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Amer­i­can Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tion­ally in­spired food min­gle with the off­beat live mu­sic in an at­mos­phere rife with whimsy and joie de vivre. Great cock­tails and sus­tain­able, small-batch wines. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 13 Brattle St., Cam­bridge, 617.499.0001.


Veg­e­tar­ian-Ve­gan-Raw The phi­los­o­phy be­hind this foodtruck-turned-brick-and-mor­tar cre­ation is sim­plic­ity and speed. With an av­er­age serve time around 3.5 min­utes, there’s no need to wait long for a fresh, de­li­cious meal. The food is lo­cally sourced and the menu is con­stantly chang­ing to keep pace with the sea­sons. And don’t for­get to or­der a one-of-a-kind drink like cin­na­mon lemon­ade or maple soda. B, L and D (daily). 1075 Cam­bridge St., Cam­bridge; 5 Cam­bridge Cen­ter, Cam­bridge; 6 Har­vard St., Brook­line.


Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can As the name sug­gests, the fo­cus here is on fresh, lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. In­no­va­tive plates of­fer an above-av­er­age din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, not to men­tion craft cock­tails and an “out-of-the-box” beer se­lec­tion. D (daily). 5 Craigie Cir­cle, Cam­bridge, 617.576.5444.


Seafood The lat­est con­cept from Grafton Group (cre­ators of sta­ples like Rus­sell House Tav­ern), this oys­ter house fea­tures a menu that fo­cuses on fresh seafood

and comes from the creative mind of Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Taryn Bon­nefoi. Start the meal with freshly fried salt and vine­gar chips and take home taffy from Cabot’s Candy. And, of course, in­dulge in del­i­ca­cies like the Seafood Tower fea­tur­ing eight va­ri­eties of oys­ters or the shrimp cock­tail, cur­ried mus­sels or a unique lob­ster dish. D (M-Sa). 15 Dun­ster St., Cam­bridge, 617.765.2342.


Amer­i­can The decor at Pammy’s is sim­ple, rus­tic, clas­si­cal and deca­dent all at the same time: just like the menu, where Si­cil­ian an­chovies elope with ri­cotta-stuffed ar­ti­chokes and hand­somely crisped red snap­per dances a las­civ­i­ous tango with Pammy’s sig­na­ture chili sauce. Stel­lar. D (M-Sa). 928 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.945.1761.


Global Quiet and re­fined, this new Har­vard Square din­ing room oc­cu­pies the space once run by Up­stairs on the Square. Chef Peter Quin­ion serves mod­ern Eu­ro­pean dishes that use fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and change with the sea­son. Sun­day brunch pro­vides el­e­vated din­ing op­tions to start you r morn­ing right, like potato grid­dle cake with cured salmon and gua­camole or French toast brioche with with fruit com­pote. D (Tu-Sa), brunch (Su). 91 Winthrop St., Cam­bridge, 617.714.3206.


Chi­nese Af­ter much suc­cess in China, restau­ra­teur Tom Tong brings bao to Har­vard Square. These de­li­cious hand­made buns come filled with fla­vors rang­ing from curry beef to lob­ster to or­ange zest sweet potato. L and D (daily). 84 Winthrop St., 617.945.0067.


Seafood Michael Scelfo’s sec­ond Cam­bridge restau- rant fo­cuses on seafood in shar­ing plates, piz­zas, pas­tas and in­ven­tive. D (daily). 1030 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.864.2300.

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