Food & Drink

Eat your way around the world without leaving Boston

Published On 02/19/2014 Published On 02/19/2014
Around the world in 8 dishes Boston
Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen
Atasca
Tangierino
Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen
Lobsand Cheshatsang
OnPoint Media
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1. Muqueca Restaurant 1008 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141 (East Cambridge)

Check out this Brazilian spot and treat yourself to a steaming pot of their namesake dish -- moqueca. This bubbling seafood stew comes in seven different varieties, everything from a vegetarian Plantain and Tofu number to the Completa -- fish, shrimp, mussels, and optional added calamari.

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2. Atasca 50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

Authentic caipirinhas, Portuguese-style paella (Arroz De Mariscos A Valencia), and a countryside ambiance make Atasca in Kendall Square a great spot to settle in for some quality Portuguese dining.

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3. Tangierino 83 Main Street , Charlestown, MA 02129 (Charlestown)

Tangierino Restaurant is home to both delicious and exotic Mediterranean flavors, as well as Koullshi Lounge, a 5,000sqft spot where you can enjoy hookah and cigars, as well as a full bar, tarot card readers, belly dancers, and more.

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4. Asmara Restaurant 739 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

Dine atop traditional Mesob woven basket tables and enjoy authentic Eritrean family-style dining at Asmara Restaurant. Go big with the six-dish Sega Bebaynetu, which includes chicken, spicy lamb, sautéed beef, vegetable stew, lentils, and house salad.

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5. Helmand Restaurant 143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142 (East Cambridge)

Helmand Restaurant is named after Afghanistan’s longest and most culturally significant river, which is apt because it is an epicenter of Afghani nourishment for East Cambridge’s locals. Amidst a row of old brick warehouses, Helmand stands out as a warm haven for those seeking hearty, Middle Eastern meals, with its giant, crackling fireplace and a glowing, wood-burning flatbread oven. Intricate Afghan rugs line the floors, and traditional Afghan musical instruments fill the walls, steeping you in Afghan traditions as you dig in. The menu is similarly comforting, with rib-sticking picks like the Chowpan, a grilled half-rack of lamb that’s marinated, grilled, and served on pillowy bread with sautéed eggplant and pallow rice, and the Kaddo, made with pan-fried-then-baked pumpkin and eggplant, and served with decadent garlic yogurt sauce and challow rice. Bring a group to Helmand so that you can nibble on as many dishes as you’d like, but save room for dessert; the Our Cake is homemade with a fluffy cardamom and pineapple base, and then served with ice cream, fresh pineapple, dates, figs, and ladled with pomegranate sauce for a finishing touch.

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6. YoMa 5 North Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

YoMa's Burmese cuisine incorporates flavors from Indian, Southeast Asian, and Chinese traditions -- try out the AThohSone, a trio of spicy noodles backed by cabbage, cucumber, onion, potato, tofu, peanuts, garlic, cilantro, scallion, and tamarind sauce.

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7. Rangzen Tibetan Place 24 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

Rangzen is the Tibetan Place for the hungry carnivore -- get yourself some of the Langsha Tsel Nezom, which is a big plate of tender beef and fresh mixed vegetables cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, onion, and spices.