Boston Tips: Lunch Spots

One of the delights of Boston is that no matter where you are in the city, a wide range of restaurant options abound! Here are a few places for lunch in the $10-$15 range within close proximity to our 2015 partner institutions. This is just the tip of the iceberg — if you find new favorites while you’re here, we’d love to have you share those with us for inclusion in future guides.

Countway Library / Center for the History of Medicine (Longwood Medical Area)

Harvard Medical School stands at the heart of Longwood Medical Area (LMA), a bustling neighborhood full of teaching hospitals. Across the quad along Longwood Ave. you’ll find Boloco for smoothies and “globally inspired burritos” (there are locations near MHS and in Harvard Square as well), next door to the ubiquitous Starbucks. If you head down Shattuck St. and take a right on Binney St. you’ll find the Longwood Galleria with a range of food court options, some of them more local than others. In the opposite direction, at Brigham Circle on Huntington Ave., you’ll find a Stop & Shop grocery for grab-n-go snacks (right above a JP Licks for coffee and ice cream). Penguin Pizza, across the intersection, offers subs, salads and — of course — pizzas for $8-15. And on warm days, when eating outside sounds attractive, Clover Food Lab parks a food truck off Louis Pasteur Ave. on Blackfan St. Check their Twitter feed @CloverLMA for daily scheduling and menu updates!

Houghton & Schlesinger Libraries (Harvard Square)

Across the river in Harvard Square, research days at the Houghton and Schlesinger libraries offer numerous options for lunch. The Clover Food Lab headquarters is tucked away on Holyoke Street behind the student services center — I highly recommend the rosemary fries, and don’t hesitate to ask the staff about the daily specials! OTTO Pizza does whole pies or sells by the slice. Tucked behind the Harvard Co-op on Church St. is Border Cafe, which offers TexMex fare in generous portions. Market in the Square, down Brattle St. in the direction of Schlesinger, offers a hot food bar and deli in addition to specialty groceries. Tanjore, on Eliot St., offers a daily buffet of regional Indian fare starting at 11:30am. And as Hanna has already mentioned, Crema Cafe is the best place for that afternoon coffee — if you’re willing to wait in line.

Massachusetts Historical Society (Back Bay / Fenway)

Near the busy intersection of Massachusetts Ave. (“Mass Ave”) and Boylston St., the MHS is in a neighborhood densely-packed with food options. Trader Joe’s on Boylston St. — rumored to be the tiniest in the nation! — and Whole Foods Market on Westland Ave. both offer a wide variety of grocery options. While Pavement Coffee is primarily is first and foremost a coffee bar, they also do excellent sandwiches, and Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester St. serves delicious  Middle Eastern fare and stimulating Turkish coffee to aide the drowsy researcher. Finally, if you like Thai cuisine, Bangkok City and Pho Basil both offer delicious lunch specials for under $10.

Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections (Fenway)

Snell Library is nestled within Northeastern’s main campus. Next door, the Curry Student Center offers food court options and a Starbucks. Across Huntington Ave. you’ll find an Au Bon Pain, Boloco, and Wollaston’s Market all within the Marino Recreation Center. Pavement Coffee also has a location on Gainsborough St. just off Huntington. A bit further afield, at the intersection of Huntington Ave. and Massachusetts Ave. is Lucy Ethiopian Cafe and Farmer Horse Coffee. (That intersection is also a stone’s throw from the Whole Foods on Westland mentioned above.)

Taking regular research breaks are good for the mind! Remember to keep yourself hydrated and fed as you work through your research objectives.

-Anna Clutterbuck-Cook

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