CAMBRIDGE/ KENDALL SQUARE
ARTSCIENCE CULTURE LAB & CAFÉ
American/French No surprise this place is within the bounds of MIT. ArtScience Culture Lab & Café explores innovations within the culinary world and shows off products being developed onsite. Inhale a cocktail or a flavor cloud; then munch on the refined, innovative cuisine. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, 857.999.2193.
THE SMOKE SHOP
Barbecue Andy Husbands, chef-proprietor of Tremont 647, focuses entirely on the art of slow-cooked barbecue here. Texas-style brisket, glazed barbecue chicken and Burnt Ends sandwich. L and D (daily). 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617.577.7427.
SUMIAO HUNAN KITCHEN
Regional Chinese If you’ve ever fancied trying an authentic version of Chairman Mao’s favorite dish—red braised pork—now’s your chance. This fabulous Hunanese restaurant showcases this and other regional dishes including spicy crunchy cucumbers, shredded potato with green pepper and duo jiao salted chilies. The General Tso’s chicken is a standout. Owner Sumiao Chen has decorated the Kendall Square space in Fruit Loop colors with chic artwork. L and D (daily). 270 Third St., 617.945.0907.