Wow, are you looking for good food at MIT? Unfortunately, there aren’t many good restaurants nearby. But that’s fine; Boston has a lot to offer. Here were some of my favorite restaurants for each occasion. I sorted each subcategory by relative expensiveness. Obviously this isn’t all inclusive — I’ve had to remove restaurants that have closed for good (rip The Friendly Toast).
- Anna’s Taqueria – Burritos for days. It’s also conveniently on campus. I personally like the super Burrito. Sour cream is free!
- Flour Bakery – Who doesn’t like sweets? I enjoy their breakfast sandwich and their lattes. It’s a great place to meet up with someone new. Also, it has delicious cakes for birthdays.
- Tatte – It’s another bakery with amazing pastries and sandwiches. I like this one more.
Lunch on weekdays (near campus)
- Chinese food truck near area 4 – Only accepts cash but has some great cheap lunch options.
- Chipotle – It’s chipotle. It gotta be good for you and your wallet.
- Brookline Lunch – All their breakfast plates are amazing.
- Pepper Sky’s – It’s a Thai place. I usually get Chicken Pad Thai for lunch cause it’s cheaper.
Dinners near campus
- Five Spice – A lunch/dinner restaurant with an authentic Chinese menu. I recommend the dry-pot. Honestly, this is my favorite restaurant in Cambridge.
- Viale – Oester special pretty fire
- Sumiao Hunan Kitchen – Pricy tho, but has great dishes.
Brunch on weekends
- Hei La Moon – Dim Sum is one of my favorite large group activities. I recommend pairing this excursion with boba from Tea-Do or Gong Cha in Chinatown and a walk back along the esplanade.
- Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe – Get #4
- The Maharaja – Ah Harvard square: where all the good food is.
- Felipe’s Taqueria – Another one in Harvard Square!
- Eataly Boston – It’s goood.
- Little Donkey – Small plates but excellent fusion restaurant. Great when you don’t have to pay for it.
Dinners outside of campus
- Pho Basil – Classic pho
- Yamatos II – All-you-can-eat sushi. You can never go wrong there except when you order too many vegetarian rolls…
- Barcelona Wine Bar – Also a tapas restaurant, this is one of my favorites (although on the more pricey range).
- Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Harvard Square – It’s pretty good ramen
- Kaze Shabu Shabu – Their hotpot is legendary. I go there every year and am never disappointed.
- Legal Seafoods – Get your parents to take you there.
- Late night dining in Maseeh is surprisingly good. They always have tons of fried food. You’ll probably have extra swipes anyway
- McDonalds – Duh
- Beantown Taqueria – Personally not my favorite, but it is open at night
- Dumpling Palace – Closes real late. say no more
Dine out Boston
This event occurs twice a year and makes expensive restaurants somewhat affordable.
I would recommend going to Capital Grill or Fogo de Chão during that time!