Downtown Crossing/Theater District/Chinatown
Legal Sea Foods (seafood) $$ - $$$: An old local establishment with many locations throughout the city, but this one is closest to the conference hotel
Barracuda (pub) $: Seafood and pub fare, with frequent specials on oysters and chicken wings
The Tam (pub) $: Cheap and easy pub fare. Warning: cash only!
Jacob Wirth (German) $$: Sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, and sandwiches
The Q (Mongolian) $$: Mongolian hot pots, sushi & Chinese dishes at this hip airy eatery & lounge.
Beard Papa's Boston (Cream puffs) $: This bakery chain, which originated in Japan, whips up signature cream puffs in a range of flavors.
Hei La Moon (Dim Sum) $$: sprawling, bi-level banquet hall-style dim sum emporium with traditional decor.
La Voile (French) $$$: Traditional bistro with an ever-changing prix fixe menu
Lir (Irish) $ - $$: Hearty pub food. Also a favorite of soccer and rugby fans
Parish (sandwiches) $$: A menu built by asking lots of Boston-area chefs to each design a sandwich reflecting their own restaurant's style
Yamato (Japanese) $$: Best known for all-you-can-eat sushi
Flour (bakery) $ - $$: Deli sandwiches, salads, and pastries
Estragon (Spanish) $$ - $$$: Tapas, wine, and cocktails
Addis Red Sea (Ethiopian) $$: Spicy meat or vegetable stews served family-style
Five Horses Tavern (gastropub) $$: An upscale take on many common American dishes (try the cornbread!), with a good beer selection
Cornwall's (English) $$: Sandwiches and English-style pub fare
India Quality (Indian) $ - $$: Specializing in Punjabi cuisine
Boston Burger Company (burgers) $ - $$: Burgers with a variety of toppings and over-the-top milkshakes (called "frappes" around here)
El Pelon (Mexican) $: A longtime Northeastern PL lab favorite
Committee (Greek meze) $$$: Small plates good for sharing, plus tasting flights of ouzo and Greek spirits
Harpoon (brewery) $: Big, doughy pretzels to accompany locally brewed beer. Warning: closes early Sun-Wed!
There is a high concentration of Italian restaurants, with too many good options to pick a few. Wander around until you smell something good. For dessert, two bakeries on Hanover St have an intense rivalry over who makes the best cannoli.
Mike's Pastry (bakery)
Modern Pastry (bakery)
Cambridge Brewing Company (brewpub) $$: A variety of beer made in-house, and a frequently-rotating burger and pizza made with spent-grain dough
Smoke Shop (barbeque) $ - $$$: Slow-smoked meat complemented by a large whiskey selection, including many small distillers
Area Four (pizza) $$: Serving sourdough crust pizza and named for a neighborhood without a name
Lord Hobo (brewpub) $$: A bit off the beaten track, with a selection of their own brews, many guest taps, and some exotic bottle offerings
Meadhall (gastropub) $$ - $$$: Roughly 100 beers on tap, with a well-varied dinner menu
Mary Chung (Chinese) $ - $$: Traditional favorite of MIT. Suan la chow show is a particular specialty.
Little Donkey (gastropub) $$ - $$$: Small plates inspired by a variety of cuisines
India Pavilion (Indian) $ - $$: Relatively quiet atmosphere for Central Square
Mr Bartley's (burgers) $$: Creatively topped burgers and shakes, worth the trip to see silly menu and decor. Warning: cash only!
Border Cafe (Mexican, Cajun) $$: Fajitas, étoufée, enchiladas, and a mesquite-fired grill
Cambridge, 1 (pizza) $ - $$: Very thin crust pizza, prepared on a charcoal grill
Grendel's Den (pub) $ - $$: Casual underground hangout, popular with Harvard folks
Doyle's Cafe (Irish) $ - $$: Has a long-standing association with the Sam Adams brewery, serving as the testing ground for many new of their beers
Canary Square (gastropub) $$: Neighborhood bar with a good craft beer selection. Best reached by bus (route 39)