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To say The Elephant Walk's co-founder Kenthao de Monteiro had an extremely exciting life before opening up the eatery is putting it a bit mildly. The French-educated politician was once an important diplomat in Cambodia, working as the minister of education and vice president of the Cambodian National Assembly and then serving as the Cambodian ambassador to Taiwan. According to the New York Times, he was working as the ambassador when the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh in 1975. He and his wife, Longteine de Monteiro, lost everything and spent the ensuing years in Taiwan and France, where they opened a restaurant that displayed Longteine's cooking skills. They eventually made their way over to America in the early '90s and opened another restaurant, The Elephant Walk. The Elephant Walk now serves up traditional Cambodian entrees, such as the cubed beef tenderloin in black-pepper sauce and lemongrass chicken breast, as well as classic French dishes, such as steak in red-wine beef jus. The menu also caters to vegans, vegetarians, and those with gluten allergies. For those who want to learn how to re-create the dishes at home to impress family, friends, and judgmental cats, The Elephant Walk offers cooking classes led by Longteine, her daughter, Nadsa, and French chef G?rard Lopez.
2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US
Leaning on more than 35 years of experience championing French cuisine, Sandrine's Bistro's co-owner and chef, Raymond Ost, brings the same blend of classic and contemporary flavors to Cambridge that earned him knighthood from the French government. According to the Boston Globe, Chef Ost began his culinary career at 13 with an apprenticeship in Alsace, France. Today, many of Sandrine's menu items hail from and are inspired by the region, such as traditional tarte flambées made with crispy flatbread and nutmeg-scented fromage blanc. A fireplace flickers off the zinc bar where mixologists craft specialty cocktails, pour wine, and blend liquors from an extensive bar menu. The decor is elegant, with white-draped tables popping against deep-burgundy pillars and sage walls. Chandelier light enlivens an avant-garde mirror divided into geometric shapes, and sumptuous draperies remind diners to pick their togas up from the dry cleaner.
8 Holyoke St
Cambridge,
MA
US
Tables line the sidewalk outside Cafe Pamplona, where patrons sip tea and coffee and students meet up to study. The specials are written on a board outside, beckoning diners to come in to sample internationally inspired soups, sandwiches, and sweets. At one of the oldest cafes in Harvard Square, guests peruse the extensive hot and cold drink menu, seeking the perfect beverage to suit their mood. Drinks at this European-style cafe include unique blends such as the hot or cold Cafe Pamplona, a drink made of espresso and sweetened condensed milk, and the caffeine-free Red Zen tea, which is infused with a mix of lemongrass and orange peel that zings taste buds more effectively than licking velcro. Along with tea and coffee, Cafe Pamplona serves up italian sodas, espresso, and cappuccinos.
12 Bow St
Cambridge,
MA
US
At Addis Red Sea, waiters top wicker tables with the spicy meats and vegan staples of Ethiopia. They serve lamb and fish dishes infused with spices such as turmeric, ginger, and rosemary. Vegetarian and vegan dishes of hearty lentils, collard greens, and chickpeas are scooped up with traditional injera bread rather than the spoon-shaped potato chips used in many Western cuisines. The waiters encourage patrons to share morsels with one another while they chat and chew around tables woven with reds, greens, and yellows. Though many of the dishes sizzle with the trademark spiciness of east African cuisine, chefs may amend them to the diner's desire.
1755 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,
MA
US
It's common to claim a food "tastes like chicken," but the cooks at Mass Chicken prove that chicken doesn't have a uniform taste. They deep fry it and serve it as wings, skewer and marinate it to create kabobs, and roast it on a spit. The eatery's extensive selection of wraps and subs ranges from chicken fingers and chicken salad to chicken smothered in cheesesteak fixings. Chicken even winds up in sides, such as beans with chicken or even chicken with chicken. Though poultry-focused, the menu finds room for plenty of chicken alternatives, from mozzarella sticks and lamb kabobs to wraps or subs with meatballs, sirloin, and falafel.
736 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US
Opt for a classic caprese sandwich or venture out of your comfort zone at Quiznos — this delicious sandwich shop satisfies any stomach. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Quiznos' menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Or, take your food to go. null Chow down for less at Quiznos, where a meal almost always costs under $15. Head on over to Quiznos first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Quiznos is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
600 Technology Sq
Cambridge,
MA
US

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