den-like downstairs, complete with couches, or take one of the wraps to-go.

Complete your meal with a scoop at Toscanini’s Ice Cream, which has been hailed as the best ice cream in the United States by People magazine.


Oleana Mediterranean food in Inman Square is a fine-dining restaurant that brings the best of eastern Europe. From a chickpea crêpe with smoked cinnamon aioli or lamb steak with Turkish spices and fava bean moussaka, the only thing missing from your Mediterranean experience is the sea. Outdoor seating is also available.

For a quicker Mediterranean fix, grab a quick falafel wrap and go at Moody’s Falafel Palace.

Head to the Middle East for The Hemland’s traditional Afghan cuisine. The Kendall Square location is known to the locals for their Kaddo, a customary Afghan pumpkin appetizer.


Central Square Market sells some of the best produce every Monday, open in May through November. Charles Square Market also offers a healthy amount of local natural foods in Charles Square. The New Deal Fish Market in East Cambridge is a prime supplier of some of the Atlantic’s best catches.

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