Forage injects a much-needed dose of restaurants past into Cambridge, which is, of late, better known for its shiny, new (if a little bit sterile) eateries. Forage is nestled into a basement that’s been home to five restaurants in the last four decades; so, it’s understandably well worn when you enter, lit by sparing incandescent bulbs that hang self-consciously above and decorated with potted plants, which could easily be found in your parents’ windowsills. The menu is dotted with equally understated, local ingredients served simply: warm Sparrow Arc Farm Potatoes plated with Vermont cheese and Maine Coast sea vegetable salt, bourbon-brined roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, ginger, and spinach, and baby green farm salad, with black walnuts, apple, and cranberry vinaigrette. The ambitious cocktail program fully exploits the kitchen’s foraged spoils; the 130 is a flurry of Berkshire Bourbon, Becherovka lemon, honey, and orange bitters.

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Driven by seasonal ingredients and a dedication to the neighborhood, Forage adapted its outdoor space to be your new winter go-to and is still going strong. At this Cambridge spot, each table has its own heater and blankets are also available (because yup, the temps have kind sucked), but come peak summertime the patio will be filled with fully al fresco tables.The Summer Sweet Corn Soup and Anise-Rubbed Hanger Steak make the perfect way to kick off warmer days.

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