Le Cantab: A dive bar that has also attracted poets.
Before Cambridge, Massachusetts became a booming tech city, Cantab sat on a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue that was really dirty. The bar only took cash. It was still sticky and you wouldn’t want to use the bathroom.
But if you walk around there on a good night, you might find a poetry slam or a bluegrass night or Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers. Ben Affleck’s father worked there, serving Budweisers to postmen on leave.
In July, when Cantab owner Richard Fitzgerald announced he was putting it on sale after 50 years, a howl of distress rose from this scruffy old Cambridge bohemian. Mr Fitzgerald, known as Fitzy, is hoping to find a new buyer to reopen the place in the summer – hopefully in his old, tacky style. – Ellen barry
The Cake Cafe and Bakery: Long mornings around crab omelettes and cupcakes.
On Saturday and Sunday in the morning the queue went through the door. People were waiting for French toast, cookies and gravy, and crab omelets the size of a phone book; you can add a cupcake for a dollar.
The staff knew most of the customers on sight, except during the carnival season when tourists flocked. By this time, connoisseurs had already ordered a royal cake, competing with the best in town. It closed in June. – Campbell Robertson
The Original Hot Dog Shop: It was never really about hot dogs
The warnings about fries were as legendary as the fries themselves.
The big one is huge!
Order it with friends.
Seriously, you can’t eat it yourself.
The Original Hot Dog Shop had “hot dog” right there in the name, but it was the fries – perfectly cut, fried twice in peanut oil for extra crunch, served in a huge stack in a basket. in paper, with cups of beef sauce or cheese product – which people have been talking about.
The University of Pittsburgh student newspaper reported that when the O, as the hot dog store was known, closed in April, the owners served another giant order of fries, donating 35,000 pounds of apples. from land to charity. – Scott Dodd
Ma’am Sir Restaurant: A Filipino place with a noisy atmosphere.
When Charles Olalia decided to open a Filipino restaurant in the trendy Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, he wanted to “present the food and the ambiance of my country: beautiful, loud, loving” to a large audience, he declared.
Ma’am Sir opened rave reviews in 2018 for his creative interpretations of signature Filipino dishes, like sizzling pork sisig and oxtail kare-kare.
“Madame Monsieur was different,” said Cheryl Balolong, 41, who grew up visiting traditional Filipino cafeteria-style joints in malls. “It was a place where we felt proud to bring friends who were not from our culture.”
Then the pandemic struck. In August, Mr. Olalia had closed the premises. “Day after day, putting food in a box and seeing an empty dining room, I got further and further away from what the restaurant really was and why I had built it,” a- he declared. – Miriam Jordan