The "Lunch in Harvard Square" Blog - Restaurant Reviews

Since starting to work in the Square in mid-August, I'm trying to eat lunch at a new restaurant every day until I can't find any more. Here's my list of the Top Ten Lunch Restaurants in Harvard Square (Food Only). Got a suggestion on a new lunch spot for me? New Restaurants to Try in Harvard Square.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Au Bon Pain "Kiosk" 124 Mt. Auburn Street

82. 1-11-07 Au Bon Pain "Kiosk" Lobby inside 124 Mt. Auburn Street. Summary: Small yet decent selection of the "normal" ABP items.

I suspect this ABP location feeds only off the employees in this building - fortunately it's a pretty big building. I always find it amazing how people will settle for any food (even mediocre food) as long as it's close to their workplace.

That said, this ABP is a step above mediocre. There's a decent selection of pre-made sandwiches (I had a tuna wrap), three kettles of soup, plus chips, cookies, muffins, and drinks. The main thing you lose here is the ability to get a sandwich made fresh for you.

Nothing special, but convenient for nearby employees. About $8 for a typical lunch.


Anonymous Mary said...

My favorite lunch is to grab a quick bowl of soup at the Greenhouse Cafe in the Science Center and then walk 100 yards down Oxford Street to explore the new exhibits at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. You can find a huge tuna fish, a basketball-sized egg of the extinct elephant bird, a huge lobster in Arthropods, and the 'Glass Flowers' have models of plants including coffee, figs, mango, cashew nuts, pineapple, banana -- Enjoy learning about what you eat without the calories!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of the employees at 124 Mt. Auburn St., it's kind of comical to me to read this review. Most people I know on my floor get coffee or the occasional piece of fruit or muffin and yes even full blown lunches on occasion, but I suspect they do that not so much because the coffee is great (it's not) nor because they offer fine food (they don't). But neither is it because it's convenient. Peet's is just 100 yards away and makes a much better house blend, imho, and there are literally scores of fine eateries in the area that I suppose in a strict sense could be seen as less convenient to get to from the building, but unless we're talking serious couch potato-hood, the gain in convenience is pretty much negligible compared to the culinary payoff of walking a few blocks north or south. No, what I think truly draws most employees to the kiosk is the friendliness of the people running it. It's always the same one or two people at the counter, and they always have a smile and a 'good morning' and that's perhaps the ingredient that keeps this little calorie filling station in biz. It's not that we're an undiscerning lot. It's that the kiosk provides at least a small way in which to start (and sometimes end) your day on a good note.

8:17 AM  

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