Restaurant Guide

Coffee / Grab and Go


Bagels made in-house with plenty of different cream cheeses and toppings, and good coffee as well. Open until 3pm or whenever they run out, which sometimes happens earlier. It can be hard to find a place to sit during breakfast hours — 1796 Massachusetts Ave.

Bourbon Coffee

Coffee, creative espresso drinks, tea. Pastries are available for breakfast, as are sandwiches and salads. Plenty of room to sit down — 1815 Massachusetts Ave.

Star Market

Large grocery store offering hot bar, salad bar, and bulk dried fruit, as well as all the other things one might expect a grocery store to have. The quality of their pre-made sandwiches can vary. Closes at midnight — Porter Square Shopping Center.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Large basement seating area; good for bigger groups — Porter Square Shopping Center.

Porter Square Books

Bookstore cafe offers coffee drinks, tea, and light snacks. The Vietnamese soft rolls are quite good. It can be hard to find a place to sit down here sometimes — Porter Square Shopping Center, next to Michael’s.


Rod Dee Thai

Large Thai rice plates, curry and noodles. Vegetarian options galore. Good for large groups because tables can be easily pushed together — 1906 Massachusetts Ave.

Sugar and Spice

Also Thai. A little more expensive than Rod Dee, but also slightly higher quality. Vegetarian friendly — 1933 Massachusetts Ave.

Passage to India

Vegetarian friendly food with a wide variety of options from north and south India. Good for groups of any size — 1900 Massachusetts Ave.

Anna’s Taqueria

Branch of a counter serve local chain with plenty of customizable taco and burrito options. Also serves breakfast. Vegetarian friendly — 822 Somerville Ave.


BIDA dancers often go to this pub after our Sunday dances. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, pub snacks, and a large beer menu. (They also serve cult favorite soda Moxie.) Vegetarian friendly. Good for large groups — 1920 Massachusetts Ave.

Yume Wo Katare

Counter serve ramen in large portions. This is kind of an experience: the restaurant’s name translates to “express your dream,” and if you eat here, you’ll be asked if you want to share your dream with the rest of the diners. (That’s optional.) You’re also asked to not use your phones inside the restaurant. Not vegetarian friendly, no takeout, cash only — 1923 Massachusetts Ave.

Porter Exchange

There are a few small Japanese restaurants in the back of the Porter Exchange building. Sapporo Ramen offers generous portions of noodle soup. Tampopo and Cafe Mami both offer Japanese home cooking, with $7 lunch specials. Yume Ga Arukara is the sister restaurant to Yume Wo Katare, and it only serves udon noodles. Like at Yume Wo Katare, diners are asked not to use their phones. Most of these are cash only, and veggie options are scarce. (Sapporo is the exception; it has vegetarian ramen and takes cards.) — 1815 Massachusetts Ave.

Upper Crust Pizzeria

Local chain, offering pizza by the slice or the pie. Vegetarian friendly. Gluten free pizzas available, but the cooking environment is not gluten free — 1782 Massachusetts Ave.
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