The Finest Ethnic Dining in Cambridge, MA

by Admin on October 17, 2014

Cambridge, MA, home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is known for its beautiful natural scenery and its eye-catching historic architecture. It positions itself as a liberal bastion where education is revered. In fact it has even advertised itself as “a city where counter culture still lives, classic culture thrives, and multicultural is a way of life.” In addition to these fine features, Cambridge is also home of an eclectic collection of ethnic eateries that should also be part of its advertising focus.

Oleana Restaurant


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This Mediterranean-Turkish restaurant has been praised as having the best food in town. Located just a little over a mile from the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, it has an award-winning patio area that is ideal for summer evening dining. Of course, the food it what truly sets Oleana apart. Ana Sortun has an outrageously creative knack with food. You’ll understand once you’ve tried her lamb steak with Turkish spices and fava bean moussaka, or the delectable chickpea crêpe with smoked cinnamon aioli.

Pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick’s desserts are another highlight, with homemade ice creams like cocoa rose ice cream with date rose truffle, or the salted butter ice cream with butter crêpe.

Craigie on Main

This French-American restaurant boasts celebrated Boston chef Tony Maws. He combines his French-inspired rustic style with an unrelenting passion for using organic ingredients at this spacious bistro located just a mile away from the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel.

Try one of the 18 different burgers with the housemade bun. The chef includes dehydrated miso, suet, and bone marrow for a truly delicious combination. For more of a French experience, start with charred octopus and oysters, and then the pork three ways as an entrée. It’s a subtle merging of sensations brought together with surprising bursts of flavor at exactly the right places.


This Italian restaurant located between Porter and Harvard Squares, less than a mile from the Charles Hotel, provides a spirited blend of cooking with gracious hospitality. You can’t go wrong if you start with the bruschetta and burrata tomato salad. Follow it up with pastas like orechiette, fusilli, papparadlle, and agnolotti. Then try one of the many desserts, like affogatao, white cap flint corn cake, chocolate terrine, or panacotta.

The Helmand

This Afghani restaurant, named after an Afghani river, and located not far from the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, offers dishes that are both delicious and fun to pronounce. Try the dwopiaza and sabzi. Take in the swirling aromas of coriander, turmeric, and cardamom. Dishes with lamb or pumpkin are truly a revelation here.

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Author Bio

Gabriel Winston, a Hipmunk writer, likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and on his blog Where the Dog Never Lies.

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2977514746_f7539c8d76_nOutside of France’s Champagne region, Napa Valley and Napa, CA, come immediately to mind when you think about winemaking. Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons you’ll find on the continent come from California. But to truly appreciate the labor of love that goes into each bottle, you’ll want to visit some of the region’s small-label wineries. Book a room at a fabulous hotel in Sonoma and get ready to follow the grape from vine to wine.

Winery Tours = Big Business for Big-Name Wineries

Years ago, some of California’s large-scale winery operations figured out how to harvest an extra reward for their businesses: Create winery tours. These tours are extraordinarily popular and big business for the state’s big-name wineries, especially in Napa Valley. There’s even a Napa Valley Wine Train for those who want to sip wines on the rails that wind through breathtaking California scenery.

Bypass the Crowds for More Intimate Napa Winery Tours

Along with those big names come busloads of visitors and the inevitable waiting for tours. Some of the best winery tours you can experience are the ones at smaller vineyard operations. (Check out Hipmunk for affordable deals on Napa hotels and accommodations in surrounding neighborhoods.)

From your hotel in the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley’s northern end, make an appointment to visit with Rudy von Strasser of von Strasser Winery. Nestled high on Diamond Mountain Road, Rudy gives his guests a personalized tour and samplings of his rare single-vineyard specialties.

If you stay in a Northwest Marin hotel, you’ll be close to some lesser-known (but no lesser important) wineries, like Easkoot Cellars and its stunning cool-climate Pinot Noirs you’d swear couldn’t possibly come from California.

There’s one point of interest you might notice at some of the hillside winery locations: caves. They not only serve a functional purpose (keeping the wines cool), but they also provide some unique photo ops you wouldn’t find at the wineries hugging the Napa Valley floor.

Common Courtesies for Exploring Napa’s Family Wineries

When planning a visit to any of these small-label wineries, it’s a good idea to keep two basic courtesy points in mind.

First, don’t show up unannounced. Call ahead and make an appointment. Since owners or winemakers typically host the tours, they generally can’t accommodate tour requests on the fly. Reserving a tour ensures a quality, pleasant experience for both you and your host.

While some wineries may charge for a tour and tasting, it’s always courteous to thank your hosts for the tour by buying a bottle or two before you leave. Now that’s worthy of a toast!

Author Bio:

Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, PA, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.

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